Interview with Michelle M. Pillow

Who are you and what do you do?
​I’m a New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award-winning romance author Michelle M. Pillow. — It always seems strange talking about myself like that because most days I just feel like a girl with a computer.

I'm what they're calling a "hybrid author". I write in a variety of romance fiction genres including futuristic, paranormal, historical, contemporary, fantasy and dark paranormal. I have been all over the publishing world–from traditional “big name” publishers to e-first publishers and now Indie. In 2009 fellow author Mandy M. Roth and I started a highly successful self-publishing endeavor named The Raven Books.

My first book was published April 2004 and since then I’ve published nearly 100 titles, many of which are in their second and third editions, and are in audio book. Being prolific is easy when you love your job!

I write nonfiction features and take photographs for Paranormal Underground Magazine. I also write their monthly Author Interviews.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is an adventure and I love what I do.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to create worlds and transport others there.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my readers. Their loyalty and willingness to follow me as I move from sub-genre to sub-genre is wonderful. Traditionally, publishers would want you to find a niche and stay there. I much prefer to be all over the place, writing futuristics to historicals, contemporaries to fantasy, dark to light paranormals, wherever the muse takes me. My readers not only seem to enjoy it, they encourage it.

Their emails and wall posts will often keep me going. I can’t thank them enough and love hearing from them.
How long did that first book take?
Honestly, it’s hard to say. I wrote before even thinking of publishing, for fun in spare time and not in any consistent time blocks. So when I finally submitted, it was my 8th book written and I was already on book 10 writing wise. Then I had to go back and clean up. I’ve published a few of those first ones– Mountain’s Captive, Emerald Knight and Maiden and the Monster, but not all. Some I need to dig up from the cyber graveyard, lol. They haven’t even seen a publisher’s slush pile.
What is your writing process?
Coffee. More coffee.
When was your first book published?
April 2004, The Mists of Midnight (Now entitled Forget Me Not)
What is your other job?
I have no "other job". Being an author is my full time career. Much of what I do is incorporated into my ​career, and I take it very seriously.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love book research and learning and trying new things. lf I’m not writing, I’m spending time with my beautiful and talented kid. I love being a mother. I have a BGS in History/Business with an English Minor, and a Photography degree, so it’s pretty easy to see where my interests are. I love to travel and someday hope to visit every country in the world, photographing it and seeing the historical sites. Usually, though, even when I’m not writing physically I’m writing mentally–gathering data and ideas, letting the creative muse wander.
You’ve accomplished a lot, what’s next?
I have the best job in the world. I get to make things up for a living.

I love doing and trying new things. I want to travel to every country. Publish a photography book. Have my own show–just don’t ask me about what. Be the screaming chick who gets it in the beginning credits of a slasher horror movie (fiction, of course, thank you very much slasher dudes)… or a zombie. Collaborate on a nonfiction books. Collaborate on a graphic novel. Label my own wine. Collaborate on a opera or musical storyline. … so yeah, pretty much everything.
Which books do you recommend for people new to your work?
Here's a list of where to start, broken down by genre:

*Dragon Lords: Barbarian Prince – Bestselling Futuristic Dragon-Shifter Romance
*Captured by a Dragon-Shifter – Bestselling Contemporary Dragon-Shifter Romance
*Maiden and the Monster – Award Winning Historical Romance
*Divinity Warriors: Lilith Enraptured – Alternate Reality Romance
*Tribes of the Vampire: The Jaded Hunter – Dark Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
*Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed – Fantasy Romance
*Matthews Sisters: Bit by the Bug – Light Contemporary Romance

My bestselling, reader favorite series are the shape-shifter multi-series: Dragon Lords, Lords of the Var, Space Lords and Captured by a Dragon-Shifter. Warlocks MacGregor is also a reader favorite.
Awards?
I’ve been #1 on Amazon's Author Rank and on Amazon bestseller lists multiple times, nominated for the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2011, the winner of the 2006 RT Reviewers' Choice Award, nominated for the 2007 RT Award, a Kensington Brava Novella Contest Finalist.
Where can we find you online?
Author Website: www.MichellePillow.com
Pillow Fighter Fan Club: www.facebook.com/groups/MichellePillowFanClub/
The Raven Books: www.TheRavenBooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMichellePillow
Twitter: @MichellePillow
Book Release Newsletter: http://michellepillow.com/newslettersignup/
Published 2018-01-28.
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Books by This Author

