Name Donna Michaels
Age Just turned nifty 50 last month.
Where are you from?
North eastern Pennsylvania
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
I graduated from a technical school where I studied data processing and accounting. You could always find me reading romance novels on the bus, between classes…in classes (sshhh). I didn’t go to college. I went to life. lol Met my husband in high school but didn’t start dating him until he was at boot camp. We married a few years later and had four children. A son, twin boys, then a girl. My husband worked a rotating swing shift for ten years while he was part time National Guard, then he got a fulltime job in the guard. Between the swings shifts and the Guard, I sometimes had to step up and wear his ‘daddy’ boots, when he was busy working to take care of us and our country. I was happy to do it, and I’m proud of him. God bless our troops!
As for me, before I started writing full time, I worked as a data analyst for a state funded company that housed people with mental health issues, data processor for a clothes company, and for a hospital. Worked at a call center, but that was definitely not for me. Worked second shift as an assistant foreman at a check printing company in their data entry department, and I cleaned classrooms at a private school. I definitely draw on those experiences in my writing.
I’m a member of RWA and a NYT, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling, award winning author. Phew, that’s a mouthful. I write romaginative fiction that’s romance through the H’s-Hot, Humorous & Heartwarming. My heroes are hot, alpha cowboys and/or military, and they’re equally matched by their heroines.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
My book HER UNIFORM COWBOY won recently won 1st place for Best Contemporary Romance from BTS eMagazine Red Carpet Book Awards and 2nd Place for Best Book of the Year, and my book HER FOREVER COWBOY took Honorable Mention for Best Contemporary, and it also came in 2nd in InD’Tale Magazine’s Rone Awards for Best Contemporary!
I’m thrilled to have a book in the upcoming Ring in a Cowboy boxed set with several amazing cowboy authors 12/28/15, up for preorder now for only .99cents! I also am thrilled to announce I will have another SEAL novella coming out January 26th in Cat Johnson’s Hot SEALs Kindle Worlds! This book will loosely connect to Knight’s SEAL that I was thrilled to have in Cat’s original KW launch in August. 😉 And I have a cowboy romantic suspense novella in the Cowboy Justice 12-Pack Boxed set coming out in the spring.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always had passion for writing and reading, so I gave it a try when most of the romances I was reading had beta heroines (trend at the time). I was tired of them being 17/18 with not much of a backbone. That motivated me to get the stories out of my head and onto paper. But I did wait until my last child was in school full time.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer as soon as I started that first story.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My life inspired me to write my first book. I already knew I wanted a strong heroine, so I took the advice to write what you know, so I used my background in construction and had fun with it.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I am both panser and plotter. I prefer to write by what the characters tell me as I go, but when I have deadlines looming, I have to stop and list scene ideas. My writing ‘voice’ is hot, humorous, and heartwarming. I have to have humor in my story, whether it’s from the main characters or secondary.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
My latest book WYNE AND SONG which is up for preorder and releases 11/24, is part of my Citizen Soldier Series about four National Guard brothers with the last name Wyne, so that is a must in the title, and once I run out of brothers, I will use Wine in the title instead.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is always a message in my books, because they are about life and we all know you learn something new everyday, and sometimes those lessons are tough.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
My books are based on real life, so I do draw on my own experiences or that of someone I know. In Wyne and Song, the hero is in the National Guard, and as you’ve read in my bio, my husband has been in the National Guard, both fulltime and part time for over 30 years. As for the heroine, she is in theater, so I based her on my daughter who has been doing theater and performing since before she started Kindergarten, well over a decade ago. She won a scholarship for Musical Theater and is doing Majoring in Acting/Directing at Rowan University.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Woops, just answered that above.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
I’ve been reading forever and enjoy several genres, but I do love to read hot, humorous and heartwarming reads, too, so Jill Shalvis to me is the master. I strive to write something she may enjoy reading.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I hardly have time, but fit in reading books in the genre of my latest work. So, Cat Johnson’s SEALs and Jill Shalvis, of course.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I did try a new author recently, Jordina Croft. Her release Letting Go sounded fun and it was short, but what really caught my attention was her writing targets love after 40. It was delightful.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
WYNE AND SONG Book 3/Citizen Soldier is with the editor now and releases 11/24. It’s currently up for preorder. Next month is WINE AND A NEW YEAR COWBOY is the 4th book in my Citizen Soldier Series but it’s also a Harland County crossover that is in the RING IN A COWBOY boxed set up for preorder for .99cents and releases 12/28. I am also working on my SEAL for Cat Johnson’s Hot SEALs Kindle Worlds releasing 1/26/16.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
RWA, my author friends, and definitely my street team.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Writing is my career. Nothing better than getting paid doing what you love, and being blessed to touch others with my words.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, wouldn’t change a thing.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
No, I just always read and loved television and movies, so I was always writing sequels and episodes and stories in my head.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
WYNE AND SONG
Citizen Soldier Series
Book 3/ Ethan
Releasing 11/24/15 Available NOW for Pre-Order!
Single father Ethan Wyne’s trust in women stopped when his cheating wife died while he was deployed. Dating and relationships are in the past. His son is his life now and he’s proud of the stable home he’s created through hard work, determination, and support. But when a family celebration in NYC leads to a moment of weakness with a vivacious beauty, he’s tempted to rethink his reasoning. Especially when she turns up in the Poconos. Can he take a chance again when more than his heart is at stake?
