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Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Booktacular: Interview And Giveaway With Michelle M. Pillow


Welcome to our Halloween Booktacular Event. My blog along with Good Choice Reading Blog, Books With Bite Blog, Once Upon A Twilight Blog, An Avid Readers Musings Blog, AliseOnLife Blog, and Dark Readers Blog are having some AMAZING authors stop by between today October 24th all the way through October 31st. There will be interviews, guest posts, top 10 lists, and of course GIVEAWAYS. During this event I will have 5 totally FANTASTIC authors stopping by and each will give away 1 incredible story. Today I have Michelle M. Pillow who I have been DYING to have on my blog since I started blogging back in '09. She is such a phenomenal writer, as well as, an avid horror movie fan which fits in well with this Halloween event....^_^.  Michelle has stopped by today to let me interview her and to give away an e-book (18+ or older) copy of my all time favorite book by her's King Of The Unblessed (Realm Immortal Series Book #1). You can read my review Here. If you would like to win an e-book copy of King Of The Unblessed just leave a comment with your e-mail address. You don't have to be a blog follower but if you would like to that would be great too....^_^. Giveaway ends 11:59 P.M. EST on October 30,2011. Now just sit back, relax and let's kick off this Halloween Booktacular with a bang....
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  • King Of The Unblessed (Realm Immortal Series Book #1) By Michelle M. Pillow
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605045152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605045153


Blurb:

The choice is simple: go with him or die.


Realm Immortal, Book One


Merrick, dark elfin King of Valdis, had once been heir to all that was good—happiness and pleasure his domain. Now, trapped as the ruler of mischief, king of necessary evil, he stands on a precipice of choice. On one side, his estranged brother, now ruler of what should have been Merrick’s, and on the other, King Lucien of the Damned. Both would sway him. Damnation is winning.


Lady Juliana of Bellemare is from a human family, protected by the Blessed, coveted by the Damned. Betrothed to an old friend of her father’s, Juliana is resigned to living out her days close to her childhood home, longing for an adventure, never dreaming she’d get what she wished for. When her fiancĂ© is murdered and the children of Bellemare are stolen, Juliana is sent on a quest in a strange realm where appearances are deceiving.


Merrick brings more adventure and passion than any woman could want. Can she withstand the temptations of the Unblessed king? The spell she weaves over him is more than he can resist and, desperate to be the one to rule her, Merrick offers her a choice; either come with him until he tires of her…or die.


Warning: This book contains hot sex, violence, trickster goblins, overly helpful sprights, a king of necessary evil who lives to get his way and a woman who would dare to deny him.



1) Can you tell us a little bit about your Realm Immortal Series?


The idea sprung from my love of the movie Labyrinth. I always hated the ending. I wanted Sarah to stay with Jareth. I didn’t want to rewrite the movie, but the thought started there and transformed into an immortal realm where magical being existed and where greater and lesser creatures ruled over a complicated world. Three of the main rulers are Lucien of the Damned (Evil), Ean of the Blessed (Good), and Merrick of the Unblessed (Necessary Evil).

2) How much of yourself, if any, did you put into your characters?

I enjoy making up stories, worlds and characters. Part of the fun of writing is research and learning new things—things that I don’t do. I’m sure some of myself slips into them, but usually it’s like Morrigan’s avoidance of cooking and cleaning, or her love of red toe nail polish in Dragon Lords: The Barbarian Prince. Or, like in Bit By The Bug, my experience as a photographer.

3) If you were stuck on a deserted island what 5 things would be a must?

A boat with full crew—cruise ship size would work. A satellite phone. Stockpile of food. Plenty of water. A really cute hero to pass the time with. LOL I’m not much for surviving out in the middle of nowhere. I usually plan my trips.

4) Did you always want to be a writer or did you see yourself taking a different career path?

I started as a photographer. I really thought that is where my career would go, though I did enjoy writing. Now photography has taken a back seat to the writing career, though I’m making efforts to do it more. I love creating stories, whether with pictures or words.

5) What do you find most challenging about writing?

Explaining to people that it’s not just a matter of sitting down and writing. It’s a process that takes a lot of emotional and physical energy, plus time. Three hours at the computer can either be really productive or merely produce a few hundred words.

6) Lady Juliana and Merrick are such wonderful characters. How did you come up with them? Are they based on people you know or are they just completely from your own imagination?

Merrick is one of my favorites. As King of the Unblessed, he is the ruler of necessary evil. Everything he is—his power, his very being—is tied to necessary evils. Unfortunately for him, he was born to be King of the Blessed (good). He can’t escape evil but is tortured by what he once knew. For this reason, he is not sure he can feel love.

Juliana represents everything Merrick is not. She’s from a blessed family. She’s mortal and idealistic, innocent and trusting.

I never base my characters of real people. It’s the fastest way to stop the flow of words because I worry about what the real person would do rather than what the character I made would do. I consider character building as important, if not more so, than world building.

7) Is there any genre you would like to try your hand at writing but just haven't had the chance to write?

I’ve written in several romance fiction genres—fantasy, futuristic, contemporary, historical, paranormal, and about every combination thereof. I love challenges and trying new things, so I’m open to new jobs and ideas. I’d like to work on a nonfiction project, a photography book, and maybe a young adult romance.

8) On average how long does it take you to write one of your novels?

It really depends on the book. Something that takes more research, like a historical where facts need to be accurate, take longer. That said, I work an average of 15-18 hours a day and am very prolific. Most longer novels with a lot of research will take about two months.

9) If you could check off one or two things from your bucket list what would they be and why?

I have a huge bucket lists. I’m actually a list person, so there are a ton of things I still want to do and try. A couple of the top ones are: I want to be either a zombie or the screaming chick that gets killed in the beginning credits of a horror movie. I want to travel to every country in the world.

10) What do you have coming up next?

I’m always working on new books. Currently, I’m working on four brand new Dragon Lords titles. They will start releasing soon from The Raven Books (www.theravenbooks.com). The books focus on the Princes’ noble cousins.


Website – 
http://www.michellepillow.com/
Facebook: Here
Twitter: Here
GoodReads: Here
Shelfari: Here

Participating Blogs:
Good Choice Reading: Here
Books With Bite: Here
Once Upon A Twilight: Here
An Avid Readers Musings: Here
AliseOnLife: Here
Dark Readers: Here

5 comments:

katsrus said...

Awesome book cover. I would love a chance to read Michelle's book.
Aue B
katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

elaing8 said...

WOW! on the cover :)
Great interview too.King Of The Unblessed sounds good.
Thanks for the giveaway.
elaing8[at]netscape[dot]net

Eva's Flowers said...

Awesome interview ladies, I really like hearing about how you go about creating your characters, I find that interesting from a reader point-of-view :)

Eva
evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

mbreakfield said...

Loved the interview! thanks for the giveaway
marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

Michelle Pillow said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by! And to Raquel for having me.

The awesome covers for this series was done by Natalie Winters aka author Mandy Roth.

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