Emerald Knight
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 110,450. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Since birth Lady Ginevra has been betrothed to Lord Wolfram, second son to the Count of Whetshire. There was never any question as to whom she would marry or who she would be. Life has been mapped out for her and she's going to live happily ever after as a Countess. However, there is one complication to her plans. Her rogue of a future husband isn't taking to their life together with open arms.
Linnea's Arrangement (Divinity Healers)
Series: Divinity Healers, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,810. Language: American English. Published: March 12, 2014 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
There are only two classifications of people on plane 187: Doctors and Not Doctors (Sans). Dr. Sam Swift is one of the highest ranking officials on the medical plane, answering only to the Medical Supreme. When the Medical Supreme becomes ill, it’s up to him to find a cure. Nowhere in this equation is there room—or time—to fall in love. And then he meets the exquisitely frustrating Sans Linnea Nel
Seducing Cecilia (Divinity Healers)
Series: Divinity Healers, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,720. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Alternate Reality Romance In a world obsessed with medical advancement, Dr. Gerard Fauchet longs for something more. When he’s assigned as the liaison to an off-plane dignitary, he never imagined she’d be so stunningly beautiful, or so damned frustrating.
Stolen Hours
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,690. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Paranormal Ghost Romance Homeless, jobless and man¬less, Helen Gettsman doesn’t have a choice but to move into her inheritance in Nowhere, Oklahoma and make herself at home in the dusty, old mansion that is a drafty shadow of what it had once been. From the very beginning it becomes clear a house is not the only thing Aunt Susan left her. It would seem she now has the title of Caretaker and a new
Ariella’s Keeper (Divinity Healers)
Series: Divinity Healers, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,240. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Alternate Reality Romance, Part of the Divinity Universe Divinity Healers Book One When his father threatens to take away his research facility’s funding if he doesn’t come home, Dr. Sebastjan Walter has no choice but to do so. This isn’t just a family reunion. It seems his father has arranged a marriage—Sebastjan’s.
Lord of Fire, Lady of Ice
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 140,150. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2013 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » Adult
“She found herself unimpressed with him, having expected more of the legendary man—Brant. Lord Blackwell. Brant the Gladiator. Brant the Vigorous. Brant the Flame. Brant the Viking Hero. Della snorted in unladylike disgust. More like, Brant the Thorn in my Arse!”
Maiden and the Monster
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 122,490. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2012 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Winner of the 2006 RT Reviewer's Choice Award! Medieval Historical Romance His words are those of a tyrant, true to his vicious reputation, but his touch is that of a man, stirring passion and lust when there should only be fear. It would seem the infamous monster is not as monstrous as he appears. Length: Long Novel Heat Level: Very Sensual
Taking Karre (Divinity Warriors 4)
Series: Divinity Warriors, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,570. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Sir Vidar of Spearhead is too busy guarding the borderlands to bother with the headache of selecting a bride. Ordered to marry by the king, he plans to grab a woman and get back to the warfront, never to think of it again. That is until he meets the alluring Lady Karre with her teasing eyes, lush lips and irresistible ways.
Keeping Paige (Divinity Warriors 3)
Series: Divinity Warriors, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 60,590. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Paige doesn’t expect her people to rescue her when a zealous sect of Faerians sacrifices her to their gods. Thrown into a fairy ring to a new dimensional plane, drugged on ambrosia, she is compelled to seduce the first man she meets. Only when the drug wears off and she’s left with an insatiable husband expecting more than she’s willing to give, does Paige discover the true...
Fighting Lady Jayne (Divinity Warriors 2)
Series: Divinity Warriors, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 64,230. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Jayne Hart has earned her independence by becoming Divinity Corporation’s inter-dimensional boxing champion. Life is great, until a dirty fighter knocks her unconscious. Now, abandoned by the corporation in a parallel world, Jayne will use every weapon she has to be free once more. Even if it means running from her sexy new “husband” and spending the rest of her life in a primitive forest.
Lilith Enraptured (Divinity Warriors 1)
Series: Divinity Warriors, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 65,470. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sorin of Firewall lives in a land forever at war. In fact, the Starian men are so busy fighting, their marriage ceremony has been reduced to a “will of the gods” event where they simply pick a woman out of a lineup. With women becoming scarce, it’s necessary to trade the offworld. Duty-bound to attend the ceremony, he has no intention of picking a bride, let alone one from another dimension.
Forget Me Not
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,410. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2011 by The Raven Books LLC. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Isabel doesn’t know who is alive and who is dead. Why have they come now? And what are they trying frantically to tell her? Isabel must discover the truth about the eerie night mist that surrounds the manor before it comes to claim everyone she holds dear—including her Mr. Weston.