Name Micalea Smeltzer
Where are you from?
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
Lol, there’s not much to tell. I’m still pretty young so no husband or kids. I do have three dogs. I never went to college—even though I planned to go for interior design. I ended up deciding to take a year off to pursue publishing and here I am today!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My newest book Rae of Sunshine just released.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve written forever—literally. Before I knew what the alphabet was I used to draw scribbles and tell whoever would listen the story in my head. I’ve always been a dreamer, and things in my head were always more interesting than my real life, so it was always fun to be someone else for a little while.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Oh man, I don’t know. Probably after I started gathering a fan base. And I hate that term because I feel like my fans are more like friends—and I have become friends with many of them.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
The characters. Fallen was my first book I actually completed. Everything before then didn’t last past 20 pages, but I fell in love with Jonathon and Kylie and wanted their story to be told.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I feel like I do. I’m very descriptive and even though I usually cover tough subject matter I try to keep things light.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For Rae of Sunshine, her name is Rachael but she goes by Rae and Cade (the hero) calls her his Rae of Sunshine.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, but I won’t say what it is here. You’ll have to read it. 😉
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I feel like all of it is.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The topic covered in Rae of Sunshine has never affected me personally, but it is an important topic to me.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I can’t think of one! I’ve read so many books!
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Oh God…like I said, I’ve read so many books that I think it would be impossible to pick one.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
After We Collided by Anna Todd and Never Let Go by Anne Carol
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Anne Carol! I just started Never Let Go, but we’ve been talking for a few weeks now and she’s the sweetest.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Up next for me is a whole new series of standalones. Book one is titled Last to Know and it will be releasing sometime in January. I’ll be releasing more information on Last to Know and the rest of the series in a few weeks.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I would have to say a girl named Emily. J She was the first “fan” to contact me and we’ve ended up becoming really good friends. It’s rare for us not to talk to each other every day.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely. I’ve been doing it full time for 3 years and I hope that never changes. It’s what I love. It’s hard work, but I love it.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
LOL! If I let myself I’d probably change loads in all of my books! I’m my own worst critic and there is ALWAYS room for improvement. When you start thinking you’re perfect you lose the drive to try to be better.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was so young that I have no idea! It’s just always been something I’ve done.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
“Are we playing football?” I asked, following him once more.
He tossed the ball in the air and caught it. “I suppose, if catch was considered football.”
“Catch? Trying to make it easy on me?” I laughed, as he unlocked another set of doors. This time we stepped into what appeared to be a tunnel. I could feel the cool evening breeze flowing around us and see the stadium ahead. A rush flitted through my body. If this was even an ounce of the high Cade felt before a game… wow.
“Aw, Sunshine, I’d never make it easy for you. Then you might win and my pride can’t handle that,” he winked, bumping my shoulder playfully with his.
Feeling mischievous I reached up and snatched the ball from his hands and started running.
“Cade,” I called over my shoulder with a laugh, “I always win.”
Our laughter echoed in the tunnel and then I was on the field, still running.
A scream tore out of my throat as Cade caught me around the waist and started spinning me through the air. “Cade!”
We came crashing to the ground in a tangle of limbs.
He rolled so he took the brunt of the fall, but he was quick to roll again and pin me to the ground.
His hair hung in his eyes and we both breathed heavily.
The air crackled between us with electricity.
He reached down, smoothing the hair off my forehead. My breath faltered as his hand then trailed down over my lips.
Things were changing between us.
That much was obvious, and I was too weak to fight it anymore.
The distance between us began to close, becoming smaller and smaller. My heart beat like a drum, my blood roaring through my veins.
This was it.
He was going to kiss me.
And this moment, it was going to change everything.
My eyes closed and I waited, feeling his lips so close to mine. It was an effort to stay still. I knew the smart thing to do would be to move, to stop this, but I couldn’t.
I was helpless when it came to Cade. I’d been running and running, and he’d finally caught me. Literally and figuratively.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I find with each book there’s always at least one scene I struggle to write—but it always varies as to what type of situation the characters are in. Sometimes I have trouble writing a happy scene and other times it’s a serious scene.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t have a favorite author, but I do have a favorite book and that would be The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski. That book…I couldn’t put it down and it made me cry! I never cry while reading!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No. The only time I travel is for book signings and I’ve only done 2 so far. I’m planning more for 2015!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Regina Wamba with Mae I Design has done all my covers except for the Fallen Series. Her work is incrediable and she’s wonderful to work with. Plus, she puts up with my craziness.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
With Rae of Sunshine I felt like I really struggled to portray the emotions the right way, but I think I finally got it right.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Not to overwork and stress myself so much! Lol!
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Just write! Write what YOU want and not what you think you should.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you guys!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No, but it was probably something non-fiction. For the longest time when I was little I would only read non-fiction.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I have a very dry sense of humor so I usually laugh at things no one else does. I don’t cry at much.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
J.K. Rowling. She created Harry Potter so I would totally fangirl over her and ask her a million and one question…actually I’d be more likely to pass out.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Probably something about living life to the fullest. I nearly died at 18 and it shows you that life is precious and you should cherish every moment. There’s no guarantee that you’ll live to be old and gray.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
…Reading. Lol. I’d love to learn how to knit though.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I’m obsessed with Reign, The Blacklist, and Arrow.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Anything pasta! Blue and green! Anything…I’m obsessed with music!
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
My other dream job would’ve been an archeologist, but realistically I would’ve done interior design.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
I do! Here’s the link! http://micaleasmeltzer.com/
My y amazon page that lists my books. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Micalea%20Smeltzer&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank