Let's extend a huge, warm welcome to T. Michelle Nelson who's visiting with us today. She's the author of The Life & Death of Lily Drake. Hi, T. Michelle!
How did you get from your day job to writing romance? I’ve always written stories but when I finished writing the Lily Drake manuscript I felt really strongly about it and sent it out to publishers. Here we are!
What are your three favorite books of all time? Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Music--with or without? What kind? When I’m coming up with ideas, music is fine, and all types. I love heavy metal, classical, Motown, jazz, you name it. While I’m writing though, I need quiet. I’m easily distracted.
First or third POV? Life and Death of Lily Drake is written in third, but I have a couple other projects I’m working on in first person.
How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects? Absolutely. I have ideas race through my head and I have to jot them down.
What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end? Without a doubt the middle. I love the beginnings, I always have tons of beginning ideas, and typically I know how I want it to end, somewhat.
Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em? Hate them. When the term necessary evil was coined, I’m pretty sure it was referring to revisions.
How did you come up with that title? Blood, sweat and tears. I had a ton of really bad cheesy ones.
Best advice anybody ever gave you? “You’re going to have to get some thicker skin.”
Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous no matter…if a booger was hanging out of my nose.
What's your favorite dessert? Tiramisu… today. I also love all things chocolate, fried ice cream, crème brulee, cheesecake, flan, etc.
Do you write at home or someplace else? Home
What's your favorite type of hero/heroine and why? Ones that seem real and have flaws. They are the kind of characters that could be real people I know.
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