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BREATHE IN by Michelle Bellon, Thriller/Suspense, 272 pp., $13.99 (Paperback) $3.99 (Kindle)
Author: Michelle Bellon
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
The man she loves walks all over her, and she just wants to get by
without her heart shattering to pieces. If she could find her voice,
she’d scream. Everything changes in one night, when she’s snatched from
the streets and tied to a bed, a camera set up to capture her dying
moment. And the person who paid to watch her die…is still out there
somewhere. Tessa prowls dark neighborhoods in a quest for justice, but
she doesn’t find the killer. Not until they strike again…in the place
Tessa is least expecting, and where it hurts worst.
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve always been an avid reader. I love the way a book can make you fall in love with people you don’t know and want to travel to places you’ve never imagined. Right after I had my fourth child, ideas for books and scenes started to present themselves. Storylines came to me in dreams. I kept toying with the idea of writing a book but doubted I could accomplish such a task. After a few months of obsessing and pondering and wondering, I decided to put away doubt and give it a shot. What the hell?! So I made a silent pact to write at least twenty minutes per day. Some days I didn’t get to it at all, but some days twenty minutes easily turned into an hour and a half. Six months later I had a full novel. It was a hot mess, but it was a novel.
What genres do you write in?
I’m definitely a multi-genre writer as I tend to write whatever story is haunting me at night, no matter the content. I’ve won awards for my young adult novel, my paranormal romance, my literary fiction, and just recently, my thriller-Breathe In.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
I love fast-paces books that draw you in and keep you drawn in from page one, that’s where my suspense and thrillers come in to play. But I also love stories of the human condition, which is always why I write very flawed, broken characters who must face their own demons and overcome tragedy. That’s where my drama/literary novels come in. And of course, I love a good love story, which is why all of my books have at least a touch of romance to them.
How did you break into the field?
By doing everything the wrong way first. Seriously, I just wrote a book, then threw myself into the industry to understand how it all works, learning the craft along the way, always striving to do better. I made all the common mistakes like passive writing, telling vs showing, too much backstory…etc, ect. That’s how I typically do life. Backwards.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I want them to read something they’ve never quite read before. Personally, I’m getting sick of reading the typical romance, the cliché storylines. Everything is so predictable now, even the really good stuff. One thing I can honestly say, is that most of my books have an element to them that you won’t find in other books. They have something unique to them that makes them hard to categorize into just one genre because they do tend to break the mold and cover multiple genres. And that’s ok with me.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
The concept that I’ve tapped into the creative source and created something that otherwise would have never existed. I’ve birthed characters that live and breathe a new story. I love that.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
It used to be the pursuit of working to improve my style and quality of writing. That never stops. Then I began to focus more on the marketing aspect of the writing world and it devoured my time, energy, and drained my creativity. So I took a step back. Now, that I’ve got the creative spark back, my biggest challenge is finding the time to write. I’ve worked my way up to Director of Nursing in my career and between that and raising my children on my own, I find very little time or energy to create a new story.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Learn the industry so you have realistic expectations of what it takes to have measurable success as a writer. Always strive to do better. Learn from other writers. Network.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
I love a good drama. I enjoy historical romance. Suspense and thrillers always catch my eye but I need them to be more than just action. I want them to make me think and keep me guessing.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
Not sure if it’s interesting, but I love anything to do with ancient civilizations. If I had the chance to travel the world visiting places such as The Great Pyramids, Machu Picchu, Teotihuacan, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
I’m most active on my personal Facebook page where I connect with a lot of other writers, agents, bloggers, and of course readers, but you can find me at any of the spots below, too!
Thank you for having me! I hope you enjoy my latest novel, Breathe In!
and beautiful children. She loves coffee, Superman, rollercoasters, and
has an addiction to chapstick.She works as a registered nurse and in her spare time writes novels.
As a multi-genre author, she has written in the categories of romance
suspense, young adult, women’s fiction, and literary fiction. She has
won four literary awards.
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