Today I have the honor of being a host on the The AUTHORS ARE ROCKSTARS Tour. This tour stop is really special to me because I am featuring the most amazing Michelle Rowen aka Morgan Rhodes. I have been a long time fan of Michelle, ever since I read her first novel Bitten and Smitten and my respect and admiration for her has only increased to crazy fan girl amounts thus placing her on my AUTHOR ROCK STAR list.
If you are not familiar with her novels I highly suggest going to her website and checking out her extensive library of books. I am a big fan of her YA series DEMON PRINCESS and highly suggest checking them out. I also recommend her NIGHT WATCHERS series and last be definitely not least, my absolute favorite series by her.....FALLING KINGDOMS (flails about the floor with the amount of love I have for this series). It is fantastic fantasy novel filled with amazing storylines, memorable characters and passion that you will not easily forget.
Please take a moment and check out my great interview with Michelle and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.
Michelle Rowen/ Morgan Rhodes Interview
1) I have been a longtime fan of your work but am most fangirly over your Falling Kingdoms series. How did that series come about?
Thank you! Falling Kingdoms has been a joy to write so far and has really challenged me as a writer, which is definitely what I was looking for at this stage of my career. I’d wanted to work on something with a bigger feel and multiple characters for some time and I absolutely love the high fantasy genre which lends itself very nicely to ‘big’! I had written Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide for Razorbill, which helped introduce me and my writing to this fabulous publisher and I learned they also wanted something epic, gritty, and high fantasy for teens. Falling Kingdoms developed from there and I’m so very excited and grateful to be writing this amazing series which has really connected with a lot of readers of all ages and both genders, and it is my first novel to hit the New York Times list!
2) Of what you have written so far, what is your favorite and why?
I can’t pick only one – that’s like asking a mother to pick her favorite child. LOL! My favorite is usually the book I’ve just completed since it’s shiny and finished. I will say, however, that I have particularly strong feelings for my very first book Bitten & Smitten since it was, well, the first, and it got me my agent and my first publishing contract. Also, I wrote that book out of the sheer joy of writing, not to any deadline or publishing expectations.
3) Who has been your most favorite character to write about?
This also changes frequently. The first who comes to mind from my backlist is Darrak the demon from my Living in Eden trilogy (which started with The Demon in Me). He was a lot of fun. Currently, my favorite is Prince Magnus from my Falling Kingdoms series. He’s so tortured and conflicted and deeply angsty down deep, but on the surface he’s super snarky, which makes him a lot of fun to write.
4) How many books are planned for your Falling Kingdoms series?
Four are currently under contract.
5) What can you tell us about Rebel Spring?
Trying not to be too spoilerish…. it picks up the action about three weeks after the end of Falling Kingdoms. The end of chapter one has a surprise announcement that definitely effects the characters going forward in a very twisty way. You’ll learn a lot more about the mysterious Watchers and the search for the Kindred; and I introduce an important new character, a kickass girl with rebel aspirations who can definitely hold her own against the boys.
6) Looking back on your writing career have things come together as you have planned or have you been totally surprised by things.
I can honestly say that very little has come together as I originally planned! Being a writer is definitely a career filled with surprises, both good and bad. Keeping a positive attitude, rolling with the punches, developing a thick(ish) skin, and enjoying the work without getting fixated on things that are out of your control are essential elements for anyone in this for the long haul.
7) You recently gave up Candy Crush because it just proved to be too addictive and time consuming, was that difficult to do? and do you have any other habits that may help or impede your writing process?
Candy Crush! Arghhh. LOL. That game is so addictive and it seemed to have no end. I found I was wasting far too much time playing it when I knew I should be using my time for more important things – like writing!! I had to go cold turkey by deleting it from my iPad and I haven’t played it since. Honestly? It was the best decision I’ve made this year. Other bad habits I have are daytime TV and allowing myself to lean into a routine where I very rarely start my “work day” before 3pm. I get the writing done, but sometimes I’m still at it at midnight!
8) What are you writing next? and can you talk about it.
Currently I’m writing book three of Falling Kingdoms, but after that I have something new and super awesome lined up to write that I can’t talk about yet!! But sooooon, I promise!!
9) What is on your reading nightstand and what have you read that you absolutely adored.
I’m currently rereading the first Harry Potter, which is just as fantastic now as it was 10+ years ago when I first read it. My favorite read of this year is probably Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. I don’t read a lot of contemporary, but this made me want to read more.
10) Who is your author "ROCK STAR" and why?
I love many authors, but my Rock Star would probably be JK Rowling. Not only did she create an incredible world with Harry Potter (I’ve been to the park at Universal Studios twice!), but she seems like someone who genuinely loves writing and would also be a lovely person to know in real life.
11) I know you’re a big fan of the Vampire Academy series, (like I am) How excited are you about its upcoming movie and which of your novels would you want to see on the big screen?
I cannot even express in words how excited I am for VA to hit the screen. SO EXCITED! Since I wrote Vampire Academy: The Ultimate Guide (largely because I’m a mega fan) I feel like I am extra attached to the characters and the world Richelle Mead created.
If I had to pick just a couple of my own novels, I think Falling Kingdoms would make a kickass movie as would Countdown, my upcoming release (out Sept 23rd!) from Harlequin Teen, a standalone novel about two teens who must rely on each other for survival in a deadly Reality TV game they’re forced to play – this is a YA revamp of the award-nominated novel I wrote about five years ago under the same title, but different pen name.
12) You are a successful adult paranormal author, what made you decide to write novels for the YA genre?
YA is my first love, but I happened to get published in PNR first. I have slowly but steadily returned to what I feel I was always meant to write. While I enjoyed writing romance, I have no PNR books currently under contract. I have a cozy vampire mystery scheduled for next summer, but beyond that I’m all YA all the time right now!
13) What genre would you like to write next? And why?
Falling Kingdoms currently takes up a lot of my creative time and energy since those books are so epic in scope and storyline. I still love paranormal and urban fantasy. I love futuristic. Love sci-fi. I wish I could get contemporary ideas, but my ideas trend toward fantasy, so I’m just fine continuing to write that!
14) What does your writing day typically consist of?
I try to take care of most social media, promo, and email obligations in the mornings. In the afternoons, I get down to work. If I’m writing a first draft, I aim for an average of 10 pages a day, every day. Sometimes I’ll need to increase that depending on where my deadline falls. My first drafts are usually very lean and rough, so I build in a few weeks before the deadline to do a second draft, which is actually more time consuming than a first. Then I do a last read and tweak and the book is ready to go. My hours per day vary greatly – sometimes I work two hours and can get my pages done, sometimes I work twelve or more.a Rafflecopter giveaway
THANK YOU MICHELLE!!! for this great interview and allowing me to ask you all the silly fan girl questions that I have been holding onto for years.
If you are a fan of Michelle/Morgan than I have an amazing opportunity for you. Michelle has been quite generous and she has signed copies of COUNTDOWN and FALLING KINGDOMS for one lucky giveaway participant. Simply fill out the rafflecopter form below and GOOD LUCK!!!