1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I am a freelance journalist in San Antonio, Texas. I contribute to websites and magazines such as Examiner.com, Film Industry Network, FashionErotica.com, AlwayzTherro.com, and more. I love writing. I love it so much that I left my career as a billing manager for medical insurance to go back to school and earn my degree in Broadcast Technology at San Antonio College. This is what reignited my joy with writing. It lead to getting accepted as a stringer with my local community newspaper, and everything else sprang from that one move.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy photography, travel, shopping, reading, and watching good movies!
3. Where do you get your ideas from?
A lot of my ideas come from dreams. They're born from snippets, small moments of weirdness. I had to start keeping a dream journal to write them down. I also keep a list of great lines for characters because sometimes great lines or words of wisdom hit me at random times. Some of my ideas also come from things that interest me, things I read about in the news that have me asking "what if?"
4. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, which would be your favorite and why?
My favorite by far is The Evolution of Elsa Kreiss. It's the second book in my Kriminal Erotic Series, a crime/detective series with an erotic edge. I love it because I can fully envision the characters and the setting which is in Berlin, a city I visited and fell in love with. I am attracted to the history of the city, the intrigue of the story, and the intricacies of the individual characters who are all flawed, yet all have some redeeming quality (except one of the bad guys).
5. Are any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
My Kriminal Erotic Series was inspired by my trip to Berlin. My Harvest Trilogy was inspired by a true-life event that I detail in the beginning of the first book, Harvest. It happened on January 6th, 1995, and was reported to MUFON (the Mutual UFO Network). My new series, The Ghosts of Cardiff, comes from a trip to Cardiff, Wales and my fascination with both the supernatural world and its religious connections, and my Angelic Hosts Series is simply a fantasy about angels that mixes action and adventure with various religious dogma.
6. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I am actually venturing into a serial killer storyline that will mix with the UFO theme in my third book in the Harvest Trilogy. I haven't gone into that kind of horror yet so this will be interesting. As if the universe knew I'd need expert guidance, renowned criminologist and Associate Professor at Drew University, Dr. Scott Bonn began following me on Twitter. I didn't even hesitate to pick his wonderful brain, but it was about a character for the third book in my Kriminal Erotic Series. Then the lightbulb flashed and I realized his research over the years would be invaluable for my third book in the trilogy, Census (due Dec., 2015).
7. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I'm a fan of Henning Mankel, Stieg Larsson, Dan Brown, Victoria Dougherty, Gena Showalter, Jami Brumfield, Holly Barbo, Diane Rinella, and Melanie James. The list is actually longer, but we'd run out room.
8. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Ooh. Good question. In my Kriminal Erotic Series, I love Elsa Kreiss because she's a complicated yet strong woman. She's been through a lot, but she grows from it all and maintains her integrity. I also love Detective Joseph Heinz. He's been hardened by his work. He's a little bit of a crusty and cranky man, but he has a big heart that just needs someone to take notice. And someone does...
In my Angelic Hosts Series, I've become fascinated by both Cassiel and Gabriel. Those two will have their own stories in the next two books. Cassiel is the Keeper of Sorrow and Tears. He is somber, but has a dry sense of humor. Gabriel is rebellious and really walks a thin line between remaining in God's grace and falling, but you can't help but love him.
And in my Ghosts of Cardiff Series, Father Cai Sayer is an intriguing hunk of priestly deliciousness. He's gorgeous yet humble. Cheeky, yet serious. He is trained in excorcism and an expert in demonology. I've paired him with a jaded female detective, Sheila Leeds, who is a non-believer. I can't wait to dive into their first full-length story. The anthology short that kicks it all off is out on Amazon.com, Murder in the Vale.
9. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Distractions. There are millions of distractions like family members who think you're not doing anything when you're writing. Life. Pets who want attention. The need to actually eat or use the bathroom. lol
10. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
I'd say write whatever is in your head. Don't hesitate. Don't procrastinate. Don't worry about what anyone thinks of your writing. Just write. You'll know when you have something good. And always, always employ an editor!
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
The Kriminal Erotic Series began with Exposed: The Education of Sarah Brown, an erotic suspense that kicks off the saga. Now book two, The Evolution of Elsa Kreiss, is out continuing the storylines of Elsa Kreiss, Berlin's premiere dominatrix-turned-police officer, and Kommissar Joseph Heinz who is, after years of blaming himself for his inability to solve a cold-case, finding love once again in the middle of three missing persons' cases. Elsa thinks she's left her old life behind, but little does she realize, her skill set will be needed to help solve the case.
