Interviews and  Themed Blog Posts


Upcoming Blog Posts and Interview:

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Themed Blog Posts:

Why I love paranormal romances
July 2009

Fang-tastic Books

When Characters Take Over
May 2009
You Gotta Read

Animal Attraction (what Spring means to me)
March 2009
Oh Get A Grip

Evolution of a Cover - Fangs and Fur
September 2008
EREC blog

Escape With Me
September 2008
Coffee Thoughts (Coffee Time Romance Reviews) 

Escape with author Michelle Houston for the day on September 5th, and join her on Coffee Time Romance Reviews' blog - Coffee Thoughts - for a day of chatting about romance novels; the stigma attached to reading and writing them, the funny stories, the jaw dropping moments, and more ...  Be prepared to share your funny and/or frustrating experiences, to respond to other romance lovers, and to just have a good time.    
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My Bucket List
September 2008
Jude Mason's blog




I decided to leave all of the interviews up, simply because it's kind of interesting to see how some of my opinions on things have changed in the last five years, and how many of them have stayed the same.

Love Romances and More - September 2009

Novel Hearts - August 2009

Bookwenches - June 2009

Marianne Arkins - February 2009

Victoria Blisse - February 2009

Michelle M Pillows - December 2008

Dark Angel Reviews - October '08

Reading Is So Much Fun - September '08

Wild On Books - July '08

All Romance Ebooks - May '08

Romance Junkies - July '07

Fallen Angel Reviews - April '07

Romance At Heart - March '07

SASSY Newsletter - February '07 

GLBT Promo - June '06

Novelspot - April '05

Love Romances - December '04

Sizzling Romance - September '04

Just Erotic Romance Reviews - July '04

Fallen Angel Reviews - June '04





Interview with Kathi of 
Fallen Angel Reviews

June 2004

* NOTE:  The anthology "Ride 'em Cowboy" referred to in this interview fell through. The story Cowboy's Dungeon was published fall 2006 in Slave To Love.*

Michelle Houston is the author of BEDTIME TALES, NAUGHTY WHISPERS: MORE BEDTIME TALES, and BI SEXUAL: TALES FROM THE WILD SIDE, she has received great reviews on her very erotic collections. She has also written stories for several other multi-author anthologies. The latest one is RIDE 'EM COWBOY, a print anthology now available for pre-order. It is a collection of short erotic stories with one thing in common, very sexy cowboys!

 Hi Michelle, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us today.  You have two stories in the book, COWBOY'S DUNGEON, and THE SYMPHONY OF SPRING. Can you tell us a little about them? 

 The Symphony of Spring was actually written as a gift for a friend of mine.  She has a thing for cowboys, and when we were talking about my writings, she mentioned her "fantasy" which I tried to put to paper. She was VERY happy with the result, and I can't wait to hold the anthology in my hands, autograph it and give her a copy.  Although, since The Symphony of Spring is very tame compared to Cowboy's Dungeon, I will have to issue her a warning.

 Cowboy's Dungeon actually came about as a result of the Ride 'em Cowboy anthology.  When I read the Calls For Submissions on the ERWA website (, Natalie started talking to me, about all the naughty things her and Andrew did out in his dungeon.  With the help of a wonderful friend (and editor) Natalie tale of D/s pony play came to be.

 How long have you been writing?

 Um, I wrote my first 'poem' in the third grade.  <smiles>  But I really started to seriously pen my thoughts when I started high school.  Wrote my freshmen and sophomore years, generally the typical teenage angst ridden poems that most teenagers seem to gravitate towards.

 But I started writing erotica in 1998.

 Did you know right away that erotica would be a huge part of your writing, or did it just progress into this particular genre?

 About age 16, I was hooked on romance novels (still am) and I had a boyfriend who encouraged me to try my hand at writing, so I started writing my "fantasies", putting to paper the things I had read about that I wanted to try with him.  Luckily, it never progressed beyond putting it to paper.

 After breaking up with him, I pretty much stopped writing, until I moved in with my husband.  (we lived together before marrying).  Thanks to him, we got the Internet, and I started trying to find other bisexuals to talk to, and wound up meeting several erotica authors, who encouraged me to try my hand again at writing.

 And it just fit.  I enjoy writing short stories, and I love writing erotica.

 How much time are you able to devote to writing each day?

 It fluctuates.  Sometimes I write for four hours a day six days a week, for months, and other times I go a month or more without writing anything.

 Can you describe to us a typical day in your life?

 I get up to either my daughter asking for cereal or the pesky alarm going off.  I get my daughter feed (and either off to school or settled for a day at home), check my email and get ready for work.  After the standard day job is done, I come home, cook dinner, check my email again and then I open word.

 While hubby has the TV going, and is working, and my daughter is doing one of a dozen different things, I write.  If I have a story to tell that is.  If not, then I surf some, read a lot, spend time with my husband and daughter and generally veg.

 Any plans to write a full-length novel in the future?

 I've thought about it, and even have some ideas, but it's a whole different ball game than what I am used to.  I have the utmost respect for novel writers - I can't get past the second chapter.  There is SO MUCH more fleshing out required of a novel than a short story.  The whole back-story, evolving plot, and depth to the characters.

 Right now, I still have so much to learn, but here's hoping - one day.

 Who is the one person that has supported you the most in your career?

 Without a doubt, my husband.  He convinced me to submit to calls for submissions, he consoled me when I received rejection letters and cheered for me when I received acceptances.

 What is the best advice you have ever gotten, and did you take it?

 Best advice?  Ouch.  Um, one of the writers at ERWA said something to the effect of "Write a little each day.  Even if it sucks, just get something down.  Cause when it comes down to it, it's a whole lot easier to edit a crappy story than a blank document."

 Do you have a favorite author right now?

 Yep, lots of favorite authors. <smiles>  Suspense, murder mystery type novels I love Kay Hooper.  I am biting my nails wailing on her next book.  As for romance, I love the futuristic authors - Susan Grant, Angela Knight, Catherine Spangler, Linnea Sinclair, and C. J. Barry.  Erotica/Erotic Romance would have to be MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight and Alison Tyler.

 Had you ever had any doubts that you would become a successful writer? If so, how did you battle them?

 To be honest, I still don't see myself as "successful."  I know that some editors and readers enjoy my writings, and I have some stories that I am very proud of.  But successful?  Not just yet.  But I am getting there.

 I love the quotes on your website, especially Ernest Hemingway's. Do you have a favorite quote that stays with you?

 "It was a long time before I was able to say to myself: I am *not* going to be ashamed of my sexual thoughts and desires, they are me myself, they are a part of my life. I am going to accept myself sexually as I accept myself mentally and spiritually, and know that I am one time one thing, one time another, but I am always myself. My sex is me as my mind is me, and nobody will make me feel shame about it." ~ D. H. Lawrence ~

 Being bisexual has been hard at times, and this statement just sort of leapt out at me the first time I came across it online. 

 What is the one item in you life that you couldn't live without?

 Besides family members?  LOL My BOOKS!  I remember once, my grades slipped in school and my dad grounded me from my books.  Took them all away, boxed up and locked up, until my grades improved.  Let me tell you, I started doing my homework as soon as I got home.  Nine weeks later, my books were given back.

 If you could travel to anyplace in the world, where would you go and why?

 Egypt.  While I have always wanted to visit other countries like England and Scotland, if I had to choose just one  - Egypt, without a doubt.  While each country has it's attractions and wonders, there's just something about the idea of standing at the base of the sphinx, of looking up at the pyramids that intrigues me.

 What stories are you currently working on?

 I have about a dozen short stories I have been pecking away on the last few months.  My words in progress folder sometimes gets as full as two or three dozen, or every so often I get it whittled down to a few stories, before I start on new ones.

 Is there anything you would like to add before we go?

 Just that it's been great filling out this interview, a first for me.  And if anyone has any questions, my email is always open.

 Michelle, thank you once again for taking the talk to us at Fallen Angel Reviews. I wish you the best with all your future projects.

Michelle has a great website with lots of short stories, excerpts and more. Check out Renaissance Books to buy her collection of steamy bedtime stories!




Interview with Michelle of 
Just Erotic Romance Reviews

July 2004

A Tale of Two Michelle's
An Interview with Michelle Houston

Musings of a JERR Coordinator:
Right, let'' think of a way to totally confuse our readers. I know- I''ll get a Michelle to interview a Michelle. We have a reviewer called Michelle, now just to find an author.

So the search starts for an author called Michelle. After a few trips around the Internet and begging and pleading, the sacrificial lamb ... err willing victim ... errr author, Michelle Houston steps forward bravely. "Does she know what she's let herself in for?" the coordinator wonders.

So now, without further ado, the Michelle and Michelle show.

Michelle, the interviewer, wonders what terrible crime she committed in a previous life. How on earth can she even utter anything coherent in the presence of an author who writes with such passion and expression? Michelle, the author, just looks on in amazement as the other one starts chanting under her breath "Breathe Michelle, breathe. Just relax. She won't bite (well probably not and only if you ask really, REALLY nicely.)"

Wonderful readers, I ask you to welcome Michelle Houston. She writes sizzling short stories, and a print anthology of these has just been released on Amazon. And don't worry; I'll be sure to get the relevant details. Michelle, welcome to JERR. Firstly I have some serious questions and then we'll get on to the fun ones! So without further ado, let the interrogation begin.

Could you describe yourself in 3 sentences for our readers?

I am a married, bisexual female, who thanks to my husband'' unfailing support simply loves to write erotica for my own enjoyment, and the peace of mind it brings. I am a loner, who more often than not, would prefer quiet evenings at home with just my family, my computer, or a couple of friends to going out to clubs and parties. And I am an avid reader, a bookaholic if you will, and (not joking) I am more often than not found with a book in hand.

Bookaholic? I can certainly relate to that and I'm sure most of our readers can as well. When did you start writing? And what attracted you to writing erotic romance?

I wrote my first 'poem' in the third grade. <smiles> But I really started to seriously pen my thoughts when I started high school. Wrote my freshmen and sophomore years, generally the typical teenage angst ridden poems that most teenagers seem to gravitate towards.

About age 16, I moved from the city I had lived in my whole life. None of the guys knew me there, and it was rough. I didn't quite fit. Too much of a loner I guess. So I started reading, a LOT.

I got hooked on romance novels and thanks to a friend/long-distance boyfriend from my home town who encouraged me to write, I started writing my "fantasies", putting to paper the things I had read about that I wanted to try. Luckily, for both of us, we never really got together and gave them a try. We really just weren't meant to be.

But at the time, the break-up hurt, and afterwards, I pretty much stopped writing, until I moved in with my husband (we were just engaged at the time). We got the Internet, and he encouraged me to try and find other bisexuals to talk to, and along the way, I wound up meeting several erotica authors, who encouraged me to try my hand again at writing.

And it just fit. I enjoy writing short erotic stories. I like knowing that my writings arouse others.

But to be honest, without the constant and unwavering support I get at home, I don't think I ever would have been able to write as much as I have. It has become my outlet, my stress relief, and I am thankful that my husband and daughter give me time to write.

Well, I for one am glad your friend encouraged you to start writing, and that your family allow you to continue. What stirs the creative juices?

It really can be a variety of different things. A picture, an offhand comment, tossing around 'what if'' ideas with friends. Anything and everything can become a story. But when I really am stuck, I open up my pictures file and skim through the hundreds of naughty pics I have saved, and if that doesn't work, I start in on hubby's collection.

Mmm, naughty pictures. I can so relate to those. I notice that you write a lot of short stories. Do you prefer writing short stories to longer ones?

I have the greatest admiration for authors who write longer stories. I haven't been able to yet. Every time I have had an idea for a longer story, I start to write it and it comes out almost forced to me. I know that writing shouldn't be easy, and that the longer a piece is, the more editing it might require, but I also tend to shy away from further time on a story if it sounds too flat.

But one day ... I will write either a novella or novel. I guess I just have a few more things to learn first, before I feel confident enough.

Congratulations on writing even short stories. I couldn't even manage that. Now, your stories cross all sexual orientations. What attracts you to each of these type stories and which is your favorite? Which is easier to write?

I started out writing heterosexual stories but found that I also wanted to explore the other half of my sexuality, so I started writing lesbian stories. From there, it evolved into two female, one male threesomes. After a while, a friend suggested I give gay male a try and I loved it. The idea of all that testosterone in the air. <Shudders.> After that, it wasn't long until I gave two male, female threesome stories a chance.

My favorite? It's a toss up on that one, and all depends on my mood. But by far, the heterosexual stories are the easiest for me to write. It quite simply what I have the most experience with.

I love experience! Can you tell us a bit about your current release? And any sneak previews at works-in-progress?

My current release in e-book is Naughty Whispers, the sequel to Bedtime Tales. Like Bedtime Tales, it's a collection of heterosexual stories, each with their own characters, situations and heat level. Some are hotter than others. Some kinky, while others are soft and loving and sensual.

As for sneak peeks I have just submitted my first lesbian anthology to Renaissance E Books and it should be coming out soon. Next up, I am working on an all paranormal stories e-book.

Thank you for answering all my serious questions. Now on to the fun ones and I'll start with what is your favorite sex toy and sexual position?

Wow. Um, don't hold back do you. <smiles> My favorite toy would have to be my nipple nooses as I call them. I don't know the exact name, but they''e like nipple clamps, except instead of clamping them on, you loop the nooses around the nipples and tighten them.

As for my favorite position ... I do have several I prefer, and others I won'' try. But I think I'll keep that between my husband and me. <smiles>

*Smiling* I can understand that perfectly. If you could spend a day with anyone (living or dead) and ask them one question, who would it be and what would the question be?

Hum. Probably Hugh Hefner. And just one question? LOL I haven't a clue what I'd say to him though.

 "Can I join your playmates? Any little blue pills going spare?" Either sounds good to me. Now, what sound do you love?

Bet you're thinking I'll says moans of pleasure. <smiles> I don'treally have a sound I love. I like soft, happy sounds. Be it a giggle or laugh at a funny movie, a sound of pleasure, or simply the almost purr of contentment a woman makes as she curls up against a lover.

What sound do you hate?

A baby or small child crying, for whatever reason. I hate it when people yell. Anything too loud I guess.

What is your favorite curse word?

Fuck. I love the way it rolls of the tongue, even if you can't say it in public. When you say Fuck people KNOW something is up. It isn't as soft as damn and shit. It can't be passed off as something else. And it's multipurpose. You can add it to practically any statement.

If Heaven exists, what would you like God to say when you arrive?

I'd rather pass on this question. I stay away from religion and politics online. Seen WAY too many flame wars start up from it.

Yes, I certainly agree wholeheartedly with you on that one. Thank you for your time, Michelle and for answering all my questions. I wish you every success with all your future endeavors.

Michelle Houston's books are available from and in e-book format and in print. She has also short stories in a number of published anthologies, which you can find listed on her website, Michelle also welcomes mail from readers. Her email address is

Michelle Naumann
Just Erotic Romance Reviews



Interview with Sizzling Romances 

September 2004


Author Bio:

I've been writing erotica since 1995 and have been a presence online in the erotic community since 1998, including being a member of the Erotica Readers and Writers Association since early 2002. I live in the eastern US with my husband and daughter.


Welcome to Sizzling Romances. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Could you please tell us about your latest release.

MH: My third ebook release is NAUGHTY WHISPERS, a sequel to my first anthology BEDTIME TALES. It

And I am so THRILLED that two of my ebook anthologies have been combined into a trade paperback omnibus edition, called BEDTIME TALES & NAUGHTY WHISPERS which is available through Wildside Press.

SR: How did the idea for this anthology come about?

MH: I had so much fun picking and choosing which stories I wanted to put together when I was compiling BEDTIME TALES that I knew I'd have to compile several other anthologies, on a variety of themes. Between BEDTIME TALES and NAUGHTY WHISPERS, I completed BI SEXUAL, an anthology spanning the wide range of sexualities. Right now I'm working on several anthologies, including a third Bedtime Tales edition, another lesbian anthology and a follow up to BI SEXUAL.

SR: What did you enjoy writing about the stories and why?

MH: I just love writing erotica, knowing that my words tease and arouse my readers. I enjoy having my characters whispering their secrets, their naughty encounters, and their every kinky thought.

SR: Tell us about any upcoming releases.

MH: SAPPHIC VISIONS, my fourth ebook, an all-lesbian erotic anthology, is soon to be released. Like my other anthologies I try and spread things around with a bit of kink, some soft lovemaking, and a few other themes.

SR: What do you want readers to come away with after reading one of your books?

MH: I want them to be satisfied ... either with the stories, or in a more intimate way. I want them to feel that it was money well spent, and to want to re-read my stories again and again.

SR: What are you working on now?

MH: I am putting the finishing touches on my paranormal anthology, which I hope to have ready to submit soon. The anthology is something I have wanted to do for a while now. I LOVE futuristic, paranormal and such novels, and I want to share my own take on such themes as mermen, were-creatures, aliens, and Greco-Roman myths.

SR: Please tell us who your publishers are.

MH: With Renaissance E Books. I have three anthologies: BEDTIME TALES, BI SEXUAL, and NAUGHTY WHISPERS, with my fourth - SAPPHIC VISIONS - coming soon.

The print omnibus BEDTIME TALES & NAUGHTY WHISPERS is available from Wildside Press, who Renaissance E Books partnered with for the trade paperback versions.

I have also had short stories published in several different print anthologies.

'Pandora' in Erotic Fantasy edited by Justus Roux;
'Illusions' in Closet Desire IV edited by Stephen and Susan Van Scoyoc
'Staying Cool' in Heat Wave edited by Alison Tyler (Cleis Press) 
Nine Ball, Corner Pocket in Three-way edited by Alison Tyler (Cleis Press)

'Exposed' in Naughty Stories From A To Z edited by Alison Tyler (Pretty Things Press) 'Nice Kitty Kat' & 'Window of Opportunity' in Down & Dirty 2 edited by Alison Tyler (Pretty Things Press)

And coming soon: 'Cowboy's Dungeon' & 'The Symphony of Spring' edited by Valerie Crystal (Aphrodite Press) * Note: This project fell through.
'A Passion For Learning'
in Naughty Spanking Stories edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Pretty Things Press)
'Lust Be A Lady' in Naughty Stories From A To Z edited by Alison Tyler (Pretty Things Press)

SR: Would you like to donate a prize? If so, please list it below.

MH: I'd be willing to donate a copy of BEDTIME TALES, BI SEXUAL, NAUGHTY WHISPERS or SAPPHIC VISIONS in pdf, rtf, or html format to up to 3 winners. Thanks for interviewing me.

SR: For entering Michelle's contest, just drop Robin a line at, and put "Michelle Houston Contest" in the subject line. Three winners will be chosen, and those names will be forwarded to Michelle Houston.




