Author Spotlight - Michelle Abbott
Michelle Abbott lives in the UK and hates describing herself in third person.
She loves to write new adult romance with flawed heroes who are protective of their girl.
She's an avid reader of romance, is addicted to coffee and loves wine and chocolate, so yeah, not the most healthy eating and drinking habits :-) She spends way too much time online when she should be writing. She collects teddy bears and occasionally knits a couple of rows on a sweater she started years ago, which she may eventually finish in time to wear for her funeral :-)
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Abbott/e/B00C7N1AQ6/
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michelle-Abbott/e/B00C7N1AQ6/
Why do you write?
I write for fun, and to share the characters and stories that float around in my mind.
When did you start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was a child. I began with a diary and then moved on to pen pals (back in the days of snail mail.) It was when self-publishing took off that I decided to write my first book, in 2014.
What genre(s) do you write?
New Adult Romance. I enjoy writing characters aged 17-26 because they tend to suffer more angst. My stories always contain sex scenes and more than a few cuss words, so they fit right in with the New Adult genre.
What does your writing routine consist of?
What’s a routine? I must admit I don’t wait until I’m in the mood to write, if I did I’d never write anything. Once I sit at my computer and begin typing, the words start to flow. So I suppose my routine is to commit to a minimum of 500 words per day, which seems to work as I usually end up writing more than that.
What do you feel are your strengths as a writer? How have you developed these qualities?
I’m my own harshest critic and am never 100% happy with anything I write. The second I hit publish, I hate every word, and am convinced readers will be dissapointed with my book! That said, I’ve been told my dialogue is realistic and that I write great male characters.
Where do you find your inspiration? Do you put yourself in your stories?
I love to create flawed heroes. I’m also inspired by places I’ve visited. Jem is set in Hemsby in Norfolk, one of my favourite parts of the country, and Just Stay is set in Cornwall. However, my latest release, Held by Him, was written for a Bad Boy anthology, so my inspiration was organised crime. I do put some of my experiences into my stories, and some of my characters are loosely based on people I’ve known.
Outliner or improviser? Fast or slow writer?
When I wrote my first book I created a detailed outline, but when I came to write the story the characters took it in a completely different direction, and I ended up annoyed that I’d wasted so much time on an outline I didn’t use. Since then I’ve been a pantser. Most of the time I don’t even know how my story is going to end until I get there. However, I recently came across a YouTube video on how to make a rough outline for a romance. I’m using it for my latest WIP and so far it’s working out well. I write at a snail’s pace. I average about 1500 words an hour.
Tell us about your latest book.
Indie publishing or traditional publishing - and why?
I’ve never approached a traditional publisher, or an agent. Right from the start I knew I was going Indie all the way because I like the freedom to write whatever I want, set my own release dates and prices, and make my own covers.
Any other projects in the pipeline?
I’m working on another bad boy new adult romance. This one will be a standalone and I hope to have it ready to publish by February 2017.
What is your goal as a writer and what are you doing to achieve it?
To write stories that readers love, and to eventually make a living from my writing.
What is the best piece of writing advice you've ever been given?
Write, even if you aren’t in the mood, because you can edit bad writing but you can’t edit a blank page.
I'm a master at controlling my feelings. I've had years of practice. My only release comes from cutting.
And pain. I like pain.
I don't get involved in kidnapping...usually. Now, thanks to my father, I have a redhead locked in a room and cuffed to the bed.
Not just any redhead, this one has a smart mouth, and she's a fighter. She fights me, and I love it.
She gets under my skin. She makes me feel.
She's my firecracker.
But, if her brother doesn't pay back the money he stole from us, I have to kill her.
Drinking a cocktail that was laced with Rohypnol is the stupidest thing I've ever done.
But with an alcoholic for a father, and a drug addicted mother, I suppose intelligence was never going to be my strong suit.
Now, thanks to my idiot brother, I'm being held captive by a man who gets off on taunting and humiliating me.
I should be scared.
But he's making me feel things I've never felt before. He's doing things no one has done for me before.
I should be focusing on staying alive. Instead, I’m falling for a killer.
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Growing up, all Jem knew was hatred and the pain from his father's fists. Taunted by the kids at school, he was alone, until a girl with carrot coloured hair sat next to him.
She was his angel, and he knew he’d love her forever. But Jem’s father hurts him in a way he never expected by taking him away from her.
Now eighteen, scarred inside and out, Jem trusts no one and has worked hard to ensure he'll never be helpless again. But then he runs into his angel. The only problem is she doesn’t recognize him. Jem needs her to remember him, to show him that their time together meant to her what it did to him. For once in his life he wants to have mattered to someone, to her.
Devon is attracted to the muscular, tattooed, pierced hottie standing by the pub quiz machine. That is, until he punches a guy clean across the bar for daring to touch him. She’s had her fill of violent men and intends to avoid this one at all costs.
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Alp's Review on Goodreads
But Trey is not the kind of guy who gives up easily. When he sets his sights on Pia, her resistance is futile.
It's just a holiday romance, some light-hearted fun, right? But one of them is about to discover that still waters do, indeed, run deep. When what lurks beneath the surface finally erupts, the consequences may prove to be catastrophic.
Alp's Review on Goodreads
Savannah, fleeing a turbulent relationship, seeks solace at her brother’s country farmhouse. It’s there that she meets Kayden; her brother’s slave who's considered less than human. These two damaged souls form an unbreakable bond, one that’s about to be tested, because Kayden is her brother’s property and he will stop at nothing to keep them apart.
Alp's Review on Goodreads
She would do anything for him. Even throw away her freedom.
For Savannah, it was an easy choice; getting sent to the Compound meant she and Kayden could be together. But nothing is ever that simple. Caught in a system that encourages cruelty and mind games; will their love survive?