I want to welcome new author Michelle Muto to my blog today. She’s taken the plunge into the self publishing world, and she’s gone into it well informed and with a lot of practice. She’s one of my fellow OWG writing group members and I fully expect this book to be great. (It’s on my Kindle, but I haven’t read it yet.) And damn, that’s a fine cover. Love it!
You are stopping by on a release tour for your next book. Tell us a little bit about it.
Can you give us tell us what your book is about?
When teen witch Ivy MacTavish changes a lizard into her date for a Halloween dance, everything turns to chaos. And when no one is powerful enough to transform him back except Ivy, it sparks the rumor: Like father, like daughter. Ivy has heard it all before – that her father, who left when she was seven – was involved with the darkest of magic.
Making the rumors worse, someone uses an evil spell book to bring back two of history’s most nefarious killers. Ivy’s got a simple plan to set things right: find the real dark spell caster, steal the book, and reverse the spell. No problem! But she’ll have to deal with something more dangerous than murderous spirits that want her and her friends dead: the school’s resident bad boy and hotter-than-brimstone demon, Nick Marcelli. Nick’s offering Ivy more than his help with recovering the missing book – he’s offering her a way to ditch her scaly reputation as a lizard-lover. Demons are about as hard to handle as black magic, and as Ivy soon discovers, it’s going to take more than a lot of luck and a little charm if she wants to survive long enough to clear her status as a dark witch, get a warm-blooded boyfriend, and have her former date back to eating meal worms before the week’s end.
Could you tell us a little more about your non-writing life?
What life? Ha! When I’m not writing, I’m editing. Or reading. Or do promo work. But, I still manage to watch a few TV shows (Vampire Diaries & Supernatural are my favs). I do spend time with hubby and my two dogs as well.
When did you first start writing?
When I was seven. I made a Mother’s Day card for my mother, complete with a story about a princess and a dragon. She passed away in 2001. When I went through her things after she died, I found that card.
What are your favorite books?
Harry Potter, The Haunting of Hill House, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein, Stephen King’s Green Mile. And probably about a dozen more books.
Who are your favorite authors?
J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Kelley Armstrong, Dean Koontz, Shirley Jackson, D.B. Reynolds, Janet Evanovich, David Sedaris, Melissa Marr, Sara Gruen, to name a few.
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your writing?
My mother, who read to me as a child and took me to the library whenever I needed cheering up. Aside from that, it’d have to be Bram Stoker, Stephen King, and Rod Serling.
Where and how do you get your ideas?
I have a very overactive imagination. Ideas just sort of pop into my head, and then I flesh them out.
What’s your opinion on writer’s block?
Everyone goes through it. It sucks. Generally, it happens for a couple of reasons: not enough plotting (generally happens around the middle of the book), loss of interest (not enough character development), or problems in setting/world building.
How many novels have you written and which is your favorite?
Four. I have two favorites: the second because I love a particular character. And the fourth because I think it’s just some of the best writing I’ve ever done.
Tell us about your journey to publication.
I queried. A lot. I had a lot of requests, a ton of compliments, but no takers. I even had a revision letter from a huge agency, but in the end, another client came up with a teen witch story and they couldn’t rep me. That and a rejection from an agent who had another manuscript for nearly ten months just made me get off the query-go-round.
I’d been following J.A. Konrath’s blog and so many other writers – Karen McQuestion, Amanda Hocking, Victorine Leiske. When L.J. Sellers turned down a publishing deal to go indie, I thought I’d give it a shot. It’s been a whirlwind ever since!
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Keep writing. Keep studying the craft. With every book, every revision, find your weaknesses and strive to improve on them.
Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
The Book of Lost Souls is YA, but it should appeal to adults who are young at heart and is totally appropriate for tweens. Download the sample of The Book of Lost Souls and see what you think. Hexes, hunks, and magical mayhem – just $1.99.
You can find Michelle Muto here: http://michellemuto.wordpress.com/
And for tea time I want to do something different this time. You guys tell me what your favorite tea is!