Interview With Love Romances

December 2004

Michelle Houston is the best selling author of the Bedtime Tales and is back with another anthology called Celestial Bodies, a wonderful paranormal erotic anthology filled with vampires, gods and aliens among others.  Thank you Ms. Houston for answering our questions today.

Let's start off by asking a little more about you.  What do you do when you are not writing?  Any hobbies you like to do?

When I'm not writing, I'm generally either working, going to school, spending time with my family, watching some TV, or reading.  My husband jokes that whereas I'm a golf widow, he's a romance novel widower.

For fun I work on web pages, cross-stitch and do other crafts, and read A LOT.

What does your family think of your erotic anthologies?  How supportive have they been with your choice of career?

My husband knows and has been very supportive.  He's the one who pushed me to do something with my writings instead of just shuffling them away into a folder.  Thanks to him I submitted stories to various calls for submissions, which have resulted in my having stories in almost a dozen multi-author anthologies, as well as having five ebooks out that are all my own short stories.

The rest of my family however, doesn't know.  And at this time, I have no plans to tell them.  It's not that I am ashamed, just that there are enough issues right now between my folks and myself that I don't want to add anything into the mix.

How long have you been writing?  What made you decide to go into erotica?

I've been writing since the third grade.  But I really started to put pen to paper frequently in high school.  Thanks to my sister's old PC junior, I was able to type my ideas out instead of having to writing them by hand.  Made changing things a whole lot easier.

As for erotica, it just fits.  I tried writing poetry, your typical teenage angst ridden stuff, and moved on to short stories, which I sucked at.  With the influence of romance novels, which I started reading at about 14 or so, I moved on to putting my teenage hormonal fantasies to words, generally for my boyfriend at the time. 

I eventually grew out of that stage, but when my husband and I hooked up, and we moved in together and got the Internet, I found a whole world before me that I had never really explored. 

Everywhere I looked there were bisexual people, like me, seeking their own path.  Many explored through erotic prose, which led me to the Erotica Readers and Writers Association.  From there, I started trying to write erotic short stories, with some help from Internet friends along the way, and the rest as they say, is history.

What inspires your writing?  Does the same thing inspire all your stories?

I'm an equal opportunity inspired writer.  A song lyric, a line from a movie, something a friend says offhanded, something I have been curious about trying.  It all can, and generally does, lead to stories.

Celestial Bodies is a great anthology filled with many paranormal elements. What made you decide on this type of writing for this particular book over your other books themes?

I've compiled my straight (heterosexual) stories into two anthologies so far.  I've also done a lesbian themed anthology.  I've explored the facets of bisexuality in its own anthology.

I love reading paranormal stories, and I had collected a fair number of paranormal stories that I had written and I just wanted to do an all-paranormal anthology.  For the sake of my readers, I kept them to heterosexual stories only, although when I have enough lesbian themes stories, I may do an all-lesbian paranormal anthology.

What influenced you to get published?  How long did it take for someone to take a chance with your first book?

My husband nagging influenced me. <smiles>  Seriously though, he encouraged me the whole way.  In the end, it came down to either trying to get my stories published (and possibly failing) or cut back on my writing time.  So I took a chance, and I have found that getting even a short story accepted into an anthology generates such an emotional charge, it more than makes up for the rejections received in between.

For me, I got lucky.  Renaissance E Books accepted Bedtime Tales within 3 months of submission.  It was published not too long after.  Each of my ebooks after that has been accepted within a month.

Now with short stories that I have submitted to multi-author anthologies, it took about five rejections before I had one accepted, and I still generally receive five rejections per acceptance.. 

Often a writer's first book is the toughest to write. Was this true with you and if so, what helped you get through it?  If it wasn't what was the toughest one to write?

I never really had a problem with the book itself, given that it's an anthology.  Some of the individual stories however gave me more fits than others.  For example, Going Down took almost a month before I was happy with it, whereas On The Prowl practically wrote itself.

Do you usually outline your stories before you write them or do you "go with the flow."?

I go with the flow.  Some stories are easier to write than others, and if I were to attempt a longer piece such as a novelette or novel, I would definitely outline.  But with my short stories, I just sit down and start writing.

In Celestial Bodies, you give many different paranormal themes, from Gods and Goddess to vampires and shape shifters. Why the many different aspects of paranormal and what made you decide to choose just these aspects of it?

I can't pick which one is my favorite.  I love reading them all, and I enjoy writing them all, so I simply compiled them into an anthology.  I didn't want an all vampire anthology, or an all shape shifter or so on.  I wanted a wide spectrum, to match my personal tastes in the paranormal.

Most authors are avid readers. Is this true with you?  If so, who are some of your favorite authors? Have any influenced your writing?

Definitely, it's more of an addiction than a hobby anymore.  <smiles>  Suspense, murder mystery type novels I love Kay Hooper.  I am biting my nails wailing on her next book.  As for romance, I love the futuristic authors – Susan Grant, Angela Knight, Catherine Spangler, Linnea Sinclair, and C. J. Barry.  Erotica/Erotic Romance would have to be MaryJanice Davidson, Angela Knight and Alison Tyler.

Vampires are really big on TV and Movies.  Has anything influenced you from a movie or TV?

The vampire movies out haven't really influenced me, although I have enjoyed watching some of them.  But lines out of movies have given me ideas.

Have you ever suffered from Writers block?  If so, what did you do to get out of it?

All the time!  And I just wait it out most times.  I try and write, and keep trying, until it works itself out.  Generally it happens when I have other things I need to be doing, or if I have simply written a lot in the last few days, or I am burned out on everything and need to just veg for a while.  Generally it's a subconscious thing saying, wait a minute, get to doing other stuff, I need a break.

Bedtime Tales is a great anthology for anyone's erotic collection.  Have you ever wanted to do a full-length book on one story from there or from Celestial Bodies?

Not so much from the stories in any of my anthologies, but yes, there is one story that I have written that I would love to lengthen.  I have even written some of an outline, but my villain hasn't yet shown himself to me for me to put anything much to paper.  I have the vaguest of first chapter and that's about it.

Did you ever expect your books to become so popular?  Why do you think they are in such a demand?

LOL.  I don't know so much that they are in demand or that they are popular, but I do well with them.  It always surprises me when someone emails me and says that they enjoyed my story in such and such antho, or that they have one of my ebooks and loved it.  I love getting email like that.

Congratulations on Celestial Bodies.  Are you working on anything right now and can you give us a teaser of what it is?

Right now I am wrapping up my second bisexual anthology.  After that, I have plans for another Bedtime Tales anthology and maybe another lesbian one.

Between working on them, I am going to keep submitting to various calls for submissions and keep my fingers crossed.

Any advice to aspiring authors?

I would like to state that I write short stories, just in case I haven't been clear on that.  Novels are a whole different ball game.  I have no clue personally, although I do know of a lot of different novel writers who have gotten pubbed with their first book, and others who after ten years are still trying.  It depends on the book you have written (theme and such), the market at the time, and which publisher you have submitted to.  My best advice is look around first.  Check out in-depth what each publisher is looking for, maybe evening buying a few of their books.  Make sure it would fit their ideal before submitting to them.

For short story writers, you have two options.  Compile an antho of just your writing, find a publisher that accept anthologies, and submit to them.  Renaissance E Books ( is the one that I am with, and they publish a good deal of single author anthologies, as well as novels.  The other option is submit stories on a story-by-story basis.  Find calls for submissions, The Erotica Readers and Writings Association  ( being a good starting point for romantica and erotica authors. Find a calls for submission that interests you, write a story and submit it.  Again, it might be worth it to purchase a book or two that the editor you are submitting to has compiled, since many have their own style that they are looking for.

The most important thing with both types of writings is patience.  It may take a while before you hear back, and even then, it may not be an acceptance.  But keep trying, have faith in yourself, and most of all, keep writing.  Even if it's just for your own enjoyment - which is how I started out.

 Thank you, Ms. Houston for taking the time to answer our questions.  Have anything to add? 

Just that it's been fun.  

Celestial Bodies came out in October 2004 and it is a mixture of paranormal coupling, decadent escapades and futuristic possibilities that may happen.  A delightful ride through the many facets of erotica and the paranormal.




Interview With Novel Spot

April 2005

Meet Michelle Houston

Novelspot had the opportunity to catch up with the steamy, yet down to earth, Michelle Houston for a candid interview. We walked away feeling more connected to the frank author who entertained and enlightened us with her thoughts and insights.

NovelSpot: For someone who has never read a story you have written, what could best describe your genre and style?

Michelle Houston: Um, erotica, smut, light porn. I've heard my anthologies called all three. Personally, I feel that I write erotica: Light on the plot, and heavy on the emotional and physical aspects. I try to keep each story short enough that it doesn't drag, yet long enough so that the reader feels content when it ends.

NS: Describe for us your most recent title?

MH: Bi & Sensual. It's an anthology of straight, lesbian, gay and threesome erotica stories. Some are kinky, others soft and sweet, just a general mix of possibilities.

NS: What sets this work apart from other works in the same genre?

MH: My kick-ass covers! (laughs) Seriously though, I don't try to stand out from the other writers in my genre, because frankly, I admire the hell out of many of them. I simply try to write an entertaining, arousing story. If I bring something to the table that no one else has thought of yet, great! But if not, so long as I entertained my reader, as long as did that, then I have achieved my own goal.

NS: Please tell us about a favorite piece that you have written, maybe one that took all of your blood as you wrote it or maybe one that literally wrote itself, or maybe a work that just touched your heart a little more than the others?

MH: Pick just one? Ack! Exposed is the one that comes to mind the strongest. It was originally written for a "Call for Submissions" sent out by a wonderful writer and editor, Alison Tyler. She was looking for tales of flesh on flesh, sweaty, hot, sensual sex. And the idea of a threesome on the dance floor simply fit the bill in my mind.

Although it was rejected for that particular anthology, Alison did request it for her Naughty Stories From A To Z volume 3, and it found a happy home there.

NS: As a writer, there are things that indulge your senses. Could you describe the things that milk your creative flow?

MH: Enigma. Love their music. Reading other erotica, romantica and romance stories. Talking over ideas with my friends in a chat program while staring at a blank screen seems to work really well too. (smiling)

NS: So in your writing process from beginning of story to end, do you incorporate techniques that heighten your creativity? For example, maybe you seek out those things that you just described heighten your creative process?

MH: I've always just sat down and started writing, when the mood took me. I rarely try to bring about the mood, unless I simply need to express myself.

NS: What is your favorite quote and who said it?

MH: "It was a long time before I was able to say to myself: I am *not* going to be ashamed of my sexual thoughts and desires, they are me myself, they are a part of my life. I am going to accept myself sexually as I accept myself mentally and spiritually, and know that I am one time one thing, one time another, but I am always myself. My sex is me as my mind is me, and nobody will make me feel shame about it." ~ D. H. Lawrence

NS: Why that one?

MH: I'm bisexual. For a LONG time I tried to deny it, to ignore it, and a felt shame about it. Finally, I accepted it, and I have been happier for it.

I used to think that my wanting to write erotica was wrong, even though my husband encouraged me in it. But it makes me happy, and hurts no one, so I have accepted it, and even rejoice in it now.

Nobody will make me feel shame about anything that is a part of who, and what, I am.

NS: Thank you for sharing that. Are you at work on any new projects and would you share?

MH: I've got several stories in my "Works in Progress" folder. I am trying to finish up several for my third Bedtime Tales anthology.

But my main focus for now is my schoolwork. I graduated several years ago from high school, and just last fall started college; I have made that and my family my primary focus. So I write in what spare time I have left. I am hoping after this semester, when I'm no longer having to write so many English class papers that I will be more inclined to write.

You go girl! Be sure to send us an announcement for your graduation, and by all means, don't stop writing! Novelspot would like to thank Ms. Houston for her time and energy.




Interview with Jolie du Pre of 
GLBT Promo

June 2006

Michelle Houston has been an erotica writer since 1995. Her stories (straight, lesbian and bisexual erotica) appear on the Internet at Sensual Venus and other webzines, in multiple anthologies including Bosslady, and she has nine e-books with Renaissance E Books including the recently released Erotic Moments. Michelle is the webmistress for her website The Erotic Pen.

Jolie du Pre for GLBT Promo: Michelle, you've been writing erotica for eleven years and you've really made your mark. You're prolific, and you have become one of the most popular erotica writers of today. What brought you to the world of erotica?

Michelle Houston: Like many authors, it seems that I have always written. I can't remember when it truly began. My earliest memories are of a poem I wrote in the second grade (I think it was) and of an essay I won an award at my school for in the first grade.

I've tried my hands at many genres, but erotica just fits. Besides, I get to write about sex, do research about sex, and sometimes when I'm lucky get paid for the stories I create. What better hobby is there? Besides being a sex toy reviewer that is.

GP: You're a wife and a mother. What tips can you give other wives and mothers who may be struggling to juggle a writing life with the demands of a family?

MH: Let me begin by saying I write for fun. I have a standard (sucky) day job to pay the bills with. I have no clue how to balance a full time writing career with family life. All the authors who do it have my deepest admiration. Although, I guess they are the lucky ones. : )

Now for those who write as a hobby, like I do, don't even try juggling it all. Something important will probably get missed. Instead, focus on family and work your writings in around it. You have to be willing to be fluid about it all.

One writer I know gets up an hour before his family, so that he can get some writing time in before everyone is awake and making demands on his time. Several others stay up after their families go to bed in order to sneak in some writing time. Another I know takes a notebook to work and writes on lunch breaks and any other spare time throughout the day. It sometimes requires a drive to make it happen before you will find the time. But it's worth it.

I've been lucky. My husband supports my writings, and within reason, he works with me to take care of our daughter so that I can write when the mood takes me. It's hard, because my desk is in the middle of the "family area" of our house – just off of the living room -- but headphones and loud music help some.

When I've been inspired, I have been known to stay up late writing, to get up early, to write on lunch breaks, at my daughter's martial arts class, during my classes (I'm in college), and although it is embarrassing to admit, I have also been known to rush to my computer during commercial breaks of my favorite shows to jot down a scene before going back to watching my show.

GP: Let's talk about your work. You're published in a number of print anthologies, including Heat Wave, Down & Dirty Volume 2, Slave to Love, Bosslady, the upcoming Sex and Candy and more. What do you enjoy most about writing short stories and how exciting is it to see your stories in print?

MH: I like short stories because they are brief glimpses into a character's life. The reader gets to fill in all the blanks, from back-story to what happens next. I know some readers get frustrated, seemingly no sooner do they get into a short story then it is all over, but I love them. I can take the characters on whatever future journey I want to.

As for how exciting it is for me to see my stories in print, it's a RUSH! Without a doubt.

With the long wait, from the time a story is submitted to hearing back with an acceptance, to it finally coming out in print (completely nail biting the whole time) to finally have a copy in my hands is beyond words. I know, it's ironic given that I am a writer, but when it truly hits that another story of mine is out there for the world to see is utterly indescribable. I am nervous, and excited, and completely petrified while at the same time so very proud. It's like watching your child take its first step, or hearing "mama" for the first time. I want to take it all back, and make them pull my story from the book, while at the same time I want to scream to the world to buy the book. The mixture of emotions is dizzying and exhilarating.

GP: Of all of your stories that have appeared in print, which one is your favorite and why?

MH: My favorite in print so far would have to be EXPOSED (which is in Naughty Stories From A To Z vol. 3). The main character, Sabrina, is truly in touch with herself, her fantasies and her desires, as I wish I was daring enough to be. She's not afraid to go after something if it turns her on, even if it's making out with a couple on a crowded dance floor.

Here's a brief snippet to show you what I mean.

Exposed copyright Michelle Houston

Sabrina was shameless and she knew it. She went after what she wanted with a single-minded determination, and she delighted in pushing society's limits, in seeing what exactly she could get away with. Her ex-boyfriend, Julian, used to assist her in attaining her adrenalin-based orgasms. Now that Julian was out of the picture, she found herself feeling lost. She wasn't sure which way to go in order to recreate the highs she'd previously enjoyed. She was hesitant about starting all over.

The last date with her ex had ended with a blowjob during a movie, and she still had the gum stain on her old jeans to prove it. She grinned to herself, remembering the look on the faces of the couple seated in the row in front of them as the lights had come on. When they stood to leave, she was licking come from the corner of her mouth, and her shirt sported a telltale trail right down the center. Head held high, she had exited the theater, uncaring of the snide whispers behind her.

Julian hadn't been so uncaring. In the car and back at his apartment, they had fought over the way she flaunted their liaisons, instead of trying to be discreet. The goal, in his eyes, was to carefully tempt fate, but to always do their best not to get caught. Sabrina's opinion differed. She was out to have fun and enjoy the rush of playing in public. She loved to masturbate while being watched; it didn't matter if it was by a lover, or in front of a window with the possibility of a complete stranger watching. She wanted to walk the fine line between exhibitionism and indecent exposure.

GP: What stories do you have in anthologies that are "coming soon?" Tell us about the stories and about the anthologies they will appear in.

MH: I have a story coming out soon in the second volume of Naughty Spanking Stories From A To Z, called JANELLE'S SPANKOLOGY 101. Angela and Janelle share a dorm room at college, and both are very open with each other, to the point of Janelle being an exhibitionist to Angela's voyeur. Janelle is a Dom, who brings her boyfriend Terence home to play. Angela is trying to write about a paper for class while across the room Janelle is giving Terence a spanking. Needless to say, her concentration is shot. Then Janelle makes Angela an offer she simply can't refuse, a chance to join in on their play, and learn a little bit about the fine art of spanking. But the lesson doesn't turn out quite the way Angela thought that it would.

Here's a tease.

Janelle's Spankology 101 copyright Michelle Houston

I wish I could find a guy willing to take a spanking from me, but it just never worked out. Most of the guys I dated long enough to confess a desire to spank had simply humored me, expecting a few light spanks. For the others, they couldn't get past my diminutive height long enough to let me control anything.

Janelle landed a particularly hard blow and I couldn't help but wince as Terence moaned. Maybe there was something to be said for dating a jock. Janelle landed another hard blow, and this time it was me that moaned as his rich chocolate colored ass lifted, silently begging for more. Oh how I wanted to give it to him too.

I couldn't help the muffled groan that escaped at the idea of Terence's smooth dark ass raised in supplication while I smacked my bare hand against it. It was enough to send shivers down my spine.

GP: You've also published many ebook anthologies including Bedtime Tales, Sapphic Visions, Erotic Moments. What do you like about ebooks?

MH: E-books are great in that readers can be exposed to a plethora of authors they might never have heard of otherwise. I LOVE print books, don't get my wrong, but we all know that the big boys of print are cautious. They tend to be very conservative, waiting to see if there is a trend towards something before jumping on it.

