AUTHOR: Michelle K Pickett
BOOK TITLE: Concilium: The Departure (Concilium series book 2)
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing
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Tell me a little about your book: It's the sequel to my debut novel Concilium. It tells the story of Leslee and Miller and their fight against the evil Imbibo, creatures from an alternate dimension on earth that have found their way into the human dimension.
What gave you the idea for this particular story? This particular book idea just came to me as an extension from the first book. There is really nothing I can point to and say: "That's where the idea came from."
Are you a full-time writer or part-time, and how do you organize your writing time? I am so lucky to be a full-time writer, second to being a full-time mom. I organize my writing around being a mom first, so school functions, band recitals and the like come before writing time. But I get a lot of free time while my children are in school all day to write. I am able to spend at least four to five hours writing or blogging a day and another one to two hours reading, which I believe is just as important for a writer to do as writing.
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? I think I've always known I've wanted to be a writer, but it really became apparent while I was in college.
What do you hope readers will take from your writing? I hope they are entertained. We have so much stress in our lives today that we need a little time to get away and relax and enjoy ourselves. I hope that spending time reading my books will give readers some time to escape the stress and drama of real-life.
Which genres do you write, which do you prefer, and why? I write adult and young adult science fiction and urban fantasy romances. I love the science fiction and urban fantasy genres because I'm not confined. I can create new worlds and new beings/animals. I really get to delve into my imagination and pull out whatever I find in there without limiting myself.
What is the toughest part about being a writer and how do you get past it? The toughest part about being a writer, for me, is rejection. The fact that not everyone is going to like my work is a tough pill to swallow, and some people can be very hurtful in their critiques. They forget that there is a person attached to the book they are reviewing, someone who has put a lot of time, effort and love into it. I know that not everyone is going to love my work, but I want them to! And it is disappointing when someone doesn't like something. Getting past it is difficult—it's an ongoing process learning to just let go of the negative reviews and concentrate on the positive. I just keep reminding myself that life would be boring if we all liked the same thing.
Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it. Yes, in Concilium: The Departure there is a scene based on a conversation my son and I had. It's in the second to last chapter when Leslee's son is doing his homework. The conversation she and her son have about his homework and his statement that "it's fun to be him" is based on an actual conversation my son and I had.
How much is your protagonist like you? How different? Leslee is completely fictitious. As far as I'm concerned we aren't anything a like. I guess I'd have to ask someone else this question to be certain, however.
What kind of research did you do for this type of story? None, it is a complete work of fiction, straight out of my imagination.
Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not? Writing sexual scenes is very uncomfortable for me. I'm not sure why. It's a very natural thing and not something we should be embarrassed about, but it is also something that is private and intimate—shared between two people. I'm also very aware that my parents will be reading what I write! Ha-ha! Violent scenes aren't as uncomfortable for me. There are some mildly violent scenes in both the Concilium books.
What about your book makes it special? It is a new concept. It isn't about vampires (although I love them), werewolves, aliens, or alternate planets. It considers the concept that there may be alternate dimensions on our own planet, with other beings living alongside us in unseen realms and what might happen if those beings somehow discovered a way to cross into our dimension.
What is your marketing plan? I'm terrible at marketing! It consists of doing blog interviews and hoping that people will pass the word. I think word of mouth is the best advertising an author can get, but getting the word out is the hardest part. I haven't found a good way to do that. If anyone has any help or suggestions I'd love to hear them!
Where can people learn more about you and your work? Readers can find me on the web at www.michelle-pickett.com where they can read some of my work, learn about upcoming projects and news. They can also keep up with me through my blog: www.michelle-pickett.com/blog
Any tips for new writers hoping to write in the genre of your book? Just write and don't give up. It takes a lot of persistence to break into this profession, so go into it with the knowledge that it will take hard work. But it can be done with the right attitude and work ethic. I think there are three things a good writer must do: Write, Read, Never Give Up.
What’s in the future for you? I have a young adult science fiction romance novel title PODs releasing in paperback June 4, 2013 through Spencer Hill Press. You can learn about it here: PODs I also have a young adult paranormal romance scheduled for release in paperback through Spencer Hill Press in March of 2014. You can learn about it here: Milayna I'm currently writing another urban fantasy series tentatively titled Bloodline and I'm also writing my first contemporary romance tentatively titled Unspeakable. After I finish those projects I have outlines for various other projects I'd like to work on. I hope to be writing for a long while. My goal, of course, is to keep publishing my work, but even if I'm not published I'll keep writing because It's what I love.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today. I appreciate you letting me share my work with you and your readers.