Thank you Michel for coming over to share your lastest release. Chrysalis sounds like a wonderful story for young adults and adults alike!
Tell us about yourself: Since it’s already typed up here’s my attempt at third person
Michel Prince is an author who graduated with a bachelor degree in History and Political Science. Her novel Chrysalis is the first in a “cross-over” series following the demon plagued Ellie Chisholm. Michel writes young adult and adult paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance.
With characters yelling "It's my turn damn it!!!" She tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred and twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.
Michel is a member of RWA Pro and lives in the Midwest with her husband, son, and cat.
What television sitcom is most like your family? Why? Family Guy. My kid’s trying to kill me and my husband’s hero is Peter Griffin. We quote movies and TV shows all the time.
And I’m sure my cat would get drunk like the dog Brian if I let her.
What’s your favorite thing to do to relax? Watch a movie while cross stitching
If you had to be one of your characters, which would you be and why? Probably Ellie,
because I’m in love with Oscar. But I do have a new man in my life Case Thomas
that’s pretty damn amazing and I might want to be Gabbie Vaulst. Both woman are
strong, but Ellie has to learn it where Gabbie already has a sense of self.
Do you prefer…
Beer or wine? Wine
exercise or watching tv? Watching TV
Coke or Pepsi? Dr. Pepper the rest are battery acid.
living without car or living without your computer? Car. Then my kid couldn’t call me to bring his forgotten assignments.
Now about you as an author...
Did you always want to be an author? No, but I always wanted to do something creative. It’s not that I didn’t like to write, but I never believed in myself enough until I finally bit the bullet and shared the people in my head.
What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult? Ann M. Martin, Judy Blume, Sidney Sheldon, J. R. Ward, Sherrylin Kennyon
Did anyone in your life influence you or encouraged you to be a writer? (teacher, family member, friend) My sister Anita. My friends Angela Mullin, Kari Heimer, and April Close. Actually all my friends have sat through me rambling on about my crazy characters and I have a lot of Beta readers that helped me along the way.
What is your favorite aspect or writing? Your least favorite? Favorite is when my characters do something that actually makes me laugh. Least-Editing
What aspect of writing would you most like to improve on? Tenses. Even after my editors
point out that I’m bouncing between past and present I can’t consistently tell what they mean. I read the books on it and still don’t fully understand. THANK GOD FOR EDITORS WITH PATIENCE
Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing? Nope. Since computer doesn’t count. Even then I’ll handwrite if I have to and transpose.
Do you have a common theme or item that appears in each of your books? Sports. Most of my characters, so far, are athletes. It helps define them as a person. Although most of my books have interracial romance the second book of The Frozen does not and I have a new series that also does not. I think when I started it was with what I know, but now as I feel stronger as a writer I’m expanding.
What have you learned the most from being in the writing business? Genres are ever changing. Even though it says YA adults relate to it. Even though it’s Sci-Fi it could be a
hot romance. Genres are a generalization that should be taken with a grain of salt.
Tell us about your latest release: (blurb, excerpt, cover)
In the annals of dysfunctional families, the Chisholm’s are working their way to the top. Drug abuse, an unwed mother with multiple fathers, and the questionable cash flow for the 'pretty one'. All this from a seemingly normal, two parent middle class family. But were the choices truly made of their free will?
Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who's trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hottest guy at school, would be number one on the list of Chisholm family disasters. Yet the crazy part is it’s not a one sided attraction. Somehow Ellie has caught Oscar Jeffreys’ eye.
Sure she could see the barriers between them. Race, age, popularity. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum. But a demon set to destroy her family? She can't see that.
Oscar provides security and acceptance Ellie never imagined she deserved. As the passion of first love grows, Ellie honestly believes she has a chance to beat the odds and live a happy, normal life. Then her world collapses around her. With the help of a guardian angel, Ellie learns of a world that has unknowingly surrounded her for years. And she'll have to find strength buried deep inside to save not only her future, but flush out and stop the demon in her midst.
And Ellie will have to learn that sometimes the hardest lesson about growing up is accepting that you're worth more.
How did you decide on your story plot? I wrote a prolog about a girl on the edge. That prolog is now in the third book because I wanted to look back at how the characters met and fell in love. The story took off and that’s how I got Chrysalis. The first in the series sets up the love and torment that continues through out the whole series.
How did you choose your characters names and location for your story? Again the names come to me. It wasn’t until I was done with the story that I realized Oscar’s initials were O.J. I’ve gotten comments about having Ellie and Kelly as best friend. Since I never said their names together I never noticed. Ellie’s last name was from a street that my husband and I had put a bid on a house. As far as Oscar’s name the most postitive relationships I’ve had with African-American men the guys all had old man names. Oscar just seemed to fit and I love that he never had a problem with having an "old man” name.
Do you have a favorite scene? Why? First kiss. I love a good first kiss and Ellie’s been scared up to this point. She exerts herself and Oscar’s silly side comes out as he makes her head spin with fast talk.
Do you have a character that you identify with? Who and why? Ellie, she’s a music and movie freak. Plays volleyball and gets lost in all the family drama.
Thank you for stopping by! I enjoyed hearing about your characters and your story. Let our readers know how they can get a hold of you…
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