Author Interview: Michelle M. Pillow
About the author:
NYT & USAT Bestselling Author Michelle M. Pillow is an award-winning romance writer with over 100 published books over the course of her nearly 15-year career. She is best known for her Quirlixen World including the series: Dragon Lords, Space Lords, Lords of the Var, Galaxy Alien Mail Order Brides, and more.
Michelle is always up for a new adventure or challenge, whether it's a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She was a refugee extra on SyFy's Z Nation (2016).
What inspires you to write romantic fiction?
I'm a romantic who loves books with a happy ending, characters who aren't perfect but can grow, and a good mystery you can't solve right away.
Tell us about how you write.
Coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
Do you listen to or talk to to your characters?
Usually, I just complain about them behind their backs when they are misbehaving .
What advice would you give other romance writers?
There is no magic formula. I wish there was. You have to put in the hours and do the work. The best advice I have that is to do your research. Research everything—your book, marketing, promo, your genre. You should never stop learning about any of it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I'm hybrid published, so I've been traditional and indie. My decisions are based on contract terms and what I feel the publisher can offer that I can't do for myself. I love being indie, too, though as it allows for the ultimate control.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That it will always be changing–as new technology is invented, as new vendors emerge, as the public's genre tastes change.
Which romance sub-genere(s) fit your stories best?
Science Fiction, Futuristic, Paranormal, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Cozy Mystery
My books are available in the following formats: