Monday, June 13, 2011

❤author: Michelle I. Brooks Interview and Giveaway!

❤ Today, as part of a Novel Publicity virtual blog tour, I will be hosting debut author, Michelle I. Brooks with an interview. 

Are you ready for this? 
Let's get started 

❤ Welcome to ¡Miraculous!, Michelle! Will you please share a short bio with us and tell us a little about your books?

A baby girl first known as Brian... teenage runaway at sixteen... mother of three fantastic, occasionally frustrating teenagers... PhD in Human Genetics... Fairy Godmother... dancer... Texan... author of the Bone Dressing series... Michelle is all of these... and so much more...

❤ Whoa! Your life sounds incredible. Tell us about your debut novel, Bone Dressing.

Bone Dressing is a well-seasoned mix of my life… thoughts, ideas, stolen moments, things that happened, things I only wish had happened, and things I’m glad never happened! Then, of course, there are those odd bits and pieces of friends and foes thrown in just to add a little flavor here and there.

Bone Dressing is life, accelerated… Syd’s life. It’s about seeing things, judging things, events and people as you think they are in that moment. Then, hopefully, realizing that perhaps they weren’t quite the way you thought. That maybe, just maybe, this life is meant to be lived, not judged… felt, not feared.

But, there’s also a bit of magic thrown into Bone Dressing. Because life is magical. It can be wonderful and it can be equally terrible. But, it’s always, irrevocably magnificent. We are, each and every one of us, capable of amazing, profound, truly incredible feats.

It sounds like a fascinating story. Here's the official cover and blurb:
Time is running out... the dark that's been chasing Syd for many lifetimes has finally caught up with her...

Sydney Roberdeau lost her parents as a young girl. Waiting for her life to start and the freedom that will come with her eighteenth birthday, Syd spends much of her time haunting the local cemetery. It is there, stretched out among the dead, that she feels most alive, most at home. Until one rainy night when Beau, Sarah and T.J. crash her ghostly sanctuary, appearing out of nowhere, turning her already inside-out world one degree past upside down. Syd must now revisit past lives, dressing in the bodies of her previous selves … bone dressing. Her only chance to outrun the evil breathing down her neck is to face her own worst nightmares and her strongest desires. But if she can’t stay out of trouble in this life, how can she possibly fix mistakes from past lives? And just how many lives has she lived, loved and lost? What is Syd exactly, and what will she risk for the life of a man she doesn’t remember, the man she spent a lifetime with, the man she loves? Everything … including her very own life? Bone Dressing, the first in a series of seven books, will carry Syd and Beau on an adventure that transcends life itself.
❤ What inspired you to write it?

Life inspired me… But, to be more specific, I hit a rough patch a few years ago health-wise, and it left me in a pretty bad state. During the month it took me to figure out how to breathe without crying on each in-breath, I had a little dream called Bone Dressing… The basic idea of the entire series just came gurgling out, breath by breath...

That was the beginning. Then came the research, the writing, the pulling out of hair, the rewriting, the pulling out of more hair … Actually I love writing Bone Dressing. I laugh at myself in the good parts, cry by myself in the sad, and hope more than anything that someone will hear me and somehow understand what I’m trying so desperately to say.

❤ What's the best part about self-publishing? The most difficult?

Best part: I get to choose EVERYTHING… book covers, trailers, voice, time to write, deadlines, how much to cut at the end of the day…

Worst part: I have to choose EVERYTHING… That, and perhaps all the time and energy I spent trying to find an agent for the mainstream publishingubl route.

❤ Describe your writing in three words.

Soul-bearing, emotion-laden, mind-opening.

❤ Do you write with a specific voice or style in Bone Dressing?

Cemetery where Syd hangs out
Most definitely -- I depend on it, as a matter of fact. There are things I want to say, ideas I want to express. But, I don’t like to stand on a soap-box and preach. My kids have taught me that’s not only a waste of time, but often has an effect 180 degrees opposite to what you wanted or anticipated.

By writing in a way that pulls the reader inside Syd’s head, I can show them things without telling them. The reader not only hears Syd’s thoughts and ideas, but they see events play out for him/herself. Then they decide what they think about them.

In this way, Syd allows me to express ideas of life and love and the lightness and darkness that exist side-by-side in each of us that otherwise may not be heard, or truly understood…

Couldn't agree more. What's the most interesting comment you have ever received about your books? 

When my daughter first heard the title of the book, she thought we were trying a new kind of salad dressing. Hmmm… maybe a new marketing technique. I could set up a book signing for the condiment aisle at the local grocery store.

❤ Hahaha, that would be ideal :) What's next for you?

Now, it’s time to put some music on and light candles and incense… time to get back to writing the next book in the series. I also have a non-fiction book in the pipeline. Besides that, enough air to fill my lungs, rain to wash away the tears, peppers to season my food, love to fill my heart, and laughter to make it all worthwhile.

And so you live on. Where can you be found on the web?

My website,

❤ Thanks so much for being here with us today, Michelle! I look forward to hearing more about the rest of the books in your series. Good luck to you and your future writing endeavors!


Want to snag a book from my stash?
Pile of books
Tell me YOUR life story (feel free to dramatize, as Michelle's done for her book) and you're entered. No need to write out a whole novel, but that would earn you a few personal brownie points.

Fair and square; one entry per person. Blog following not required, but very, very much appreciated.

Contest ends June 30th, US residents only. Good luck!