By Elizabeth Michels
*Cue Break of Day Trumpets*
Good Morning, McGovy. Thank you for joining us so early for coffee and questions. We’ll jump right in with the first one: What is the first romance novel you ever read?
Thanks so much for having me. One Night With A Prince by Sabrina Jeffries was my intro to romance. I picked it up because it had a gorgeous red cover that promised romps in bed. I was going through a very stressful time in my life and the first few pages offered humor and sexual chemistry. I was hooked. The Happily Ever After in every romance was exactly what I needed at that time … and ever since.
If you could have any super power, what would it be and why?
Since I finally watched X-Men First Class the other day, I have to say Magneto’s power is pretty freakin’ spectacular. But I can’t resist the allure of being able to teleport. No more planes, trains, automobiles, or airports? Sign me up! I’ll just poof it wherever I want to go. Ireland? Check. Starbucks down the street? Check, check.
What is the strangest thing you’ve ever researched for your books?
A buttery nipple – the drink, quit giggling E. Michels, and which Celtic deity was responsible for turning women into deer.
If you could live in any time period, which one would it be and why?
The 1950’s and 60’s. I know that may seem boring to some, but I prefer a time period with running water and electricity. The music was rockin’, literally, women’s fashion was beautiful, cars were bad a** and it was a great booming era for our country. Then, in the late 60’s, I’d buy a big American muscle car *cough* Camaro *cough* and drive to San Francisco to try my hand at being a hippy. A hippy with a Camaro. Ha!
The scary thing is, I can see it. Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever written/worked on your novel?
In the car, while driving. I don’t recommend it unless you have voice memo or Siri on your phone. Don’t type while behind the wheel!
If you could visit any fictional place, where would you go and why?
Hogwarts! Duh! More specifically, the Dark Arts and Spells classes. How cool would that be?
Very cool. You totally stole my answer too by the way. Who is your favorite hero in fiction, movies, or TV?
Wolverine. In movies, television cartoons, comic books, graphic novels – anywhere he appears. He’s the quintessential anti-hero and the first one I ever tried my hand at writing.
Again, one of my answers. Were you peaking at my notes? Describe yourself in one word.
Indescribable. And I promise I didn’t see your notes. *grin*
Tell everyone at home what you’re wearing?
I wish I could say something fierce like a sequined top, skinny jeans, biker jacket, and a pair of Doc Martens, but alas I am in a boring work ensemble of black pants, reddish blouse, and sandals.
You still look fab, hon. Why do you write paranormal romance?
I like to describe what I write as “romance with a magical touch” because that’s more fitting. I don’t have vampires or werewolves and that’s what a lot of readers expect when they think paranormal. I write what I write because I like imagining our normal, modern world with magic and the supernatural happening all around us. We may not see it or know of its existence, but it’s there and those involved could be your co-worker, neighbor, or even your boyfriend. I read and write paranormal because the heroes and heroines can be larger than life or they can be everyday folk. I like the idea of two worlds colliding. My themes are often trust, loyalty, and betrayal. Those can be taken to new levels when dealing with preternatural powers. In general, I think paranormal romance lends itself to heightened emotions, conflicts, perils, urgent love/lust, and life or death stakes. Plus, I read for escapism and nothing gives you an escape like Paranormal and Fantasy.
Well, this has been fabulous fun, McGovy. Anything you’d like to add as we wrap up the interview?
Yes. I like the trumpets. Nice touch. Also, will breakfast be available on the veranda? I’m starving and have a french toast craving.