Writerly Wednesday Presents Michelle Howard author of Honor Bound.
1. What is your favorite marketing task that has resulted in a sale?
I’m not good at marketing. Its probably my biggest challenge but I will say that I think having a blog is a good tool. Readers can see what’s up with you, what you’re working on and check out your backlist.
2. What do you like about your publisher or why did you decide to Self Publish?
I decided to Self-Publish because an author friend emailed me to try writing. She self-published and it just seemed a natural progression. While I’d love to have a press behind me to do the dreaded marketing, I do enjoy making the choices myself on things like the cover and which direction I want my stories to take.
3. What do you have under your bed?
LOL, good question. A pair of heels from work this week and a notepad where I scribble ideas.
4. Are you a plotter or a pantser when you are writing?
Alas, I’m a pantser. I’ve only been writing for a year and I really wanted to be this well thought out plotter but my brains all over the place and I’m flying by the denim.
5. Do you write in a bubble or do you prefer critique groups, writing buddies or other companionship during the process?
I tend to write in a bubble unless I get stuck. I have a good group of friends who let me pick their brains and my sister’s always great to bounce ideas with.
6. When do ideas come to you and how do you capture them?
So far I haven’t had a shortage of ideas. If anything I try to turn it off so I can focus on what’s on my plate.
7. What is your favorite word processing program and what other tools do you use, pen, notebooks, white board, index cards, finger on fogged bathroom mirrors?
I use spiral notebooks, legal pad, my laptop and word is my favorite program.
Michelle Howard enjoys a crazy life that involves wild kids, a loud dog, and a husband who tolerates the madness. Like many authors, she’s dreamed of writing since reading her first romance novel many years ago. She loves paranormal and contemporary romances and is a fan of the classic romances, such as Judith McNaught and Julie Garwood.
Michelle’s novel Pack Justice (as yet unreleased), placed first in the paranormal category of the 2013 Duel on the Delta hosted by River City Romance Writers. Her published novels No Reason to Run and Honor Bound are currently available.
Michelle is a member of Romance Writers of America and Maryland Romance Writers. She loves to hear from readers.
Feel free to keep in touch!
To save her people, Mikayla S’Apul has only two options: Become a prize in the upcoming battle or take control of her fate. When a worn journal falls into her hands revealing the secrets of a legendary group of warriors, Mikayla realizes it holds the answer to her dilemma. A marriage of convenience is the only way to protect the Raasa people.
Overlord Vaan Galip is the commander of the Warlord army tasked with protecting Kabanians and bringing peace to his lands. Betrayed by one of his own, joining with Mikayla S’Apul would provide her people with protection while giving him the opportunity for vengeance. Falling for the Raasa female was never part of his plans.
When a common enemy threatens, Vaan and Mikayla learn the true depth of what it means to be bound not only by marriage but by honor
Another sharp nod was all she managed. He cursed and moved too fast for her to anticipate. The War Lord had Miki in his hold, an arm clamped around her waist and raised his dagger to her throat. “I owe you thanks for my life but if you lie, I will slay you where you stand, Raasa.”
Fear danced through her. With a shaky breath, she spit out, “Mikayla S’Apul. My name is Mikayla S’Apul.” She wouldn’t accept the continued insult of referring to her by her race. If he killed her, he would know her name.
He eased his hold marginally and Miki breathed deep. His masculine scent filled her nostrils but did not stop the racing of her pulse. “Will I die from the venom you placed in my mouth?” He asked.
Miki couldn’t help but to flush. For some reason, the mouth to mouth transfer sounded worse with his phrasing. “No. It is different.”
He turned her, the blade never wavering. Her back met his chest and he lowered his head along side hers to speak. Warm breath stroked her ear. “I know of the Raasa means of defense and I would have you vow that you have not poisoned my men or I.”
“I vow that I have not.” She hissed suddenly angry at his accusations. “I seek to save you in exchange for your help.” She struggled in his grip but his hold held firm and the blade bit deeper into her flesh. Miki froze. Would he actually kill her?
Thank you Michelle Howard for being my guest this week. Come back next week and see who is in the spotlight.
Don’t touch anything sharp.