Michelle M. Pillow is a multi-published Author writing in many fiction genres including the Bestselling Dragon-Shifter series Dragon Lords & Captured by a Dragon-Shifter, and the mischievously magical Warlocks MacGregor. Works also include Lords of the Abyss and Lords of the Var and the National RT award-winning historical Maiden and the Monster.
TDBW: When did you start writing?
Michelle: I’ve always loved telling stories, whether with my camera or words. My first published book in 2004, called The Mists of Midnight, was recently released under the new title, Forget Me Not. It’s a historical paranormal romance with a hint of the Gothic style.
TDBW: What was the first story you remember writing?
Michelle: In 8th grade I wrote a story called “Thanksgiving Murders”. I thought I was the next Edgar Allen Poe. I probably wasn’t. I think it came out more like a bad 80’s horror film rather than the Telltale Heart.
TDBW: What genre is your most preferred?
Michelle: I love writing in subgenres of romance. Though I do have contemporary and historical romances, I’m probably best known for my paranormals.
Witches of Cauldrons and Confessions
TDBW: What challenges you the most in your writing?
Michelle: I think it’s important to always challenge yourself to be better in all aspects of what you’re doing, and I try to do that with my writing. The hours required to be a professional author can be difficult at times, but I wouldn’t change jobs for anything.
TDBW: What is your favorite thing about being an author?
Michelle: I get paid to make up stories. What’s not to love?
TDBW: What do you like least about being an author?
Michelle: It’s an all-consuming career choice. The hours it takes to produce can be hard on the mind and body. It’s easy to get caught up in the constant work. I need to be reminded to relax, often.
TDBW: How many books do you currently have available?
Michelle: I’m at around the 100 books published range.
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TDBW: What projects are you currently working on?
Michelle: Warlocks MacGregor: Cauldrons and Confessions just released March 2017. I’m currently working on a couple new Captured by a Dragon-shifter series story. Then I have several new projects starting later this year.
Readers can find pre-orders and news on my website www.michellepillow.com
TDBW: Do you have any books coming out soon?
*Warlocks MacGregor: Cauldrons and Confessions – March 2017
*Captured by a Dragon-Shifter: Mischievous Prince – July 2017
*Also in 2017: Captured by a Dragon Shifter: Headstrong Prince, Space Lords book 4, and several more.
TDBW: Which book, or series, is your favorite?
Michelle: It’s impossible to pick a favorite anything. I like different stories for different reasons. I love being able to do the larger world building in the Realm Immortal series and Tribes of the Vampire series. I love the historical research of books like Maiden and the Monster, Lord of Fire Lady of Ice, and Forget Me Not. I love the creative license I’m given in Sci Fi/futuristic books like Dragon Lords series, Lords of the Var series, and Space Lords series.
TDBW: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Michelle: I grew up reading a lot of classics—Steinbeck, Austen, Mary Shelley…the list is endless. However, no fave author list is complete without naming Mandy M. Roth. Not only is she a talented author, but she’s an awesome person.
TDBW: Which book(s) inspire you the most?
Michelle: Pride and Prejudice was one of the first romances I’d ever read. The botched first proposal from Mr. Darcy in all its inelegance still makes me smile in anticipation of what’s to come next.
TDBW: Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what band(s) do you play?
Michelle: I can’t listen to music. I start singing and typing lyrics and forget what I’m doing. I do better with low noise in the background, like serious television conversations.
TDBW: Any hobbies?
Michelle: I set out in life to be a photographer. I always thought I’d be telling stories with photographs, not words. But then that first book was published and it took a back seat. I still love the camera, but I don’t get to pick it up as much as I’d like to.
TDBW: Tell us some more about yourself including your website and where we can find you on social media sites:
Michelle: I love research and trying new things. Writing has been wonderful as far as opening doors to new experiences. I’ve climbed Mayan temples in Belize, was an extra on Z Nation (the Syfy channel television show), and I’ve gone on paranormal investigations of museums and vaudeville theatres. I truly am blessed with a wonderful family, and awesome readers. I can’t say thank you enough to them.
My website: http://michellepillow.com
TDBW: Care to share a bit of one of your books with us?
Michelle: Here’s an excerpt from Warlocks MacGregor, book 1, Love Potions. The oldest MacGregor brother has been dosed with a love potion by his sister and is making a fool of himself in front of the woman he likes. It really does go downhill from here, LOL.
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Love Potions (Warlocks MacGregor) Excerpt
Michelle M. Pillow
“Ly-di-ah! I sit beneath your window, laaaass, singing ’cause I loooove your a—”
“For the love of St. Francis of Assisi, someone call a vet. There is an injured animal screaming in pain outside,” Charlotte interrupted the flow of music in ill-humor.
Lydia lifted her forehead from the kitchen table. Her windows and doors were all locked, and yet Erik’s endlessly verbose singing penetrated the barrier of glass and wood with ease.
Charlotte held her head and blinked heavily. Her red-rimmed eyes were filled with the all too poignant look of a hangover. She took a seat at the table and laid her head down. Her moan sounded something like, “I’m never moving again.”
“You need fluids,” Lydia prescribed, getting up to pour unsweetened herbal tea from the pitcher in the fridge. She’d mixed it especially for her friend. It was Gramma Annabelle’s hangover recipe of willow bark, peppermint, carrot, and ginger. The old lady always had a fresh supply of it in the house while she was alive. Apparently, being a natural witch also meant in partaking in natural liquors. Annabelle had kept a steady supply of moonshine stashed in the basement. If the concert didn’t stop soon she might try to find an old bottle.
“Omigod. Kill me,” Charlotte moaned. “No. Kill him. Then kill me.”
Erik had been singing for over an hour. At first, he’d tried to come inside. She’d not invited him and the barrier spell sent him sprawling back into the yard. He didn’t seem to mind as he found a seat on some landscaping timbers and began his serenade. The last time she’d asked him to be quiet, he’d gotten louder and overly enthusiastic. In fact, she’d been too scared to pull back the curtains for a clearer look, but she was pretty sure he’d been dancing on her lawn, shaking his kilt.
“Omigod,” Charlotte muttered, pushing up and angrily going to a window. Then grimacing, she said, “Is he wearing a tux jacket with his kilt?”
“Don’t let him see you,” Lydia cried out in a panic. It was too late. The song began with renewed force.
“He’s…” Charlotte frowned. “I think it’s dancing.”
Since the damage was done, Lydia joined Charlotte at the window. Erik grinned. He lifted his arms to the side and kicked his legs, bouncing around the yard like a kid on too much sugar. “Maybe it’s a traditional Scottish dance?”
Both women tilted their heads in unison as his kilt kicked up to show his perfectly formed ass.
“He’s not wearing…” Charlotte began.
“I know. He doesn’t,” Lydia answered. Damn, the man had a fine body. Too bad Malina’s trick had turned him insane.
Excerpt (c) copyright 2014 Michelle M. Pillow