E-books showed them how big of a demand there is for paranormal romances – and the big boys of print jumped on it. E-books have shown that some readers want hotter love stories than they are getting, and the big boys are starting up new lines to provide it.

Through publishing e-books, several authors have been discovered by print publishers and are embarking on BIG careers.

What I like the most however, isn't the part e-books play in determining the big boys of prints next step, but rather the freedom the authors are given. With many e-book companies authors are encouraged to try new things, instead of going by a set formula. They are allowed different sexualities and scenarios than traditional print lines allow for. The authors write what they want, how they want. Very rarely do the editors request whole novel/story rewrites to fit a "proven pattern." I like that.

GP: Any upcoming ebook collections?

MH: None that are near to being published yet. I am working on stories for another lesbian anthology and for a fourth Bedtime Tales volume, but they are still a good ways from being completed.

GP: Any plans for a novel?

MH: I've thought about it, but plotting has NEVER been a strength of mine. I still have yet to learn how to really develop a good, strong plot to the degree a novel would require. One of my e-books, Maidens & Myths, is the closest I have come, with all of the stories flowing from each other, revolving around a secondary character.

So at this time, no, I don't have plans for a novel. But I do have some ideas for pieces that a short story just won't do justice. So it is something I am working towards.

GP: You've published straight, lesbian and bisexual themes. Tell us about some of your lesbian and bisexual work.

GP: Sapphic Visions is very much like its heterosexual counter part, Bedtime Tales. It's simply a collection of my lesbian tales, from vanilla to kinky and all the shades in between. There is no real rhyme of rhythm to them, other than they are all erotic.

Both Bi anthologies, - Bi Sexual and Bi & Sensual - have lesbian, straight, gay, MMF and MFF threesome stories. Some of the stories have been in Sapphic Visions or one of the three Bedtime Tales volumes, but the rest (the gay and threesome pieces) are unique to the anthologies.

GP: You have a beautiful website. What can you tell us about the art work and the design?

MH: T E Burden, my cover artist, is the one who did the image I use on my website. It was originally supposed to be the image used for erotic moments, but the woman's breasts were a bit too blatant for some of the places that carried Renaissance E Books' titles, so the publisher asked that I cover them. So with a great put-upon sigh, T E Burden did so, grumbling though the whole process.

While I like the image with her breasts covered, I wanted to also use the image without them covered, so when I started itching to redesign the look to my website, I decided to use the uncovered image as the main graphic. Adding backgrounds, divider and ding images from Outlaw By Design's tube membership site, I created a look and feel to my website that is distinctly mine.

GP: Besides your website The Erotic Pen, do you have a Yahoo group, a newsletter or anything else we should know about?

MH: I do have a Yahoo group. It's at I also run a newsletter off of my website, but it is temporarily unavailable at this time. Hopefully soon it will be back up and running.

GP: What would you like to say to aspiring writers of erotica?

MH: Talk about putting a girl on the spot. Sheesh. Um …

Get your basic anatomy down. You don't have to know the names of all of the bones in the hand and stuff like that, but know the basics. You all know the things I am talking about. : )

Don't stick to just what you've tried, write what makes you curious (those tend to be the best stories I've written because of the complete curiosity and interest that come through to the reader) but make sure to do your research.

Read. A lot. Doesn't matter what genre, just read. Pay attention to how the writer crafts the scene, what character traits work for what types of characters, and how scenes flow into each other. Most writers already have a love of the written word, but take it to the next level. You'd be surprised what you pick up unconsciously about writing.

Join The Erotica Readers and Writers Association. Writing erotica is a lonely business, as most times even life partners don't understand or support what we do. Having a MASSIVE worldwide support group of novice as well as master writers helps.

Find a critique partner. Someone who can and will be HONEST about your strengths and weaknesses. Spouses and friends do not often fit this bill. They try too hard to be sunny and not hurt your feelings. You NEED brutal honesty, but with helpful suggestions of what to do to fix the problems they point out.

Above all DON'T GIVE UP! If you decide that publication is something you want, keep writing and submitting. If you get rejected, make note of any offered suggestions or reasons why, then try again. Not all stories will find a home. The trick is to find which story fits which publisher. The best way to do this is to do research. Read some of what a publishing house/editor (depending on if you are writing novels or short stories) has put out.

Writing is something that comes from a part of you that no one can ever touch. You have to choose to open up and share the things inside with others. Don't ever let anyone tell you that you aren't good enough, if you truly feel something there. The mechanics of writing can be learned, but that something, that spark which some call a writer's soul, can't be taught or learned. It's either there or its not. If you have that special spark, learn whatever else you need to so that YOU are happy with your writings. Before anyone or anything else, write to make yourself happy. I don't write to be published, I write to fulfill a craving within me to write. I submit my writings because I want to share them with others. Feed the craving first, worry about publication after the story is written.

And that's the best advice I can give. If it helps, then I am truly glad. If it doesn't, then read what someone else has said on the topic and find what feels right to YOU.



Interview with Jamie of Sexy Authors With Attitude for the SASSY newsletter

February 2007

Spotlight Author Interview:

Each month one of the Sexy Authors has interviewed our Spotlight Author of the Month. This month Jamie Hill interviews Sexy Author Michelle Houston.

  JH:  Tell us a little about yourself.

 MH:  Let's see . . . I am married to a wonderfully supportive man; mother to a curious 9 year old who is determined to be an archeologist, a scientist/researcher, and a biology teacher; a college student; an erotica/erotic romance writer; and I am bisexual.  Basically I am an average woman who loves to write, when she can find time.

 JH:  Who were some of your favorite authors as a child, and now?

 MH:  Growing up, I used to read anything I was allowed to, but sadly I remember characters better than authors.  Some of the books I liked to read were The Sword of Shannara series, the Black Stallion books, the White Fang and the like books. 

 I also devoured the Sweet Valley High books (and I am hesitant to mention that LOL), loved the Bunnicula books (which I have gotten my daughter in to reading), and then I managed to get a hold of one of my sister's romance novels.  Whoohoo!  It was hot reading for a 14 year old.  I even remember the title – and tracked down a copy a few years back, just for giggles.

 Since that first exposure to romance novels, my tastes have changes quite a bit.  I used to love historical novels, specifically knights and the like, but now I am into futuristic and paranormal tales.  I also have a thing for dark paranormal murder mysteries, ever since reading Dark Visions at about age 16.

 Some of my auto buy authors include: Angela Knight, MaryJanice Davidson (Betsy the Vamp Queen and related stories), Kay Hooper (the Bishop series), Linnea Sinclair, Catherine Spangler, Michele Bardsley (a newcomer with a lot of potential), Rebecca York, Katie MacAlister (the dragons and the vamps), C J Barry, Suzanne Brockmann (the Troubleshooter series), Christine Feehan (Dark, Game, and the witch sisters series), Tess Gerritson, Susan Grant, Patti O'Shea, Robin D Owens (the Heart series), Joanne Rock, Lynsay Sands (Argeneau vampires), and Nalini Singh (another hot newcomer).

 JH:  When did you first start writing?

 MH:  I remember writing as early as third grade, but I didn't get really serious about it until about age 18, when my husband (we were engaged at the time) convinced me to start putting my ideas to paper.  He writes too, and understands the creative drive and how it feels to have character pound at your skull demanding to have their story told.

 JH:  When did you first get serious about being published, and how long did it take before you saw any results?

 MH:  I started to get serious about getting published when I was spending all of my free time writing, and other then having stories on paper, had nothing to show for it.  With a family . . . it just came down to either actually getting off my ass and doing something with my writings, or cutting back on how much time I was spending with the computer.

 JH:  Which is your favorite among the books/stories you've written?

 MH:  Given that I write shorter works than most authors I know, that question is very hard to answer.  LOL  My top three, in no particular order, would have to be:

 Diggin Up Bones, which I am working on expanding and getting ready to submit for possible publication.  It is the story of Alisa, a young woman recovering from being raped, and Zach, one man she has always loved, finally finding each other.

 Exposed, which was published in Naughty Stories From A To Z volume 3.  Sabrina is a shameless woman who knows what she wants sexually, and isn't afraid to go after it.

 Chasing Her Dream, which was published in print in The Happy Birthday Book of Erotica, and will soon be coming out in the e-book Kinky Girls Do, from Love Struck Books.  Lydia knows that she wants to be sexually dominated, and her best friend Sean is more than willing to fulfill her fantasy.

 JH:  Do you have a favorite hero/heroine in your own work?

MH:  Alisa, from Diggin Up Bones, would have to be my favorite.  She has to work through something that completely devastates the victim.  In the end, she doesn't let what was taken from her destroy her--she fights back, and reclaims her sensuality.

 JH:  What are your upcoming releases?

 MH:  In the next twelve months, I have a lot of new stories coming out.

 February saw the release of the print anthology 'C Is For Co-Eds', which contains my story Janelle's Spankology 101, and the print anthology 'D Is For Dress-Up', which contains my story A Long-Held Fantasy.  Both of which are hot, short, threesome stories.

 In April, my story Tempted By Leather, will be coming out in the print anthology 'Second Skin: Erotic Stories About Leather and Latex'.  It's a short and kinky lesbian tale.

 Kinky Girls Do will also be coming out in ebook from LoveStruck Books.  Kinky Girls Do is a collection of three mild kink stories, ranging from exhibitionism to spanking and light bondage.

 May will see the release of the ebook Fated To Be, a duet of stories about Greco-Roman deities set in modern times.

 In June, The Window of the Soul, a voyeur lesbian piece, will be coming out in the print anthology 'Iridescence: Lovely Shades of Lesbian Erotica', and Unnatural Bonds will be in the ebook/print book 'Summer Solstice Scorchers' from Whiskey Creek Press – Torrid.

 July will see the release of the ebook Parallel Attraction, from Love Struck Books.  Parallel Attraction is about a young woman sent to another reality, and the love that she finds there.

 In August, 'The Diary of 413 Remembrance Lane' (tentative title) will be coming out in ebook from Phaze.  This collaboration with Jamie Hill, Emma Wildes, Jude Mason, D Musgrave, Cheri Valmont, and Skyler Grey, was a blast to work on.  My story, The Life Not Lived, wraps the book up.

 I also have two stories accepted for print anthology with unknown (at this time) pub dates.  Cup of Josie will be coming out in 'Sex and Coffee', and Peppermint Delight will be in 'Sex and Candy'.

 Last by not least, in January of 2008, my stories Sands of Time and Turning Back Time, which make up 'Celtic Love Knots volume 8', will be coming out from Whiskey Creek Press – Torrid.

 Whew . . . it's exhausting just looking at the list, but I admit, I am proud too.

 JH:  What projects are you working on now?

 MH:  With pulling my story Diggin' Up Bones from Venus press, I decided to expand it just a little bit.  When I started it was 7,200 words, and now that I have gotten it over 12,000 words I hope to get it edited soon and ready to submit.  

 I am also working to expand two stories that collectively I am calling Blood Slave.  The stories are set in the near future, where vampires are protected and even catered to, due to a virus that has made them all go blind.  To compensate, they use blood slaves as their eyes, food source, and sexual submissives.  Right now I have about 11,000 words between the two stories, and I would like to reach at least 12,000 (because of where I wish to submit them to).

 I also have a lesbian futuristic, which features a cyborg female who finds herself the unlikely (and unwilling) owner of a slave.  She has to figure out what to do with the woman, and fight her attraction to her at the same time.  It sits at 5,000 words and has been sent out on submission.  I am currently working on a sequel featuring a secondary character and her own delving into D/s, and hope to have it read to send out soon.

 Then there is the sequel to my story in the Masquerade volume 2 anthology that I have been working on.  Nike made an appearance in Worshipped and wants now to explain that she is NOT an air-head, but was playing a part for Alicia.  Oh ... and she wants her own story too.  Infernal Goddesses.

 In the beginning stages is a duet of stories featuring dragons, and a half dozen vague ideas floating in the vastness of my creative mind.

 JH:  Is there a genre you haven't tried that you'd like to?

 MH:  Honestly, not really.  Being very open minded, and having the support of my husband and writing partners, I have pretty must written whatever intrigued me.  I like writing erotica and erotic romances, and at this time I really don't have any craving to try my hand at another genre.  But I do reserve the right to change my mind at a later date.

 JH:  Is any of your work based on real life, people you've met or events that have happened to you?

 MH:  Well, there have been a few short stories that I have written and published in my three Bedtime Tales collections that have been based in experiences, but it's up to the reader to guess which ones.  LOL

 Spotlight Author Excerpt: Diggin' Up Bones

Warning - VERY explicit

Copyright Michelle Houston, all rights reserved

 As the water washed away the dried tears from earlier and beat at her tight muscles, she leaned back against the wall and allowed her hands free reign.  Of their own violation, they cupped her breasts, holding the slight weight in their palms as her fingers rolled the tight nipples.  Closing her eyes, she lost herself in fantasy.  Zach was under the spray with her, his work calloused hands holding he breasts, teasing her nipples with his thumbs as his lips pressed soft kisses along her throat.

 Slipping one hand down her stomach, she paused at her belly button, then continued on, slipping a finger past her pouting lips and dipping it into her moist pussy.  She had been wet ever since she'd watched Zach walk across her lawn earlier this morning, the sun hitting his hair just enough to bring out the deep chestnut, natural highlights. 

Long-legged, his strides had eaten up the earth as he moved with purpose, mingling with the crew, often gesturing with his hands to make his point.  Whenever someone got too close to the house, he has directed them somewhere else, trying to keep everyone together and as quiet as possible.  She had to give him credit for that.  He knew she needed quiet time to write.  He'd always understood about her writing time and about so many other things, especially her virginity and her fears about losing it.  He had been so patient, waiting for the right time.  But it had never arrived for them.

 Not wanting to disturb her mood, she quickly brandished the thoughts away, knowing what would soon follow--the emptiness of not having his arms to hold her as she cried--the hollow feeling that never quite left her as she pulled away from anyone's touch--the horrible, terrifying memory of another man holding her down, violating her trust and her body.

 Thrusting her finger deep, she rubbed her thumb over her clit, desperately trying to take the edge off of what she was feeling.  Zach's presence just outside her house had her emotions in turmoil, and it was only getting worse.  She had almost leaned forward and kissed him at the door, she wanted his touch so badly.  Just watching each of his words form on his lips had been arousing.  It didn't help, that despite not knowing why she'd pushed him away, he still wanted her.  She saw it in his blue eyes every time he looked at her.  It seemed time hadn't lessened what they felt for each other, as she had hoped.  The rate it was going, a decade could go by and she would still feel like melting into a puddle when he walked into the room.

 Alternating her hand from one breast to the other, she teased and pinched her nipples while she slowly manipulated her clit and pussy with the other.  Her legs grew weak as her pussy tightened, trying to milk a cock that wasn't there.

 Locking her legs tight, she arched her back against the shower wall as tremors raced through her.  Her insides were on fire, and in her minds eye it was Zach's fingers driving her wild, his fingers slowly thrusting in and out of her pussy while his mouth plundered hers.

 With a soft cry, she climaxed, a shudder wracking her body.  Her essence leaked down her hand to be washed away by the jets of water from the shower head.  Gasping softly, she dropped to her knees, her legs too weak to hold her.  Tipping her head into the spray, she flipped her hair over her shoulder, and let the water wash away her tears, as they slowly streaked from her eyes.  




Interview with Rose of 
Romance At Heart

March 2007
(Updated April 2007)

Interview with Michelle Houston:

Hi Michelle. Thank you for doing this interview. I would like to welcome you to the Romance at Heart Interview and Author Grilling session. *bg* We are interested to find out as much about you as we possibly can, so lets get started...

- Please tell us about your latest book.

Coming up next is a short story called Nice Kitty Kat in the Erotic Tales 2 anthology and will be coming out from Erotic Tales Publications..
Katrina gets talked into attending a D/s part as her friend's date, only to wind up a submissive to a complete stranger, while others watch. It's just a quick, quirky lesbian piece, that I wrote in a "what if" mood. Erotic Tales 2 comes out in May.

- What can we expect from you in the future?

In the next few months, I have about a dozen stories coming out in print anthologies, in e-book anthologies, or in solo e-books. A full list can be found on my website, at

The next ones in line are:
'Unnatural Bonds' in the Summer Solstice Scorchers anthology which is coming out from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid in June. Unnatural Bonds is the story of a woman who goes to great lengths to free a vampire from the clutches of a scientist bent on dissecting him, only to find out that now that she has freed him she has no clue what to do with him.

"The Life Not Lived" in the 413 Remembrance lane anthology from Phaze. This story was especially fun to write, since the other authors and I worked together to craft the premise of the anthology, to create the stories while making sure each contained a unique paranormal elements, and stayed true to the few common guidelines. We had no idea when we started if it would find a home, but we knew we wanted to write it regardless. The sexualities of the stories vary, running the gambit of lesbian/gay to heterosexual and threesomes, and branching from vanilla to D/s. The common thread is a diary in the house at 413 Remembrance Lane, which tells of the wonderful and strange occurrences in the owner's lives.

After that is my pride and joy, "Diggin' Up Bones", which is also coming out from Phaze. I laughed and cried as I wrote this story, trying to do it justice. And for once, I think that I did.

- How do we find out about you and your books?

My website! Most definitely, without a doubt, check out my website. I try and update frequently, mostly because I like playing around with webpages, but also because I am an avid reader and I like it when authors update their websites. Bugs me when I visit sites to see "coming soon ______ book in _____ month" and the book has been out a month or more.

So definitely check out my website, I keep it updated with all the latest information. The url is

- How may readers contact you?

I can be reached at I also have a snail mail address available on my website, in case anyone prefers writing letters to emails.

- When did you first think about writing and what prompted you to submit your first ms?

I can't remember the first time I started thinking about writing. It has always been a part of my life. I do remember a poem in the third grade that I was SO proud of.

I started writing erotica/erotic romances (as opposed to the typical angst ridden poetry of my teenage years) seriously around 1998, and started trying to get published a little bit after that. The exact time frame is fuzzy.

I do know my husband is what promoted me to submit my first piece, a little flash fiction story of 100 words to Amoret, a website that has since closed down. (Which was NOT my fault I might add LOL). I was paid the grand sum of $2.00 for the piece.

I submitted a few more pieces, some were accepted, others rejected. All told, I think I made like $14.00, but I found that more important than the money was the emotional charge I got from it all. Not the rejections – those are a necessary evil though – no, it was the acceptance high. Someone LIKED my writings enough to want to pay me to publish it.

From there I compiled a collection of my short stories and sent it off to Renaissance E Books, and since then I have bit my nails while waiting on maybe a hundred submission, and have gotten several published in print anthologies and by e-book publishers.

