Thursday, March 14, 2013

Author Spotlight - Michelle Smart

Today the Minxes welcome good friend Michelle Smart to talk about her debut book with Entangled Publishing. Michelle also has her debut Harlequin Presents to look forward to later this year. To find out more about Michelle and her books, please visit her website.

1.  Tell our readers a little bit about yourself

I’m a married mother of two with a serious book addiction and a serious allergy to housework.

2.  What number book is this? First? 100th? 200th? (Nora only!)

This is my debut (although about the fifth book written – the others were all pants)

3.  Everyone who writes knows it's not easy - what methods do you use to keep at it on days when it would be so much easier to go shoe shopping?

I find supergluing my bottom to the seat works really well.

4.  What is your top promo tip for other authors?

I'm a complete newbie so I have no idea!

5.  How does writing fit into your day? Or does your day fit in around your writing?

Everything fits in around my writing. Everything. Apart from the school run. However, I’m currently working on a top secret plan to install a portal that links my house to the school. I’m also training my children to cook and clean.

6. Is there a book you haven't written yet that you're dying to? What genre?

I have plotted at least three non-romance books in my head. They’re all thrillers and who knows, one day I might actually get off my superglued bottom and write one of them!

7.  Any craft books you recommend?

Stephen King's On Writing

8.  Keeping fit: Do you have an exercise regime to counterbalance all those hours sitting at a computer?

Absolutely. I climb the stairs in my house at least a dozen times a day.

9.  Do you write to music, or with the tv on in the background, or do you need complete silence?

I listen to music – I put my earphones in, stick iTunes on and off I go. Because I write books that are often so emotional, I mostly listen to love songs (not all sappy ones either!). As I’ve also downloaded a few tunes for my kids, it can be a little disconcerting when the shuffle suddenly switches from JealousGuy to Gangnam Style.

10.  Writing snacks – what are your favourites?

Twirls, Crunchies, Twixes, Nik Naks, Wotsits and Jelly Beans. I believe in a varied diet.

Socialite Pippa Rowantree has always provided excellent fodder for the UK’s gossip rags. After another unfortunate scandal sends the gossips into a feeding frenzy, her shamed family retaliates by forcing her into hiding at old family friend Marco Capello’s lush Caribbean estate—literally the last place on earth she wants to be.

As far as Marco’s concerned, wild child Pippa has ruined his life once and he’ll be damned if he lets her do it again. But it’s hard to reconcile the adolescent he knew with the mature, beautiful woman who stands before him. Soon he's questioning if everything the media is claiming about Pippa is the truth or if he should trust his heart.

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Sally Clements said...

Congrats on your debut, Michelle! It's on my tbr stack on my kindle...

Michelle Smart said...

Thank you Sally! x

Catherine Coles said...

Put it to the top, Sally! I was lucky enough to read it in its pre-book format and it was awesome then!!

Tina said...

Great interview! TEMPTED BY TROUBLE is next on my TBR. Squee! So excited. :)

What are Nik Naks and Wotsits?

So happy for you!

Michelle Smart said...

You tell 'em Cat! xxx

Romy Sommer said...

That's what I love to see ... another healthy, balanced writer diet!

Michelle Smart said...

Ha ha ha - there's nothing like eating healthily! xxx

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Hi Michelle - I'm really looking forward to reading this book.


Michelle Smart said...

Cheers Tina and Suzanne, you lovely ladies xxx

Anonymous said...

Already in my eReader. Congrats on your new release! :) Wishing you much success.