Book Nerd Interview
P.T. Michelle is the young adult pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen romance novels and novellas. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.
What made you take the plunge and start writing?
I've been an avid reader since I was in the 5th grade. I was fifteen and clearly remember the day that I closed a book with a happy sigh and said to my mom, "One day I want to be the author who writes books people sigh once they've finished reading them." My mom answered, "Then be an author". As if it were as simple as that. :) But what that conversation did do is put the thought in my head that I really did want to give this writing thing a go. I entered lots of newspaper contests when I was younger and even started a book in college, but a decade passed before I had the stick-to-it patience and I-will-succeed determination to sit down and complete my first manuscript. Nine years and sixteen books spanning two genres, I'm still writing.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Loyal, honest, creative
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
My college degree is in business and finance, not literature.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was fifteen.
For those who are unfamiliar with your novel; Brightest Kind of Darkness, how would you introduce it?
Brightest Kind of Darkness is about a girl who dreams her entire next day every night when she falls asleep and the boy she meets, who never stars in her dreams. This story includes mystery, adventure, romance and even some horror.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
I'm currently working on LUCID (BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS, book 2).
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Nara?
That in putting myself in Nara's shoes, I had to ask myself if I would've made the same decisions she did to save friends and family with the full knowledge, everything comes with a price.
What part of Ethan did you enjoy writing the most?
I definitely enjoyed writing the scenes between Nara and Ethan the most. I loved creating their growing closeness, weaving in the attraction and tension between them along with their secrets.
If you gave some of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
Ethan probably wouldn't say very much without prompting. Now, if you asked him how he felt about Nara, he'd tell you full-on what she means to him. :)
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
I read the reviews I'm aware of. :)
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
Haha, see my list of the three words that describe me listed above.
What question are you never asked in interviews but wish you were?
Hmm, I think I'm pretty much been asked everything. LOL!
What’s the worst job you’ve had?
Hands down the worst job I ever had was a temp job filing carbon copies. Yes, CARBON COPIES, that thin tissue-like paper in pink/yellow/blue. In a windowless basement full of seemingly endless filing cabinets. The first week into this job, I think there must've been some divine intervention, because I got a horrible cold/flu (it was very rare for me to get sick in the summer). I was sick for two days and the temp agency replaced me. Talk about a saving grace. That truly was the worst job ever.
If you were deserted on an island, who are 3 famous people you would want with you?
Famous people are fun to watch on TV, but if I were stranded on a deserted island, I'd want my family with me. Well, maybe I'd want Bear Grylls from the Man Vs Wild TV show to be there as well. Otherwise, we might all perish. LOL!
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
I seem to be the most productive when I get away from the house and all internet and family distractions. Coffee shops are great for that. Plus, the have coffee. A must for this writer. :)
Where can your readers stalk you?
Readers can follow me via any of the links below! : )
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Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.
After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.
Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.
Author's note: Brightest Kind of Darkness is a novel length dark paranormal YA full of mystery, adventure, romance, and even a touch of horror. It's suitable for ages 14 and up. This is the first book in the BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series.
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