Welcome! Pull up a seat and enjoy a chat with Today’s Tease Michelle Grogan
Your Name or Pen Name you use: Michelle Grogan
Title of the book you are promoting: Forbidden Love and Is Love Enough (two installments in a trilogy)
Genre: romantic suspense
Welcome MG…I, LH have some questions for you 😉
LH: I wanted to be a ballerina, race car driver and a private detective when I was little. What did you want to be when you grew up?
MG: When I grew up I wanted to be a teacher – which is what I am by day.
LH: I didn’t really have a literary influence, I just decided one day to start writing. Who influenced you in your writing career?
MG: There was no one author I can pinpoint as being a literary influence in my writing career, but I’ve always been an avid reader. When I was younger I also used to act out stories with my Barbie dolls. When I was in junior high school I began writing those stories down.
LH: I self published all of my books and was then “discovered” by a publisher. Are you an Indie or published author?
MG: I am an Indie author. I tried the traditional route with no success, so I tried out the Indie route where I found success and feel more in control of my own work.
LH: As an Indie Author, I was hesitant about being with a publishing company. If you are an Indie author, would you like to be published by a traditional publisher and if so, why or why not?
MG: As an Indie author if I was offered a publishing deal I might consider it. I think after two years as an Indie author I would be cautious about giving up so much control of my work, but on the flip side I might be able to learn more about the industry and get some help in the areas I know I am lacking – such as marketing.
LH: This is easy for me…I’d invite Johnny Depp and I would not discuss movies! Who would you invite to dinner, living or dead, and what one topic would you NOT discuss with them?
MG: I think I would invite all of the authors that I love to read and I would not discuss any of their work – or mine. It would just be a free flowing dinner and discussion.
LH: I personally think that there is way too much sex and violence everywhere in society these days and it’s everywhere but that Hollywood is one of the biggest contributors. Do you think that society as a whole is subjected to too much sex and violence and are you concerned about it? Ever feel conflicted and if so, why?
MG: I do agree that there is too much sex and violence nowadays, but I don’t think I’m overly concerned by it…it’s the trend at the moment and might not last. In my own writing I do not feel conflicted as I do not use excessive sex. As for violence, it kind of comes with the territory of the suspense aspect of romantic suspense.
LH: I’m a huge softy and by no means a beauty queen… lol but, I truly would want world peace in the blink of an eye if I could make it happen…If you could change one thing in the world, in the blink of an eye, what would it be?
MG: The one thing I would change in the blink of an eye, if I could, would be how people treat each other.
LH: With the traditional bookstore becoming obsolete and everyone turning to buying books online, I don’t buy the hype that “the cover is everything”. How important do you think book covers are now that almost all shopping is done online?
MG: I still think the cover is important even with online purchasing. When I purchase a book online, the cover is still the first thing I look at before going to the book description.
LH: I can remember wanting to write as a kid. I got a really late start! Have you always wanted to write and when did you start?
MG: I started writing when I was in 7th grade, but it was mostly just for myself. In college I began writing what is now called flash fiction and fan fiction. Then I moved onto my own stories and publication.
LH: I love to see if I can see myself in a character. What interests you most about a story?
MG: Character development is one of my favorite aspects of a story. I love reading series books for this reason and now find myself doing the same thing so I can see my characters grow and change.
LH: For me, I just get hit with this whole movie in my head and start writing. How do you come up with your stories?
MG: I read a lot. I watch TV. The stories just kind of appear and I go with it.
LH: I can’t tell you or I’d have to…lol Are you working on anything now?
MG: I am working on the final installment of my romantic suspense trilogy as well as a short story collection.
LH: I’m working on #6…5 are published and the last is due out this year… How many books have you written? How many have been published?
MG: I’ve written two books so far and both are currently published.
LH: I write for fun I don’t even dream of riches…Do you write for fun or money?
MG: I write for passion and fun. I have to write. The characters need to tell their story.
LH: Some of my family members had a bit of a problem with me writing my first book “A Beautiful Liar” because the character Maggie West is basically me…to a point 😉 They had a problem with the genre and me “putting it all out there” so to speak so I took a pen name. They eventually came around as I have never cared who knows who I am what I’ve done or what they think of me. I’ve never wanted to be famous, just infamous! What has been your biggest problem when it comes to family or friends when writing?
MG: I have not had any problems with my family or friends when it’s come to my writing, the genre of my writing or using my real name. My family in particular has been very supportive of my writing.
LH: I have never experienced writers block…I have experienced writers “don’t want to”… Have you ever experienced writers block and if so, how did you overcome it?
MG: Unfortunately I have experienced writer’s block and it lasted for a good couple of years. I had to eventually change my writing habits when they stopped working for me.
LH: I get asked all the time “Do you have any advice for new writers?”… Do you?
MG: Just write. And keep writing. And take the chance to put your work out there and follow your dreams. It’s scary, but it’s scary in a good way.
LH: I would not change one thing in my life as I would not be me if I did… If you could go back in time and change one thing in your life, what would it be?
MG: I really wouldn’t change anything. Sure, there are things about my life I don’t like having happened, but it’s my life and I wouldn’t change any of it because that would mean changing who I am.
LH: I would freak out if someone contacted me and said they wanted to make one of my books or my series of book into a movie as I am really very shy in person and I’d probably go into hiding. I don’t think I could handle it. How would you handle it? Who would be the first person you told?
MG: If any of my books were to be made into a movie the first person I would tell would be my fiance and then my mother. I’m not sure how I would handle it, but I am not always big on being the center of attention. I’m sure it would be overwhelming but so very exciting!!
Thanks for that fun and interesting interview MG…Now… for the fun stuff!
Favorite Beverage? Fruity juices – mostly the ones that are not all that good for you!!
Exercise or Bubble Bath? Bubble bath
Favorite Color? blue
Take out or Dine in? take out
Camping or Hotel? hotel
Sports or Chocolate? chocolate
Dogs or Cats? Both!!!
Favorite Food? Ice cream
Favorite Song? Right now – Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke
Favorite Movie? Coyote Ugly
Favorite Car? My 2013 Prius
Sex or Chocolate? (The answer “Both” is totally acceptable 😉 Both!!
And now for the essay part of the interview 😉
LH: If you could go anywhere for a week, with anyone you wanted and no one would ever find out about it…where would you go, what would you do and who would you take?
MG: If I could go anywhere for a week, with anyone I wanted and no one would ever find out about it, I would go back to Rome, Italy with my fiance and we would explore every nook and cranny of the city.
Thanks for spending this time with us. Make sure to pick up your copy of Michelle Grogan’s
Is Love Enough