I am excited to welcome Michele Bardsley to Ellz Readz. Michele is the author of the wonderfully funny Broken Heart Series. This adult series is sure to make you laugh.
1. For any new readers, could you tell us a bit about your Broken Heart, Oklahoma series?
MB: Broken Heart is a small town in Oklahoma that was taken over by the Consortium, which is a paranormal think tank trying to create ways to eventually bridge the gap between parakind and mankind. So far, though, parakind remains secret--those creatures found in human myths and legends. The town is populated with vampires, werewolves, fairies, dragons, ghosts, zombies, witches, and yeah, even a human or two.
Most of my heroines are Turn-bloods--or new vampires. Eleven single parents in Broken Heart were killed by a ravaging beast--and the Consortium saved them all by turning them into vampires. Now they have to learn how to be undead all while raising their mortal children on a night schedules. Even though my vamps have the typical characteristics ... strength, speed, agility, simply glamour ... there are actually seven (well, eight) vampire Families with specific powers. What powers you get depend on your Family.
2. The novels could stand alone, but you do a wonderful job of tying them together. Who will we meet in the latest book, Come Hell Or High Water and what are they in for?
MB: In Come Hell or High Water, we meet Phoebe Allen, who is a vampire from the Family Durga line, which means she controls demon powers and actual demons. She finds herself mated to a half-demon, half-Scottish fairy named Duncan Ballard. He says he tricked her into sleeping with him (Yeah, sure, Pheebs, how hard was it to resist a hot Scotsman with eyes like butterscotch candy?) to protect her from his stepmother, an uber demon named Lilith. Readers will find out answers to several questions, such as the origin of the Taint, which is a disease that only affects vampires, that there's an eighth vampire Family once thought extinct, and also, the first two chapters are pretty much all sex. You're welcome.
3. How many books do you anticipate in the Broken Heart series?
MB: Right now, there are seven. Cross Your Heart comes out in September 2010. It looks like there will be at least another two books in the series. As long as readers keeping buying the books, I'll probably get to keep writing them.
4. Michele, you are published in several genres including contemporary, erotica, and paranormal. Is it hard to change gears between each genre?
MB: I have to admit that writing in the "real" world can be a little more challenging since you can't rely on magic or paranormal ability to get you out of (or even into) a mess. The erotica market has certainly allowed regular romance to write more realistic love scenes. I've found I don't have to couch the act in careful phrases anymore, and that's nice. There are things I've written for the erotica market that will never make into one of my paranormal romances. :-)
5. For you, what is the most challenging aspect of writing?
MB: Deadlines. Hate them. But I can't be left to my own devices, either. I have access to an Xbox 360 and Rock Band. I can't be trusted. I'm mostly a panic writer. The closer the deadline, the more I write. I wish I was one of those plotters and planners churning out daily word counts, but after writing nine books for NAL, I realize my process is my process.
6. Are you working on any other projects you would like to share with us?
MB: I'm working up a new series idea that I hope will come to fruition, but I don't have a lot information about it right now. Other than that, like every other paranormal author in the world (or so it seems LOL), I have an young adult idea I'm playing around with. Mostly, I'm working up new ideas for the Broken Heart books. I hope I have good news for readers very soon.
7. What do you enjoy reading? Any specific genres?
MB: I love all kinds of genres. I read a lot of paranormal, of course, including Dakota Cassidy, Charlaine Harris, Richelle Mead, Mark Henry, Jackie Kessler, Caitlin Kittredge ... this list could get really, really long. I also love British mysteries, especially the Richard Jury series. I love vampire PI Felix Gomez in Mario Acevedo's mystery series. Also a big fan of MaryJanice Davidson, Jeff Strand, and I have all the Harry Potter books in hardcover.
8. If you could travel back in time, where would you end up and what would you be holding?
MB: Back in time? Oh, hell no. I love technology. I want to go forward in time holding my laptop, of course. LOL. I want to see the inside of Emperor Chin's tomb. Supposed to be fifty years before they get to the center of the funerary complex. Dust a little faster, people. I want to see what people are driving and using in the future. Technology and science have so many wonderful possibilities. I want to see the fruition of those ideas.
9. Lastly, what is your favorite way to unwind after a long day of writing? Any guilty pleasures?
MB: I play Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Just the drums. If I have to, I'll sing (which you so don't want me to do) or play bass. Right now, I'm playing Lego Rock Band, and Beatles Rock Band. Other than that, I read or watch movies.
Thanks so much, Elie. I enjoyed talking to you, and I appreciate you taking the time to interview me. If readers want to check out more about me, go to http://www.michelebardsley.com/. For all things Broken Heart, check out http://www.brokenheart.com/.
Thank Michele and congratulations on your new release.
Click here to read my review of Come Hell or High Water.
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