Interview with B. Kristin McMichael

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me this is the same as the reason I love to read. I love to go to another world, place, or time. I read 1-2 books a week and almost always some sort of fantasy. Being transported out of the real world and into a book world is one of my favorite past times. I would rather read than watch TV. The best part is when you are the author, you get to decide what happens.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!! I started this journey years ago and thought- who would ever want to read my stories. Turns out, lots of people actually. Fans make it worthwhile to spend the hours writing and editing. They make release so much less stressful as they cheer a new book on and they make being an indie possible!
Describe your writing process
My stories all start with one thing- one major moment. From there I develop characters that are at that moment. Well rounded characters make it possible for me to make a rough outline of the story and then I just start writing. If I know my characters well enough, the stories just flow. And occasionally I make a new character that wasn't expected. That's the fun part. I can plan, but there sometimes is just someone that has to be included.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I honestly don't remember. Years ago I was going through papers from my childhood and it seems I've been writing stories since I've been able to spell words- or rather spell words as good as I could. I don't remember those stories at all. I do remember a few stories I wrote as a teenager. I have no clue where they ended up as technology changes and I have no idea what they were even stored on.
How did you come up with the idea for you most well-known series?
By far I've sold more of the Blue Eyes Trilogy than anything- like more than a 100,000 copies of just the first book. It has been quite a journey. I thought I would write one book and then it turned into a trilogy. At the end I had so many people wondering what happened with one of the characters I decided to write a book for him. That also turned into a trilogy and then it became a whole world. The Night Human world is currently 15 books in 5 series that focus on different characters in different types of paranormal world- vampires, witches, faeries, mermaids, etc. I only meant to write one book and it turned into so much more!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little tiny town in rural Wisconsin. I think the city has just over 8,000 people when I lived there. I write YA, so it certainly influences my writing but I think college more than anything has had a influence. I went to school in a large city and then moved to just as large city a few states away for grad school. While in grad school, I was able to keep working with undergrad which influence my writing and characters even further.
What drives you to keep on writing?
The stories that keep building up in my head! I think I have the start of at least a few dozen more stories beyond what I'm currently working on. I'm a vivid dreamer and I remember them for years. In fact there was a nightmare I had over 15 years ago that I still can see in my mind if I close my eyes. There is so much more I want to write- I'm more than excited to get it all down and share with the world as there is always room for more stories to read!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm at stay at home mom that home schools her kids. As I have a PhD- I'm a bit picky on how I educate them, so it is a bit of work for me. I spent a decade in my field of biology before staying home after my third was born. I thought it would give me more time to write, but since I've been home schooling, there isn't much time. If I get a few moment, I also like to sew, read, and bake- but Idon't get many free moments.....
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all and any YA fantasy. I like paranormal and urban fantasy, but will also gladly pick up a high fantasy book. Very seldom, I might read a contemporary book. You will not find me reading anything horror. I have enough bad dreams to last me a life time- so nothing scary!
How do you approach cover design?
I've had fun with covers since the first day I started on the publishing journey. While some people look for cover designers, I've looked for artists. I've spent way too many hours pouring over deviant art pages to find people I love the art work of. I want an artist first and foremost and have been very lucky. When I found someone that specialized in mermaid art and then I wrote a mermaid novel, I was beyond blown away by her art. I always go for something that would catch my eye as I'm always a reader along with being a writer.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Marketing. If I have marketing to do, it distracts me from writing. I'd love to just sit and write all the time but part of being an author is to get out there and tell people about your books. That is a hard part for me.
Published 2018-11-19.
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Books by This Author

The Merworld Trilogy Complete Collection: Water and Blood, Songs and Fins, Scales and Legends
Series: The Night Human World. Price: $9.98 USD. Words: 175,290. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
All three books in the Merworld Trilogy following Whitney as she looksfor a fresh start, and that was what she thought she had got, until she finds out about the not-so-human people that call her small town home when they aren’t in the water.
Water and Blood
Series: The Merworld Trilogy. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,100. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Whitney flew halfway across the country to start over, away from the paranormal night human world she grew up in. Until she decided to take swim lessons. She was paired with high school hottie "Prince Sam", as his friends called him, and she’s quickly thrown right back into the night human world. Can she survive going back?
The Skinwalkers Witchling Trilogy Complete Collection: The Witchling Apprentice, The Wendigo Witchling, The Witchling Seer
Series: The Night Human World, Book 3. Price: $7.98 USD. Words: 204,740. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Cassie's about to go to witch school, but when people start turning into animal-shaped monsters at night, she realizes that not all of her lessons are found in her books. This complete collection contains three books: The Witchling Apprentice, The Wendigo Witchling, and The Witchling Seer.
The Day Human Trilogy Complete Collection: The Day Human Prince, The Day Human King, The Day Human Way
Series: The Night Human World, Book 2. Price: $6.97 USD. Words: 213,790. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
Get all three books in one place and follow the adventures of Devin Alexander as he enters a world of blood-drinking fairies. This book includes all three of Devin's stories. The Day Human Prince, The Day Human King, and The Day Human Way!
