Author Interview: Michelle Scott Plus 2 Book International Giveaway

Welcome to Author Michelle Scott


Bio:

Michelle Scott received her MFA from Wayne State University. Her stories have appeared in such places as Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, All Possible Worlds and Realms. Her fantasy novel, The Dragons of Hazlett was nominated for a 2009 EPPIE Award. Michelle’s YA novels include the vampire romance, Blood Sisters, and the fantasy Uncommon Magic. Her latest fantasy novel, An Anthem for the Battle Lands, was recently released from Mundania Press, LLC. Michelle lives in southeast Michigan with her husband and three children.

My blog: http://www.mscottfiction.com/21stCenturyWriter/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Scotts-Fiction/121251677945332
Twitter: http://twitter.com/mscottwriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2896599.Michelle_Scott

Interview:


What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Apple pie! In the fall, I make apple pies, and my family eats them for breakfast. I figure it’s no worse than eating a PopTart. And it tastes so much better!

Night owl, or early bird?
I think I’m actually both. I love to stay up late, get up early (so that I can work while the house is quiet), and then take a long nap in the afternoon.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I once had a reviewer say that she started reading “The Dragons of Hazlett” at 11:00, right before she went to bed, but the book was so enthralling that she couldn’t go to sleep until she finished it. I’ve always wanted to write stories that were so gripping that the reader couldn’t bear to stop reading! So her comment made me feel wonderful!

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
When I was in elementary school, my favorite book was “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and when I got older, it was “Jane Eyre”. I love rags-to-riches stories in which the misunderstood heroine struggles to overcome her situation in life. When I wrote “Uncommon Magic”, I wanted to give the story the same feel. That’s why Mira, the main character, had to work for the awful Mrs. Hatcher.

How did you know you should become an author?
I knew it when I couldn’t stop writing stories in my head. Then, soon after that, I couldn’t stop writing them on paper, either.

Who are your favorite authors of all time?
Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, Charlotte Bronte, Anne Tyler, Neil Gaiman, John Steinbeck, Flannery O’Connor (and the list goes on…)

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had?
I keep wanting to write a story in which every chapter is like a bead on a necklace – you can read them (string them) in any order you want and end up with a completely different book each time. But I have no idea how to make that happen.

What do you do in your free time?
I love to knit. I make a lot of socks and sweaters, and I’m in the process of crocheting an afghan. I’m not into collecting a lot of things, but I can’t ever enter a yarn store without buying a skein or two. I think it’s the colors and textures of the yarn that draw me.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Going to the movies, getting an enormous tub of buttered popcorn, a large box of Milk Duds, and an extra-large Coke. I actually spend so much time at the movies, that I call the theatre down the street my second home…the one I don’t have to clean.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Okay…it’s the reality TV show Extreme Couponing. I’m not sure why I’m so addicted to it since I’m not really an extreme couponer. But I’m always fascinated to see those people walking out of the store with $700 worth of groceries that only cost them $.20.

Favorite places to travel?
My favorite place I’ve been is Glacier National Park. I’ve lived in Michigan all of my life, and we don’t have any mountains here, so I feel like I’ve missed out! The mountains in Glacier are stunning! It’s such a quiet, peaceful place, and the wildflowers are gorgeous. My kids actually like it better than Disney World.

Print or Ebook
E-book. Since buying my Kindle, that’s pretty much all I read. I love that I can take my entire library with me wherever I go. Also, it’s so much lighter to carry around than a single Stephen King novel, lol.

The Dragons of Hazlett

In Amberweise’s polite society, a proper young woman of pure Magician ancestry would never involve herself with something as unpleasant as solving a murder. She would faint at the sight of wheels, pulleys, hinges or other demonic machines. She would never deign to notice the wretched lives of the non-magical commons who serve her day and night, nor would she ever dare to question the traditions of her upbringing. And, most certainly, she would never even think of falling in love with a man whose combination of common heritage and magical abilities have made him a pariah.
Good thing Romana of Amberweise isn’t a proper young woman.
Now, as she works to solve the mystery of her granduncle’s brutal murder, Romana uncovers a fearsome plot to overthrow a ruler whose tolerance for technology just might release the commons from their centuries of bondage. Besieged by dangerous enemies, Romana must use her courage and cunning to rebel against the powerful Magicians who will do anything to protect their lives of prestige and privilege.

Uncommon Magic

In Mira Meadowmarsh’s world, Magicians have complete control over ordinary people like herself. Magicians rule with iron fists, levying taxes, seizing property, and meting out harsh punishment to those who break the rules. But while the un-magical commons cannot defend themselves against the Magician’s magic, there is one thing that Magicians fear: inventions. So when rumors spread that the un-magical are building machines and planning an uprising, the Magicians retaliate with even harsher laws.
At first, all of this means nothing to Mira who doesn’t give a fig about politics. She’s in love, and life is sweet. But when she discovers that her brother is an inventor who’s suddenly the most wanted man in the country and that the boy she loves, her companion since childhood, is really a Magician, Mira finds herself in the middle of a brewing revolution.

Giveaway Details:
4 Winners
2 Hardback copies of The Dragons of Hazlett
2 Ebook Copies of Uncommon Magic
Open Internationally
Ends 12/5/11

WINNERS
Dragons of Hazlett
Shae Carcar
Ricki @ Reading Challenged

Ebook Uncommon Magic
Chalaina
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