Archive | April 25, 2013

Author Interview ~ New Release ~ Escaping Life by Michelle Muckley

michelle muckleyBeverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today Michelle. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Hi guys, thanks very much for having me here! Well, to sum myself up, I am 31, English, living in Cyprus, and not as bi-lingual as I’d like to be. I trained as a scientist, yet always wanted to be a writer, and about six years ago decided I had to try to follow that dream. When I’m not doing that, I’m usually following one of Cyprus’ hiking trails in the mountains, or hanging out at the beach in the summer.

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

There are two things I like. Silence is one. I never have music on when I’m writing as it distracts me too much. The other is a good cup of tea.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

It was quite a slow start really. The idea of being a writer had always been with me, and I had always felt like it was something I should be doing. But with the demands of university and a job, and then on-call for work in the hospital, it just never developed into anything more than an idea. I remember telling a friend on a very wet new year’s eve when I was twenty one and a bit disillusioned with my studies that I was going to write a book. That book never made the cut, but by the time I got to my mid twenties I had started scribbling down ideas and words which gradually became sentences until somewhere along the line I had a first chapter. Since then it has gradually grown into something I do every day.

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

I think one of the most important qualities for a hero is a flaw. Otherwise the hero is just too one dimensional. Even superman had a flaw, and he’s the man of steel!

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

My favorite character is one of my latest, Ben Stone. He is a super-smart scientist type and finds himself in a really crazy situation where his life has basically been snatched away from him and he is only alive by an accident. All round, he is just a great guy, and turns out to be tougher than he thought he was.
I come up with characters in various ways. Sometimes they are created out of a snippet from the news, sometimes from somebody I see on the street, or they come from other characters, because I know what that character would need or choose.

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Probably sex a scene, which is strange, because I am not prudish at all. I am just always a bit concerned that I would make it sound like a very clichéd 1970’s…….yes, yes, you get my drift. See. I can’t even say it now, let alone write it! I usually skirt around the outside of the scene and refer to it in a more abstract way that sort of implies what’s happening rather than describing what who is doing, and to who!

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

I don’t think I have picked up the style of any particular types of writer, but what I have noticed is that if I am reading a really good book at the time, my writing feels like it flows more. I can’t read when I’m editing, but I have to read whilst I’m writing.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

Now that has made me think. In the past I might have said Richard from The Beach by Alex Garland. He would certainly not be the guy you marry, but he did make me want to give it all up and go travelling for a while. Recently, I totally fell for Antonio Corelli from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, but by the end of the book he had already broken my heart. I’m obviously not destined for a happy ending in the world of fictional romance.

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

I would love to tell you but my fiancee will literally kill me.

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

I much prefer a kick-ass type heroine. I wore sunglasses like Trinity from The Matrix for at least a year after watching that movie. Yes, I am a geek. I’m not very interested for the damsel in distress type character. I like a bit of fight in my heroines.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

I haven’t had any really bad dates. No horror stories, anyway. Once I went to Paris for the day and almost missed the train to get there. The first underground line was closed, and the second underground train broke down! I made the train to Paris by literally seconds before it left. It could have been the worst date, but it turned out to be one of the best.

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

A full kindle, full access to a constantly replenished movie library with DVD and TV player thrown in, and my fiancee. Turns out I’m all about the love too!

Beverly: LOL! You fit right in! What is your “guilty pleasure”?

I am sorry to have to admit it but my guilty pleasure is watching a bit of reality TV. I’m not admitting which one though as people will judge me too harshly.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

I would like to do a shark dive in the open ocean off the coast of South Africa. It has to be sooner rather than later though because the older I get, the more I am losing my nerve for crazy stuff like this.

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment?

Honestly, you think I can just pick one! I am a total nerd, and always embarrassing myself. But this one springs to mind. When I graduated university, the company who took the graduation photographs wrote to me asking if they could come to my house and to take it again for me because it was that bad. When I asked the nice lady who drove over 100 miles to my home to retake the picture how many people they had had to retake, she told me I was the only one. That was quite embarrassing, and I wish I had kept the original as proof. I saw it. It was truly awful.

Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?

