Interview with Michelle Hauck
The Blog Ring of Power Presents...
I can't tell you how excited I am to have epic fantasy author Michelle Hauck on the Blog Ring of Power today - Michelle is a good friend and when she landed her publishing deal with Divertir, I jumped up and down in celebration. In addition to being a talented writer and a great supporter of other writers, Michelle is one of the sweetest, kindest people I know. Today, she's here telling us a little bit about herself and her debut novel, Kindar's Cure. Please give her a warm welcome!This is part one of a five-part interview. Be sure to check out the other BRoP sites for the rest of the interview:
Part 2 @ T.W. Fendley - Thursday, August 29
Part 3 @ Emily LaBonte - Friday, August 30
Part 4 @ Sandra Ulbrich Almazon - Monday, September 2
Part 5 @ Vicki Lemp Weavil - Tuesday, September 3
BRoP: How long have you been writing?
Michelle: I’ve been writing about five or six years. It’s hard to pin down an exact number. Knowing me, it has probably been longer. I tend to underestimate.
BRoP: When and why did you begin writing?
Michelle: I had a medical crisis that required surgery. After that surgery I suddenly felt a hundred years younger with lots of energy and stories took over my head. (I lost a lot of weight too!) A few weeks later I got brave enough to start writing them down on paper. Then my husband bought me a laptop, bless him.
BRoP: Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?
Michelle: My first manuscript was another epic fantasy with lots of romance. Only back then I didn’t know any of the writing rules—like word count limits—or that I needed a stand-alone ending. I still go back and revise it sometimes, hoping to fix the problems.
BRoP: When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?
Michelle: That’s a surprising question. Professional writer? Me? I doubt I ever will, not even if I hit the bestseller list. There will always be another hurdle to clear before I consider myself a professional.
BRoP: What books have most influenced your life?
Michelle: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks was the first fantasy book I remember reading. It really got me started on a lifetime of love for fantasy books. Also Gone with the Wind. I use some elements from that book in Kindar’s Cure.
BRoP: What genre do you write?
Michelle: I write all sorts of fantasy: epic, urban, humorous, adult, middle grade, YA. Epic is my true love, however. I always have to have a little romance too. I think a story is flat without a love interest, even if it’s not the main thread to the plot.
BRoP: What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?
Michelle: I enjoy having a main character that doesn’t believe in herself and making her blossom. A little magic, a little romance, and a whole lot of conflict. One of the reasons I enjoy epic fantasy is the political aspect. I like politics. Epic lets you work with a lot of countries, all having different political goals.
BRoP: If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Michelle: Princess. Or maybe politician if I wasn’t afraid of giving speeches. Do those two go together? They both start with ‘p’ at least.
BRoP: What format is your book available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
Michelle: paperback and e-book
Where can readers can stalk you:
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KINDAR'S CURE: Princess Kindar of Anost dreams of playing the hero and succeeding to her mother’s throne. But dreams are for fools. Reality involves two healthy sisters and a wasting disease of suffocating cough that’s killing her by inches. When her elder sister is murdered, the blame falls on Kindar, putting her head on the chopping block.
A novice wizard, Maladonis Bin, approaches with a vision—a cure in a barren land of volcanic fumes. As choices go, a charming bootlicker that trips over his own feet isn’t the best option, but beggars can’t be choosers. As Mal urges her toward a cure that will prove his visions, suddenly, an ally turns traitor, delivering Kindar to a rebel army, who have their own plans for a sickly princess.
With the killer poised to strike again, the rebels bearing down, and the country falling apart, she must weigh her personal hunt for a cure against saving her people.
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