Welcome to the Limitless Library Lounge where I interview fellow authors from Limitless Publishing. Today, I am chatting with Michelle Rodriguez (pen name Michelle Jo Quinn) from Ontario, Canada.
Thanks for joining me, Michelle. Please take a seat and make yourself comfortable.
I understand you have a novel that is just being released by Limitless today. Can you give me some details about it?
I signed with LP in October, My debut novel, Harley will be released Jan 19, 2016. Most of my other (early drafts) works can be read for free on Wattpad.
How exciting. Can you tell us a little bit more about your books?
So far, I only write Romance, Contemporary Romance to be specific. I have written three series: Bliss Series, West Coast Rock Stars, and Red Ink Series. At any given time, I am working at a number of WiP. It’s how I stay sane. My debut novel, Harley (Book One of West Coast Rock Stars), is being released by Limitless Publishing today, Jan 19, 2016.
Would you describe your goals as a writer to us. What do you hope to achieve in the next few years? What are you planning to do to reach these goals?
My goal is to first and foremost, entertain. Beyond that is the proverbial cherry on top. I hope to finish all my current projects in 2016, as well as turn one of them into a screenplay. I will always be seen with a calendar or agenda in my hands to stay on top of things, goals. Also, I would love to research more locations for book inspirations by travelling more. Two of my most favourites are books and travel! Why not put them together?
Great plans. Books and travel are definitely a great combination, almost as good as books and cats – lol. Sorry, I just happen to be partial to felines especially when I can include them in my books. Your goals sound quite worthy. Good luck with them.
What type of reader are you hoping to attract? Who do you believe would be most interested in reading your books?
Women and men of all ages! Of course, this depends on which book we are referring to. Some of my works are for 18+ audience. If you love romance, pure, simple love, and the challenges the heroes and heroines face to conquer it, then my books are for you.
Sounds like your novels have wide appeal.
What advice would you give other authors or those still trying to get published?
Keep writing and never give up on a dream! But also, be willing to learn, accept constructive criticisms and challenge yourselves!
What hobbies and interests do you have besides writing?
I love to read books. Travelling and trying out good food can be quite adventurous, and I am trying to master them. I stay healthy by doing yoga, and I run when it’s not freezing. Apart from that, I am with my husband and kids.
What do you like most and least about being an author? What is your toughest challenge?
I often get distracted by other story ideas, or characters. I am a pantser-plotter. Most of the time, I start writing without any structured plotting beforehand. Halfway through, I begin to plot. I wish that I am better organized than I am now with writing. One day, I will write a fully plotted novel.
You sound like me – lol. I was totally a pantster when I wrote A STONE’S THROW, but somehow I ended up adding a twist that people tell me that didn’t see coming (maybe because I didn’t see it coming either – lol). For the sequel, I created a flexible plot outline but am still allowing myself a bit of pantsing. I find there are pluses and minuses to both writing styles.
Can you please list your social media links, website, blog, etc. so readers can connect with you.
Thanks for visiting the Limitless Library Lounge today, Michelle, and I wish you the best with your your new release and those that follow.