Sunday, July 20, 2014

Author Interview--> Michelle Bellon ~Author in the Spotlight

Hey Book Lovers,

Today I am so happy to have with me Michelle Bellon, the author of Rogue Alliance. Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children. She loves coffee and has an addiction to chapstick.
She works at a surgery center as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels. She writes in the genres of romance suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has won three literary awards. 
Her next book, Jaded releases July 21st 2014.

Welcome to Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff, Michelle!

First of all, congrats on the upcoming release. :)
Lets start the interview.

Q1. In one sentence, what is your book, Rogue Allianceabout?
On opposite sides of the law, Shyla and Brennan learn each other’s secrets…that changes everything.

Q2. When did it come out? Who is the Publisher? Any notable awards or praise for it?
Rogue Alliance came out last December, published by Pandamoon Publishing. It won a literary award from the Wise Bear Book Awards in the suspense category.

Q3. What inspired you to write this book?
The idea for this book came to me while I was driving. I tend to think a lot while in the car (I’m a good driver, I swear!) I was thinking over the vampire phenomenon and then suddenly this scene came to me. In that one scene I got a strong sense of the two main characters and what their struggles were, both with themselves and with one another. It was a very intense scene and I desperately wanted to write a story around it but at first I was very hesitant because I wasn’t inclined to write another vampire book. It’s been done. But, as most writers understand, the story was itching to be told so I asked myself how I could write a vampire type of story in a way that has never been done before.
I feel like I achieved that with this book. To quote my last review, “Bellon reinvents the idea of the modern vampire…fantastic novel worth every minute.”


Q4. How did you get your first break as an author?
In 2009 I began writing my first novel. I shocked myself when I actually finished it six months later. Little did I know, that my work had barely begun. That book went through about five rewrites and multiple edits, but still, I was proud to have made it that far. As I started querying agents and receiving rejections I also started writing another book. During that emotional and draining process, I also submitted my book to a few small presses. Two offered to publish it and so I made the decision to sign with a small press in London, of all places. It was a great experience.

Q5. What has been the biggest surprise or learning experience you’ve seen through the process of seeing your book(s) get published?
The biggest surprise was learning that I have these stories inside of me and the ability to get them all out onto paper. The biggest learning experience has been to learn to take the good with the bad. Being a writer has got to be one of the hardest jobs for the ego that someone can choose. It takes you on a roller coaster of emotions, ups and downs, so that you question your every move, even your sanity. One moment you can feel amazing when you achieve a new goal or receive an incredible review then the next day or even the next hour, you feel lower than low as the self-doubt creeps in when you realize how far you still have to go to make a name for yourself in the industry. Don’t get me started on statistics for success in this business.

Q6. Tell me about a fun moment or proud experience you’ve had with your book and readers since the book got published.
Since this book has come out I've been floored by the overwhelming response from readers. The book has not had a ton of marketing so has not had high exposure but even so, every single review I’ve had has been so incredible. The feedback has been everything that I’d hoped it would be and more. Readers love Brennan and Shyla and are waiting for book 2.
It was also fabulous to receive a great review from Kirkus. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/michelle-bellon/rogue-alliance/

Q7. What are you doing to reach out to readers and book enthusiasts?
I do everything that I possibly can. One thing I’ve learned is that what may work for one author may not work for another, especially from one genre to the next. I work as a registered nurse for my day job so I don’t have as much time to dedicate to marketing as I’d like but I grasp any opportunity that I can and I’m always looking for new venues. I do a lot of interviews, guest posts, and blogtalkradio, as well as participating in giveaways.
Right now, I’m preparing to launch my next book, JADED.


Q8. What is the one thing that you hope readers take away after reading your book?
I want readers to walk away from this book feeling as if they truly just read something completely new and gripping. I want them to think about the characters long after they’ve laid the book down.

Q9. If someone were to tell you one thing before you started writing, what do you wish it had been?
I wish I had known more about the marketing aspect. I’ve had to learn the hard way what it takes to get your book in the hands of readers and I always advise aspiring authors to do their homework on what it will take to market their work. Writing the book is one thing. Marketing it is a whole other beast.

Q10. What is your overall impression of the writing industry? Any advice you would like to give to the aspiring authors?
Write what you want. Never. Give. Up.

Q11. What are the ten things people don’t know about you?

Q12. What’s next up for you, writing-wise?
My next book, JADED, releases July 21st July 2014!
Buy From: 
Amazon.com: Paperback 
Amazon.in: Paperback

Thanks for taking time out to talk to me, Michelle. I loved and enjoyed getting to know you and am sure readers of this blog will do too. :)

Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff wishes you the very best in all your future endeavors and I hope to read lots more from you.



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About the Book, Rogue Alliance:
Series: The Rogue Saga #1
Print Length: 290 Pages
Publication Date: December 2013
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Sci
Blurb:
While still a child in Redding, California, Shyla Ericson killed her father to end years of abuse. She’d left town shortly thereafter, changed her name, and started a new life, eventually becoming a highly decorated DEA agent. 

But some history doesn’t stay buried. 
When Shyla goes undercover to bring down drug kingpin Victor Champlain, the case takes her back to a town that hasn't forgotten her, and to a past she thought she’d left behind. 

Then, she meets Brennan Miles, a genetically altered kidnap victim, who has been turned into a weaponized super-human. Victor helped Brennan escape from a hidden genetics research facility known only as The Institute, where he'd been held and experimented on for years. In return for his freedom, Brennan now works for Victor as his bodyguard. 

Shyla is drawn to Brennan's strength, and to his humanity. Even after she discovers his secret — he must have human blood to survive. Shyla knows she can’t take down Champlain by going through Brennan — he’s too strong — and he’s loyal to Victor. 



Excerpt:
He faded in and out of consciousness. Sound, light, and movement all blended together. Coherent thought was impossible; fragments of ideas filtered in, then slipped through the sieve of his mind. He was weak, dehydrated, and starving.
The one consistent concept he was able to grasp was his name. Brennan Miles. He had given the name to himself. It was simple, strong, and normal; qualities that he longed for. He no longer remembered his real name, just as he no longer remembered anything before he’d arrived at the institute.
The few he’d met took one look at his large frame and stocky build, and thought he looked plenty strong. He could see it in the way they looked at him with a mix of awe and fear. But he wasn’t strong in the way that he wanted to be. Now he wasn’t even physically strong. They’d kept his food and supplements from him for over seventy-six hours—the longest period to date. Water was the only offering and even that had been the bare minimum. They wanted to see how long he could go and how powerful his need would be when triggered.
He had seen how intense his need could be and what it could drive him to do. All those other times, though, he had been in prime condition—healthy and agile. In his current state, he doubted he would be able to lift his head, much less give in to the power of his unnatural instinct. The doctor would be disappointed.
Serves him right, he thought.
Brennan heard the swish of the door open and close. His acute sense of smell recognized the scent of Doctor Shinto and that of a stranger. Repulsion and hate flowed through his veins. The voices of his visitors drifted in and out. They spoke about him as if he wasn’t even there. He was just an object, an experiment. He wanted to lash out and crush the doctor. He wanted to give in to his need here and now, but with his ankles shackled and his wrists bound he could do no such thing.

Buying Links:
Amazon.com: Paperback | Kindle Ebook 
Amazon.in: Kindle Ebook

 Author Interview: Michelle Bellon

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