The Next Big Thing Blog Hop with Michy

What is a blog hop? It’s a way for readers to discover authors who are new to them. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to three other authors you can read.

Thanks to Rissa Watkins and Kimberley Linstruth-Beckom, penname Amanda Kimberley, for inviting me to participate in this event. You can click the following link to learn more about each of them.

Rissa Watkins: http://rissawrites.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/the-next-big-thing-blog-hop/

Amanda Kimberley: http://www.fibroandfabulous.com

Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions, then click the links and visit the other authors. From there, you can visit even more authors, and keep hopping from blog to blog for as long as you like, reading as many authors who appeal to you and hopefully finding a new favorite!

Michy’s Next Big Thing:

1: What is the working title of your book?

I have about seven novels in progress, and three novellas in progress, all well into being written. The one I’m working the most on right now is called THE ADVOCATE. I’m also currently writing in my erotica series, THREE. The third novella in that is in the final editing stages and the fourth in the series is rolling around in my head.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

THE ADVOCATE is loosely based on a real-life case I handled when I worked as a victim advocate, though the lead character is nothing like me and the plot itself is fictionalized. I hoped to create a universe I could write in frequently, one where the advocate handles different cases in each novel so new readers enjoy the individual books, but letting loyal readers who follow the entire series really get to know the characters in depth and follow their lives.

For THREE, that came from a sex scene I put in my first (yet unpublished) novel WHAT BROTHERS DO, between the husband and wife in that book. That scene was cut during editing, because it was superfluous to that book, but it was such a great scene, I hated to waste it. So a friend dared me to write an erotic story, and I decided to take that bathtub sex scene out and dust it off, add a plot to it and give it to new characters, and thus, THREE was born. This series has been incredibly successful too. I’m really pleased with how it’s turning out.

3. What genre does your book come under?

THE ADVOCATE is a crime and suspense novel. Three and the novellas in that series are all erotic romance and family drama.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

In THE ADVOCATE, I want Morgan Freeman to be Marcus Jacobs, the retired mentor to the lead character, Rebecca Moore. Marcus is an ex-prosecutor in the DA’s office, who almost was DA himself. He serves on the board for Rebecca’s criminal justice advocacy organization. I haven’t a clue who should play the lead, but she’ll have to be six foot tall. Just a thing, but it’s an important one.

As for THREE, I mean… it’s erotica. I think a movie would just make it porn, and I really don’t want to go there. This novella series has such a great plot, with real emotions, situations, and decisions–it just also has great sex scenes thrown into the middle. Ah, would that life was like that all the time too!

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Oh, I hate the one-sentence thing! I get so excited about my books, I want to talk and talk about them, and tell every little subplot and more. But, okay, let’s try this!

THE ADVOCATE: Rebecca Moore is the only female fighting for the rights of her victims of violent crimes against a patriarchal and antiquated small-town West Texas good old boys’ club when one of her clients is murdered in his home and she becomes a suspect in the killing; she has to figure out who killed him and why they set her up to take the fall in order to clear her name and perhaps even save her own life.

THREE: When Brad has to go away for business, he asks Paul–the man he trusts most in the world, his best friend–to keep his wife, Jolie, busy and to look after her while he’s gone, but when Brad’s job puts him on the road more than he is home, Paul and Jolie’s easy camaraderie becomes tinged with desire and lust.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

Uhm, it’s a work in progress, so… uhm, none of the above? I hope to get an agent for it when it’s completed.

THREE, however, was published through A Novel Approach, which happens to be owned by me. I only do serials this way, because it’s easier to control the release dates and deal directly with the fans and readers and let them help shape the future of the series.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Again, work in progress, so I’m still writing it. I started THE ADVOCATE 12 years ago, then put it aside for a long, long time. I recently picked it up again, and it’s flowing pretty easily right now.

My first novel took me about a year to write, then it took me two years to edit it. Seriously. I worked on it, changed things, took things out, added things, moved chapters. It’s an exceptional piece of fiction, I think (and I really never say that about my own writing–I am my own worst critic), so the two years of working on the editing was well worth it. Now, if I could just get an agent or publisher to think the same thing about it…

THREE is super easy to write. I love the characters, sex is an easy thing for me to write because I’m so intimately familiar with it (Ha!) and it doesn’t take much or any research to flow with it, so I can write in this series quite easily, which makes it perfect for a serial.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

THE ADVOCATE will be similar to Cody McFadyen’s books with Smoky Barret, the FBI agent, but not nearly as dark. Rebecca Moore is the advocate for a criminal justice advocacy agency, and works directly with clients, but the style of the work is similar in how the universe is drawn up and created, with new stories, but the same characters.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Again, it was loosely based on a real-life case I handled when I worked in criminal justice advocacy years ago. The lead character is nothing like me, but the case and some of the elements of the town it’s set in are based on events that actually took place. The rest of it was dramatized and fictionalized. Protect the innocent (or the guilty as the case may be), blah blah blah.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

THE ADVOCATE will be a solid crime and suspense book, a little out of my typical genre and style. That alone might make it worth checking out.

But THREE… well, what about steamy sex with hot, good-looking brothers doesn’t pique interest?

You can also get the first in the series of THREE for free, on Amazon here. The second in the series is in sale for only .99 cents right now! The third will be released this week! Check them out! My other books are available on Amazon as well, and you can find them on Sony readers, iBooks, B&N online, and many other fine retailers in just about any ebook version you want.

 

Who’s next on the NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

Below you will find authors who will be joining the hop by blog. Be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on works in progress and new releases.

Derek Odom: http://derekodomauthor.com/

Lilah Harding: http://lilahharding.com/

Jennifer Walker: http://authorjennwalker.com/

 

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One comment to The Next Big Thing Blog Hop with Michy

  • Rissa Watkins  says:

    I can’t wait to read The Advocate!

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