The Blue Eyes Trilogy - The Legend of the Blue Eyes, Becoming a Legend, Winning the Legend
Series: The Night Human World, Book 1. Price: $5.98 USD. Words: 235,790. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
All three books in the bestselling Blue Eyes Trilogy are available together in one collection. Follow the story of Arianna Grace, a girl struggling to grow and find her place in a world of vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night.
The Witchling Seer
Series: The Skinwalkers Witchling Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,450. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Book Three in the Skinwalkers Witchling Trilogy Cassie needs to learn how to be the seer she should be, but that is a problem since the coven is still bent on taking her powers from her. Attacked from all fronts, Cassie has to step up and take control, for the fate of her friends, family, and clan.
The Wendigo Witchling
Series: The Skinwalkers Witchling Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,310. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Cassie is part of it now, and that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Turns out, she may not want to join the coven, but that’s exactly what she did when she bonded herself to Nate. After a road trip to get answers, Cassie only has more questions. Too bad there’s no one left at home to give her answers. Now Cassie must make life changing decisions alone.
The Witchling Apprentice
Series: The Skinwalkers Witchling Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,950. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
Cassie thought magic would be her key to fitting in. She soon finds that magic isn’t the only thing kept hidden in her small community. There are other things that go bump in the night, and they all seem to want a piece of her.
Chrysocolla
Series: The Chalcedony Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,050. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mari’s past and present are not set in stone. Everything keeps changing, and try as she might, her future isn’t what it’s meant to be. Logan has not given up hope of winning her over, and Seth refuses to let him win. Every time she feels they have made the right choice, another problem arises. Can Mari outlast Logan? Can Mari find a way to make sure her future is the one she wants?
The Day Human Way
Series: The Day Human Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,730. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Devin has found that the sidhe world is filled with more troubles than he thought possible. Wasn’t it supposed to be easy? Save Nessa, threaten all the sidhe to get them to behave, put Nessa on the throne, marry her and live happily ever after. Nope. It wasn’t going to be that easy for Devin Alexander. His life was never that easy.
Aventurine
Series: The Chalcedony Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,580. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Book Three in The Chalcedony Chronicles Mari's past and present are getting all mixed up. She's trapped in the past and her friends are in the future. Logan Jones makes an offer to save everyone, but it comes at a price. Can Mari give up true love in order to save everyone she cares about?
The Day Human King
Series: The Day Human Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,580. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Devin is now bonded to the sidhe, but not by choice. He has a new destiny to rule over and save the sidhe from themselves … if he can make it to the coronation beside his betrothed, Nessa. However, it might not be possible as complications arise when the sidhe keep killing each other.
Chrysoprase
Series: The Chalcedony Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,050. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Mari’s return to the present was not exactly what she expected. As the goddess predicted, there are always consequences to going into the past. Now Mari must find a way to get her loved ones back. That may require an old friend whom she never wished to see again. He might be able to teach her to travel through time, or he might have another motive. Mari is left to decide whether can he be trusted.
The Day Human Prince
Series: The Day Human Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,210. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
When Devin Alexander was struck by a mortal blow, only Vanessa McKinney's magical power could save him from a certain death. That power had a side effect though, and now Devin and Nessa are strangers from very different worlds who are supernaturally bound together... forever. To free himself of the bond, they set out on a journey to the mysterious and magical world of the sidhe.
Carnelian
Series: The Chalcedony Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 88,680. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
(4.17 from 12 reviews)
Mari’s past is deeper than she ever imagined. Going off to college opens her eyes to her past in time for her to decide her future.
Winning the Legend
Series: The Blue Eyes Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,820. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
It is time for Arianna to deal with the fate she has been dealt. Fourteen men have gathered to compete to win her, even though she would much rather just run away with Andrew. Running isn’t an option, though, as she wants to save her clans. Fleeing will bring war, which she wants to avoid at all costs. With new enemies and allies, it is time for Arianna to stand up and fight for her own future.
Becoming a Legend
Series: The Blue Eyes Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,740. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
“Becoming a Legend” is a young adult paranormal novel that continues the story of Arianna Grace as she dives further into the secret world of the night humans. Arianna has a team of handsome and deadly protectors, all of whom are sworn to defend her, but things are not always as they seem. Arianna is forced to make a choice: will she choose her own path, or will she become a legend?
The Legend of the Blue Eyes
Series: The Blue Eyes Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 81,900. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.20 from 15 reviews)
Welcome to the night. You thought things that went bump in the night only exist in books and movies? So did Arianna Grace, until she became one of them. But she is not the only type of night human that lives off of drinking blood. As the rarest and only one of her kind, Arianna must find her place in the world in the young adult novel "The Legend of the Blue Eyes".
To Stand Beside Her
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 113,680. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(3.76 from 17 reviews)
To be the best courier in the world, eighteen-year-old Benét Leila follows three simple rules: always work alone, never stay in one place too long, and never fall in love. Too bad she didn't follow her own advice.