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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Author Interview: Skye Michaels

Exquisite Quills Welcomes Skye Michaels

EQ: Welcome to EQ! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Skye: I started writing after I lost my 17 year job as a commercial real estate paralegal in Fort Lauderdale after the economic downturn in 2010. I had been commuting to Miami for a temp job (45 minutes on the express bus), and my daughter bought me a Kindle. Sad to say, if it weren’t for my techie daughter, I wouldn’t have a Kindle or iPhone. I have always loved books and didn’t think I would like an e-reader, but I was surprised to find I love it. I can carry 1500 books with me to the country for the weekend, or download something new in seconds. It took some getting used to, but now I am a firm fan of e-books. I have always loved romance, and I downloaded a couple of the Very Spicy Erotic Romances and found I loved them. Who knew what was out there? I had always wanted to try my hand at writing a romance novel, and after 30 years of legal writing (contracts, leases, notes, mortgages – YUCK), I knew I could do it—so I did. I have now finished thirteen romance novels.

EQ:Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

Skye: My newest book out is Pandora’s Box, Book 5 of the Golden Dolphin Series. The book is set on a very luxurious three hundred foot mega yacht that hosts very exclusive, secret BDSM cruises around the world. I am no longer restricted on where my stories take place. Anything that floats my boat is a go.

The crew members remain the same and provide interesting secondary characters and an ongoing story line, but each book centers on the romance of a new couple with occasional visits by characters from previous books. It’s fun to see them again.

In Pandora’s Box, three couples from my original series, the Le Club Series, are aboard for a cruise to Alaska. They have invited their friend and fellow Dom, John Grayson (Gray to his friends), a neurosurgeon from New York, to come along. On the trip, he meets Pandora Wescott, a wildlife photographer, who is aboard under false pretenses. A romance blossoms between them, and he introduces her to the BDSM lifestyle. Pandora says she is onboard to complete a magazine photo assignment and to take the “new sub training course,” but she is really trying to find out the name of her sister’s Dom. Her sister, Petra, had killed herself after a breakup with her Dom. Pandora had not known that Petra was involved in BDSM, and was trying to figure out what had happened to her very accomplished and successful sister that caused her to take her own life. Needless to say, problems arise. When do they not? Not to give anything away, the story builds from there.

I’ve just started a new series set in South Florida, my home ground, called The Black Iris Club series.  The first heroine is Kaylin Gallagher, a Broward Sheriff’s Office Homicide Detective, and the stories will have a legal/police background for the strong romance of each couple as we go along.  I’m having a lot of fun visiting all the places I love to go around town.  Living here, we South Floridians take this beautiful area for granted while people freezing out there in the north or west would love to have a few weeks in our winter sunshine.  

EQ: Which of your characters do you connect with the most and why?

Skye: I would have to say Anne Sutton in Anne’s Courage, Book 3 of the Le Club Series. Anne, although a beautiful woman, had serious body image problems due to scars from breast cancer surgery and the defection of her fiancĂ© when she was most vulnerable. The hero, Jamie Devereau, bad boy investment banker, had a tough road to break through her barriers and get her to accept both herself and him. Not only was he brash and tough, he was extremely handsome, outrageously wealthy, and five years younger than Anne. Since I have had breast cancer myself, this heroine really means a lot to me.

EQ: What kinds of female characters do you prefer to write?

Skye: I like to write about attractive, successful women who are strong but have issues to overcome like Anne. They are not all twenty years old or Victoria’s Secret models with perfect bodies and perfect lives. They have issues as we all do. But, this is romance, however, and we all want to get away from everyday life.

EQ: What kinds of male characters do you prefer to write?

Skye: I like handsome, successful, strong men who have a vulnerable center and may have some issues of their own to overcome. I also like them to have an edge and a sense of humor. As I said above, this is romance, and we all want some fantasy. The average guy we all know and love may be a great husband and father, but we don’t necessarily want to read about his sex life. We all want to get away from everyday life, and try something new and different. We might not want to actually live the stories, but they are fun to read and fantasize about. Of course, I’m in love with all of my heroes. I have thirteen of the best looking, most wonderful men the in the world, and they all live in my head. If God said, “Here they all are, alive, standing in front of you, but you can have only one” I don’t know what I would do. How would I pick?

EQ: Share a funny or ironic anecdote.

Skye: I went to my daughter’s house for dinner one night after I had had several books published. My older grandson (7 at the time) came tearing to the door and said, “Grammy is it true you wrote FOUR books?” I said, “Yes, it is.” He said, “Can I read them?” I said, “No, they are for grown up ladies.” He said, “Can I give one to my teacher Miss Mary at (Catholic) school?” I really didn’t know what to say to that. Miss Mary might have loved them, but I didn’t want to be the reason he got tossed out of Catholic school. The best part was that after that both grandsons started writing their own little books and drawing illustrations. It was thrilled to have been the catalyst for that creativity.

Find SKYE MICHAELS at these places:

Please visit WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SKYEMICHAELSBOOKS Fan Page for covers and first chapters


Read these titles by SKYE MICHAELS:

The LeClub Series: Calleigh’ Collar, Kelly’s Challenge, Anne’s Courage, Paula’s Commitment, Madison’s Choice and Belinda’s Crown
The Golden Dolphin Series: Ivorie’s Surprise, Harper’s Submission, Violette’s Vibrato, Cassandra’s Revenge and Pandora’s Box. Coming soon: Hannalore’s Treasure
The Horsemen Series: The Appearance of Impropriety

1 comment:

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

Oh, Skye, your grandson sounds like a pip. Wait until he's older and understands what you write and what he wanted to give to his teacher. He'll certainly wince. ;-) And I love your heroines with problems. Don't we all? And aren't we all not quite so perfect? At least I'm not.