Jun 11, 2010
Welcome to Day #25 of JoJos 30 Day Birthday Bash!!! We are almost there.....Day 30....Which is my 30th Birthday!!! And Today we have with us an Aweosme Author who is here helping me Celebrate! So help me give a BIG warm welcoming to Author Michele Hauf!
~Do you read any reviews on your books?
Yes, and I’m trying to stop! It’s great to read a good review, but I know I can never please everyone, so reading a less than good review really hits me in the gut. It’s my baby! I worked on that story for a long time and thought it was great when I mailed it off. So to know that it didn’t appeal to someone, well, sigh...
~Do you read your own books after they make it to final print?
Sometimes. I always write what I love to read, and sometimes it’s been a while since I’ve read the book that is now in print so I will often find myself reading it and enjoying it all over again. I’ve had a hankering to dig out my old Bombshells and reread those, because I love those stories.
~What do you like to Read? Your Favorite Genre?
I like paranormal romance, and if it’s also historical, that is the perfect combination.
~How old were you when you began to write?
~Is writing your full time job?
~Whats a typical writing day for you like?
Up around 8, read email and check blogcrawl and FB, then to work for a few hours before lunch. Eat. Then work a few more hours, then break for Oprah.
~Do you set a daily writing goal?
No, I just sit down and write. Goals interfere with my concentration. That can be limiting and also scary.
~When and where do you like to write?
In my office, and usually best work is done in morning
~Do you prefer to write on a computer, typewriter, or paper and pen?
Computer. I cannot read my own handwriting, so when I take notes scribbled on paper, I have a heck of a time translating my scribbles. :-)
~What is the hardest / easiest part of writing for you?
It varies. Easiest is getting the first draft down. A few weeks of stream-of-thought writing just to get the story out of my head an onto the page. Hard stuff can be connecting with characters or making a plot work that suddenly fizzles halfway through the story.
~Whats the best thing about being an author?
Casual Fridays every day!
~How long did you write before you became a published author?
A few years. I wrote my first story (a vampire romance) and sent it off to a publisher. Six months later, they bought it.
~What are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading the ILLUSTRATOR CS4 Instruction Manual (for a computer program). I love computer manuals. Really was upset when they stopped including those with software. Remember those huge tomes? So now I’m trying to teach myself Illustrator.
~Is there a questions you have always wanted to be asked in an interview? If so how would you answer it?
What surprises you most about reviews on your book? Answer: that some readers take away a completely different idea from the story than I had intended, and oftentimes, it is something I never even considered when writing the story. Never ceases to amaze me how everyone views a story so differently.
~Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write. Always. Then write some more.
~How man books / series have you written?
About 25 novels, and about half a dozen novellas.
~Can you tell us about some of them?
Details on my books at my website: michelehauf.com
~Is there a Genre you have always wanted to write in but for reasons you have not been able to?
~Do you have a new release, or a new release coming out soon? Can you tell us about it?
My current release is ANGEL SLAYER. It pits evil angels against demons who are fighting for good. For details, and to read the prologue and first chapter: michelehauf.com/as.html
~Do you set the mood to write? Listen to music, have a favorite chair,pen coffee mug,etc?
No mood needed, though I do need silence. No music (unless I’m editing), and if someone is in the house making noise, that throws me off. I cannot edit without my favorite red gel pen. If I don’t have one, I’ll make a special trip to Target just to get one.
~What are 3 things that are “must haves” for you when you sit down to write?
I must be ‘into’ the story
~How do you come up with character names?
Much angsting and searching baby name books and online name sites. You would think with billions of names to pick from in the entire world, it would be easy to assign a character a name. But each character seems to only fit one particular name and until I find that name, the character isn’t real to me.
~Do you have a webiste or blog that your readers can keep up with you and your books?
Website ~ www.michelehauf.com
Blog ~ www.blog.michelehauf.com
Books ~ www.michelehauf.com/books.html
Pizza or burger
Dress or jeans
Highlander or vampire
Fire or water
Up or down
Black &white or color
Half full or half empty
Day or night
Star trek or star wars
Sword or gun
Eyes or mouth
Strawberry or cherry
Old or new
High or low
Shower or bath
Paperback or hardback
Desktop or laptop
Coke or pepsi
Winter or summer
Dog or cat
Movie theatre or movies at home
He is Ashuriel the Black, Stealer of Souls, Master of Dethnyht. The dark, dangerous and oh-so-sexy slayer tormented Eden, made her remember how long it had been since she'd had a man. But Ashur was no man, and no angel. He was a demon. Called from Beneath to slay her attacker, he could commit every sin but couldn't fall lin love. And that was the one thing Eden wanted from him. How could she choose between a death sentence or a life without Ashur?