Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Interview with Michelle Sharp, author of Dream Huntress - Win a $50 Gift Card!


Title: Dream Huntress
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Author: Michelle Sharp
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Language: English
Pages: 260
Format: Ebook

 Detective Jordan Delany has a gift. Through her dreams, she connects with dead victims of violent crimes. Her isolated life as a drug cop is perfect for hiding the freakish visions, until her newest investigation has her posing as a cocktail waitress in a down-and-dirty strip club. When she’s saved from a drunken customer by a handsome stranger, the heated chemistry is exactly why she intends to keep Mr. Arrogant at bay. But learning he’s the new bouncer for the corrupt club she intends to bust just might be the one reason why she can’t. Tyler McGee suspects a drug ring operating out of the local club is flooding the streets of his hometown with heroin. Determined to get answers, he plays the part of a fallen cop and lands the job of head bouncer. What he discovers is that the club owner isn’t the only deadly obstacle he’s facing. His attraction to an intriguing cocktail waitress with a penchant for danger just might kill him first.


What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
I’m proudest of my family. I have a great husband and three awesome kids. But I’m also pretty darn proud that I’ve achieved the goal of having my first book published.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
Probably the fact that I was an only child had something to do with the wild imagination. I didn’t have brothers and sisters to play with, but as long as I had teddy bears and dolls, there was always entertaining conversation. LOL. Guess the talent stuck!
When and why did you begin writing?
I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. Mostly it was just for school projects or for my own entertainment.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I would say the serious writing bug bit me in high school. Even then, I enjoyed writing for the school newspaper and yearbook. By my senior year, I had decided to go to college for journalism.
When did you first know you could be a writer? 
Okay, I’ve never told this to anyone…but…I had always toyed with the idea of being a writer—writing books I mean—but never really thought I’d make it. Then I entered an RWA contest, and a well-known published author took the time to write me a letter telling me how much she liked my manuscript. A busy author took the time to type up a letter and encourage me. I wrote her a thank you note, but I’m pretty sure she has no idea that I have that letter hanging in front of me every day that I write. It was the very first time I thought, “maybe I CAN do this.” It was that kind of encouragement that kept me going all this time. So never underestimate what a random act of kindness will mean to someone. And the manuscript she commented on was entitled The Dreamer, aka, now DREAM HUNTRESS.
What inspires you to write and why?
The biggest inspiration to write comes from readers who like my stories. I’ve been lucky to have an awesome critique group, friends, family, and beta readers to give me valuable feedback. Nothing makes an author happier than hearing, “Hey, I loved your book.”  
What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Romantic Suspense.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I don’t think any one thing inspired this book, rather several things culminating at a specific time in my life. I’ve always enjoyed a good romance with a mystery or suspense twist. Cops, crime scenes, intrigue, sex, there is just no greater combination in my mind. So there was that. Also, I lost my father several years back, and, while going through his things, I had a weird experience that made me certain he was in the room with me. It was the first time I had ever really contemplated whether our loved ones are still with us after death, but now I kind of believe they are.
So of course I loved the show Medium, but it always irritated me that no matter how many cases Allison had gotten right, the cops always seemed to doubt what she was saying. I looked at my husband one night and said, “Allison needs a badge of her own.” I have always believed my mind subconsciously toyed with that statement for a few weeks, because one night the character of Jordan Delany came to me in a rush of writing and we’ve been BFF’s since. LOL.
Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
This is a strange answer, but, I think the character of Jordan Delany kept me going more than anything else. I find her an interesting, complicated, and dark character trying to overcome her past and have a normal life when she knows she is anything but normal. Most of the things she does, and most of what comes out of her mouth, surprises even me.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Having a family and still finding the time to sit in front of the computer for hours at a time. LOL.
Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?
It taught me that I had the ambition and determination to stick with a project, work hard, and reach a goal that mostly felt like an insane dream a few years ago.
Do you intend to make writing a career?
I think I’ve worked too hard and enjoyed writing too much to ever give it up.
Have you developed a specific writing style?
Only that my stories will always be contemporary, most likely with a strong/unconventional heroine at the core.
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
The fact that I love to learn new things seems to have served me well. Of course I’m a bit of a workshop geek. I actually like being in any class that talks about the craft of writing. But I also like researching my characters careers and hobbies. Getting to sit down and talk with a detective in the name of research is just nothing but fun.  
What is your favorite quality about yourself?
Probably that I try to keep an open mind about everything. No writer likes negative feedback, but often that negative feedback is what makes you better. I have always tried to look at critiques and comments with an open mind and tried to use them to make my writing stronger.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself?
The inability to find balance. I mean, I see these super-moms that work, have kids, exercise, cook healthy meals, and I wonder what the heck I’m doing wrong. LOL There are toys everywhere in my house, we eat fast food much more than we should, and exercise much less than we should. If you happen to know the secret to getting in the super-mom club, please e-mail me.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Maya Angelou

I think that says it all. I hope people will always remember the way my books made them feel.


Michelle Sharp is a romantic suspense author from the Midwest. Although she has a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University, she finds weaving tales of danger, deception, and love much preferable to reporting the cold, hard facts. Her goal in life? To team resilient, kick-ass heroines with the sexy alpha’s who love them. As most writers probably are, she is an avid reader. Her husband and kids would call it obsessive—but whatever. Her first choice is usually a story with a thrilling combination of danger and love, but any book with a great voice and intriguing story will keep her turning pages well past any reasonable bed-time.

Her debut novel will be published with Entangled Ignite in June of 2014. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Missouri Romance Writers.



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