Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Author Interview: Michelle Haley (Indie Takeover)

I love sushi and hate Mexican food. I have a small group of friends that I love like my sisters, and I have a HUGE family. I have a cousin almost everywhere I go. I love anyone and anything that makes me laugh.I would rather go to the dentist than the grocery store. I've been married for a hundred years or something like that, and I have lied about my age for so long, I have to stop and think if I'm filling out important paperwork. I hate people who try to copy me, and I love being different and having friends who are nothing like me and just alike at the same time. My thing is my super long blonde hair. I'm proud of being a smart girl, and I like it when girls care more about looking smart than skank. My mama is my number one fan. I'm a spiritual person, but not religious. I cry when I have to leave the beach. My son is a miracle to me, and he lets me see the world through innocent eyes again. I'd rather have a cd than flowers. I put a lot of myself in my books, and yes, some things that happen are from real life. You'll just have to guess which ones. Keeping people guessing is one of the things I do best.
*Bio taken from Michelle's blog
Michelle Haley, author of Eden, took some time out to answer some questions for WAB. Read on to find out a little more about Michelle, Eden, and what comes next. Keep going until the end and you'll find a giveaway!

Have you always been a writer or always wanted to be a writer? What took you down the self-publishing route?
I've written as far back as I can remember. I finished business school, but I always wanted to write as a career. I quit my desk job to stay home with my baby boy, and I wrote during his naps and after his bedtime. I decided to self-publish after two years of trying the publishing house road off and on. I had a few agents and publishers interested, but nothing ever came to fruition. Ultimately, the decision came down to me just wanting people to read my book and enjoy it.
Self-publishing has become a much more respected route and even a successful one that it's easy to find quality books out there nowadays. If authors want to get their stuff out there, self-publishing is the perfect way to do it.

Arianna has to make the choice between her small-town Georgia life and the extravagant Florida world that Eden offers. If you were in her situation, which one would you pick?
I think it's good to make peace with your past before you can move forward with your future. I probably would've gone to Eden, if only find out more of my family's past. I wouldn't have stayed, though. As much as I love the beach, it would have been extremely difficult to walk away from everyone I love for someone I didn't know.
I couldn't agree more. It would fun to get away for a bit and to learn one's past, but I think home will always have an allure (at least for me) that cannot be ignored.
Eden is unlike any other paranormal YA I’ve read. Without spoiling anything (feel free to be as vague as possible) – was the premise always a part of the story? Did the central plot come first or something else?
My husband actually gave me the idea. He swears that the myth Eden was based on is located behind my childhood home. We were talking about the place late one night, and I thought, I'm going to write a story about that.
Really? Can I go see this for myself? Because that is cool.

Describe the following characters in one word, please:
Arianna: torn
Ava: unrestrained
Gabriel: tenacious
Julian: intense

I think I would have picked similar, if not the same, words.
Did you have a favorite character to write? A character that you wished you could have incorporated more?
Walker and Ethan were my favorites. Walker was so self-assured, exciting, and carefree. Ethan was so quiet, uncomfortable, and nervous. They were so completely opposite, and I had a lot of fun with them.They will definitely both be coming back in big ways.
Good to know! Ethan was my favorite. There was just something about his calm & quiet nature that made me beg to know more.
Do you have any plans for future novels?
I'm working on a new story now in between Eden and the next installment of The Keeper Chronicles that I should finish soon. I love writing, and as long as people keep reading my books and asking for more, I don't plan on stopping. 

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If you had to choose between a life of extravagance and excitement or a life of comfort and familiarity, which would you choose?


Bethie said...

I am very boring. I like comfort and familiarity.

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BrittLit said...

Great interview. Michelle sounds like a very interesting girl. I'm such a homebody, I don't think a life of action would suit me.

Let's Evaluate said...

I think I would have to pick the life of excitement. i absolutely love traveling and new things and would love my life to filled with that. (As long as a still had happiness through my family and friends and time with them). [:

Erin @ Let's Evaluate

tetewa said...

