August 11, 2012

Welcome debut author … Michelle Pickett
Michelle has been an avid reader since a young child.  She began writing for personal enjoyment in college, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting.  Deciding sitting in a cubical all day was her form of cruel and unusual punishment, she decided to do what she really wanted to—share her passion for reading and writing with others.
She wrote her debut novel Concilium in 2010.  The sequel, Concilium: The Departure soon followed. Both will be published by Muse It Up Publishing with scheduled released dates of July 27th and November 2012 respectively.  Her Debut young adult novel, PODs, will be published by Spencer Hill Press and is scheduled for release in paperback June 4th, 2013.
Michelle was born and raised in Michigan.  She now resides in a small community outside Houston, Texas with her husband, four children, a 125-pound lap dog, a very grumpy cockatiel and a cat that thinks she's queen.
Michelle writes adult and young adult Sci/Fi and urban fantasy romance.
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
Thank you so much for having me today! I'm so happy to be here. I write adult and young adult Sci/Fi and urban fantasy romances.  Concilium is my debut novel and is published by MuseItUp Publishing. 
I'm originally from Michigan, but now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive husband and our four wonderful children, a 125 pound lap-dog, a very grumpy cockatiel and a cat that thinks she's queen.
I eat too many Twizzlers while I write, drink too much Coke and stay up way too late at night writing.
Please tell us your latest news!
My latest news is the reason I'm here today—my debut novel, Concilium, has just be published through Muse It Up Publishing!
Please describe your writing environment.
I have a small desk—and I mean small—in a corner in the living room and a recliner in my bedroom. It depends on my mood and the kids which area I write in each day.  Most days it's a combination of both.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing?
Yes, I wear my husband's hoodie while I write. If I write outside and it's too hot, I still take it with me and put it on the back of my chair. I'm not sure where the connection came from, but I can't write until I have that hoodie.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
That's a really good question. I'd have to say a little of both.  I write a character study on all my characters, especially the main characters. I include the physical information of each, but also things like age, family, birthday, etc.  This makes the character seem more "real" to me.
But, the character sometimes evolves into someone I'm not expecting.  For example, in Concilium I originally intended to write Leslee as a mousey, quiet, introvert. But she evolved into a strong independent woman—not at all what I had pictured her to be.
What main genre do you write in?
I write adult and young adult science/fiction and urban fantasy with a heavy romantic storyline.
What are your hobbies?
When I'm not writing I love spending time with my family. We like to play board games and cards and have family movie nights. I also read a lot and I love photography.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Yes, I think every writer can look at their work and find something they wished they had changed. We are our own worst critic. But there comes a time when we have to just stop editing and rewriting and move forward.  Nothing is going to be perfect because people are imperfect.
Current Release Details:
My debut novel Concilium released July 27th.
The sequel, Concilium: The Departure is scheduled for release sometime in November, 2012.
PODs, my debut young adult novel, is scheduled for release June 4th, 2013.
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
I would love to write a mystery/suspense. I've started one, but haven't gotten very far with it. I love reading them, but it's a hard genre for me to write.  But I'm still plugging away at it.  I might get it done one of these days.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Yes! I love to hear from readers and other authors. There are a few places I can be found on the web. I love comments on my blog and emails in my inbox. Whether you have good things to say, or constructive (that means nice) criticism, or even if you just want to say "Hi," I want to hear from you.  Here's where you can find me:
Book Webpage:

Blog Tour Giveaway (bottom of page):
1)    Concilium E-Book
2)    $10 Amazon Gift Card
Leslee hit a strange animal with her car.  Now she’s marked for death. 

It was a simple car accident – the animal didn’t even die – but it drew the attention of the Cruor Imbibo. Driven by their insatiable need to feed, the secret society of Imbibo has devoured the dregs of civilization for centuries.  Afraid Leslee will expose them, and put an end to their meal ticket, the Imbibo want her dead.
     The Concilium is Leslee's only protection. Guardian of the ancient secret and the protector of humans, the Concilium fights to control the Imbibo and end their feeding frenzy. Miller works for the Concilium. Keeping Leslee alive is his next assignment.
     Now Leslee is on the run, and the only thing between her flesh and the snapping jaws of the Imbibo is Miller. He and Leslee quickly form a bond, but will falling in love make Miller’s job more difficult? Because if he fails, Leslee will be next on the Imbibo menu.
     The Cruor Imbibo are coming, and they're coming for Leslee.

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Michelle Pickett said...

Thank you so much for hosting me today. I appreciate it so much!

Michelle :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle and Debbie! A new author to follow, new books to read and new paranormal creatures - Imbibo. I like that word.
Michelle, we're writing a suspense/murder book to be released this fall. I agree with you; I love reading them but getting into the mind of the killer has been difficult. Scary LOL
Congrats on your new releases!
Brenda Woody
aka Louise James