Interview & Book Giveaway: Author Michelle Erickson

Welcome to Author Michelle Erickson. Michelle has a goal to have 12 of her books published in 1 year. That is quite an ambitious goal and she’s well on her way to making her dream come true.

Michelle is here to do an interview about her books and then she has a giveaway for followers of this blog.

Interview:
What is one of your writing goals?-To release 12 books in 12 months (or less), using alternative methods of publishing and that anyone can do what I’m doing for their own novel(s). As of Nov 1st, with the release of Klaus, I’m already a quarter of the way to my goal.

What made you decide to use non-traditional publishing?
-Actually, I had 3 yes’s from traditional publishing, but chose Ebook and POD (Publish On Demand) because I have control over my intellectual property and a bigger share of the profit. Also, waiting years for closure about my favorite characters in an epic series drives me crazy. Using Ebook and POD makes that wait as short as possible. Instead of the traditional nine years to get to the end of Chest of Souls (my nine-book epic fantasy) it will be a matter of months.

Why did you decide to write?
-I read the Jackrabbit Factor, by Leslie Householder and it asked the question: What is it you really want? That’s when I made the decision to write.

Who is your favorite character from one of your books and why?
-Currently, Klaus, because he’s so much like my husband, whom I adore.

What’s the best part of being an author?
-I’m only limited by the elasticity of my imagination and that means anything can happen to anybody, anytime, anywhere – good or bad.

What is something you didn’t know before you started writing?-The characters take over. Some fight their way to the front, while others shuffle to the back to hide from the plots that form in my mind. I know where they live, I WILL find them!

Where do you get your ideas?-Everywhere; such as accidentally hitting my husband in the head with the freezer door to the butterflies that attacked me one summer day (a long story).

What’s the main difference between traditional publishers and what you’re doing?-I’m my own boss/business and therefore I have to provide not only the story, but the book covers (my daughter), editing (at least three people read/correct each novel), and of course, promotion (which is where blogs like this one come in).

Do you enjoy being an author?
-Does a girdle pinch? I love being an author! The new technology makes it possible for anyone who wants to write the opportunity to do so.

What are you going to do after your 12 are published?
-Start on the books that aren’t already written. I have a list taped on my ceiling, right next to other dreams which are coming true.

How would you describe the target audience for your books?-Anyone who likes “clean” romance/adventure

How would you classify your books (which genre)?Klaus: Romance
5Blanks: Urban Sci-Fi
Chest of Souls: Epic Fantasy

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Michelle currently has 4 book available with more coming soon!

Books by Michelle Erickson:

Klaus:
Eralee is a misfit among immortals. She’s supposed to marry a philandering River Prince. She doesn’t want him. She wants to save the human called Klaus.

Klaus lives alone at the edge of the Everaude Forest, a dangerous forbidden place. He’s convinced he’ll never know love until he meets Eralee. Unfortunately, she’s immortal and he isn’t sure how such a relationship could work.

There is another immortal who wants him. She is Kamichen, the Winter Witch. Legend claims she eats men’s hearts. She has plans for Klaus and they don’t include Eralee.

5 Blanks:Nick is a pacifist whose been killed for the fourth time. His soul was transferred into the wrong Blank. Not just any Blank, but Creed: a Combat- Ready- E-series- Elimination- Drone.

And he has to share it.

It’s supposed to be impossible. His life defines the word so that isn’t what bothers him. It’s the irony that he’s to blame for making the E-series a reality. He always said it would be the death of him. He may be right.

He’s homeless and being hunted by the people who killed him four times. They want to make him dead-dead before he can expose the truth. That’s if the original Creed doesn’t return from war and kill him first.

Nick has a lethal to-do list:

He needs to gain Creed’s co-operation so he can save the friends who risk their lives to hide them, find out how and why they are sharing the same Blank before the original Creed shows up, and uncover the truth about Leigh, a beautiful scary woman that claims she’s Creed’s fiancée and Nick’s friend, but whom neither man remembers.

Welcome to day one of Blank Five.

Chest of Souls Book One:
When do you tell children they are destined to bring down the wickedest city in the world?
That they’ve been hunted their entire lives by the very evil they must destroy?
And when they finally meet that evil, they may not win?

You don’t.

Brenna is safe because she’s oblivious to everything but Talon. She doesn’t know that her mother is Hi-Sha of Eyes, or that her father was an assassin and he’s supposed to be dead. She doesn’t even know her pet is the Queen of all Shee’s.

Talon felt safe until he met Brenna.
Once he is ordered to protect her, he’s had to fight monsters he never knew existed, run away from an assassin, and escape a forest full of carnivores. His father burned down their cottage and left him with people he just met and he isn’t sure who to trust.

In the meantime the Chest of Souls waits to be powered and neither child can guess the price.

Lend Me Your Mind (COS 2):
Brenna assumed everyone could modify an entire species, raise the dead, and speak with Deity because she’s done all of those things and more. Yet, even with all her power she can’t make Talon love her.

Talon has questions no one will answer. Like why he has to keep moving, what his father does for a living, and what really happened to his mother. The answers he does receive aren’t comforting.

Odd things have started to happen – the ship he is on sinks, a woman from legend rises from the sea, and he has to keep a secret he never wanted to know. Danger tracks him from the Ammon Islands to the far western shore of Utak.
Through it all, he can feel where Brenna is and her most powerful emotions, but isn’t sure what it means.

Aftermath: (sneak peek – comes out Dec 1st)
Brenna yearns for Talon’s love, but knows he sees her as a child. She’s determined to change that before her parents keep their word to take her away where Talon will never find her. No one seems to understand that Talon is the core of Brenna’s existence, not even Talon – yet. Brenna is unaware the evil that has been searching for her has found her and if it can’t take her, it will take those she loves.

Talon has read the Book of Benamii and is beginning to understand that if Brenna dies, all hope perishes with her. He will not allow anyone or anything to hurt her. Not even Tasut. He is determined to stand between her and what is coming. Yet, he has a feeling of foreboding and his father is looking at him with an air of expectancy. Whatever it is his father wants from him, Talon wants to avoid at all costs.

Sacrifice of Souls: (sneak peek – comes out Jan 1st)Brenna is on the other side of time, a place she cannot reach or see Talon – so far. The Forest Wife is as hard as Tasut and as intelligent as her mother. That combination doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room. She has been told that if she fails in her training, Talon will pay the price. Brenna will do whatever she has to do, pay whatever price must be paid, to save Talon – even if it’s from herself.
Talon is in Sogo – courtesy of his father’s great fist. He will be sold at auction and join those destined for the Barracks. He doesn’t understand why. Brenna needs him and he needs her. He has no choice over what is happening, only how he deals with it.
His plan is to survive the training and the odds are stacked against him – 300 to 1.

GIVEAWAY:
Michelle is offering 3 of her books to followers of this blog. 3 Winners will each receive their choice of either Klaus, 5 Blanks or Chest of Souls Book 1. Giveaway open to those with a US mailing address.
Giveaway ends 11/15/10.
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