- What about your family, do they know not to bother you when you are writing - or are there constant interruptions?

My husband is very supportive of me. There have been some nights, I will be laying in bed KNOWING I need to get to sleep, because of the next days tasks (work, college, and so on), and my brain just won't quite wandering. He will tell me simply "go write". Sometimes I do, other times I ride it out until I can sleep. But that simple acceptance of it, the way he will leave the house for a while so I can have some quiet time, and dozens of other little things he does keeps me writing.

My daughter also knows I write, but she is too young to know just what it is that I write. But she'll tell anyone she is proud of me and that when she gets older she wants to write too.

- What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?

I wish I knew how. I am one of those wound up, constantly tense people. Writing is about the only thing that truly soothes me. I will put on my headphone, play some Genesis and just let the words flow as they will.

- Where do your ideas come from?

I like to call myself an equal opportunity idea moocher. Anything and everything has sparked ideas. I'm not a people watcher, but sometimes I will catch a movement out of the corner of my eye, I will happen to see a glance between two people, or I will hear a comment and I will just feel this 'ah-ha' moment.

- What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels, do you find them difficult to write?

Having gotten my start in erotica and then moved to erotic romance, I find them actually the easiest parts to write. It's the character interaction outside of the bedroom, hallway, kitchen, living room, backyard etc that is the hardest for me to write.

I've sometimes found my characters eating meals in silence so that I can hurry up and get to the good parts.

- What kind of research do you do?

Well last week there was the swingers' party, the month before we visited an S&M club … LOL

Seriously, I research about like anyone else does. I visit the library and pull information from books. I do some searches online. And when all else fails, I use the wonderful thing called 'writer's initiative' and I make stuff up.

- What does your husband think of your writing?

My husband has a great sense of humor about it all. We even joked about getting T-shirts made up that say "Buy my wife's books – I want to be a kept man" after I mentioned another author's hubby thinking the same way.

And like I mentioned before, he is definitely very supportive of me. Even when I am moody, and cranky, and irritated that my characters have the nerve to want to do their own thing instead of what I want them to do.

- Do you have a favorite author? Favorite book?

I have so many favorite authors, it's like I working on beginning a small library.

There is one book that stands out in my mind though whenever anyone asks my favorite book, although there many that I have read since with more charismatic heroes and heroines. One of the first romances I read, when I was still in my historical phase, was Desert Rogue by Suzanne Simmons. What is especially wonderful for me now that I have moved on to loving paranormal romances, is that Suzanne Simmons has recently announced on Amazon that she is "reinventing" herself, and taking the pen name of the heroine from Desert Rogue to write paranormal romances under. So I am looking forward to what Elizabeth Guest has in store for me in the coming years.

In the mean time, I still have the treasured copy of Desert Rogue on my bookshelf.

- Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?

Some of my auto buy authors, in no particular order, include: Angela Knight, MaryJanice Davidson (Betsy the Vamp Queen and related stories), Kay Hooper (the Bishop series), Linnea Sinclair, Catherine Spangler, Michele Bardsley (a newcomer with a lot of potential), Rebecca York, Katie MacAlister (the dragons and the vamps), C J Barry, Suzanne Brockmann (the Troubleshooter series), Christine Feehan (Dark, Game, and the witch sisters series), Tess Gerritson, Susan Grant, Patti O'Shea, Robin D Owens (the Heart series), Joanne Rock, Lynsay Sands (Argeneau vampires), and Nalini Singh (another hot newcomer).

- Are you a member of any author groups - RWA, critique groups, etc.?

I'm a member of ERWA – the Erotica Readers and Writers Association.

Without a doubt, if one is considering writing erotica, they need to check out ERWA. The staff is incredible and hardworking, and does it completely out of love of the genre.

- What do you think of critique groups in general?

In general, I believe in them and support them. If a writer can find a group they mesh well with, whose dynamics fit their personality, it works wonders.

However, if they jump in headfirst, with people they might not know that well, they can find personalities clashing, writing styles differing, and more of a headache than a help.

- Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully, I will be out of college. As a non-traditional student, it has been touch to go back to school after almost a decade out of the swing of things, but also exhilarating. I am learning new things, pushing myself mentally, and working towards a degree that I have always wanted.

On the writing front, I plan to still be doing what I am doing – telling the stories that are demanding I write them.

- Are you in control of your characters or do they control you?

It kind of depends. Some character let me have my way, with only minor fits, and others are demanding from word one and I can't do anything except let them have their way.

- Have you experienced writer's block---> If so, how did you work through it?

I have definitely been blocked while writing. Sometimes it's simply a matter of not being able to switch from my 'academic' mind set to my 'creative' mind set, and I have to wait it out until things ease up at school and I can get back into the swing of writing. Other times, life just demands more than is possible to give, and writing has to take a back seat.

- What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?

Knowing, thanks to the lovely royalties statements, that people are willing to give their hard-earned money to read the world I have crafted, to loose themselves in the tale that I slaved to write.

I don't do it for the money (because let's face it, I'm not a New York times bestseller, and even then, I know a few who are that are STILL struggling to pay the bills) so I am never going to get rich off of writing.

I write because I have to. I publish because it isn't fair to myself, my family, or those that read my tales to keep them all to myself. Just think, what if no writer shared their writings?

- Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?

Write because you love it, not to be published. Submit your writings because you want to share them, not to become rich. Don't let it become a job, having to meet deadlines and getting stressed over it. Do it for the love of writing, and let things fall as they may.

I have been published several times, but I still refuse to commit to a deadline. If I want to write a story for a Calls For Submissions, and it comes to me, great. If not, then there will be another one to write for.

Thank you very much for taking the time with us and answering our questions. I really appreciate this interruption to your busy schedule. Good Luck, and we will be looking forward to the next delightful creation from your talented imagination!

Yours in good reading,




Interview with Tammy of 
Fallen Angel Reviews

April 2007

Michelle Houston Interview

Today I have the pleasure of speaking with Michelle Houston. Thanks for being here today Michelle, welcome to FAR!

Of all things you have accomplished, is there one accomplishment you are most proud of?
Wow. I'd have to say Diggin' Up Bones, my first story to really hit 5K, and then it was expanded and was the first to top over 12K is something I am really proud of. It took months, and a lot of effort to keep the story going without loosing the emotional impact I was striving for. But I have to say, rereading it that I simply love it.

From what do you derive the most inspiration for your writing?
Life. It's as simple or as complex as that. Something one of my professors says, an offhand glance at someone out of the corner of my eye, trying to help a critique partner come up with a title. Anything and everything is fair game.

What was the first story you ever wrote?
Um, trying to think back here. The first story I wrote was in elementary school, about a girl who finds a blue egg with speckles and tries to figure out which bird's nest is would have come from. LOL That should have clued me in then that science would be one of my passions.

In my more serious (and grown up) writings, the first story I wrote was part of a series called Stolen Moments, about bisexual woman and the men in their lives, as they explore both sides of their sexuality. They all, in hindsight, sucked. But there were some kernels worth saving, that I hacked to bits, rewrote, and used as some of the short stories in my e-book collections from Renaissance E Books.

You have the Summer Solstice Scorchers anthology coming out in June from Whiskey Creek Press. Can you tell us about your story Unnatural Bonds?
Kali is a woman who is willing to do whatever it takes, suffer whatever she has to, to free a vampire who was kidnapped and is being experimented on. In the process of freeing Riordan however, she becomes bonded to him.

He needs blood, but for him to drink from her would further the bond. She has to decide just how close she wants to get, and just how much she is willing to sacrifice for him. He in turn has to decide how much he is willing to let her give.

There's a naughty little excerpt on my website, if you want to get a teasing sample. The story is actually hotter than it sounds. I am just awful at writing blurbs and paraphrasing.

If you could go anywhere, be anyone, do anything for 24 hours, what would it be?
Good lord. LOL Um, sheesh. Um … I can't pick just one, so I will answer all three.

Go anywhere – Scotland. Specifically, I would visit Culzean castle. I fell in love with the photos of it when I was working on my stories for the Celtic Love Knots line for Whiskey Creek Press/Torrid. I had to take a lot of artistic liberty, because the pictures just didn't do the details of the breathtaking castle justice. I would love to see if, to explore the grounds and look down the cliff in the sea. To witness first hand to effects of time on the stone walls.

Be anyone – Living on a tight budget, I think anyone rich from old money would do. Just for 24 hours, I would love to have all the money to spend on whatever I wanted, without feeling guilty. I could pamper myself with a spa visit, or get into a fancy restaurant. Whatever I fancied, I'd do. I think that would be nice, to be able to not feel guilty over buying something. As it is, a new book sometimes causes that "can I afford this" impulse to rear its head.

Do anything – I think if I were doing it for only 24 hours that I would like to live in a nudist colony. Silly I know, but it's one of those things I would like to actually experience, but I know I am not cut out for the long haul.

How do you keep your ideas fresh and imaginative?
By adding a new twist to them.

For example, I have two stories that detail a couple making out, and getting off, on a dance floor. One is a threesome couple, the other a lesbian couple. Both stories involve them dancing, and groping each other. But the set up for each is different, the outcome is different, and the details are all unique to the stories.

Someone once mentioned a quote on a list that I am on that all ideas in stories have basically been done. It's just the way a writer added up the details that makes each one fresh and new.

Romances have a formula, as does erotica. But the spice, the added zing comes from the devil being in the details added.

Is it hard for you to balance your life as a writer? How do you manage it?
Sometimes I think I don't very well at all, and other times I am proud of myself.

I work, I am in college, I have a family and I do web-pages and graphics. I am also an avid reader, and I love to write. But I am not a full time author, nor do I write full length novels.

I balance it all by taking it one day at a time, and making the hard choices sometimes. If I want to write, but I have a test the next morning, I will study. Sometimes I reward myself after a bit by letting myself write for 20-30 minutes before I go back to studying. Other times, the family clears out so that I can have some quiet time just to write, or relax.

To be honest, without my husband being as understanding as he is, I wouldn't write. Not seriously anyways. He helps me to balance things, even when I disagree about his idea of what's the priority. Sometimes, it's my writing time he places first.

But my writing has to be a fluid thing, working around everything else, and I have to be willing to make the hard choices of what comes first, second, and third in a day.

Many writers I know have to do the same thing. Some write only during lunch breaks, others get up an hour early or set aside an hour at night when their familiars are in bed. If you want it bad enough those, I think you find a way to make it happen, even if it's in 15 minute spurts.

And yeah, it's hard. When an idea hits at 4 am, and I want to write, but I know I need to sleep, it's hard to push myself to sleep, knowing the idea will be gone when I wake up in the morning. It's hard to sit in class, get a great idea, and keep taking notes and stay focused.

Would I want it any other way though? Would I ever choose to give up the ideas and live without them? Not a chance.

What are some of the challenges with writing for an anthology compared to a full length novel?
A novella is the longest I have managed (just over 12K), so I can't speak to a full novel. But I do know that short stories and longer stories each have their own appeal to me.

I started with short stories, mostly 1.5K to 3K. It was actually a challenge to work to longer writing. Short is my comfort zone, after years of keeping to 2-4K word requirements for calls for submissions for anthologies.

But writing for an anthology requires keeping to a set topic, whereas the stand alone titles allow almost complete freedom, so long as you stay true to the characters. I like that. But I have also found that reading about requests for stories, and trying to write stories for an anthology, tends to spark more ideas than just sitting down and letting my characters talk to me.

I guess though, that's a matter of conditioning, where again I got my start writing for specific calls.

So they each have their challenges, and their good points, and I plan to keep doing both for as long as they stories pore forth.

You also have Nice Kitty Kat coming out in May as part of the Erotic Tales anthology Volume 2. What can you tell us about your story and the Erotic Tales anthologies?
Nice Kitty Kat was written basically as a smart-ass piece. A what if kind of thing. People always talk about being talked into doing dumb and often dangerous things by their friends. But what if a friend talked you into doing something fun and kinky, like going to a D/s club with her? What if you wound up submitting to a complete stranger – and liking it?

What if people were watching it happen?

That's the basis of Nice Kitty Kat. Katrina starts out doing a favor for a friend, and winds up finding something that was missing from her life.

And I am thrilled that it is going to be in Erotic Tales 2. I have had a story in all of the anthologies Justus Roux has edited excerpt for one, and in that one I had a poem included in it. Ms Roux does a good job putting together some truly wonderful, and hot, works.

Could you tell us what your currently working on?
I actually try to keep about a dozen stories or so going at once. That way I have something to fit different moods.

Right now I am focusing on a short lesbian piece, set in a library. It's pure erotica.

I also have a longer D/s paranormal story I am working on, that should come in around 12-13K.

Those are the two that I am really focusing on, but I am always starting a new little paragraph of two beginning to stories, and waiting for the characters to step forward with more.

What is your favorite genre to read and to write?
Paranormal romance is my favorite to read. Vampires, futuristic, werewolves, anything like that. I also like to red murder mysteries, with a strong romance element, but it doesn't have to be a romance.

I like to write contemporary and/or paranormal romance and erotica. It's just where I feel comfortable.

Do you have an agent? If so, did your agent sell your first book to a publisher, or did you do that on your own?
Nope, I don't have an agent, and I doubt I will ever write anything long enough to need one. If I ever make it to a full length novel, I would definitely look in to getting one though. I know several writers who have gotten shafted by agents, but a lot more who have gotten shafted on contracts without one.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Well, since you asked. LOL

Diggin' Up Bones, the story I am most proud of, is coming out in September from Phaze. So be on the lookout for a contest around then.

Before that though, in August is the 413 Remembrance Lane anthology, also from Phaze. I am very happy with how the whole thing turned out. The other authors and I all worked together to craft the premise, to create the stories, and then we submitted it. We had no idea when we started where it would find a home, or if it even would, it was such a different theme to it. The sexualities of the stories are varied, from lesbian to gay to heterosexual and threesomes. The common thread is a diary in the house at 413 Remembrance Lane, which tells of the wonderful and strange occurrences in the owners lives. All of the stories are paranormal and all feature the diary.

I have excerpts and more information for both works on my website as well.

Thank you, for taking time to answer my questions today Michelle. Readers be sure to check out Michelle's website.

Interviewed by: Tammy




Interview with Kim for
Romance Junkies Interview

July 2007

Hi Michelle and Welcome!   Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to interview you for Romance Junkies. First, can you let us know what projects you are currently working on?


The answer to that changes from day to day.   I keep a Works In Progress folder, and pull a file out of it depending on what I am in the mood to write.   I really try to be flexible with it, and not force one story to finish itself before I start another, especially since I do still write short stories for Calls For Submissions from time to time, and some of the deadlines are tight.


At this moment, I am working on two sequels for works coming out soon, a werewolf BDSM piece, a duet of dragon stories, and a half dozen short erotica pieces.


When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer? What did you want to be as a child?


I wrote long before I ever gave serious thought to being a writer.   A long time avid reader, I always looked at my hobby and thought that I would never be as good as those I loved to read.


I remember starting to really write stories and such about the 3rd grade.   I didn’t get serious with it however until my senior year of high school, when I entered a poetry competition.   Even then though, I always held back.


The late 90’s was about when I started to seriously consider myself good enough to get published.   Risking rejection was hard – but worth it.


As a child, I always had notebook and pen in hand, when I wasn’t reading, but never thought about being a writer.   I was going to be a biologist or a teacher, or for one brief year I wanted nothing more than to be a lawyer.   While law school is out for me, I am combining both childhood dreams into one – I plan to be a biology teacher.


Has your environment/upbringing colored your writing at all? Have you ever written about life’s experiences?


Um, this is kind of touchy for me.   I’m bisexual – and I grew up being told it was hormones and I would grow out of it.   I always knew I was loved, but never felt understood.   During my teenage years, I relied heavily on my hobby of writing to get through the day.


So in that regard, yes it has.   I fall back on it as my savings grace when I am frustrated with life in general.   Angst filled poetry still occasionally pours forth.   Without a doubt though it is the last twelve years that has influenced me most, ever since my husband came in to my life.


He helped me to see past what I was always told, and to find myself.   From there, my creativity burst forth.  


Coming out in September from Phaze is a book that I have struggled, cried, smiled, and wanted to yank out my hair while writing.   While it isn’t ‘fact’ it is based on something I went through, and over a dozen years later am still working my way past.   It’s called DIGGIN’ UP BONES. It’s the only work of mine that is really even close to based in reality.


Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What do you do to relieve it?


Most definitely I have, especially since I started college.   It has lasted only a matter of days in some cases, but I have also been blocked for months at times.   It just depends.


Switching mental gears from ‘academic writing’ to ‘creative writing’ is sometimes just not possible.   I will want to write, need to even, and just not be able to get out the ideas.   It frustrates me to no end if I let it.


The only solution I have come across so far is to not let it get to me.   Sometimes life just happens; my writings have to take a backseat to other things, when life is demanding more than I can give at the moment, and I have to accept and deal with it.   I wait it out, and inevitably I wind up writing something just for me to start with. Something I plan never to share with anyone else.   From there, I can start to slide back into the swing of things and put my story ideas to paper.  


How long does it take you to write a book? Do you write one book at a time or do you have a few going at once?


Since I don’t write novels, but rather short stories and recently novellas, I have multiple stories going at once and am comfortable with that.   Knowing many writers, I have to say writing a novel is hard enough; trying to juggle two at once must be killer, so I applaud those that can do it.  


With short stories however, there is less to have to keep track of, and allows more room to explore other ideas.   I have had up to a dozen stories going at once.   In fact, when I am writing, I will frequently have two windows open at once, and when I hit a pausing point in one story, I will pull up the other one and write on it for a while.


Some stories have taken less than an hour to write, while others (even 3,000 word ones) have taken a year.   It just depends on how much I can get down when the initial idea hits me.


Do you name your characters first or do they have to have a personality before they are named? How do you choose their names?


About half and half.   Some characters I know their names before I know anything else about them.   My hero in Diggin’ Up Bones was that way.   I knew his name and that he was a pain in the ass, according to the heroine, but had no clue anything else about him.


Other times I have been hit by a flash of a scene.   I knew what the characters were doing, but had to put in one of my filler names while I waited for the personality to develop a bit more for me to find out their name.   Some times, I have even finished a story and then had to hit the baby name books/websites looking for a characteristic of the character to find a suitable name.


At what point in your career did you develop your website? Do you find it a useful tool in promoting your books?


I actually had the website long before I started trying to get published.   I used to post my short stories on it, for free, way back when I first started writing.   I knew I wanted to share them, but never felt that I was good enough to attempt submitting them.


Without a doubt, it is useful.   Some publishers don’t offer excerpts (especially for anthologies) and let’s face it - reading is an expensive habit.   Excerpts let readers know what they are getting before they buy.   This is especially critical with ebooks.   Readers can’t just pick up the book and thumb through it.


