Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Aglow by Michelle Pennington

Welcome to Author Michelle Pennington


Bio:

Michelle Pennington has a BA in Liberal Arts from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. To attain this degree, she studied Literature, Rhetoric, History, and Art. She married her sweetheart, Ethan, while still in college and developed a new penchant for skipping class to spend more time with him. Despite this distraction, she still managed to graduate Magna Cum-Laude. Her husband considers her a nerd since she misses school and would love to continue her education someday.
Her love for the written word began at a young age. At four years old, she followed her mother around all day asking how to spell things. Her teen years were spent hiding in trees, on rooftops, and anywhere she could escape her chores for a while to read. Despite this aggravating behavior, her parents always encouraged her love of literature and her dream to write. Michelle is a hopeless romantic and an insatiable people watcher.
Currently she is a stay-at-home mom where she cares for her three children, who are at once adorable and exasperating. In the midst of the domestic whirlwind that is her life, she enjoys crafting, cooking, art, and reading. Despite these other hobbies, Michelle’s brain is always set to writing mode. Sometimes she mutes the talking characters in her head, but they’re always there, waiting for her to set them free.

Interview:

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Pistachio almond?  Butter Pecan?  Black Walnut?  I don’t know what my favorite is, but if it has nuts in it, I like it.  In fact, it might be more accurate to say I like a little bit of ice cream with my nuts.  The saying that “you are what you eat” is a complete fallacy, right?

Pet Peeves?

I absolutely hate it when my husband and I are in the same room and we hear a crash, bang, or scream from the other end of the house.  He inevitably asks me “What was that?” Right, because of course, I can see through walls.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.

I’ve always thought it would be magical to fall in love at Christmas time, so I made it happen for a lucky girl named Ashley.

Any other books in the works?Goals for future projects?

I have several other YA romances in the works, but I also have a novel that I’ve titled “The Boy in the Box”about life from the perspective of a young boy with ADHD and learning disabilities.  I hope to have three new titles available in 2012.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?

I listened to my Christmas playlist constantly while working on this story.  If I had to choose one that best represents it, it would be Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 

My mom told me one day, “Your main character is you, isn’t she?” I had to agree that there is a lot of me in her, way more than any of my other heroines.  My husband turned to me and asked, “Then who’s this guy you’re falling in love with?” I gave the only answer I could.  “It’s you, dear.”

Hidden talent?

I was the oldest of five kids, so when my mom set me to peeling potatoes for dinner, it was an arduous task. I usually lost interest quickly and began carving faces into the potatoes.  I would leave them out in the air to brown, which brought out the details and depth of the carving.  My mom didn’t appreciate my skill as much as I did.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Bollywood movies.

Which authors have influenced you most? How?

Georgette Heyer taught me that humor is vital, good characters are priceless, a good plot pays rich dividends, and I will never be worthy. Stephanie Meyers taught me to have a compelling story with a simply worded narrative that appeals to the obsessive nature of the teenage girl in all of us.  I have also learned from her not to push the reader’s tolerance too far or force the development of the romance beyond belief. Robert Jordan taught me about world building, managing conflict within the conflict within the conflict, and keeping the reader engaged through some 12,000 pages of story (with the help of Brandon Sanderson of course.)

Horror or Romance?

Romance!

Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook, and I would like to add pinterest.  They are so addictive, but unlike other addictive past times, I can’t quit cold turkey because I need them.  I surrender happily to my fate.

Aglow

Christmas is only days away when Ashley Wright leaves Utah and college life behind with nothing to show for the last four years but a bachelor’s degree. Her hopes of finding love with a good Mormon boy have eluded her. She believes that a family Christmas at home will lift her spirits and maybe even help her forget the man her heart yearns for. But life has other plans, and soon her lonely heart will be set … Aglow.

Giveaway Details
1 paperback copy available to US only
1 Kindle copy available where Kindle is available (US, UK, Denmark, France)
Ends 12/15/11

Optional Extra Entries:
+1 Follow Michelle’s Blog: http://novels-and-novelties.blogspot.com/
+1 Like Michelle on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MichelleLPennington
+1 Follow Michelle on Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/MLLPennington

WINNERS
PAPERBACK: Linda Kish
EBOOK: Ella Bella