Phoebe Weston’s temporary gig in a summer production in the Poconos is just what the Broadway star needs to keep busy while awaiting a Hollywood screen test. The magic of the show reawakens her passion for the basics, and her frequent encounters with the handsome, single father of one of her friends awakens something more.
But Ethan’s made it clear he’s not looking for permanent, and for the first time in her life, Phoebe’s not looking for temporary. Maybe what the jaded father’s locked up, guarded heart needs is a little song.
“Okay, but before you go, could you grab that vase on the shelf by your head and fill it with water in the bathroom two doors down the hall on the left?”
He blinked, and some of the panic appeared to vanish from his gaze. “Okay. Sure. They were from Jill and Lea, by the way.”
A second later he and the vase were gone.
Phoebe sprang into action, unzipping the top of her dress then managed to pull it over her head. Wardrobe hadn’t designed the dress to slip down her hips. Too bad, because she also managed to get her hair caught in one of the fake buttons on the back.
A knock sounded at the door.
“It’s me, Ethan.”
She stumbled to the wall behind the door, clutched the dress to her chest and cursed as the stuck button yanked on her hair. Far from exposed, she still had on the period undergarments, so there was no reason to feel embarrassed. Tell that to her heated cheeks.
Ethan entered, and in the space of time it took him to shut the door, his strong, sexy presence turned the room back into a closet, and her slow pulse to wild. Unaware of the havoc he caused, the gorgeous man set the vase on the table then turned to face her.
“Oh, sorry, I thought you said to come in.” He blinked, then twisted his back to her in a surprisingly sweet, gentlemanly gesture.
“I did,” she said. “It’s okay, you can turn around. I actually need your help. Again.”
She watched as he slowly faced her, hesitancy clouding his gaze.
“Yes,” she replied, heat flooding her face. “I’d planned to be dressed by now and save us both the embarrassment of seeing me in my knickers.”
A slow smile spread across his lips. “How’s that working out for you?”
“Swell.” She laughed. “Until my hair got caught on a button. Can you help get it unstuck?”
His attention transferred to the knotted mess. “Sure,” he said, and stepped closer, carefully taking the garment from her hands. “Turn around.”
The gravely timbre of his voice awakened a fluttering in her stomach. But she had bigger worries because as he worked the button loose, his fingers brushed her neck and shoulders, and the feel of his calloused hands on her skin stole her breath. By the time he finished, her body trembled and the goose bumps returned. With reinforcements. Those suckers raced down her back so fast they bounced up the front, peaking body parts her undergarments were not going to hide.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Time! If I could just clone myself so, me 1 could write, me 2 could market, and me 3 could take care of the house.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
As I mentioned before, Jill Shalvis is my favorite author, I love how she blends humor with realistic situations, and her heroes are always yummy.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
I do travel several times a year to conferences and writing retreats and I use locations I’ve visited in my books.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I design most of my covers now.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Time management. I know, I’ve said it before, but I do work from 7am to 2am at times, there is a lot more to a writing career than just sitting down to write.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
My answer is probably not going to be what you expect, but in Wyne and Song, I learned I enjoy writing an Alpha/Beta hero. Ethan Wyne is a single father who is about 60% Alpha, but also in touch with his caring/nurturing side. He was sweet/hot/ and stubborn. A bit surprising for me.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice for writers is to keep writing. Keep learning. I do, I learn by reading and writing. My writing has significantly improves since the sale of my first book.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your support. Your letters and emails are so very appreciated. I am humbled to know I have touched so many.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
No. Maybe Dr. Suez. I did love the Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, too.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Life. Every day I find humor, and sometimes that makes me cry from laughing so hard, and sometimes life just stinks and I cry from the sad state of the world.
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Many! Wow. Tough question. Excluding family that has passed, then for someone in the present I’d like to meet Jill Shalvis over cookies because I did have the pleasure of meeting her at RT this past May, but didn’t really talk. I was lucky I found my voice at all. lol
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
She was blessed. Because I am.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Reading, when I can, drawing, when I can, and watching TV and Movies, again, when I can. So, yeah, not often enough.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
A lot! For TV: Some are still on and some aren’t: Doctor Who; Supernatural; Sherlock; (yep, I’m a superwholock) Highlander; Stargate SG1, NCIS, Hawaii Five-0, Once Upon a Time; The Walking Dead; Home Improvement; Coach; Arrow; Ghost Hunters; Fixer Upper; Property Brothers; Firefly; Columbo; Sleepy Hallow; The Vampire Diaries;
And many more.
Movies: Frequency; LOTR; POTC; Fifth Element; Die Hard movies; Riddick movies; Star Wars movies; Bond movies, especially Casino Royal; All Fast and Furious movies; Marvel, especially all Iron Man and Avengers; The Sixth Sense; all Harry Potters; all X-Men; How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days; Two Weeks Notice; Nottinghill; The Replacements; all Tremors movies; Army of Darkness; Zorro; all Transporter movies; all Bruce Lee movies; all Airplane movies; All Austin Power’s movies; The Kingsmen; all Blade movies; all Underworld movies; all Lethal Weapon movies; all Marx Brothers movies; all Danny Kaye movies; The Three Stooges;
And so many more.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Lasagna, prime rib, cheeseburger and fries/Purple/rock (hard/classic/heavy metal), country, classical, pop,
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Nothing. Can’t picture my life without reading and writing.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
You can find me on the web here:
She blogs on the 16th of every month at http://rosesofprose.blogspot.com
She blogs on the 26th of every month at http://wildandwickedcowboys.wordpress.com
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