Publishing in different media and with different publishers, I know that it’s hard on readers to find a writer’s books without a website.   So I deem a website a MUST.


That said, a website is only useful if the writer puts time in to it.   And I don’t mean working up fancy graphics and all.   The most basic website needs to have certain things, and then the lack of flash doesn’t matter.   It needs to be UP TO DATE.   I can’t stress that enough.   As a reader, I hate it when I visit an author’s website and it is more than three months out of date.   Some I have visited are a YEAR or more out of date – and worse, the author has had stories published in that year

It needs excerpts, especially for ebooks.   It needs some way for readers to find out all the books available, where they are available at, and what they are about.


I have found my website to be a phenomenal asset, and I work to keep it that way.   I update monthly, if not more often.


Do you use a pen name? Why or why not? If you do, does the name have a special meaning to you?


Yes indeed, I use a pen name.    I have a child, and when I started writing erotica I lived in a small rural town in a very closed minded community.   I chose it to protect my family.


It isn’t special per se, except as a reminder.


Where do you get your ideas for your stories? Do you have to do any research for them? What is the most interesting thing you have learned?


I consider myself an equal opportunity idea moocher.   Life itself gives me ideas.   A line from a song or movie … Something someone says to me … What ifs …   Watching people … Sitting in class …


I really try not to write anything that I have to do a lot of research for, because I am not a color in the lines kind of writer.   I take artistic liberty, frequently, and the more lines there are the farther I stray from them as ‘what if’ scenarios catch my attention. Plus I have to study a lot for classes, and writing is my creative outlet.


Thanks to college, I have learned a LOT of interesting things, some of which have actually made their way in to stories.   Given that I am a biology major though, most of the interesting facts I have retained would probably gross out anyone reading this, so I will keep them to myself.


If your life were a movie, what would you call it? What would the theme song be?


I used to joke that my life is a soap opera called “As The Stomach Churns.” But that was just a joke, it’s really not that interesting.   LOL


Off the top of my head though, I would probably call it Unbecoming Behavior.   I have never been one to play nice, just because society says I should.   I am blunt, and when someone asks my opinion, they had better truly want it. Plus, well, I write erotica.   That in itself is considered unbecoming by many.   I also make a point to mention in my newsletter when it is National Masturbation Month (it’s May by the way), and I support sex education in schools (some are going to do it anyways, might as well protect them from STD’s and pregnancy).   And that’s just the beginning.   LOL


I once had a professor draw a line on the board.   At the left end he put a dot and said “This is when you were born”.   About a fifth of the way down it, he put a line.   “This is where you are right now.”   At the right end, he put another point.   “This is where the human body will hold out to under perfect circumstances.”   He then circled the area between the line and about a fifth of the way from the right point.   “This is where you will die.”


Talk about scaring the shit out of those that were actually paying attention to what he was getting at.   Life is too short for pussy-footing around.   If it doesn’t hurt others, isn’t illegal or immoral, why not?


One of the ladies on a mailing list I am on has a tag line for her email about the journey to the grave not being a careful walk, with perfect hair and body, but rather a slide in at the last moment, body worn out, screaming “Whoo what a ride.”


I’d rather live my life feeling like the movie of it would be called “Unbecoming Behavior” rather than regret all the lost chances and feel that it should have been called “What Could Have Been.”  


Alternatively, if they did a movie based on just the last few years, since I started college, it would probably be called “Dazed and wondering what the F*** is going on.”   LOL


Probably a lot more than you were wanting, but there it is.


The theme song would be Genesis “Land of Confusion.”   Phil Collins has a voice that sends shivers down my spine, and some of the lyrics to that song just ring true for me.


What kinds of books will we find on your bookshelves?


Like my taste in music and movies, my taste in literature is very eclectic.   Next to Dante, Poe, and Shakespeare are Angela Knight, Kay Hooper, and Alison Tyler books.


I read murder mystery, romance, erotica, sci fi/fantasy fic, psychological thrillers, and pretty much anything except for horror.   I have even been known to read my text books, after the class is over and done with.   I have kept all my science and literature books.




Who was your first celebrity crush? Is he still hot?


Oh man.   Um, I cringe admitting this, but my first celebrity crush was David Bowie in Labyrinth.   I have no clue why, but at end when he was in the white outfit, something about him just caught my attention.   Then again, I wasn’t even 10, so don’t hold it again me.


As for him still being hot, well, he wasn’t that hot to begin with, in my opinion.  LOL Like I said, I wasn’t even ten at the time.


What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have a favorite band?


I listen to mostly 80’s rock and pop, but am open to a lot of others.   Journey, Genesis, Metallica, Mozart, Enigma, Evanescence … they all are on my CD shelf.


What is your favorite time of day? Why?


The stretch from about midnight to two am is my favorite time.   It’s quiet, everyone is asleep, there are no kids outside screaming, no traffic backups and honking horns, and no loud stereos.   Just the insects courting each other.   It’s peaceful.


What is the best/worst part of summer for you?


The best part - freedom!   Hey, I’m a college student working on an education degree.   Summer = freedom.


The worse part is the noise (all the kids are out of school), and the switching of mental gears.   That and the fact that it has to end, and school once again takes over life.


This has been fun!   Thanks for interviewing me. I’d like to include my URL if I may.  It’s


It’s been our pleasure.   Best of luck with your writing!


By Kim Atchue-Cusella

Romance Junkies Publishing Editor



Interview with Julie
with All Romance Ebooks

Julie: How long have you been writing? What inspired you to pick the pen up one day and create characters that capture the imagination?

Michelle:  I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories are of winning awards in school for my essays and poems. In third grade, we had a unit on poetry, and I still have one of the poems I wrote then. I started seriously writing about age 18 though. Before that, it was mainly the typical angst ridden poetry of a hormonal teenager, but around age 18 my fiancé (we're married now, just passed ten years) encouraged me to start putting ideas down on paper. He had been writing since his early teens, and knew what it was to have a story within demanding to be let out.

Julie: What influenced you to get published? How long did it take for your first book to get published?

Michelle:  It was about the time I realized that I was writing all of these stories, sharing them freely on the internet, spending all of my free time writing with nothing to show for it. With a young child at home, dreams of going to college, and not a lot of money it just made sense to see if I was good enough to actually interest people in buying my work.

My first book was a collection of short erotic stories, and it was accepted and published within six months of when I submitted it.

Julie: What are the elements of a great romance for you?

Michelle:  A strong dynamic between the characters, whatever the sexuality, whatever the setting. For it to be a romance, there has to be some sizzle between the characters, but there also has to be more than that. They have to be somewhat likable to the reader.

Julie: What do you do when characters stop talking to you when writing?

Michelle:  Cuss, complain to my husband, and generally get frustrated. Then I set the story aside and work on something else until the characters are ready for me to intrude into their lives again.

Julie: How much does reader reaction mean to you as an author?

Michelle:  I write because I have to write. It's something inside of me that is part of who I am. I publish my works because I want the readers to share the world that comes from the string of words that I put together.

I write first for myself, to get the story put to paper. Then, if it is something I feel worth sharing, the reaction of readers is everything. I want them to feel every heartache I did while writing, to laugh, to cry, to rail at the fates jerking my characters around, to feel satisfied when it all works out in the end. If it is a story I worked to publish to share with others, I want them to feel that the hard-earned money they paid for it was well spent.

Julie: What do you hope readers get from your books?

Michelle:  Escape. I want them to be able to drown in my story, to let it wrap around them and take them away, from whatever is troubling them, for just a few hours. Life is sometimes hard, and we need to drift away at times, to remain sane. A good book allows us to do that.

Julie: What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants, or a combination of both?

Michelle:  I wing it completely. I have found the hard way if I try and outline too much, I lose the story. Instead, I have to let myself drift, motivated by a line from the story, a whisper in my ear, or a scene that springs to mind, and craft the rest around that. Some of my best stories started as a line of internal dialog a character was having, without me knowing anything else.

Julie: What do you feel is the most important thing that first-time authors should know?

Michelle:  If a character is whispering in your ear, listen. If a concept comes to you, and you know you could make something kick-ass of it, go for it. But understand, writing is only like breathing to some talented few. The rest of us have to work at it, to slowly get better. The first draft of anything is likely to be shit. What you make of that first draft will mold you into an author. You have to be willing to listen to your characters, and to trust yourself, but you also have to be willing to work hard.

Julie: Any advice for aspiring authors?

Michelle:  Write because you love writing, because you can't imagine a world without you putting your ideas to paper. Share them (ie publish) for whatever reason there is motivating you—but write because you have to. If you are writing for the money, consider freelance articles and other non-fiction. Don't let the pressure of sales corrupt the purity of the connection between you and your characters. Write simply because it is part of you to do so, and let the rest happen as it will.

Julie: What's next for you?

Michelle:  In the next few months I have four titles coming out. The first is Blood Slave, a gay vampire duet of erotic stories, set in the near future, in a world where vampires have been found to exist and have been hunted down and systematically infected with a virus that causes them to lose their sight. But they have found a way around it, through the use of blood slaves. It's rather hardcore BDSM D/s. That's coming in July from Phaze.

Then in August I have another Phaze title called A Change of Pace. It's a very soft-core second chance erotic romance about a woman who is frustrated with the emptiness of her life and when a chance meeting with an object of her affection from the past ends with an invitation to his house for dinner, and whatever may come, she decides to take a chance and live a little.

After that in September is a collection of four stories involving humans, vampires, and shifters from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid. Fangs and Fur is about four couples that come together while trying to protect their races from the experiments of an evil scientist.

And finally in October is another release from Phaze called Playing for Keeps. This one is my second in a series of modern mythology tales centered around Greco-Roman deities. Both tales of ménage a trios, one MMF without interaction between the men, and the other is MFF with interaction between the females.

Information about all of them can be found on my coming soon page of my website

Julie: What are you working on now?

Michelle:  Right now I have about a dozen stories going, ranging from sequels to my alternate reality story and my modern myths, to another second chance tale, to some kinky shifters,

Julie: Dealing with writing deadlines can be a challenge. What do you do to cope with the stress?

Michelle:  I have been lucky so far in that I don't deal too much with deadlines. Occasionally I will see a Calls For Submission that interests me, which will put me under a deadline if I want to submit something for it, but other than that I don't have deadlines. My publishers understand that I am a non-traditional college student with a family, a job, and about a dozen other commitments that come before my writings. I never know when I will be able to sit down to write, and when I do, I have yet to master the art of selecting which character I want to talk to me. I just sit down and write, letting what flows to the page happen. So when I finish off a story and submit it, that's when the publisher expects it. I don't submit proposals and half finished works, and I don't have contracts that call for a book before it is written. Some of my writing buddies can do that, but I just haven't figured out how yet.

Julie: If someone hasn't read any of your work, what book would you recommend that they start with and why?

Michelle:  I'd have to say Diggin' Up Bones, which is available from Phaze. It's quite simply what I feel is my best work to date. It was the first story (that was worth anything) to reach the 5K mark, then the first (again worth anything) to reach 10K+. It's a true love story, and deals with a heart aching trauma all too many women have faced, and the slow recovery from it. Alisa is strong and a survivor. Zach is compassionate, sexy, and a real gentleman. I just love the characters. It's also one of those stories that started as a line of internal dialog: "Zach Bradford, part time archeologist, full time pain in the ass."



An Interview With Sheila from WILD ON BOOKS

Wild On Books

July 2008

SheilaMonique:  Welcome to Wild On Books Michelle! Can you tell us a little about your newest release A CHANGE OF PACE?  

Michelle Houston:  A CHANGE OF PACE is a 6,000 word story about a woman getting a second chance at a former crush.  Although she knew him when they were both in law school, when Alan pulls her over for speeding, Nicole finds herself intrigued by the turn of events that led him from law school to being a police officer.  Even more intriguing is his invitation to dinner.  It’s a short, hot erotic romance, which I hope melts the pixels on the computer screen of anyone reading it.

SheilaMonique:  Can you tell us how you come up with your ideas for your books? Do you base any of your characters on people you know?  

Michelle Houston:  I actually try very hard not to get too detailed with my characters from people I know.  I might start a character based off of a personality quirk, or an offhanded comment someone makes, but the character after that points assumes their own life. 

As for how the ideas come to me, sometimes they are like Athena and spring forth fully mature, just waiting for me to get every detail captured.  Other times, they tease me, giving me a line here, a vague idea there, and make me work for all the details in between.  Each character, each concept, has a presence of its own, and its own way of coming to life.

SheilaMonique:  How did you start writing?  

Michelle Houston:  Actually I can’t remember a time when I didn’t have ideas demanding to be put to paper.  I started writing erotica/erotic romances though about 1998, when I would find a gem of incredible talent hidden among the sea of, well, not so sparkling works of writing out there.  Often times, I would find myself saying “I can do better than that”, or “I can’t believe it ended that way”, or worse, “what was the author thinking … things were going so well and he/she did that to the characters”. 

I’d get so frustrated I’d sit down and write my own story.

SheilaMonique:  What was your very first published book? How did you feel when you received the news that it had been accepted?  

Michelle Houston:  This actually I have to look at in three stages.  First I had a short story published in an anthology, then I had my own anthology/collection published, and then there was the publication of my first actual “book”. 

The first story, EXPOSED, shocked me.  I submitted it on basically a lark, knowing there was no way it was good enough.  The joke was on me though when I received the acceptance from Alison Tyler.  She wanted it for her Naughty Stories From A To Z series, in the third volume.  It felt so good, I tried again with another short story, and it was accepted.  Then a few more were submitted.  After a few more acceptances of short stories, I started looking for a publisher willing to take collections of short erotic works by one author, since I had almost 60,000 words worth by then. 

I finally found one (Renaissance E Books) and submitted BEDTIME TALES, hoping like crazy that they would like it, especially since they were the only game in town willing to publish erotica collections, at that time.  Surprise, they accepted it.  I went on to publish a few more short story collections with them, before I found a story that demanded more. 

That story was DIGGIN’ UP BONES.  Alisa and Zach wanted to be more than a part of a collection, they wanted their own novella.  The first evolution of their story was just over 5,000 words and was accepted by Venus Press.  I moved on with my writings, waiting for the edit, and subsequent publication, and then the bubble burst.  Venus Press was closing.  I managed to get my rights released quickly and I started looking for a new home for DIGGIN’ UP BONES.  In the mean time, I went back and looked at it, expanded it, and moved on with other things.  I had other longer works accepted (5-6K), but by that point DIGGIN’ UP BONES was over 12,000 words.  Finally I submitted it to Phaze, who I had always viewed as outside of my reach.  When it was accepted, I was thrilled and terrified all at once.  By the time it was published, it was actually my third work with them, but my first actually “book” length, at least in my eyes. 

:  What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing?  

Michelle Houston:  I enjoy reading – a lot.  Mostly romances, but an occasional sci fi, murder mystery, or futuristic piece.  I also cross-stitch, do some light hiking, and spend time with my family.  Oddly enough, I also enjoy most of my classes, and try to fit one in every semester or two that is just for me, not something that I have to take for my major.

SheilaMonique:  What is your normal writing schedule like?  

Michelle Houston:  There isn’t any pattern to it at all.  Basically it’s a come as it may type thing.  I’ve missed tv shows, planned nights out, and such, because the mood struck me.  I’ve also sat and stared at a blank screen during “planned writing times” when the mood never came to me.  My family is very understanding, and we work around the moods of my muse fairly well.

SheilaMonique:  Do you do anything to prepare yourself when getting ready to write?  

Michelle Houston:  Nope.  There really is no preparing.  Since I don’t have any set writing patterns, it more like hopping on a roller coaster when inspiration strikes me, holding on until the urge fades.

SheilaMonique:  Do you have an idea of what you are going to write or do you just let your muses lead you?  

Michelle Houston:  Sometimes I will have an idea of what piece I want to work on, and other times I just start something new just because it came to me.  At any one time I will have about a dozen or more stories, of varying length, that I am working on.

SheilaMonique:  Writers block, do you get it and what do you do to rid yourself of it?  

Michelle Houston:  I’ve had it often.  In fact I am there right now.  Mostly it’s a matter of being so much involved with school work, and my science classes, academic writing, and so forth that my creativity is basically stifled.  It takes a while until I can get back into the mood to be creative and let a story flow.   

The best cure for writer’s block that I have found that works for me is the knowledge of an upcoming exam.  When I know I have one the next day, or thereabouts, I suddenly get flooded with the urge to write and more ideas than I can get down.  Right when I need to be focusing on studying, but just really don’t want to be.   

The rest of the time I just open up a word document, with a story I really wish I could finish, and let it sit open while I deal with emails, and such.  Sometimes I will see it sitting there, reminding me of its presence, and I will get an idea and have to put down just a few sentences.  Other times, It doesn’t work, and I end up closing it back out, without having touched it all day.  Some days though, I am lucky enough to just start going on it, and log in a few hundred to a few thousand words.

SheilaMonique:  Is there anything in your closet that your fans would be surprised by?  

Michelle Houston:  Not really.  I am a T-shirt collector.  Most of my wardrobe for classes and such is made up of T-shirts I have gotten from zoos, theme parks, festivals I have visited like the Japan Festival and the Renaissance Festival, and such. 

SheilaMonique:  Can you tell us about your upcoming projects?  

Michelle Houston:  I can tell you more about my coming releases that stuff I am actually working on, since I never know if any of the current works in progress with ever be completed. 

Coming out in August is my first M/M stand alone piece.  It’s a 13,000 word duet of stories involving futuristic BDSM vampires.  It’s a totally hot, kinky short work, which was a lot of fun to write. 

Then in September is an anthology of four M/F stories, on an intertwining theme of a mad scientist bend on discovering the secret to longevity by experiments on vampires and shifters.  Four couples are brought together in an effort to stop him, his research, and the secret of their existence from getting out. 

I do have a M/M shifter story that I am hoping to have finished soon, and I just submitted another second chance story like A CHANGE OF PACE that I am hoping to have good news on sometime soon. 

SheilaMonique:  When writing do you prefer the sound of silence or do you listen to music?  

Michelle Houston:  I often listen to music, generally only certain songs for each piece.  Normally, it’s Phil Collins/Genesis, although I have been known to listen to everything from Enigma, Mozart, and Metallica, to Journey, Nine Inch Nails, and 80’s pop rock.

SheilaMonique:  Which one of your books is your favorite and why?  

Michelle Houston:  DIGGIN’ UP BONES is by far my favorite.  It has the most of myself poured into it.  It also has the most character development, the most of a romance, rather than erotic romance, sub plot, and the most sheer strength to it.  For the most part I write light hearted erotic/erotic romances.  DIGGIN’ UP BONES is a romance, but it also deals with a serious topic. 

