Interview with Michelle Rae

Describe your desk
I live in a little house with my family, so my work space is either the kitchen table once the evening meal has been completed and the table cleared or my bed (if the kitchen table is too messy and I can't be bothered cleaning it to work on)
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2007. My first book I wrote was for my son and it was a 'Choose your own challenge' book with a Hot Wheels Acceleracers theme. From there I started writing romance, just the one, when I discovered gay romance and I was writing all the time after that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called The Sphere and it was inspired my Alex Woolfson's The Young Protectors.
I loved the idea of writing a story about a super villain but my story predominantly follows the life of the personal assistant to a super villain. I loved writing this story and have hope to published in 2015.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Alas, when not writing, I'm working full time, raising two wonderful children and constantly doing housework.
My very late evenings take up much of my writing time, which I must also try to fit in any social media interaction, editing, publishing, promoting and keeping my webpage up to date.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover designs are really important and I have been really lucky that a friend, who is also a gay romance writer, creates original custom covers. His name is EJ Kellan and his details can be found on my website www.moralfortitude.com. EJ has a real flair with creating the right cover for my books, knowing the right images to use and he's great with bending to my whims.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't read as much as I use too. I do read books from my favourite authors but even then I find it hard to make time to do this. I enjoy reading gay romance / sci-fi.
Do you work to an outline or do you prefer to see where an idea takes you?
I most definitely work on an outline. Any story I try writing without an outline dies a quick death and never gets finished. I find if I can outline a time line to my story, provide character profiles and note crucial events I want to take place, my story will come together and guaranteed to be completed.
How much research do you do for your stories?
Depending on what my stories are about will determine how much research I will do. My first book published by Dreamspinner Press - Time For Destiny - was a time travel story and as I was using real places in the past I had to be very particular about the details and so a lot of research was done for that story.
Where do your ideas come from?
Often, it's little things that will inspire me to write a story. Somethings, I see things and might think there should be a story about that. Other times there will reasons stories are created. I don't much like werewolf stories but decided to write my own style of werewolf and created The Betrayal. Not a gay romance but my main character was gay.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
I think any kind of review is welcomed.
Even if the review makes me feel sad, as a writer, I have to pick myself back up and try harder.
When I get great reviews, of course, my head is going to swell.
But ultimately, to receive even that one review, is a good feeling regardless of what that review might say.
It tells my someone made the effort, rather than read and move on without offering any kind of good or bad review.
Published 2015-01-07.
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