Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, a weekly feature that shines the light on Indie and Debut authors. This week I have the pleasure introducing readers to:
~Q&A with Author of Decoy~.
Hi Michaela, welcome to Tinasbookreviews, please tell us about yourself.
My name is Michaela Debelius. I’m an indie author who writes paranormal romance that, depending on the reader’s definition, borders on science fiction. I’m originally from New England, but I currently live in Arizona with my husband and two furry children.
What inspired you to write Decoy?
Decoy itself came to existence in a very normal fashion, though the road to get there was quite the learning experience. When I decided I wanted to write a novel length piece, I thought about all the aspects that, for me, comprise a really great, fun book. I’ve always enjoyed all things paranormal. With my insatiable love for zombie and apocalypse movies, I’m pretty sure I’d thrive in an Armageddon situation. I’d do just about anything to have a conversation with Dean Koontz, a mastermind in my opinion. So when I asked myself what I’d like to read if I were the reader, I knew I wanted to create a book that was plot-driven and dark, but had just enough salacious details to satisfy a good romance craving.
Indie Publishing.....good experience or hard road?
Both! Without hesitation I say both. Indie publishing is great because you get to do what you set out to accomplish: have someone read your book. I wanted someone to enjoy it, even if it was just one person, and I wasn’t getting there with traditional publishing. It’s an extraordinarily tough market and without a previously published work or a degree, it’s almost impossible to get someone to pay attention. The beauty of living in the technology age is the wonderful invention of e-readers. With e-readers the consumer gets to decide what’s good and what’s not. We no longer have to let someone else make that decision for us. But, and this is a big but, there is a lot of work that goes into self-publishing. Between formatting, which takes days if you’ve never done it before, and spending hours every week contacting blogs to request a book review, you really have to have strict discipline to work in some time for writing. You spend half your time promoting your last book while struggling to turn out pages for your next. But if you’re self-motivated, you can set and meet deadlines, and you’re willing to pound some virtual pavement in order to get your work outside of your immediate family, it’s worth it. I’ve never done anything the “routine” way so no one was shocked when I announced I was self-publishing.
If you could pick a song that encapsulated Decoy what would it be and why?
There are two songs that I used to help me get into the mindset for Decoy. The first is “Breath” by Breaking Benjamin. There’s a dark passion in that song, a longing for a wicked and destructing temptation, and that quality is felt by both Noel and Killian towards each other.
The second song, which helped me in the later part of the novel, is “Enchanted” by Taylor Swift. The whimsical, whirl-wind, heady, yet completely unrealistic feeling would resonate with Noel. The song is absolutely beautiful with such a magical quality. To someone as grounded as her, it would seem fanciful and fluffy. But when she meets Killian, she suddenly understands what it’s like to be captivated by a complete stranger.
What would you like readers to walk away with after reading your book?
I hope they walk away feeling entertained. What I really want is to offer an outlet, a form of escapism, for anyone who needs a break from the stressors of life, or is simply looking to step into another world for a few moments. There’s nothing better than a book that is so engulfing you’re thinking about it while you’re washing the dishes or driving to work and you’re just dying to get back into bed, curl up with a cup of tea, and slip back into their realm. There’s something so indulgent when you find a book that keeps you up well past your bedtime, struggling to keep your eyes open as you keep telling yourself, “Just one more page.” If you feel sad that it’s over after reading the last sentence, then I’ve done my job.
Can you share any future plans?
I’m currently working on a new novel with an immortal protagonist. Unlike the usual immortal characters, she doesn’t have any special abilities. She’s jaded and detached, even from her own kind. Her character developed after spending too much time watching the news and I thought about what it would be like to live forever in a world that can often be far too cruel. It’d be easy to become so overwhelmed with negativity if you felt life was endless with no final outcome. Of course, there’s a romantic sub-plot as well.
As far as Decoy, Noel’s story is definitely not over. I’m anticipating her sequel to be released in the summer of 2013, so make sure to check back!
Michaela Debelius is a science fiction romance writer. Originally from New England, she now lives in Arizona with her husband and two furry children. Find out more at www.michaeladebelius.com or at Goodreads.
Today Michaela is giving away one eBook copy of her novel Decoy. To enter please just leave a comment. Winner will be drawn and emailed on Sept 1, 2012.
Lieutenant Noel Casey is taken aback by her newest military assignment. Her usual routine of vaccine development is interrupted when she's assigned to analyze Killian, a genetically engineered soldier designed for exceptional strength and intelligence. She's not accustomed to working with human subjects, especially a person created for warfare, and Killian's indifference is making it difficult to see past his robotic demeanor.
When Noel is attacked outside Killian's containment quarters, he is forced to intervene. The altruistic act instantly transforms their relationship, though neither will admit to the shift in sentiment. The predator is now the protector in Noel's eyes, and she's thrown off by her growing captivation.
As if her infatuation with a virtual stranger isn't enough of a distraction, she begins having terrifying nightmares. Her cryptic dreams appear to harbor an elusive warning as she watches them materialize into existence, proving the nightly visions foretelling. She starts to suspect the military base is concealing far more than an experimental soldier, and she can't shake the feeling Killian is the axis of the chaos. Noel must decide whether she'll accept the unconvincing explanations offered by her peers, or reject her comfortable environment for an unimaginable truth. With her premonitions pointing towards a violent outcome and her irrational draw to Killian becoming impossible to ignore, she realizes the choice has already been made for her. Noel's understanding of science is about to be shattered.