:  Your book is about to be released to the public, how do you feel?  

Michelle Houston:  Nervous.  Anxious.  Excited.  Terrified.  Exhilarated.  I never know it readers are going to like it, hate it, or just not care about it.  And reviewers – oh man.  They can make or break an author’s day. 

SheilaMonique:  If you were to recommend a book to someone who has never read your work, which book would it be and why?  

Michelle Houston:  Again, it would have to be DIGGIN’ UP BONES.  I think it shows the strength of my writing the best.  It also shows that there is more to my writings than just erotica.  Don’t get me wrong though, I am proud of my erotica.  I love writing it, and have plans to do more like A CHANGE OF PACE. 

But DIGGIN’ UP BONES has a special place in my heart that I don’t know if it will ever be surpassed.

SheilaMonique:  Can you tell us the story behind KINKY GIRLS DO?  

Michelle Houston:  KINKY GIRLS DO actually started out as one story – Your Attention Please, the first in the collection.  I wrote it for a call for submissions that an editor put out.  She liked it, but it wasn’t quite what she wanted.  Then I tried another story – Chasing Her Dream.  She loved it and published it in an anthology.  Then another call came in, and I wrote Bound In Love.  Because of the subject matter of the back-story, it was rejected, even thought the editor liked it. She just wanted lighter pieces.  So I had three stories of a central theme – all of the women like being dominated, in one way of another, by the man in their life.  So I put them together into a collection and submitted them to Love Struck Books.  The collection, by then titled KINKY GIRLS DO was accepted.  But like with Venus Press things happened, and I pulled the collection.  This was right around the time DIGGIN’ UP BONES was accepted by Phaze.  Knowing I needed to get the collection to a 12K minimum word count, I wrote a fourth story that completed the theme, and subbed the collection.  By an odd quirk, even though it was accepted after DIGGIN’ UP BONES, it was published before it due to a slot opening up in the publication schedule, and it being edited and ready to go early. 

Basically, all four stories are about woman who are in touch enough with their sexuality that they love being dominated by their men, and don’t find themselves diminished in any way by it.  In fact, embracing it makes them stronger.

SheilaMonique:  I see that you write is several different genre’s, do you have a favorite, is one easier than the other?  

Michelle Houston:  I admit M/F is easier to write, if only because he is he, and she is she.  With F/F or M/M it becomes harder.  Other terms have to be used.  Often I make sure my characters have different colored hair, have a height difference, or some other characteristic that sets them apart from each other to use to ID them. 

My favorite would be sci fi/paranormal themes through.  I enjoy futuristic, alternate realities, vampires, shifters, and such.

SheilaMonique:  Is there a genre that you haven’t written in that you would like to try?  

Michelle Houston:  Not really.  I have thought about doing a historical romance, but I just can’t fudge things as much as I know I would need to do to a medieval historical, which is the time period I am most interested in.

SheilaMonique:  What was the one moment in your writing career that was the most exciting?  

Michelle Houston:  That acceptance of my first short story, EXPOSED.  That started the whole ball rolling, and gave me the confidence and encouragement to keep going even when I received rejections.  I had rejections before that point, and they always devastated me.  After EXPOSED was accepted, I had the fact that someone thought enough of it to publish it to fall back in.  Which boosted me out of a funk when the next rejection rolled in.  And the next.  And so on.  Each acceptance helps dull the rejections, even though it doesn’t completely block it.

SheilaMonique:  Thank you for taking the time to visit with us Michelle, is there anything you would like to add?  

Michelle Houston:  Just that I appreciate everyone who took the time to read this interview, and you Sheila for taking the time to interview me.  Please, feel free to email me, to visit my website at  or my blog at



Reading Is So Much Fun blog
Interviewed by Linda H

Hello Michelle Houston, it's a great pleasure to have you here on my blog at Reading Is So Much Fun.

Q: Can you tell us more about yourself?

A: Hi everyone, my name is Michelle Houston. I’m an erotic romance/erotica author. I’m also a non-traditional college student, a biology major, a future teacher, the president of a student organization, a wife, a mother, and a bisexual woman. I wear many hats, some of which conflict with others, but I do the best that I can with juggling them all.

Q: How long have you been writing?

A: I’ve been writing off and on for as long as I can remember. I started getting serious about it though in 1998. In 2002 I worked up the nerve to submit my first story to a website for publication. It was accepted – and everything that has happened since that has been a result. I sometimes wonder if this thrill ride would have happened if I had been rejected.

Q: Was there any one person or event in your life that inspired you to sit down and write your first book?

A: My husband has always encouraged me to listen to the characters in my head and let them lead me in telling their stories. So he would definitely be the strongest motivational element in my life.

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: Currently I have about a dozen or so works in progress. The ones that I am focusing on are a series of M/M shifter tales. I have submitted the first of the series, and I am eagerly awaiting hearing back from my publisher.

Q: Most people only dream of becoming a successful writer. Now that you have accomplished that goal is there anything else you dream of doing?

A: I still have another two years until I graduate college. Right now, that is the dream that I am working on. I want to be a high school biology teacher. I haven’t had much of a chance to look beyond that, since it has taken up so much of my time the last few years.

Q: Do you listen to music or watch TV when you write or do you need it to be completely quiet?

A: I often will listen to music – particularly Genesis/Phil Collins. The man’s voice just puts me in a mood to write sexy characters.

Q: Do you outline your stories or do you write as you go?

A: I write as I go. I have tried to outline, but anything more than a vague idea of where I want things to go tends to stall me out rather than help to guide me.

Q: How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

A: My husband actually writes. We are in the process now of trying to get his books published. So he supports me in everything, although he does push me to push my own boundaries and step outside my comfort zone to try new things.

He has occasionally read and edited a few of my works, but a lot of them are not a genre he really enjoys, so I don’t ask him to read those.

Q: What is the most valuable piece of writing advice that you have been given?

A: Sit down and write. Worry about the word count, about editing/smoothing it out, about who on Earth would want to read/publish it later.

Q: If you could date any male character from any book, who would it be and why?

A: I’d have to go with Zach Bradford from DIGGIN’ UP BONES. He’s sexy, sweet, and totally hot. He also has a level of compassion so deep, and is willing to allow himself to feel such an intense love, that still amazes me.

Q: What authors do you enjoy reading?

A: Nalini Singh, Angela Knight, Kay Hooper, J R Ward, Deanna Lee, Suzanne Brockmann, Patti O’Shea, Susan Grant, Robin D Owens, Catherine Spangler, Eileen Wilks, Rebecca York, Linnea Sinclair, and so many more.

Q: If there was a flood in your house and you can save one book what would that book be and why?

A: Oh goodness. I haven’t a clue. LOL I have so many favorites that really I couldn’t chose between them.

One series would have to be the whole Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh. If I could grab them all, I would.

Q: Would you like to share your website where readers can visit you?

A: Definitely.

My personal site is
My blog is at
My newsletter is at

I am also a member of the Phoenix Rising Authors –
Our blog is at
And our chat/news group is at



This month at Dark Angel Reviews, we have Michelle Houston, author of newly released FANGS & FUR, which was released from Whiskey Creek Press Torrid. Thank you, Michelle, for taking the time to speak to us.

To start off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your books?


As you said, my name is Michelle Houston.  As I say in my bio I often feel like I was born to ride on the back of dragons, to journey among the stars in a ship traveling faster than light, or to dance the night away in the arms of a mysterious vampire.  Since none of those things are possible in reality, I write about them.

I’m an avid reader, and many have considered me to be a prolific writer.  Mainly I stay within the realm of erotic romance, but I have dabbled in a bit more of a mainstream romance genre, as well as the other end of the spectrum with erotica.

Like many writers, I am a fairly ordinary person who hears voices.  LOL.  My characters don’t understand personal boundaries, and talk to me whenever the mood strikes them.  3 am seems to be the best time.


You write erotic fiction and more mainstream romances. Do you have a preference of one over the other?


Both have their pros and cons.  I enjoy writing erotic romances better than I do mainstream romances, I think partially because I got my start in erotica.  It’s just more what I am geared towards writing.


As an erotic fiction writer, do you find the sex scenes to be easier or harder to write?


Depends on the characters and what they are in to.  There have been some scenes, like in BLOOD SLAVE, where I was squirming, wondering what the heck readers were going to think when they read it.  That first love scene was a tough one to write.

There have also been scenes I have read where I sat back and thought ‘Wow, I wrote that?  Cool.’  Not only did the scene just roll right out, but it was worth keeping as is, without doing umpteen revisions to get the logistics worked out.


Do you remember the first romance book you read that started you on your path to becoming a writer?


Yep.  It actually wasn’t the first romance I read, but rather the first one I wanted to know more about.  Still gets me that I can imagine all I want, but I don’t know what the author was actually thinking went on, the little details of it all.  It was rather prosy, and I wanted to know more!  So I made up the details myself.


You’re website says you’re back in school full time. How do you juggle going to school full time, having a family and writing?


A lot of times, I don’t think that I manage very well.  There’s always something that gets pushed aside.  Either I have to weigh a homework assignment against my daughter needing to spend time with me, or I have to ignore a character and a great storyline in favor of studying. 

Like many writers though, I have to work a standard day job, and to get there, I need to go to college.  I am realistic enough to know writing will never pay the bills.  If I want to have more of a life, and provide better for my daughter, then college is the way to get to that point.

Thus I deal with it the best I can.  Same as anyone else I guess.


Outside of your own writing, what genres do you like to read and who are some of your favorite authors?


I love to read paranormal romances, and futuristic romances.  I also enjoy a good murder mystery from time to time.

Right now my auto-buys are Kay Hooper (Bishop series), Nalini Singh (Psy-Changleing series), Angela Knight (Mageverse series), and Katie MacAlister (Asling/Dragon series).  I have numerous other authors I read but those are the must have the day it comes out buys.


In October, you have a book called PLAYING FOR KEEPS coming out. Can you tell us a little about it?


PLAYING FOR KEEPS is the second in a modern mythology series I am writing called When Worlds Collide.  Basically the deities of Olympus (at least that’s all for now, I may expand later to include other pantheons) have grown bored with the way thing are going now that mortals have stopped worshiping them.  Some of them have grown curious about the race that they used to play with as pawns, and have ventured to Earth to make lives for themselves.

The first book, FATED TO BE, tells the stories of Themis and Apollo.  Themis falls for a judge, but has to decide if she is willing to risk revealing who and what she is, given his heart condition and the future she sees for him.  Apollo has failed at love several times before, first with Daphne and then her reincarnation, Cassandra.  When her soul is released from the underworld a third time, he knows that it’s now or never, it’s his last chance to make her fall in love with him.

While PLAYING FOR KEEPS doesn’t have any direct tie-ins, Athena’s job comes about due to events in Themis and Apollo’s stories, which is how she meets the mortal Alicia.

Alicia has been burned by men in her past, and it has made her nervous about trying again at love.  Lust on the other hand finds her in the forms for the deities Himeros and Pothos.  The story is a M/M/F ménage without any actual contact between the guys.

The second story in PLAYING FOR KEEPS is Athena and Nike’s story.  They have been lovers for centuries, but Athena was never that interested in men.  Nike on the other hand is.  So Athena arranges for her lover to meet the perfect man, for them both, and let events play out.  This story is also a ménage, although it’s a M/F/F threesome, with actual contact between the women.


Any other books that are coming soon we should know about and keep our eyes pealed for?

In January I have a short erotic romance piece coming out with Phaze called HER BEST MAN.

Rick has always been a part of Katherine's life, including being best man at her wedding to his friend.  When her marriage falls apart, she finds out that her previous unrequited feelings for Rick aren't so unrequited.

I am also working on a series of M/M shifter erotic romances, which I am crossing my fingers and hoping get picked up soon.  The first one has been submitted, and I am writing the second and third stories.  So far I have ideas for five worked out.  I will post information about those on my website ( as soon as I have it.

Then there are the sequels, both in the When Worlds Collide series and in the What If series of alternate reality romances, which I started with PARALLEL ATTRACTION.


What kind of writer are you? Do you have a set schedule or do you just write when the mood strikes you? Is it chapter by chapter or whatever may be going on in your head at that given time?


I write as the whim takes me.  Some months I will write up a storm, and others I am lucky to get anything done.

I do have to start at the beginning and work my way though to the end.  I can always go back and flesh things in, but I have to get that core story written in order of events.  Given that I write short stories though, that actually isn’t as bad as it may seem.


In your opinion, what three things are a must have in any really great hero?


He has to be, well, heroic.  It doesn’t have to be in the typical sense of always doing right, he doesn’t always have to act in his partner’s best interest, but he does have to have some motivation and something there pushing him to do the right thing.

He has to be sexy.  Now I’m not talking perfect body, perfect face.  I am talking about something inside of him that just guides him, the way he moves, the way he presents himself.  His confidence, his charisma.  His knowledge that he is a man, and he knows how to use what he has.  He does need to take care of himself, so that he can be heroic, but even if genetics weren’t kind in how he is put together, he can still be sexy!

He also has to be intelligent.  It’s hard to be heroic without two brain cells to rub together.  He doesn’t have to an uber-geek, but he does have to have a brain and the know-how to use it.   Again, how can he be heroic if he can’t think things through and find ways out of scenarios?


You’ve found the perfect guy. Now, would you rather be marooned on a deserted island with him, or snowed in at a cabin in the desolate woods?


I’d rather be snowed in.  Although an island has more of an ability to move around, there is only so much you can take off if the heat goes too high.  Snowed in, you have more options for warmth.

Plus, let’s face it, sand isn’t comfortable in and around certain parts of the body.  There is also the fact that, at least to me, sand-burn is actually worse than carpet burn.  Youch!


Any thoughts or advice you want to share with our readers before you leave us?


Um, buy my books?  LOL

Seriously though, I know it has been said to death, but it’s true – some dreams are worth realizing. 

I wasn’t planning on ever following my dream of writing.  It just kind of happened, and I’ve always had support in doing it.

I guess the advice I would give comes from the experiences of a friend of mine.  He wanted to write, but was always discouraged.  He finally basically decided everyone who was putting him down for it wasn’t worth that much control over his life, and followed his heart.  Now he is a published writer and a lot happier for it.

Some times some dreams aren’t easy for others to understand.  But if it is something that echoes deep within you, it is worth striving for.


Thank you for your time today, Michelle. You’ve been great!


Thanks for allowing me to join you today.  It has been fun. : )


For all of you who haven’t checked out Michelle’s books yet, go to her website -- -- check out what you’ve been missing.






Pillow Talk with Michelle M Pillow

Michelle Houston

Born to ride on the back of dragons, to journey among the stars in a ship traveling faster than light, or to dance the night away in the arms of a mysterious vampire, Michelle Houston willingly shares the worlds in her mind in an effort to bring them to life.

Writing everything from short and sweet stories, to hot and spicy tales of kink, from contemporary tales of romance to erotic romances featuring Greek Gods, vampires and were-creatures, she has crossed sexualities and has gone wherever her mental muse has guided her. A journey she has never regretted.

With stories either out, or coming out soon, from Renaissance E Books, Phaze, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, Cleis Press, Alyson Books, and Pretty Things Press, to name a few, she has many more stories just waiting for their chance to be told.


Anna-Marie Dallas is having a bad day. She’s in a hostage situation where the odds aren’t in her favor. When the gunman detonates the bomb he’s been threatening, her fears are realized–she’ s going to die.

Instead of waking up in the hereafter, she finds herself in a parallel reality, that split off sometime during the second world war. In the alternate universe, a third world war decimated their population, and they’re struggling to rebuild.

Adjusting to the shift in reality, Anna-Marie also struggles with her growing attraction to Alex Brent, and finds that her life is not done changing.


Q: If your muse were to talk behind your back, what secrets would he/she tell?

Oh boy! First she’d be sure to let everyone know that I am not an exciting person. She complains about that often enough to me. When we go on vacations (my family and I) and she tags along, she rushes off to do stuff while I am content to sit back and watch my hubby and daughter – kayak, snorkel, climb up very tall rocks and stand on the edge to look over all the while screaming “look how far down it is”, and other such things.

She’d have to tell everyone I often write in my PJ’s and they aren’t even sexy. While she’s flouncing around in a see-through negligee, flirting with my husband (who of course can’t see her), I’m in a nice comfy outfit. She tried though, bless her heart, to get me to be more daring. But I can’t see sitting in a leather bustier and thigh high stalking and garter belt while writing. But it’s nice to dream about.

She’s also be sure to make sure that everyone knows that I am not a morning person, and in fact I get grouchy without my 9 hours of sleep, or if I am woken up too early. I used to answer the phone “if you’re not dying I’m hanging up” but my parents didn’t think it was too funny. LOL I am so not a morning person.

Q: If you had to write yourself as a heroine, what kind of heroine would you be? What would you be named?

I’d either be Marissa or Meredith. I love those names, and always wished my parents had gone a little different way with the M naming. As for what kind of heroine I would write myself as, I’d be soft spoken with an iron will. The hero or other heroine would know that I wasn’t a pushover or a doormat, but at the same time, I would willingly submit to all kinds of delicious intimate torments in the bedroom. It would be an equal partnership, none of this “you stay here where it’s safe while I go risk my life and limb and hopefully come back to you”. Uh uh. I also think I’d be curious, and some of the problems that plague us would genuinely be my fault, but it would be innocently caused.

Q: If you had to write yourself as a villain, what kind of villain would you be? What would you be named?

I’d be fun and enjoy being a villain! The best villains I have seen on shows aren’t the stereotypical tortured, turned bad by incidents in their lives; rather they have fun with it. I’d choose to be a bad girl. I’d be one of the good bad guys though, because I wouldn’t want to do anything too evil, just enough to give a girl a reputation and make people fear me even as they are in awe of me. I also wouldn’t have to stop and explain my plan to everyone I have captured/enslaved. I’d be quick witted, and actually smart.

I would be sultrily dressed, black latex/leather wearing, corset top and thigh high slit skirt, at least within my own domain. As for out in the world as I am trying to enact my dastardly plan I would be the height of comfortable fashion, and turn heads, male and female, wherever I go. : )

I’d also have to have a thing for the hero/heroine. LOL

As for a name, I dunno. Something fun, but yet whimsical. Have to think on that some more.

Q: If you were a Superheroine, would you wear tights and a cape?

Cape, oh yeah. Tights, not a chance. : ) Probably I’d wear sheer stalking coated in an anti-snag spray, with 3” spike heels, cause I wouldn’t have to worry about breaking an ankle. And I’d go for one of those cute full corset outfits, the kind that covers just as much as a leotard, with the underlining of the cape matching the lace ties on it. My “normal” dress however would be a conservative business suit, with a pair of half frame glasses, low heels, and hair done in a conservative style.

