Sunday, June 16, 2013

Welcome Back Author Michelle Sutton

Is there a story behind Collette's Crusade?
Yes. When I used to work with abused children it was a tough job. The university offered a Master's Degree for free if the student agreed to work for at least 18 months in the field of the university's choice. If they didn't finish out their time, though, they would have to pay the university back. Unfortunately, most of the candidates never made it to the end because they didn't understand poverty and they couldn't handle the stress and working conditions. So I thought it would be fun to put a Reese Witherspoon type "legally blonde" character in a social worker setting and see what happened.

What’s the last thing you wrote?
The last thing I wrote was the beginning of a final chapter in another book.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
The first thing is actually published and it's my book "First Impressions."

What’s your favorite genre of writing?
Contemporary and dramatic with a lot of romance. So it's women's fiction with romance.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?
Call me twisted but any character who gets all jacked up and whose life is a hot mess, but they are slowly changing over time because of faith in Christ… well, those are my favorites to write. I love to redeem really screwed up people.

Who is the most annoying character you ever created?
All of the antagonists are always a bit annoying at first. It's hard to choose.

Which of your written plots is your favorite?
I really enjoyed writing my "sexy racecar driver story" titled Out of Time.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
Rarely, but to help prevent it I often write two to three stories concurrently and that way I'm always in the mood to write something. But if I need inspiration to keep a plot interesting sometimes I'll watch movies.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
Oh, mercy, I could never handwrite this stuff. Computer only.

Do you ever go back to an old idea long after you abandoned it?
I have done that if the plot, story, and characters won't leave me alone.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Historical fiction. I don't have the patience to do the research and I wouldn't want to get hacked up by literary snobs who look for things to pick about that aren't "historically accurate." Ugh.

How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Currently, two. But I have a few books releasing in paperback soon that have been ebooks for two years and I have to go through them again as well.

What are your five favorite words?
just sayin', jacked up, seriously?

What character that you’ve created most resembles you?
Probably the character Melissa in Somebody Love Me. I used some settings and situations in my past to write that story. I met a guy in the same place she did and the story went from there.

Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
I won the spelling bee in elementary school so I usually get it write. Like all authors, I have my annoying pet phrases and grammar confusion on occasion, but I fix it later.

How do people react when they find out you write?
I get a lot of people from church who read my facebook posts (I like to post my word count on there) and I'll get comments like… "I couldn't write 5,000 words in my life!"

Do you have a mentor?
It varies depending on what season my life is in, but always a published author who is insightful and sees things to comment on with the intention of making it better.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

The next book is Learning to Trust (Sacred Vows, book 4) and it's the final book. I think I've messed up those characters enough. Now things are getting stable so I'll let them live their fictional lives in peace without me plotting the future for them.

That's it! Thank you bunches. 

Readers: You may purchase Collette's Crusade at:
Desert Breeze Publishing
Or have your local library order it in for you!

Michelle is giving away a copy of Collette's Crusade. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post.

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


cjajsmommy said...

Michelle wrote: "I won the spelling bee in elementary school so I usually get it write."

ROFL! Old proofreaders never die, they just keep on correcting!

Anonymous said...

Would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

Janice H.

Jennifer said...

I think this genre fits you just fine. I like seeing someone dig their way out with God's love! Hi Michelle!


Patricia Bradley said...

I wondered if the "write" was on purpose. lol Interesting interview. pat at ptbradley dot com

Teela said...

Enjoyed the interview and would really like to win your book Collette's Crusade, Michelle! thanks, teelayoung at hotmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win/read this book. It sounds terrific.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

sm said...

Thanks for the contest for Collette's Crusade. Michelle Sutton is a new author to me and I would like to try this author. sharon, CA

Jo said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.


Michelle Sutton said...

cjajsmommy said.
"I won the spelling bee in elementary school so I usually get it write."

Ha~! You caught my play on words. I wondered if anyone would see it...

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