Interview with Michelle K. Pickett

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember writing something about The Flintstones when I was a child. As an adult the first story I finished was Concilium, an adult urban fantasy. PODs was my debut young adult title.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually pick a pivotal scene in the book, or an overall theme, and get my inspiration from that. I outline what I'd like to see on the cover and then hand the reins over to my cover designer. I listen closely to their ideas because they know what will look nice and also the trends in design. So far I've been lucky to work with some awesome cover designers.
What do you read for pleasure?
My family will tell you that I read anything with words. And that statement isn't too far from the truth. My taste in books is diverse, although lately I've been reading young and new adult titles, probably because that's what I write. But as far as genre goes, I jump around. I might read a contemporary romance, then jump to a horror, and then a paranormal. It's really the story that pulls me in, rather than genre.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle. I wouldn't say it outweighs any other reader, though. It's just what I know. I'm kind of a creature of habit. If I find something I like, I don't stray too far from it.
Describe your desk
I LOVE my desk. I found it on Craigslist and my husband bought it for me for my birthday. It's a solid wood (oak, I think) old-fashion teacher's desk. It's five feet wide and almost three deep. And I have six drawers! This is a big deal for me because, before this desk, I had a teeny, tiny two and half foot square desk, with no drawers--and no room for all my junk!

So, on my desk top right now is my laptop, file folders with the notes for my two WIPs, a light, Rolodex, a box of tissues, a pen-pencil-anything-else-I-stick-in-it organizer, my Kindle, and my external hard drive. Now the fun stuff: a mosaic penguin that I got for Mother's Day, two Troll dolls, a blue, stuffed platypus, a teddy bear from my son, a weird little monkey that I have no idea where it came from, two friendship bracelets from my youngest daughters, a Pokemon ball from my son, and a steel #1 Wife paperweight that my husband made years ago while in college. Finally, a fountain Coke from McDonald's.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think giving someone a break from their everyday lives. We are all stressed from our hectic, busy lives. Reading is a way to escape that. We can take an amazing journey through books. I think being able to give someone that escape is probably the biggest joy for me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, first, I don't think of myself as a person with fans. I just have friends who like to read my books. And they mean everything to me. I know everyone says that, but for me it's personal. To have someone not only spend time reading something I've written, but like it, too? Wow.

Readers are what brings a story to life. Without them, I would have nothing more than a group of words on a page.
What does your husband/wife think of your writing? Do you ever ask him/her for advice?
My husband is very supportive of my writing, all my family is. Yes, I ask him for advice a lot. I was having trouble with a section in one of my books and I was telling him about it. I left to run some errands and when I came home he had two notebook pages (front and back) full of notes for me to read over. I ended up using one his ideas and it fit in perfectly with the rest of the story.
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
I have two days that describe the most rewarding thing about writing to me. First, when my son came home and said he wanted me to go to his school's career day and talk to his class about what I do.

Second, when I signed my contract to publish PODs, my dad told me he couldn't wait for it to be released so he could walk into a bookstore and buy it. He told me he was going to tell everyone that I'd written it. He didn't live to see that day, however. But knowing he was proud of me is a memory I cherish.

Those two days touched me profoundly. Knowing I've made my family proud? The feeling was indescribable.
Fill in the blank favorites - Dessert. City. Season. Type of hero. Type of heroine.
Anything chocolate. Flint, Fall. Flawed. Strong.
Published 2015-09-29.
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Books by This Author

The Infected, A PODs Novel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 110,910. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
From the award-winning author of PODs, comes the highly anticipated sequel. Months have passed since an infection has been reported. Survivors of the virus have started to build a life in a world left devastated by plague. But untold danger watches and waits. In a world where death stalks the unsuspecting… even the PODs might not save them. The Virus refuses to die quietly.