About Michelle M. Pillow:
NYT & USAT Bestselling Author Michelle M. Pillow is an award-winning romance writer with over 100 published books. She is best known for her Quirlixen World including the series: Dragon Lords, Space Lords, Lords of the Var, Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides, and more.
Michelle is always up for a new adventure or challenge, whether it's a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She was a refugee extra on SyFy's Z Nation.
What inspires you to write?
Getting out and living life is one of the best ways to be inspired with ideas. They’re always floating around me waiting to be plucked. Some of the best ideas happen when you’re not looking for them. And, the experience of doing can inform the writing and make it stronger.
Tell us about your writing process.
I can pretty much work anywhere. Not because I’ve wanted to over the years, but because I had to learn to—waiting rooms, parking lots, airports, hotels. I even fished a book in the passenger seat of a car while driving halfway across the country. It wasn’t a fun 10 hours for the driver. Lucky for me, he still married me.
How do you develop your characters?
For characters, I start with their history, names, and personality quirks. Once I know that, I know what kind of adult they are and how they might react to the situations I put them in. Physical attributes are always the last thing I think about.
It's important to know more about the character than will ever be on paper. Stay true to the characters and your world building. If you know them, and respect who/what they are and where the characters come from, the story will unfold for itself.
Who are your favorite authors?
I always have to list Mandy M. Roth’s Immortal Ops series. I read the first one 15 years ago and loved it. We both published our first books together and have been besties almost from the start of our careers. I love getting sneak peeks from her Ops worlds, including the spin off series. It’s like a behind the scenes look each time she writes one.
Another great author include Kristen Painter, who I had the pleasure of working with on The Happily Everlasting Series project. Kristen has the Nocturne Falls series. Jana DeLeon was also on that project. Gena Showalter is an amazing author and human. There are so many, I can't list them all…
What genres do you write?: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Romance, Fantasy Romance, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Cozy Mystery, Women's Fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Audiobook
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