I would pick the second choice! tWarner419@aol.com

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Alicia0605 said...

I would have to pick comfort and familiarity. I have lived in big cities and traveled the world but my excitment is over. I'm married and have a beautiful baby boy and I couldnt imagine being any happier than when I'm bored!!


Precious said...

I'd choose comfort and familiarity. Excitement doesn't last long. I won't be able to live without my family and my boyfriend. Happiness wins over excitement for me.

Thank you! Fun interview!


Chrisbails said...

i am also boring because i want the comfort and familarity. I like excitement, but i have to feel comfortable and like to be safe. if it was just me, i would want the excitement. But i have a family with 2 kids and have to think about them now. i save all my excitement for what i read in books and pretend that i am that fun, exciting, carefree character.

this book looks great and would love to win. thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win.

Vivien said...

I'd choose excitement!!!

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Jessilyn (YA Book Haven) said...

Comfort I'm so bland... but in the back of my mind I crave the excitement so who knows if something exciting and dangerous was staring me smack dab in my face I'd have to go for it.


Çråz¥ K¥ said...

I would pick excitement!!
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pandasrule said...

Hm.................. I think I would probably choose a life of comfort and familiarity because of the fact that I don't want my life to become something that I have no idea what it is. I guess I'm kind of stupid, but oh well.

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Margay said...

I think living a life of extravagance and adventure would be exhausting after all, so I'm all for one of comfort and familiarity.


Michelle said...

I would choose comfort and familiarity any day.

thank you for this!

chelle2006 @ aol .com


Denise Z said...

I definitely want comfort and familiarity - just as long as there is plenty of Mexican food and sushi:) I am wondering if we are related here. Thank you for sharing a bit of yourself with us today and for the opportunity to win you lovely book.


Tore said...

I would choose comfort and familiarity. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

angel said...

Definitely a life of extravagance and excitement, my life is so dull now haha

TheLovelyReader6 said...

comfort and familiarity

babysaffron said...

Can i pick comfort and familiarity with a bit of excitement...?
Thanks for the giveaway...

Holly said...

Can I chose both? My life is comfort and familiarity already, which I like. But I would also love for some excitement every now and then.Thanks for the giveaway!


Maureen said...

I think I would chose comfort and familiarity since I do not like change.
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Agent Bookworm said...

I would love to say I'd live a life of excitement but I'm afraid of everything so I'd have to go with comfort and familiarity :)

brookea_2006 said...

Definitely comfort and familiarity. Thanks for the giveaway!


Candace said...

I think it would be hard but I've always wanted to travel the world and see and experience new things. But I would certainly miss comfort and familiarity and after a few years of extravagance I would probably be ready to go back to comfort and familiarity.
I'm very curious about this myth now!

(not entering contest, just commenting for fun)

Blissfulrains said...

Definitely a life of comfort - I'm just that type of low-key girl!


Nikita said...

I'd probably choose a life of extravagance and excitement because I easily get bored.
Thank you very much for the chance to win. :)
bookworm.nikita at gmail dot com

Reading mind said...

I would like to say thay I'd love a life of extravagance and maybe I would, until I'm 30. But then...I don't know, but a place I can call home would be nice!

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candice said...

I like the idea of extravagance and excitement, but I think I am really just a home-body. So I would have to pick comfort and familiarity, with a dash of excitement (in the form of an awesome vacation.)

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GFC: candice

Maryann Nixon said...

Comfort and familiarity every time. I know as a kid everyone wants to be rich and famous and I mean I'm only 16 now, but even so for years I've hated the idea of being famous and would rather my little life, with my family who I love to pieces than with loads of money and flashy stuff.

smileess_ox at hotmail dot com

Maria (pronounced Mariah) said...

I would absolutely pick comfort and familiarity. I have never had the ritzy stuff and don't need it now!

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Hoot said...

If my husband and my relationship would not be hurt I would take excitement though if there was a small chance we would have problems I would choose life of comfort and familiarity.

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