Blurb: New Career, Same Kriminals.
From spanking bad men to arresting them, Elsa Kreiss’s life takes a sharp turn from enforcing the rules of her dungeon to enforcing the rules of law after she joins the German police force. An unsolved case of three missing girls from Charlottenburg pulls her mentor, Kommissar Joseph Heinz, back into the dark abyss just as love finds him. While he searches for a killer, she fights an attraction to a very bad boy. Lukas Trommler is everything she likes in a man; cocky, confident, and hot. An art buyer at a local gallery, Lukas exudes culture with an edge of danger. He invites her into his world where she comes face to face with a familiar monster, Yuri Ivchencko, one of the most powerful and wealthiest men in the world with ties to the Russian mafia. His obsession with the sick and twisted side of human nature expressed in art offends Elsa, who doesn’t hesitate to say so. Her outburst lands her squarely on his radar.
A note signed by none other than Ivchencko is delivered to her hands. Their worlds are about to collide, and not everyone will survive. Can Elsa trust Lukas or is he far more dangerous than she imagines? What does Ivchencko want of her, and how is he connected to Lukas? Who is the killer, and who will be killed? Time is running out, and Elsa must embrace her inner dominatrix to save her friends and family.
“A Very Familiar Monster”
“What are all these red tags?” She reached out to touch one attached to a canvas featuring a black figure poking a blue-eyed boy in the back with a lion’s head cane.
Paul immediately brightened. “Those indicate that the paintings have sold. Looks like not many are left untagged.”
“There are numbers on them. What do they mean?”
“They mean that I purchased them. Number twelve is my number.”
A tall gentleman with silver hair and pale blue eyes spoke from behind them. Elsa turned and looked at the man whose sharp features and long nose sat on an angular face. His mouth was a thin line and his eyes emanated both power and cold detachment. His light gray suit had a patina to it, and the only color off-setting the gray palette was a light blue shirt. Even his tie was gray.
Lukas reached out his hand in the age-old gesture of greeting. “Herr Ivchencko. Are you enjoying the evening so far?”
The Russian refused the handshake and clapped Lukas on the arm, breaking their contact quickly. He was clearly uncomfortable with courtesies. “Yes, Trommler. I am.” He eyed the canvas and then turned to Paul. “Truly amazing work, Christiansen. Would that all artists were so blessed with such talent.” Again, his gaze returned to the painting completely unaware of the trace of offense that skittered through Paul’s eyes. His ‘talent’ as the man referred to it was really a culmination, and exorcism of very bad experiences that no child should ever have to endure.
Ivchencko backed up from the painting, and his glance caught Elsa. He turned to look at her directly. “And what do you think, my dear? Is not this imagery disturbing? Does it impress upon you the deepest horror of a young boy forever lost inside a nightmare?” He waited, his cold blue eyes boring into her.
Elsa didn’t understand art, but she understood people, and this man barely hid what she knew was a love of pain. “I think it’s sad. While I’m very happy for Paul and his success, to know people are drawn to this kind of thing shows that there is a festering disease of sick minds out there. These paintings weren’t meant to be appreciated, they were meant as a means to dispel demons.” She knew she’d let her mouth fly off without her brain, but something about this Russian struck her all wrong.
Lukas coughed, then interjected quickly. “As you see, the art has struck quite a chord with our Elsa, a true sign of Christiansen’s genius with a brush.”
“Indeed.” Ivchencko’s eyes remained on Elsa longer than she was comfortable with, and she was glad when he turned back to Lukas. “I’ll expect delivery to my home by tomorrow afternoon.” He turned to Paul. “A pleasure, sir.” He nodded his head, then turned to walk away.
“I’m sorry, Paul. I didn’t mean to belittle your art.” Elsa felt contrite.
Paul began to laugh. “Not at all, Kreiss. I couldn’t have said it better myself.” He reached out and tugged a lock of her hair in a brotherly manner. “That one there…” he looked at Ivchencko’s retreating back as he walked out the front door, “is a very familiar monster.”
Amazon.com Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Michele-E.-Gwynn/e/B006M6U42U/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1427677009&sr=8-1
Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/MicheleEGwynnAuthor?ref=hl
Beau Coup Publishing Author Page: http://www.beaucoupllcpublishing.com/michele-gwynn/