If you like fantasy romance, you need to check out Michelle Miles. She joins us today to talk about the second book in her Realm of Honor Series, Only For a Knight. She is also giving away a copy of her book to one lucky commenter!
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Amy (with So Many Reads): Thank you for joining me today at So Many Reads, Michelle!
Michelle: Thanks so much for having me! I’m really excited to be here with you.
Amy: If you would, tell us about yourself and what types of books you write.
Michelle: I write contemporary, fantasy and paranormal romance and am published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing as well as indie published. I have a contemporary romance series, the Coffee House Chronicles, and a paranormal romance series I’m indie publishing called the Guardians of Atlantis. My fantasy series, Realm of Honor, is with Ellora’s Cave Blush line (more sensual and sexy than erotic). I live in North Texas and belong to the Dallas Area Romance Authors RWA chapter and currently serve as PAN Liaison. In my spare time (do I have that?) I love reading, movies, hanging out with the husband and kid, watching baseball and hockey and cross-stitching.
Amy: What got you started writing Fantasy?
Michelle: It’s something I’ve always wanted to write. I started reading fantasy as a teenage and just loved it. I was hooked from that very first book (Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip). It took me a while to learn how to do all the worldbuilding. The more I wrote, though, the more I knew this was the genre for me. I also enjoy reading/writing Urban Fantasy.
Amy: How do you come up with your world? Do you have an overall/big picture idea in your mind or do you build it as you go?
Michelle: Usually an overall big picture. I based my Realm of Honor series on Celtic mythology. I start with a vague idea of the world and add characters and then usually let the world build itself after that. I’m a pantser, so I need to allow the story to unfold organically. That’s what works best for me.
Amy: In Only For a Knight, which character holds a special place in your heart? I know they probably all do, but am curious if any particular one stands out?
Michelle: Hm. This is tough. Elyne really grew on me over the two books (she appeared in One Knight Only, the first book). Because she and Maggie became fast friends, she sort of adopted some of her human characteristics and that really endeared her to me. Plus, her mother is just so hard on her. All she really wants Maeve’s approval.
Amy: How do you get in the mind of your villain. Specifically, Kieran in Only For a Knight?
Michelle: Oh good one! I had to think about this for a minute. For me, the villain is also the hero of his own story. He has goals just like the hero and heroine. Kieran’s goal is to destroy Queen Maeve and control not only the Otherworld, but also the human realm. He is power-hungry and wants to rule over all and he’ll do whatever he can to get that power and control. When I write a character, I try to get into deep POV and really think like that character. And then I ask myself some questions: What would he do? How would he react? What does he think about certain things and people? What makes him do the things he does? What sort backstory does he have that shaped who he is in the current story? But because I’m a huge pantser (I seriously don’t plan anything), I have to allow the characters to develop over the course of the story. Usually I realize who or what they are halfway through and then have to go back and add those little details to make them really come alive. I want the reader to hate the villain and cheer for the hero and heroine. Hopefully, I’m successful at that.
Amy: What is next for Derron and Elyne?
Michelle: They live happily ever after, of course! 🙂 Their story continues as a minor subplot in book three, A Knight to Remember and book four, A Knight Like No Other.
Amy: I really enjoyed you bringing Maggie, Finn and Drake back from One Knight Only. Will we see the group again, including Derron and Elyne in future stories?
Michelle: Most definitely! A Knight to Remember is the story of Queen Maeve and Henry, Maggie’s father. He’s come through the portal (with the help of Elyne) to find his missing daughter. When he sees the queen, he’s immediately smitten. But Maeve isn’t too keen on humans so falling for a human isn’t on her list of things to do. 😉 I had to come up with a solution for that. That book should be out later this year.
I’m also working on book four, A Knight Like No Other. This is Sir Drake’s story. He’s fallen in love with the Elven princess (who first appears in Only for a Knight). But their romance is forbidden and the Elven king will do everything he can to keep them apart. He arranges a betrothal for the princess with one of the Elven lords but she’s determined not to marry him. She runs away to find Drake (and you’ll have to read the book to see what happens next).
The fifth (and final?) book, Her Fierce Knight,will feature the Elven characters, Prince Ainthas and a new character who will be introduced as his love interest.
Amy: When is the next book in the series out and how many are planned?
Michelle: Oops I think I answered that above but here’s the run down. So far, five are planned. I’m considering doing a spinoff with the Elven characters.
Book 1: One Knight Only (available now) – Maggie and Finn
Book 2: Only for a Knight (available now) – Derron and Elyne
Book 3: A Knight to Remember (late 2013 release) – Queen Maeve and Henry
Book 4: A Knight like No Other (2014 release) – Sir Drake and Princess Sobriel
Book 5: Her Fierce Knight (late 2014 or early 2015 release) – Elven Prince Ainthas and the Elven fire princess
Amy: Thank you so much for joining us today, Michelle!
Michelle: Thanks again for having me!
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|Michelle is giving away a digital copy of Only For a Knight! To enter, please reply below and let us know what your favorite type of character is in fantasy romance. Do you like the Faery? Elves? Dragons? Something else? Just let us know before 11:59 pm Central Time on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Winner will be notified via email and announced on blog.|