Monday, 12 April 2010
Today we have Desert Breeze author, Michelle Sutton visiting the blog to talk about her writing and her latest release, "In Plain Sight."
STEPH: What was the inspiration behind "In Plain Sight?"
MICHELLE: I fell in love with the characterization of Bojan's sister from Danger at the Door and wanted her to grow in her faith in the next novel.
STEPH: Have you been to Macedonia?
MICHELLE: No. Never been anywhere outside of the US besides Canada and Mexico.
STEPH: Did you have to do a lot of research for the novel?
MICHELLE: Not too much. I had people I could ask about the culture and stuff. It helps to have friends and acquaintances from that part of the world.
STEPH: For those who haven't read the book yet, can you tell us a little about the plot?
MICHELLE: The story begins with Jovana being in the US about 2-3 weeks and she is still struggling with English. She's lonely but feels safe and loved in the US, except that her brother's love can only go so far. She's not used to men being kind to her and being able to trust me. So I gave her two choices. Both are handsome, charming men, but one killed his wife and the other loves the Lord and would never hurt her. So who does she spend her time with? Bite your nails now, cause it gets kind of frightening.
STEPH: Do you cast your characters?
MICHELLE: But of course. :)
STEPH: Who is Jovana?
MICHELLE: She's an early twenty-something young woman who has gone through more suffering in the past seven years than most people have to deal with in a lifetime. She has major trust issues because of it.
STEPH: Who is Randy?
MICHELLE: He is an all around good guy, but he packs a pistol because he was vulnerable once and refuses to be victimized again. He has some PTSD from a robbery of a restaurant where he used to work.
STEPH: How did you go about picking the names for your characters ?
MICHELLE: I got Jovana from a Macedonian list of female names. Her last name is like Smith her in the US. I just start writing and then tell me who they are. Randy chose his own name. I think it suited him so I let him keep it.
STEPH: Do you have book trailer you'd like to share about the novel?
MICHELLE: But of course. It's on the Desert Breeze site, too.
STEPH: How long have you been writing?
MICHELLE: Since August of 2003.
STEPH: What about writing inspirational stories appeal to you?
MICHELLE: I love having God be in every story as a character in His own right. I love redeeming characters and teaching them things that increase their faith.
STEPH: What's the latest movie you saw?
MICHELLE: Shutter Island. Waaaay creepy!
Thanks for being here today. Michelle's book is available at the Desert Breeze site, All Romance Books, and Amazon for Kindle.