Q: Would you live in a biodome for 5 years? What would your must have accessories be?

Yeah, I’d go for it. I am a biology major, so I think it’d be fun. : ) I’d have to take my family though. Wouldn’t want to be without them for five years.

We’d have to have lots of books. Lots of them. And a way to get new ones to me – either paper or e-book. I read about 2-5 books a week, and it is an addiction.

I’d want my pillows – all five of them that I sleep with at night (which includes a portion of hubby’s)

Also have to have a computer just for me to play on. Nothing work related, just play and write. That’s about all I’d need, beyond the normal hygiene and clothing needs.

Hubby and my daughter on the other hand – they’d need music files, game boys, computer games, somewhere to golf and their golf stuff, drawing supplies and lots of paper and colored pencils, a computer for each of them, the list goes on …

Q: In your next life, if you came back as a critter, what would it be?

Oh boy. Um, I’d probably want to be one of the few animals in the world that will have sex just for pleasure, rather than as a biological imperative. There has to be others, beyond the ones we know of so far – which would be Dolphins, a species of ape, and one or two others which I can’t remember at this moment.

I just couldn’t see coming back as something that spends its days hunting, and its nights sleeping, with occasional mating to continue the species.

I also wouldn’t want to come back as anything too ugly, I might get killed just because I was ugly. Alternatively, I wouldn’t want to be too pretty, with a nice coat or horns or whatever, then I’d have to worry about being poached for those.

So I guess a Dolphin would be good. Might even get to do a show at Sea World.



LOVE SLAVE is todays free read from


And here is Michelle to tell us more!

Victoria Blisse: Introduce Love Slave to us, please, thank you.

Michelle H.: My April release, A Bid For Love, follows a simply belief that I have held on to for a while now – the characters have lives before we see them, and will continue to have lives after our time with them is over. That sparked a whole series of ideas, which I am loosely calling Second Chances. All of the stories involve characters that have already tried once to be together, and something happened.

Ryan and Erika had a very passionate relationship, but it ended. In ‘A Bid For Love’, they get their second chance, but for Valentine’s Day I wanted to go back and visit what happened before, to catch a glimpse of what they had. Thus ‘Love Slave’ came about.

My logo is a lilac rose, what is your favourite colour of rose and do you think you’ll get any this Valentine’s Day?

I actually prefer yellow and white roses, over pink and red. Although the ones that are light pink with the magenta tips are pretty cool.

I’d have to say white is my absolute favorite thought.

As for getting any roses, my husband and I decided long ago that he isn’t to buy me any roses. At Valentine’s Day they simply cost too much and don’t last long enough. So we do live plants, if we have to give flowers. Simply little gifts, if anything at all. Nothing extravagant.

What is your favourite romantic meal?

A nice steak, with varying sides, and candlelight. Maybe soft music.

Although, one of the most romantic meals I ever made for my husband was homemade chicken nuggets and fries, over candlelight. We were just starting out, couldn’t afford steak. But I wanted to do a nice, romantic dinner for us. That’s still one of my favorite memories.

How do you know when you’re in love?

Wow. I guess that differs from person to person. Everyone is going to experience it a bit different, from the breathless anticipation when you have to go a few days without being able to talk, to the simple pleasure and warmth of curling up with someone and feeling cherished and safe.

I don’t know exactly when I knew I was in love with my husband. Just one day I knew. That insane fluttering of nerves had steadied into a sense of calm when he was around, and I was thinking about my future in terms of what “we” could do, rather than what “I” wanted.

Do you enjoy Valentine’s Day?

Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I do think that it can become something that it shouldn’t be. The focus shouldn’t be so much on how much is spent, but rather on the emotion behind it.

Sneaking a love note into his lunch is more special to me than a diamond necklace. Getting one rose can mean more than a dozen, if he spent the time to get the message that accompanies it just right.

Lingerie is great and wonderful … but it’s how you feel wearing it for him that matters more. Does he make you feel sexy? Desired? Loved?

So yes, I have enjoyed Valentine’s Day … and still do. But given that I work in retail to help support my family while my husband and I are putting ourselves through college, I tend to get burned out on it before the actual day arrives. Some of the people I see miss the point completely … it isn’t what you buy, it’s what you felt when you bought it, and how your lover feels when receiving it.


What, When, Where, Why, How with Michelle Houston

Today we welcome author Michelle Houston to the fun! Reading her interview made me want to watch "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" all over again.

Now, on to the fun:

Marianne Arkins: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Michelle H.: I guess a better question is what didn't I want to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a doctor, a police officer, a firefighter, an astronaut, a lawyer, an artist, an architect, a landscape designer, a scientist; the list goes on and on. I finally decided on teacher around the fourth grade, and I have been working towards that ever since.

Now I am a non-traditional college student, and I am working my rear off to earn my degree in Biology education, with certification to also teacher Earth Science, Physics and Chemistry. A glutten for punishment, I know.

Oddly enough, growing up, the idea of being a writer never really crossed my mind. I always read books, and thought of the authors like some people see rock stars and actors. The authors had just short of demi-deity status to me. Sure, I scribbled in notebooks, like a lot of youngsters. I wrote poetry, essays and short stories. I ever had a few earn awards in school - but I never planned on publishing. That just kind of happened.

Where would you find a purple people eater?

I'm not sure where its lair is, but if you could find out when and where the Loch Ness monster hosts its monthly poker party, I am sure the Purple People Eater would be there. My guess, he'll be sitting between the Green Giant and the Easter Bunny. He'll probably be hitting on the Tooth Fairy while knocking back a grape soda too.

When is the best time to read one of your books?

Late at night, when the kids are all in bed, and you can snuggle up with a lover. Just make sure you have lots of whipped cream (or whatever strikes you fancy) and a pair of handcuffs handy.

Why do you love Monty Python (because you must, yes)?

Well, I haven't seen many of their works, but I have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Scenes like this one just made the movie:

“King Arthur: I am your king.
Woman: Well I didn't vote for you.
King Arthur: You don't vote for kings.
Woman: Well how'd you become king then?
[Angelic music plays... ]
King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.
Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”

Quote from the Internet Movie Database. (

This is another good one, from the same webpage.

“Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
Sir Lancelot: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I am not afraid.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your name?
Sir Lancelot: My name is Sir Lancelot of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Sir Lancelot: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your favourite colour?
Sir Lancelot: Blue.
Bridgekeeper: Go on. Off you go.
Sir Lancelot: Oh, thank you. Thank you very much.
Sir Robin: That's easy.
Bridgekeeper: Stop. Who would cross the Bridge of Death must answer me these questions three, ere the other side he see.
Sir Robin: Ask me the questions, bridgekeeper. I'm not afraid.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your name?
Sir Robin: Sir Robin of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Sir Robin: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is the capital of Assyria?
Sir Robin: I don't know that.
[he is thrown over the edge into the volcano]
Sir Robin: Auuuuuuuugh.
Bridgekeeper: Stop. What... is your name?
Galahad: Sir Galahad of Camelot.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
Galahad: I seek the Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your favourite colour?
Galahad: Blue. No, yel...
[he is also thrown over the edge]
Galahad: auuuuuuuugh.
Bridgekeeper: Hee hee heh. Stop. What... is your name?
King Arthur: It is 'Arthur', King of the Britons.
Bridgekeeper: What... is your quest?
King Arthur: To seek the Holy Grail.
Bridgekeeper: What... is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?
King Arthur: What do you mean? An African or European swallow?
Bridgekeeper: Huh? I... I don't know that.
[he is thrown over]
Bridgekeeper: Auuuuuuuugh.
Sir Bedevere: How do know so much about swallows?
King Arthur: Well, you have to know these things when you're a king, you know.”

How do you win at solitaire?

Win? You're supposed to actually win that game?

Wow … news to me.

Seriously though, I win more often when I play on the computer. Something about playing by turning all the cards by hand jinxes me. I have about a 20% win rate on the computer though. Not the best in the world, but I don't play that often. Generally just on road trips when it gets too dark to read a book.

Freecell is a better game for me.

Thanks for the questions. : ) It's always fun to do a silly interview.

And here's one more line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

“Narrator: A year passed: winter changed into spring, spring changed into summer, summer changed back into winter, and winter gave spring and summer a miss and went straight on into autumn... until one day...”



June 2009

Today, we’re chatting with Michelle Houston. BookWenches reviewed Michelle’s novella Taming the Wolf in April 2009. Thank you for spending a little time with us, Michelle!


Thanks for having me.

How long have you been writing professionally? Tell me about the first story you sold…was getting published all you expected it to be?

I’ve been writing professionally since about 2003.  It’s weird to think that it has only been 6 years.  My first published work was a brief flash fiction piece, which I sold to a website called Amoret for a whopping $2.00.  Flash fiction, in case you might not know, is a very short work, and this website defined it as a complete story told in 100 words or less.

I went on to publish several more flash fiction pieces, several short stories, numerous collections of short stories, and novellas with three different e-publishers, and short stories in numerous print anthologies.

Getting published, to me, has always been more about enjoying writing, and then sharing my works and getting a little bit of money in return.  The love of writing comes first, not the desire to get paid.  I knew going in that unless I became a household name that I wouldn’t be able to quit my day job.  That writing would always be a hobby and not a career.

So in that regard, yes, being published is what I expected. 

I knew it would be hard work, and often heartbreaking (especially when reviews come in).  And it is.

But it’s also a heck of a lot of fun, and I get paid for doing it.  So really, I can’t complain too much.

Tell me a little bit about your design business. How does it mesh with your writing?

Graphics design allows me another creative outlet.  I am a non-traditional college student right now, and I need something to balance that aspect of my life with.  Often times, I don’t have time to sit and develop a story and write everything down that needs to be put together at once.  But I still need the stress relief.

Designing cover art, webpages, and graphics provides that.  It also gives me something to do when I am not in the mood to write, or when I need to work through an idea.

So it actually meshes well with writing.  The only time conflict arises is when I have a deadline for a graphic and I am in the mood to write.  I have to balance the two.  But then again, I have the same conflict when it is time to study and a story demands to be told.

Even before I started designing graphics for others, I did my own website.  As my friends can attest, I have had something like a dozen layouts and designs in the last 6 years.  So it has always been a part of my creative process.  Just now I have broadened my horizon and am not re-designing my website as often; instead I am working up graphics for others.

What inspires you? What causes a story to demand to be told?

To be honest, I have no idea.  I think examining the process too much removes some of the creativeness of it all.  I write because I must write, because the ideas won’t leave me alone.  I haven’t really examined my stories beyond them being something worth putting to words, at least in my eyes.

What kind of writing schedule do you set for yourself? Are you pretty regimented, or do you just wing it?

Oh, I am definitely a wing-it kind of writer.  Often for my composition classes, I would write the paper and then create an outline.  The only time I forced myself to write up an outline first, I turned it and the teacher made me share it with the rest of the class.  It was so detailed that all I needed to do was put the sentences together, create a few bridges, and the paper was done.

As for setting time aside to write, that has never worked for me.  When an idea strikes, I write.  When my inspiration, wherever it comes from, falls silent, I do other things.  I admire the authors that can focus their writings, and work a certain amount of time a day, and then set their stories aside until the next day.

Tell us a little something about your story “Taming the Wolf.” You’ve developed a unique werewolf society for this story. What was your inspiration to write about werewolves? Do you plan to give us more?

I love paranormal stories.  As a scientist, I can’t help but reflect that we are learning new things every day.  We know that they are bounds in the universe where our science break down.  Past the event horizon of a black-hole, our physics equations no longer work.  The ocean is still yielding new species.  We discovered within them, a whole new way of life, not based on the sun as the core source of energy.

So it isn’t any surprise to me that my creativity allows for things beyond normal expectations.

With Taming the Wolf, I wanted to create a world were expectations were also blown apart.  Their society doesn’t produce homosexuals.  But, every so often, a normal human is turned, and if that person was homosexual, then they stayed that way after the turning.  The biology of sexuality is something I have always accepted.  It isn’t nurture; it simply is as it is.

So to create a race where the norm was set on its ear was a lot of fun.

I actually re-examine the rarity of gay shifters with Embracing the Leopard, my upcoming June release.  It deals with a man who has accepted that he is different, and can’t be what his pack expects him to be.  That he must isolate himself, for the good of all.  Then he meets another man like him, and everything changes.

After that, I have another shifter story coming out in August, Unleashing the Jaguar, which focuses on one of my favorite themes – a second chance.  I had a lot of fun playing with that theme within my shifter world, and trapping one of my characters in his animal form, in a zoo.  Poor guy, he’s caught between loyalty to his kind and his own need to be free.  With this one, I didn’t focus so much on the rarity of gay shifters, but on the rarity of always knowing everything about the person who holds your heart.  Sometimes, misunderstandings happen.

As for more werewolves, I actually have a different take on the mythos with my Whiskey Creek Press Torrid release, Fangs and Fur.  In that world, the blending of shifters has made it possible that multiple animals can be expressed in one family, with some interesting results.  Toss in some vampires, both true and turned, and it’s a paranormal good time as they band together to defeat an evil scientist bent on finding the means to immortality, and is willing to use non-humans to achieve his goal.

I see from your website that you have a number of stories about other weres coming up. Which were breed did you most enjoy creating? Why?

Actually, the one I have most enjoyed writing isn’t finished yet.  I am working on another Animal Attraction story with the heroes being owl shifters. The reason I am enjoying this one so much is that I love owls.  They are by far my favorite animals.  I think owls are just so neat, and have some interesting features.

Of the three that I have written, probably wolves would be my favorite.  There is such a dynamic to their behavior.  And let’s face it, wolves are beautiful creatures.

If you could only be remembered for one of your stories, which would it be and why?

I think Diggin’ Up Bones is my most developed and heart wrenching story, and the one that I am the most proud of.  Sadly, it is one of my least read works.  I guess that’s because while it is sexy, and loving, and lighthearted, it does deal with a troubling subject.  Alisa is trying to put her life back together, and needs to come to the realization that she deserves to be loved, after being raped.

What are you working on right now? What can your readers look forward to in the future?

Right now I am working on a new breed of shifter/vampire story.  I don’t want to give too much away, but it deals with overcoming centuries of conflict, and tons of misconceptions and distrust.

Like I said before, I am also working on future Animal Attraction stories.  One deals with owls, another with tigers.  I have plans for several more beyond that, but I am uncertain just which animals I will be dealing with.

I also want to get back to the alternate reality I created with Parallel Attraction, and revisit the Greco-roman deities of my When Worlds Collide series.

Is there anything you would like to share that I’ve neglected to ask about?

Nope, I think that you have it all covered.

Thanks for having me.  It was a lot of fun.


If you would like to know more about Michelle and her work, please visit her website at, her blog at or join her news group at

Her stories can be purchased at the following e-publishers:
Phaze –
Whiskey Creek Press Torrid –
Renaissance –

Most of her works are also available at Fictionwise  and at All Romance eBooks



Novel Hearts
August 2009

Michelle Houston writes erotic romances, short stories and novellas. She also writes not-as-steamy romances. Her recent releases include Unleashing the Jaguar, Embracing the Leopard and Taming the Wolf. Her December 2009 release is Caging the Tiger.


I love the titles, particularly because of Michelle’s dedication to supporting and protecting wildlife.


Pictured below is a red-tailed hawk that was too injured to be released back into the wild. It’s now the second resident red-tailed hawk at the Lakeside Nature Center in Kansas City, Missouri, where Michelle volunteers. The photo was taken by Lakeside Nature Center staffer Ken Hightower.

Michelle was generous enough to stop by Novel Hearts and chat with us about the center and its work.


Hi, Michelle. Thank you so much for visiting with us. Could you tell us how you learned about the Lakeside Nature Center?


Actually, I found out about Lakeside from my husband.  We have an 11-year-old daughter who loves animals, and we often visit zoos.  So when we moved back to the Kansas City, Missour, area, we got a zoo membership and starting spending one Saturday a month there.


During one of our visits, my husband decided we should swing by Lakeside and see how they had changed from what he remembered.  They had changed a lot!


We started visiting the nature center every time we visited the zoo.  During one of our visits, my husband found out about volunteer work that can be done at the center and he signed up for the training classes.  Due to my school load (we’re both non-traditional college students), I wasn’t sure I would be able to commit to the time needed, but he found out that the only commitment is 30 hours a year, and training classes.  So I signed up as well.


Our first 30 hours is mentoring time, where we get to pick who we want to work with based on days of the week we are available and what that person specializes in.  For me it was a no-brainer. I was going to work with whoever worked with the birds.


Since then, I have helped care for baby squirrels, birds, opossum, rabbits (sadly most of them die due to the shock to their systems), owls, geese, a mallard duck, kestrels, hawks and an eagle.


I love getting to actually hold, interact, feed and care for these animals.  What is most rewarding though is when they are able to be released back into the wild.  During my most recent volunteer day, after being out of the country for two weeks and dealing with finals the two weeks before that, I found out that the two red-tailed hawks that I had been helping feed had been released.  I admit, I was sad, because they were the first animals I really got to deal with.  But I was also glad.  It meant that the staff had live feed tested them, and deemed them fit to survive in the wild.


Most of what I do is the messy work. But then again, animal rehab is not glamorous.  Some of the rehabbers that do home rehab spend all their free time caring for small baby mammals, like rabbits, opossums and squirrels.  And here’s a little bit of trivia – most mammal babies need stimulation to urinate.  So the volunteers have to take cloths and wipe them over the animals privates, after they feed them, to get them to clear their bladders.


As for what I do, since I try to work with the raptors as much as possible, I spend a lot of time cleaning cages and cutting up mice and rats.  I’ve tubed birds, to get food into their stomachs.  I’ve force fed an owl, using tweezers and mice chunks. Kind of gross, but necessary work.  I also get to help hold the birds down for medical care, since the raptors generally come in with some kind of injury.  And occasionally, I am the one who sticks my hands into the cage to grab the birds’ legs and try not to get bit in the process.


All in all, caring for these animals is a lot of hard work, and very messy, but fun and rewarding.  I know there are other volunteer opportunities out there, but as a biology major and a general science geek, this one fits me the best.


What’s more, it’s something I can share with my whole family, since my husband volunteers, and our daughter recently joined the junior keeper program.  She gets to care for some of the education animals, those that cannot be released back into the wild, but still have a full life helping to educate the public.



You do a lot, Michelle. What motivated you to volunteer with the center?


I started working at Lakeside in January 2009, so it’s only been six months, but in that time I have learned a lot and I hope helped out, both the staff and the animals.


I’ve always loved animals, and I strongly believe that the wild should be allowed to be wild.  It drives me nuts that people go out into the woods, catch a critter, and try to make a pet of it.  That’s why we have pet stores, and animals that are domestically bred to be pets.


