Interview with Michele Wesley

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My love for reading, especially Paranormal Romance books, inspired me to become an Indie Author. When I started to see the same characters and scenarios over and over I was inspired to give writing a try, adding my own personal twist. I decided to write the kind of Paranormal Romance books I wanted to read but could never find. I changed up the game in my paranormal books, pushing readers to allow themselves to think outside the box. The main characters, heroes, and heroines in my paranormal books will likely not be the typical paranormal characters. I wanted readers to relate to my main characters, so I wasn’t afraid to give them flaws and let them make mistakes. I also introduced new types of paranormal powers and abilities, twist, and action scenes that I believe will keep readers entertained.
What are you working on next?
Aside from my latest book, Anger & Arrogance, the third book in my Smoke & Fire Series, Adult Paranormal Romance, I have two other books released in this Series; Smoke & Fire and Body Box are coming soon to Smashwords. Additionally, I have completed five additional books in the Smoke & Fire Series, completed Book #1 of my Young Adult Dystopian Trilogy called Shackles of Unrest, completed three Erotica Novellas, and have nearly completed a Horror novel.
What words of wisdom would you like to give to aspiring writers?
Although I am a new writer, I have learned that the key to becoming a good writer is to write, read, and learn. If you continue to write, read, and learn, you can eventually change your status from a good writer to great writer. (I am currently working on the great part.)
Don’t be afraid to give your writing a shot and be proud of what you’ve written, especially if writing is in your heart. If you find you think of and write more than you do anything else, don’t stop and don’t be discouraged by outside influences. Try to write something every day, even if it’s just a page. Write no matter your mood. For example, you would be surprised at what kind of spark you can add to a character when you write while angry.
Educate yourself about every aspect of the writing world— trust me, its necessity. Give your writing time to grab the market, don’t force it and don’t rush it. Patience is also a necessity.
What is the greatest challenge in writing a book?
Editing: No matter how many times I edit my own books, I have learned that I may never catch all the errors. The book is embedded in my brain, so it’s easy for me to miss what may be so easily seen by others. I have also learned that even the best editor misses things.

Marketing: You are essentially becoming a small business owner when dealing with marketing. I don’t want to come off as a used car salesmen or politician by pedaling books, so I am more likely to give away samples of my books. I would much prefer the reader decide for themselves the entertainment value of my work.
Published 2016-02-02.
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Books by This Author

Smoke & Fire Book #1
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,600. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Newly partnered, Sori Knight and Mycale Phillips began a reign on crime that's legendary. Their romantic fire and smoking hot connection leaves them breathless. Will their strength and abilities be enough to stop the most elusive and deadly criminal they have ever had to hunt?
Sparks - The Smoke & Fire Series - Prequel Novelette
Price: Free! Words: 12,820. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A Paranormal Thriller Short-read (standalone) Try to endure the emotionally and horrifically disturbing younger years that shaped Sori & Mycale before deadly Smoke meets raging Fire.
Anger & Arrogance - The Smoke & Fire Series
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,850. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Sassy & Sexy BWWM Romance. Experience the pent up passions of a highly argumentative couple that fight as good as they love. Will they call a truce in time to see who or what’s stalking them? This book is Stand Alone, Book #3 of the Smoke & Fire Series.