I love that she's so humble and willing to take on paranormal romance!
In the interview, I had a jaw-dropper moment at "troll dolls". I almost forgot about them! Nostalgia at it's best!
See below for The Reader's Hollow first, official Author Interview and what the lovely Michelle K. Pickett has to say about writing, reading, life and the really good "favorite quote" from her father.
Series: The Milayna Series, Book 1
Author: Michelle K. Pickett
Published: March 17th, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Adult language and violence
Recommended Age: 16+
It’s hard being good all the time. Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn’t a choice. It’s a job requirement. And it’s a job she can’t quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger and demons threaten the people around her, but being half angel isn’t all halos and happiness. Azazel, Hell’s demon, wants Milayna’s power and he’ll do anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which she becomes untouchable.
With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting by her side is Chay. He’s a demi-angel who’s sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love… or her nemesis in disguise?
When she learns of a traitor in her group, there’s no one she can trust… not even the one she loves.
“Milayna” is a paranormal romance. It’s the first paranormal book I’ve written so I’m hopeful readers like it. I’m always nervous when the reviews start to come in…to the point I’m physically sick. LOL!
The book is centered on a teenage girl, named Milayna—I bet you already guessed that. She finds out she isn’t quite human, but a demi-angel. As she nears her birthday, she begins to display powers, and Azazel, Hell’s angel, wants them. Bad. So she has to evade his attempts to get them and kill her.
I think what makes “Milayna” different, and one of my editors mentioned this to me, is that the book is set in a high-school. The demi-angels are just high school kids. But, there is always a little bad that comes with the good, and demi-demons also roam the school—and look like normal high school students. Even the demi-angels can’t tell who is who.
Also, there’s a point in the book, right after she finds out what she is, where she gets angry and almost bratty. It isn’t like some books where the heroine finds out she’s a werewolf and just shrugs her shoulders and goes on as if life is normal. I don’t think that’s how a person would act. Me? I’d freak out. And that’s what Milayna did. I hope when readers get to the point in the book where she is having her little pity party they give her some leeway. After all, she just found out her family was hiding a huge secret from her.
Also, one of Milayna’s powers adds a different element to the story. She sees the future, but not in its entirety. Only glimpses of what will happen to an individual, and she has to step in and try to change the course of time to save that person from whatever it is the demons are trying to do. Her visions were kind of fun to write, but when they really get good is in book two, "Milayna's Angel." She sees a whole new world!
RH: What is your next project?
Well, the next two books in the “Milayna” series are releasing this year, “Milayna’s Angel” in July (2015) and “The Innocent” in November (2015).
The sequel to PODs is finally releasing. It’s scheduled to hit the shelves in late November.
After that I have some new projects I’m working on. The sequel to “Unspeakable” and the companion novel (maybe two companions), two new adult contemporary romances, and I have one book done and ready to submit, but my mom keeps telling me how “weird” it is, so I’ve held back. But I’ll be sending it to publishers to see what they think.
You can find my books here or more information of current and future releases on my website, www.michelle-pickett.com
RH: Where can we find you?
My Website ▪ Email ▪ Facebook ▪ Twitter ▪ Bloglovin ▪ Google + ▪ Instagram ▪ Pinterest ▪ LinkedIn ▪ Clean Teen ▪ Goodreads ▪ Amazon ▪ Skype
RH: Pen, Pencil, phone, tablet or computer? What does your writing sanctuary look like? Do you have any tricks when it comes to getting into the writing-mode?
Pen and Laptop. Generally an organized form of messy. (Ha-Ha) And to get into writing mode, I have to grab a hoodie. Gotta have the hoodie. Oh, and my Troll dolls.
RH: Where are you from?
I’m originally from Flint, Michigan. After I got married, I moved to New Mexico, where my husband was stationed. After my husband left the military, we moved back to Michigan. Until a great job came along and we packed up once again and moved here.
Now I’m tired. I really don’t want another cross-country move, so I think we are in Texas to stay!
RH: What book could you read over and over?
Oh, that’s easy, but I’m going to pick two instead of just one.
“Olivia and Jai” by Rebecca Ryman and “Easy” by Tammara Webber.
It’s kind of odd. They are both very different books. “Olivia and Jai” is set in historical India. It is a romance with some mystery and is fiction, but Ryman seamlessly weaves in some nonfiction facts, beliefs and traditions of that time in India. I don’t usually read historical romances, but there’s something about “Olivia and Jai” I can’t put it down. (It’s Jai! He’s the ultimate bad boy and so very swoony!! HA!)
Most readers know about “Easy” by Tammara Webber. It’s a contemporary romance, and has a very tender story. I really liked that book, as well. Although, it is extremely different than my all-time fav “Olivia and Jai.”
RH: Do you have a favorite quote?
Yes. I have no idea where it came from, but it is: “Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others gargle.”
But my favorite quote is: “If it’s worth having; it’s worth working for. The harder the work, the better the reward.” My dad told me that.
RH: What is your favorite drink?
Coke or a Monster. No question. But I’m a chronic migraine sufferer, so I’m trying to detox from caffeine (and it’s SO killing me) and sugar. I’ve switched my Coke to SOBE Life Water. It’s good, but it doesn’t beat an ice cold Coke. Sigh.
RH: Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
LOL! My laptop. It has all my novels, finished and still in progress, family photos, and most important documents on it. I NEED my laptop!
RH: Is there anyone you'd like to thank?
There are so many people I’d like to thank; that I’m so thankful are in my life. Obviously my family. They’re great and very, very supportive. Then Spencer Hill Press, the publishing house that published my debut young adult novel, “PODs.” And a huge thank you to Clean Teen Publishing. Clean Teen published “Unspeakable.” A book so close to my heart. And, of course, they are publishing the Milayna trilogy and the sequel to “PODs.” They are unbelievable to work with. I’m so blessed to be a Clean Teen author.
I’d like to thank you, and bloggers like you. You do so much for authors. I don’t think you even realized how important you are to our careers. Interviews like this one, book spotlights, weekly posts such as “Teaser Tuesday” and “Waiting on Wednesday,” the list goes on and on of what you do. The writing community has changed so much in just a few years. Technology is playing a major role in that change, and with that, more options are available to readers than ever before. In a sea of books, bloggers help give authors a little push so readers can find us. Personally, I think you should all walk around with Tiaras on your heads because you are priceless.
And the most important thank you always belongs to the readers. I’m always humbled when a reader sends and email or writes a review, telling me how much s/he liked my work. When it is time to thank my readers, I’m at a loss for words, an odd thing for an author and someone whose nickname as a child was Motor-Mouth-Mac. But I can never seem to find the right words to express how much I appreciate and thank them for spending their time and money on my books.
They’ve made my dream come true.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014.
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- Signed print copy of Milayna, a $20 Amazon gift card, a “Guardian Angel” personal alarm, & bookmarks
- A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.
- Signed print copy of Milayna and bookmarks