As for motivation, I admit, I do it because I get to work with animals that I would never be able to get close to otherwise.  But also because I get to help rehab these animals, getting them back into top form so that they can be released into the wild.  I am helping to make sure that these species survive so that my grandchildren can one day enjoy them.



That’s a beautiful motivator. In addition to caring for the animals, what else does the center do?


Lakeside Nature Center focuses on education of the public, conservation of the natural world, and rehabilitation of injured animals.


Their work is so important because they don’t just patch up animals and send them back into the world, although that is a vital aspect, and one that I enjoy taking part in. They are also an education source.


They work hard to educate the public about why wild animals need to be allowed to be wild.  They have staff that does classes for the public on a variety of topics. They do programs out in the schools and other avenues, and they always welcome questions.


One of the biggest heartbreaks for all of the volunteers is the baby rabbits.  All too often, they are brought in when they shouldn’t have been.  Their urine is light colored, meaning mommy rabbit was nearby, but she doesn’t want to impress her scent on her scentless babies.  So she doesn’t hover over them.  Many of these babies are kidnapped, and the volunteers repeat over and over that if possible, the goal is to leave the wild as it is.  Unless they are injured, don’t move the babies.


But all too often, they are moved and brought to the center, and then the volunteers have to try and keep them alive.  Wild baby rabbits are timid as anything, and often die of shock while we are trying to care for them.  Having a baby rabbit die in your hands is heartbreaking, and makes you question why you are doing this to yourself.


But the volunteers keep going. They keep caring. They keep trying to educate the public, and they keep interjecting energy into education, conservation and rehabilitation.


That is why I think they are worth supporting.  They don’t have an easy job. In fact it can be messy and can rip your heart out. But they do it anyways.  Not for the glory, but to make a difference.



And we’re grateful to you for your perseverance and dedication. Thank you, Michelle. Are there other nonprofit organizations you support?


Unfortunately, I am only able to handle donating time to Lakeside, although I do send checks annually to Defenders of Wildlife, the National Wildlife Federation, and the World Wildlife Fund.


I have donated stories for two of the Coming Together anthologies.  Each anthology benefits a different charity.  All of the Coming Together anthologies are erotic in nature, so they aren’t for everyone.  The URL for more information about the Coming Together anthologies is


The anthologies I have personally contributed stories to at:

Coming Together: Al Fresco – to benefit Conservation International


Coming Together: Under Fire – to benefit the victims of the California wildfires


There are also volumes to benefit the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization, Amnesty International, BLISS, AVERT, Autism Speaks and more.  There are also plans for future volumes.



You have a huge heart, Michelle. How can readers learn more about the Lakeside Nature Center?


Lakeside’s URL is


They also have a donations page, if you are interested in helping out, but don’t live in the Kansas City, Missouri area.


And, for the month of August, YOU can make a difference in conservation efforts. Visit to find out how.



Thank you. And how can readers get in touch with you?


I have a Web site at  I also have a blog where I post about my writings, my adventures at Lakeside, my zoo visits, and generally anything else I can think of that might possibly interest someone. : )  It’s at


Thanks for having me today.


And please everyone remember, if it’s isn’t injured, leave it be.  An animal being eaten by another is part of nature. Before you touch a wild animal, call your nearby nature center, your forest department, your state conservation agency, or someone who will be able to help you.  And then listen to what they say.  Trust them when they say let it be.



Michelle, thank you for everything you do to protect and support our wildlife. In part because of your hard work and dedication, our grandchildren will be able to enjoy them.


Novel Hearts is a forum to raise awareness of the charitable causes some of our favorite authors support. Each month, we’ll chat with one or two authors about the nonprofit organizations they help, either with time, money and/or materials.


If there’s an author you’d like to see featured on the blog, please send me the author’s e-mail address and the name of the nonprofit organization he or she supports. You can reach me at


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Love Romances and More
September 10th, 2009

Welcome Ms. Michelle Houston to Love Romances and More, thank you for joining us.

Did you always want to become a writer?

Actually, no. I have always written, but I had never aspired to go beyond scribbling down the things that ran through my mind. I certainly never imagined that I would be paid for my stories.

Like a lot of people, I always looked at authors as these miracle people who are able to take a string of letters and create a world that I could lose myself in. It was my husband who encouraged me to go beyond simply writing my stories and actually try and do something with them. So I have him to thank for this wild ride that I have been on these last 7 or so years.

What is the most, and the least interesting fact about writing?

The least interesting fact about writing has to be the hours we spend on getting the word out there about our work. Promotions aren’t all book signings and radio shows, and it isn’t all done by the publishing company. A lot falls to the author. There is a lot of grunt work, a lot of planning, worrying, and busy work that goes in to it. Not much glamour in it, for the most part.

The most interesting has to be creating a whole new world, developing characters with their own personalities, thoughts, dreams and nightmares. They live and breathe through us, and even though they are not real, they still exist in some way. I think that has to be the most interesting, and thrilling, aspect to writing.

How did you celebrate your first release?? Do you have a special ritual for celebrating a book release?

To be honest, I don’t remember if I even celebrated my first release. I know I was giddy at the first acceptance, but I think by the time the release came around, I was so exhausted from edits and promo, that I just needed a break.

I’ve never been one for having a lot of traditions, so nope, I don’t have any special rituals. I do talk it over with my husband, and he knows that for the next few weeks I will be busy a lot doing promo and getting the word out about my newest release.

How did your family react to fact that you also write M/M romance novels? Have your family read your books?

My daughter is too young to know just what I write; all she knows is that I do write, and it isn’t anything she can read at this time.

My husband has been very supportive of my writing in whatever genre I chose, including M/M. True, he doesn’t read it, because it just isn’t his cup of tea. But he does support me in writing it. Which is a lot better than some of my friend’s have it, so I can handle that he doesn’t read them.

He has read some of my M/F works, including a few that I have written for him. He has even edited a few of them for me.

As for the rest of my family, they don’t even know that I write. Some of my friends do, but not all of them know just what genres. It’s kind of a case-by-case basis with them.

Most authors are also avid readers. Is this the case with you? If so, who are some of your favorites? Have any influenced your writing?

Oh I am definitely an avid reader. It’s nothing for me to go through 5-8 books in a week. I read very fast, and I always have a book with me.

Some of my favourite writers would have to be Kay Hooper, Nalini Singh, Angela Knight, Susan Grant, Katie MacAlister, Jude Mason, Jenna Byrnes, D Musgrave, Leigh Ellwood, Alessia Brio and oh so many more that I simply can’t name them all here.

Your release date is really full, which I love as a fan of your books. Do you have a problem with deadlines and have you ever suffered a writer’s block?

I don’t do deadlines if I can avoid them. A lot of my print short story work was done with a deadline, but it was a matter of it being a call for stories. If I got something in by the deadline, it was considered. If I didn’t, then no big deal. There wasn’t any requirement there that I do so.

Part of why I avoid deadlines right now is the fact that I am a non-traditional college student with a family, a job, and many obligations that have to come before my ‘me’ time. So if it comes down to doing homework or meeting a deadline, homework is going to win.

And yes, I have suffered writer’s block before. Many times. It happened a lot the year I had to take composition classes, and still does, especially when I have research assignments due, simply because I there is a whole world of difference in the mindset between creative and academic writing. I really do envy those that do freelance non-fiction work while doing their creative writing. My brain just doesn’t make the switch that well, which can block me.

I also get blocked when there are major issues going on in my life. Conversely, finals week is a great time for me to get fired up about writing, as is anytime I have an exam the next day. Something about the need to study and the urge to procrastinate that just sparks the creative flow.

Do you prefer stand-alone books or series?

I actually prefer stand alone stories. Very few of my stories, even in my series, actually intertwine. They are in the same universe, with the same rules and all, but the characters don’t intermingle.

I am the same way about my reading tastes. I like books set in the same universe, and occasionally will read a series that is highly intertwined. But it has to grab a hold of me so tight that I am not ready to let go of the characters after one book. Or two … or three even.

That very rarely happens.

It also seems, especially here lately, that series peter out before the author wraps them up. Because they are selling, and people are wanting more, they keep writing. Which I have no problem with. But when it starts to get old, when it starts to get flat, end the series. Reach the conclusion to the issue thread. Let it go and move on to something else.

I hate when I get to the point that I am ready to stop reading because the books don’t interest me any more, and I have to borrow them from the library rather than buy them, just so I can skim the book to find out how the encompassing arc is resolved. I hate the feeling when I want to email the author and say, ‘Just end it already. Sheesh.’ Which is why when authors say ‘this is going to be an open-ended series’ I am less likely to give it a try than I am if they say ‘I am doing so many books and that is it for this series’.

I am also starting to get sick of the trend of writing a book that isn’t a full book. One author I used to auto-buy has started doing that. The series is so continued that at the end of the book, I am left feeling that nothing happened. No great resolution was reached. It’s always ended with an unspoken ‘to be continued …’ like the series finale to most TV shows. Not resolving everything is fine. Keeping the main story arc is fine. But there needs to be some semblance of closure at the end of each book.

So yeah, mark me down in the stand-alone column.

Your characters come to life in your books. Do you feel each of your characters live with you as you write? Do their lives sometimes take over a part of your life? Can you name an example? Do you have living role models for your characters?

As long as someone is reading my stories, I fully believe the characters are still alive, even if I have moved on to writing other stories. When I am writing them, some are more vivid in my mind than others, I admit. Some are more demanding of things, than others. But certainly they are all alive to me.

Other then having an urge to write at 3 am when I need to be up in a few hours, they don’t normally take over my life. I have had to rearrange things to make time to write when the urge hits me, generally because a character is whispering. But it doesn’t happen that often. Which is a good thing.

I don’t really have any examples to name, save Alisa from Diggin’ Up Bones. I was out walking with my husband when she started in on me, teasing me with her story, and I wound up spending the rest of the night hammering out her rough draft. Most of my characters I am able to push off until I have time to get to them, but she just wasn’t going to let up.

As for role models, um, I borrow here and there. Bits and pieces of personality, conversations, likes/dislikes from friends and family have turned up in some of my stories. But I don’t model any characters on actual people.

Where do you get the inspirations for your books?

Anywhere and every where. A line of conversation I overhear. A story someone tells me about a date they had. A dream I had. I have had story ideas sparked from the oddest of locations, and from the most mundane.

I am just an equal opportunity idea moocher. Nothing anyone tells me is sacrosanct, although I will change names, descriptions and details of the event to suit my needs.

So beware telling me about the party you went to, or what you did in the movie theatre when you discovered you and your date where all alone.

Do you find it difficult at times to write love scenes?

Sometimes. The hardest scene for me to write was in Blood Slave. Brandon is a submissive on an interview to becoming a sex slave to a vampire, and during the course of his interview, he is whipped. He loves it, especially when blood is drawn.

After I wrote that scene, I sat back and reread it, and thought ‘what the hell happened here?’ Brandon had blood drawn, then was screwed by the vampire. And it wasn’t all roses and violins either, it was deep and earthy and in your face. That one was hard to write. And every time I see what a review has come in, I cringe until I read it. Cause I just know that one day, I am going to get tagged for it. But that is what the character demanded, and I wasn’t about to sweeten it down, just for my own sensibilities.

I also had a hard time writing the first love scene in Diggin’ Up Bones. But for an entirely different reason. Alisa was raped, and the first time she makes love to Zach, they are both scared. That was an intense time for me, going back and taking my rough draft and developing the love scene. I had just tossed together the bare bones in my marathon writing session, so I had some idea of what I was wanting but the emotional impact on me as I was writing it made it hard for me.

Cause let me tell you. Making love for the first time after being raped, or even the hundredth time, can be traumatic and emotional, and heart rending, and uplifting. Trying to do justice to that …wow. I still don’t know that I did.

Other scenes fairly fly onto the page. When I wrote the scene for A Bid For Love, I had no problem at all. It just came together. The same for the actual love scenes in Enslaving Heaven. They were so easy to write.

Don’t get me wrong, I like it when they happen that smoothly. But I don’t want them all to flow that easily. I want to struggle over an occasional one, so long as it isn’t because it feels awkward to write it. In that case, the scene isn’t right for where I am trying to put it.

I am talking about the love scenes that make me cry. I want the ones that make me wonder just what it was I had just written, and why one earth my character wanted it done that way. I want the challenge, to do justice to a moment. To bring to life something so breathtaking like the trust a submissive has for a dominant. I want to feel wrung out after writing about some of these scenes, because then I know they will probably matter to someone reading them.

What is your favourite book from the books that you have written so far? Who are your favourite hero and heroine, and why?

Ever since I wrote it, I have said Diggin’ Up Bones is my favourite book and Alisa and Zach my favourite characters. Alisa is a woman who is tired of being afraid. She is tired of letting life pass her by. She decides to take control and reclaim herself. She’s not a victim anymore; she’s a survivor.

Zach is just sweet and tender, and no he’s not an alpha male. But that’s ok. Because he is just what Alisa needs.

Which book was the hardest to write and which the easiest?

Taming the Wolf, the first story of my Animal Attraction series, was I think the easiest to write. Although it didn’t just flow like Diggin’ Up Bones did, it also didn’t give me any fits over select scenes. The characters wanted to keep things simple and hot and just so, and it all came together so easily.

The hardest story for me to write was Enslaving Heaven. I wrote a short for an call for stories that got rejected. I then beefed it up and submitted it to an e-publisher, where it was rejected. I gutted it, revamped it, and subbed it to Phaze. It was accepted, but on the condition it was made longer.

Since I had already planned another story in the universe, dealing with a secondary character, I just wrote her story, with the plan of doing them as a duet of stories, like I am doing with my mythology series. But it didn’t read right. The second story fell flat in comparison because all of the tension that should have been there was lost by having it after the first story, but I couldn’t change the order, because events that happened in the first story brought about events in the second story.

So I kicked around ideas, and it was actually while in a literature class that it came to me. I needed to combine the stories, but to keep the momentum going, and to add a little more tension, I would do them as alternating chapters. So the odd chapters tell one characters story, the evens tell another. Yet neither can stand independent.

That story was a pain in the butt, and by the time I was completely done and it had officially been accepted, I was ready to toss the whole thing. But rereading it now, I am glad I stuck with it.

If you could change places with one character from your books, who would it be and why?

It would be Anna-Marie from Parallel Attraction. Although she is ripped from her reality, she is getting a second chance at her life. Plus, the differences between our reality and the one she crosses over to are very appealing. Planetary awareness of conservation needs. A world-wide effort to use cleaner energy, to reduce carbon footprints.

There is also the fact that they all have extra-sensory abilities.

It just has a quality to it that I find appealing. Plus, come on, the knowledge of alternate realities. Having it proved by your very existence. That would be something right up my uber geek alley.

If you could travel through time to visit a special time period or famous person, what or who would it be and why?

This may be a bit controversial, and I am not meaning it to be. Please, understand, I am a science major. I am a geek at heart.

So if I could visit anyone, it would be Charles Darwin. I would love to be one of the great minds he corresponded with. I would love to be able to point him in the direction of a monk that was doing incredible work in genetics and say there is your proof. There is the back-up for evolution. (Darwin, in case you don’t know, was the first person who proposed a full theory of evolution, via decent with modification. He made the Galapagos Islands famous, especially the variety of finches that live there and nowhere else).

It’s one of the ironies that Darwin’s theories would have been better worked, been more streamlined, if he had had just an inclining of what Gregor Mendel was up to. (For those that don’t know, Mendel was doing work on cross-breeding pea plants and from that was getting the beginning inklings to how transmission of traits, ie genetics, occurs).

Oh Mendel published. But the world of books and scientific papers isn’t what it is today. Most were buried in obscurity.

I’d have loved to have been there on the eve of Darwin’s great ideas. To help him formula and reason through what he was seeing. To converse with him, to work through ideas, to simply be there as a sounding board as he postulated something that would unleash a story of controversy that still resonates 100 years later.

As I said – geek.

Do you listen to music while you are writing and if so what music is it?

Occasionally I do. Mostly, it’s Genesis, simply because Phil Collins has a voice that is soothing and easy to write to. But I have been known to listen to anything from Mozart to Nine Inch Nails to 80’s pop rock to Enigma.

If you could choose of your books for a movie, which one would it be and who would you as the cast?

I’ve never really thought about it. Mostly because I write short stories, and really, I enjoy writing them. So while a few could offer a core storyline for a movie, a lot more would have to be generated from it to get a movie out of any of them.

I have had a story in my head for a while now that I am still trying to figure out how to formulate it. It’s actually the start of a four story series, with a definite arc and completion point, but it is just not happening at this point in my writing career. That first one, as well as the following three, I would love to see made into movies, if I can ever get them down on paper. I know that I would want Michael Shanks, Ben Browder, John Cusack and Rob Morrow in it as the four main leads, provided I get it down while they are still young enough to play the parts.

Although, come to think of it, there are a few of my stories that if you removed some of the plot background, you could make pretty good porn out of them. But since I don’t watch porn, I can’t really comment on who I would have play what characters.

Are you working on anything right now, and can you tell us a teaser about these projects?

Right now I am ripping apart and rebuilding a story that I had written early in my career. It’s about a female astronaut that is pulled through a wormhole and stranded on an alien planet.

The original story, I admit, sucks. Not one of my finer works. But it was a learning experience, and once that I am using to craft a much better story.

Initially, she had found an indigenous humanoid species, and well, parts were compatible. Enough said.

This time around, she is out gathering data, trying to find out what happened to cause two pilots, her best friends, to go missing two years before. One minute there were there, the next they weren’t. I am having a lot of fun with it, because, well, the guys have been on an alien planet, alone, for two years.

In addition to that, I am working on a few more stories in my Animal Attraction series, along with the dozen other story starts I have doing.

Big congrats to your latest releases, can you please tell us something about them?

Unleashing the Jaguar and Embracing the Leopard are both in my Animal Attraction series. I knew after I wrote Taming the Wolf that I wasn’t done writing sexy male shifters, dealing with the fact they preferred men.

In Embracing the Leopard, Erik has set himself apart from his pack because he can’t stand the frustration of being different. It isn’t that he can’t accept himself, it’s that there are so many happy males in his pack, males that are out of his reach that it is torture to watch the couples and know that he might not ever have that for himself.

Luckily, another leopard shifter is going to change all of that for him.

Unleashing the Jaguar, on the other hand, deals with miscommunication and how it can spiral out of control. I also had a lot of fun playing with the idea of a shifter caught in his animal form, and trapped in a zoo. Because, let’s face it, who would risk their entire race by revealing that shifters exist to get themselves out of a zoo. And if a Jaguar went missing, I’m sure that would cause some issues as well.

So he’s stuck, until his ex rides to the rescue.

All of the Animal Attraction stories can be found here

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I’ve also got the Barnes and Nobel link …

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