I’d be black. Black is the colour of outer space, and that as far as we know is endless. That’s how I’d like to be.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

The man who I am set to marry this summer, and for more reasons than anybody will ever understand. Including me.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

My Mum, My Dad, all of my brothers and I hope their kids. My fiancee, and I hope his kids too.

Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall dark and handsome
Hairy chest or smooth? In between
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? A mixture the two
Fast or slow? Fast
Public or private? Hum……. public is illegal……..
Top or bottom? Neither

Blurbs:

Escaping LifeMichelle Muckley EscapingLifechanges

It’s beautiful here. It’s a beautiful place to die.

Since the accident claimed her sister’s life, Haven has been a sanctuary for Elizabeth Green.She has finally found some of the tranquility that she thought had been lost long ago to the past.Homicide cop Jack Fraser is running away from his miserable life too.But when the discovery of a body on a local beach leads him directly to Elizabeth’s front door, it seems her past might not have been left behind her after all. Together they must face their demons, and in the process expose the dangerous secrets that cloud their lives before it’s too late.

Running from reality is sometimes more painful than discovering the truth.

The Loss of DeferenceMichelle Muckley Loss

Will Moreton is one of the lucky ones. He still has a house, thanks to the fact that he has been assigned State Employment. Mind numbing or not, he’ll take whatever he’s given and try to keep the roof over his and wife Molly’s head. He doesn’t want them to end up living in a Shelter like the one where he works. They don’t need any more problems. The recession hit Grafton hard, and having a job and a home is a luxury that few enjoy. If only he was like Dan, with a good job and a steady income. He never has to worry about money.

Dan Fox is Will’s best friend, and works as a nurse in the local hospital. He needs cash desperately in order to pay for his mother’s care. She is slowly dying and deserves the best in her last years of life. He owes her that, doesn’t he? After what happened? It helps to put things right. He’ll follow any order to make sure he can keep her where she is comfortable. Will is the only one that knows the childhood secret that afflicts Dan. Neither of them wants to think back to the terrible day that binds them together.

But Dan has started to keep new secrets. Secrets that not even Will knows about. These secrets are kept locked away in the depths of the night behind the Victorian walls of the hospital in which Dan works. Dan thinks that he has covered his tracks. But one winter’s day, when Will panics because he can’t find Molly, he looks to Dan for help. By doing so he makes a discovery that leads him into a terrifying conspiracy. The only problem, he has no idea who is the real enemy.

A journey of trust and betrayal, the reader is compelled to experience the limits of true friendship through a web of disturbing lies and truths, and to look for hope not only in the strongest of human bonds, but also the darkest corners of life.

Author Bio:

I was born in the town of Warwick in 1981. It is a small historical town in the heart of England, and Ι was the fifth child born into a family of boys. I developed an interest in the written world from a young age, with more than a little help from Roald Dahl. Book club at primary school only proved to increase my love of escaping into the world of a good book.

Whilst six years at secondary school did little to quell the romantic notion of one day sitting in my mountain cabin and smoking a celebratory cigarette as the first novel was born, somewhere within those six years the dream of becoming a writer got put on hold. Perhaps it was because science was deemed a safer career path, or maybe it was because they let me chop up hearts, but I found myself spending more and more time in the biology lab and eventually the university applications went in and the next twelve years of employment were set; science, hearts, although sadly no more dissections. Somewhere though resting quietly in the background was the desire to find those old aspirations to write, and follow the dream. It was at this point that I began to write my first book.

Six years later, having uprooted from England and having settled on the southern Mediterranean shores of Cyprus, the dream to publish is now a reality. I am still working as a part time scientist, but I am also writing daily. When I am not sat at the computer you will find me hiking in the mountains, drinking frappe at the beach, or talking to myself in the kitchen in the style of an American celebrity chef. Just think Ina Garten.

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– First prize: Signed paperback, including a surprise goody bag
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Links

http://www.michellemuckley.com
http://www.facebook.com/michellemuckleyauthor
http://www.twitter.com/michellemuckley
http://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Life-ebook/dp/B00ARABFO8/ref=pd_sim_kinc_1
http://www.amazon.com/The-Loss-of-Deference-ebook/dp/B008LSHGT6/ref=pd_sim_sbs_kstore_1

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