Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about you and your works.
1. Please start by giving us some background about yourself.
2. Why did you become a writer? Who influenced you?
3. As a multicultural author, did you have stumbling blocks placed in your way or was there a fresh market for your books?
There seemed to be a fresh market for my books. I never had anyone tell me that interracial or multicultural books wouldnâ€™t sell. And I have yet to have a reader tell me they didnâ€™t appreciate the multicultural aspect. This is a global economy and I think people are much more open to multicultural romances in books because we are more open to it in general.
Also, my personal relationships have been multicultural. My kidâ€™s dad and I are of different races. And neither of us were ever raised to care. As a result Iâ€™ve taught my kids not to care. They have a wide range of friends from all over, and they tell them about my books without hesitation or shame.
4. What do you believe readers come to expect from your books or what do you hope they expect to find in your style or genre?
Readers expect a tight plot with hot sex. They expect that if all the sex was removed, theyâ€™d still have a damn good story to read. I believe my readerâ€™s also expect a TJ Michaels book to have a strong heroine. A smart and capable woman who can handle her alpha without being a total bitch. A woman that glories in her femininity while handling her business.
5. Please tell us about your current releases, DOING IT THE HARD WAY and CARAMEL KISSES.
Doing it the Hard Way was just released from Pocket Books, which is a division of Simon and Schuster of New York. Itâ€™s an anthology of three authors – me, Shiloh Walker and Madeline Hayes.
My story is called Jaguarâ€™s Rule. Itâ€™s a multicultural book about a woman named Reya who is a ranger at the Cockscomb Jaguar Sanctuary in Belizeâ€¦and yes itâ€™s a real place and it really is called Cockscomb! A man crashes his airplane in her jungle and she has to protect him from a male jaguar. Reya is a female jaguar shifter. All kinds of twists and turns keep you guessing as the plot moves along. Itâ€™s gotten great reviews and was nominated for a CAPA when it was first released.
Caramel Kisses is my first true contemporary, released just last month. It was weird writing that book! The plot jumped into my head and I had to put the story on paper, but it was strange not to have vampires or shifters or spirit guides in it. Itâ€™s not only multicultural, but itâ€™s older woman/younger man. Strong characters and a solid plot too. And of course thereâ€™s a bad guy you love to hate, as in all of my books.
6. What was your favorite book to write?
7. Do you have any up coming projects that you would like to share?
Iâ€™m actually working on a few. What I need to do is buckle down and finish a project rather than hopping back and forth between novels. But theyâ€™re all so good itâ€™s hard to choose what to finish next.
Iâ€™m writing two follow up books to Spirit of the Pryde. One of those books introduces the characters from Jaguarâ€™s Rule, too. Iâ€™m also working on the fourth book in the Vampire Council of Ethics series, as well as my first Sci-Fi for the Elloraâ€™s Cave Hunterâ€™s for Hire series.
There is also a new series with some awesome writers that Iâ€™ve banded together with â€“ and if the series doesnâ€™t work out we could always audition as the next hot girl band for women over thirty! Weâ€™re currently working on the plot lines and such. The project will be underway in earnest after RT madness if over with.
And then thereâ€™s â€˜the big bookâ€™ â€“ first one I ever wrote. Iâ€™ve never sold it to anyone but an agent has requested it. Weâ€™ll see where that goes.
8. What is a typical writing day like for you?
9. Is there anything else that you would like your readers to know about you?
Thank you so much for taking time out to talk to us at CataNetwork.
posted Thursday, February 19th, 2009 | filed under Interviews
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