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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Welcome Author Vee Michaels

    Where do you hail from? What do you love most about your hometown?
Colorado. The Rocky Mountains and the sunny days.

    As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your current career?

I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I planned to make enough money to affect real change in the world. I was an entrepreneur for ten years, worked about a zillion hours, and made okay money, but not enough to change the world.

When I had kids, I decided to stay home. I traded business meetings for dirty diapers and sleepless nights. Having had that bite of independence, I liked the idea of writing and creating my own world. My past experience has given me the understanding that being a successful writer takes much more than writing well. Successful writers are also business people.

    What do you do for fun?

Writing is the fun part! I'm also a Zumba instructor, a mom who volunteers in the schools, and am on a dragon boating team.

    How has your environment/ upbringing colored your writing?

They say every writer has a theme that runs through his/her work. My theme is solid Americana. It's about perseverance, belief in yourself, and hard work. I had a harsh childhood that didn't encourage education or even reading. (Three out of five of my siblings were high school drop outs.) 
I wanted to do better and put myself through college. I took stumbles along the way, but found my confidence. Now I put my heros and heroines through that as well.
The other thing I love to do is laugh and make others laugh. I try to infuse my stories with humor.

    Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?

Sex-O-Matic is a fun, short story about a struggling writer, her sexy UPS guy, and a big 'ol sex toy. I think Holly is a character most women will relate to. She's hard working, striving toward her dreams which aren't coming easily. 

I am working on a series involving the alphabet…that's all I'm saying. Cross your fingers it gets picked up. (Are you listening Breathless?)

    How did you come up with the title for your book(s)?

I try to think of something witty and catchy. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

    Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?

Um, I don't think so. I've had headlines in my work, but I created them, rather than taking them from real life.

    How much of your work is real? How much is fantasy?

Gosh, that's a hard question. Most everything in my books I've experienced in one way or another. That said, I've never been a man, but have certainly written in a male POV. The emotions are drawn from real life the situations are not.

    Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

The lack of feedback and slow turn-around times can be frustrating. When my stories are finally published and I have to wait to find out how they are selling. There is NO instant gratification and very little gratification 
at all to be honest.

    What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Do not expect to be successful right away. READ other published works. Write because you want to and BE PATIENT.
    Do you ever suffer from writer's block? If so, what do you do about it?
When I get stuck, I typically work on something else. I think writer's block occurs when I'm not excited about what I plan to write. If I'm not excited to write it, readers probably won't be excited to read it. I'll go back to the story later with fresh eyes and can usually see why I was stuck. I change things up and get excited again.
    Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?
That is another terribly hard question. Having read and reviewed so many books, I have to say great stories are often written by unknown authors who haven't quit their day jobs. They aren't prolific, but write because they love to read and write. There really aren't any big name authors I follow religiously. Being the up-by-the-
boot-straps girl I am, I try to give as many authors I can the chance for a good review.

    How did you deal with rejection letters?

I'm a little disappointed, but I expect them. I certainly don't let them stop me. Writing is hugely subjective, and
I KNOW everyone will not like my work.

    What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

A thick skin and the desire to get better.

    Where do you as an author draw the line on gory descriptions and/or erotic content?

Hmm…I don't. While writing erotica, I try to make it more human than pornographic and try to use words that are considered less dirty.

    Do you ever research real events, legends, or myths to get ideas?


    Which is your favorite of the books you have written?

They're my children, I love them all!  I love Minerva's character in Toy Training. I like the very unusual sex toy in Sex-O-Matic. I adore Jerod's spunk in A Little Bit Cocky, and the arousal factor in Anita's Menage is super high.

    What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

Hahaha. Um…that's an embarrassing question given that I write erotica.

For one of my stories, I got a behind the scenes tour at our local zoo. I got feel the walrus's whiskers and be 
growled at by hungry polar bears.

    Where can we find you on the net?


    Where can we find out more about your books?

And, of course, www.amazon.com

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