Michele Drier in the HOT SEAT

It’s Michele Drier’s birthday today. I got her a wonderful present. It involves flames, intimidation and possible third degree burns. Yes, that’s right. I got her a spot in the HOT SEAT! :-D

Michele Drier

Gday, Michele!

Let’s get started. What genre(s) do you write, Michele?

Well, that would have been easy a year ago…mysteries!  But  I began writing a vampire romance, just to see if I could do it, and I did!  So now I write traditional mysteries AND paranormal romance.

[CJ: Nice combination. I love both those genres.]

Snap CoverTell us about your latest book, SNAP: The World Unfolds,  in 25 words or less.

SNAP is the holy grail for Maxie. She’s looking for fame, fortune and Jimmy Choos, but when she meets vampire Jean Louis, she’s a goner.

[CJ: 25 words exactly. Nice work! And the plot sounds like fun too.]

Thanks. SNAP: The World Unfolds was completed and published in July.  I’ve begun the next in the Kandesky vampire series, SNAP: New Talent.

[CJ: Awesome!]

Most of us write part time. How do you spend your time when you’re not writing?

Marketing!  I always thought that the hard part of writing a book was writing a book! Not! Now that I have two books published in two different genres (my traditional mystery, Edited for Death, came out Oct. 1), I spend hours every day with social media.  I also write grant applications on a contract basis, do some consulting work and spend time taking care of two granddaughters.

[CJ: Sounds like a busy, satisfying life. :-)]

Tell us a little about your writing process.

I’m more of a pantser writer.  I have stories in my head and I sit down and start with Chapter One.   Every day, I read the previous five or ten pages to immerse myself in the story and then continue.  My characters will sometimes take the story line and bolt off into the blue. This usually adds interest and fleshes them out, but I sometimes have to rein them in.  It makes for occasional rewriting. 

[CJ: Rewriting can be painful but usually the story becomes much better for it. Thank goodness! Wouldn't be much point to it if it didn't, right?]

Who or what are your biggest writing inspirations?

Primarily, women writers.  I’ve always been amazed that women overrode the barriers they faced and just wrote, because they had to.  Not only the 18th and 19th century women like Jane Austen or the Brontes, but early 20th century like Kate Chopin or Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  And I’m astounded at the English like Doris Lessing and Iris Murdoch.  Their use of language makes me realize that we speak different languages…well VERY different dialects.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a writer?

Hoo, sales?  Kidding!  The biggest challenge I’ve faced in fiction writing is trying to cram way too much information in.  My first couple of drafts of Edited for Death were liberally sprinkled with information dumps and my daughter finally said, “Just write one story.  You’ve got two of them here.”  When I realized she was right, I slashed and burned and a  better book and story emerged from the forest of words I’d created.

[CJ: I love the image you've created there. Makes me think I'd probably love your novels too!]

Right. Enough of the niceties. Time for the HOT SEAT questions!

Hot Seat

*Insert scary music here*

A well-reputed publisher offers you a major contract but requires you change something about your plot that completely goes against what you want for the book. What do you do?  

Oh…moan and groan. [CJ: :D] I’d want to make sure I understood why they wanted to make these changes, probably try to negotiate to keep my ideas intact and then, when all else fails, go away.  It’s much more cavalier and easier to say this in these days of self-publishing!

[CJ: Brave lady!]

What fictional character are you most like and why?

Murphy Brown

Murphy Brown

Some people used to call me Murphy Brown!  I guess I’m more outspoken than I think I am.  But in literary fiction, hummmmm.  Probably Lisa Scottoline’s Bennie Rosato.  A little brash, in control (read: control freak), outwardly sure of myself.  I sure wish I could afford Manolo Blahniks or Jimmy Choos.  My daughter and I left our finger- and nose-prints on the window of a Ferregamo store in Paris once, but that’s probably as close as I’ll ever come!

If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what genre would you choose?

That’s like being put in solitary! All in all, I think I’d have to say mysteries.

[CJ: Makes sense! And yes I agree. It's a tricky question. Glad I'm the one asking and not answering! :-D]

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Well, that was fun. For me at least! If you’d like to hear more from Michele, check out her website.

If you’d like a turn in the HOT SEAT, let me know in the comments and I’ll schedule you in for a buttocks burning. :D

19 Comments

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19 Responses to Michele Drier in the HOT SEAT

  1. Great interview, Cally! Nice to “meet” you, Michele, and happy birthday! Your books sound like fun – I like both genres – and I love your “story emerging from the forest of words” – I can totally relate to that one! Good luck with your sales – I’m none too fond of marketing either :)

  2. Fun questions! And I love Murphy Brown… she was my hero when I was i college. :)
    Nice to meet you , Michele!

  3. Wow … Murphy Brown. That takes me back. I liked that show in its day.

  4. Thanks for the comments, guys, and thank you, Cally, for having me on the Hot Seat, It was fun and not too, painful,

  5. Looking forward to reading your vampire romance, Michele! I never seem to get tired of ‘em.

    Cally, I’d love to have a turn in the hot seat!

    Thanks

  6. Looking forward to reading your books, Michele. Who is your publisher?

  7. How come the posts are marked November 11th? It’s November 10th where I am located.

  8. Elaine,
    Hope you enjoy the books! SNAP is self-published and Edited for Death is by Mainly Murder Press. And we’re in the U.S, but I believe Cally is in Australia.

  9. Happy birthday, Michele! I admire those early women writers as well. Do you feel they have an overlay in your work?

  10. Jacqueline Seewald

    Lively interview! I enjoyed reading it.

  11. Libby Brain

    I really enjoyed reading this interview. It makes me really want to read Michele’s books. You sound like a very interesting person Michele, even if you are a control freak! (We will forgive you for that.) Could you please recommend to me which book I should read, if I only had time to read one book? Thanks for the great interviews Cally… I really look forward to reading them!

    • Hi Libby,
      That’s a difficult question because they’re diferent genres and published differently! I’d probably recommend SNAP: The World Unfolds becsause it’s a quick, humorous read…great for a beach. The downside is that it’s an ebook, so you have to have a Kindle, Nook, Ipad, other tablet or computer to read it. It’s also cheaper–$2.99 US (Amazon link http://amzn.to/u1Uo1n). Edited for Death is a trade paperback, also not too long and a little breezy, even though it has a more serious theme. It’s availa online at Amazon and B&N.

  12. Oh Jenney,
    I would wish those writers had an overlay on my writing! So many earlier writers had such a grasp of language, sublties and nuance. I wrote a couple of short stories about women and madness (and the pressures that pushed them over the edge) and then I read Charlotte Perkins Gilmans’ “The Yellow Wallpaper” and thought, why bother! I’d never be able to do a description like she did. And Kate Chopins’s “The Awakening”. Such loveliness! I’d like to aspire, but fear I’ll never make the grade. They’re still there, though.

  13. Jenny…
    I’m SO sorry about the mutiliation of your name! My fingers seem to be on strike today.

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