Michelle Hughes is not an easy writer to pin down. She’s mostly a romance writer, but there are different sub-genres within romance. She writes vampire romance and cowboy romance and coming of age romance.
I see you have an extensive publishing history. What was your first book and how did you decide to self-publish? How has that been different from Kindle Scout?
The first book I published was ‘A Night at Tears of Crimson.’ I pulled that book down in 2015 and rewrote it completely. I had no idea what I was doing in 2009 and while the story was based on reoccurring dreams, it was dreadfully formatted and lacked the experience I have now. I think Kindle Scout gives you the confidence in knowing your book was good enough to be chosen over hundreds of others. They also promote your book to an audience you’d be hard-pressed to find on your own.
You write in different genres. Is genre something you consider before you start writing or is it a decision you make at the end?
I’ve always been a writer that flies by the seat of my pants. An idea hits me, then I start writing and I usually look at the finished product wondering where this came from. If I don’t ‘feel’ a book, it’s impossible for me to write.
How long does it typically take you to write a book?
It depends. Some books I’ve taken a year to write, others in 30 days. I do find that trying to make myself write is harder for me. I enjoy spontaneity in writing, and when I put myself on a schedule, it ruins my creativity.
What are the biggest challenges you face with your writing and how do you overcome them?
Being a mother of five children is probably my biggest challenge to writing. I have three grown children but two of those still live at home. It’s gotten much easier as they’ve gotten older. I wouldn’t trade them for anything, though. My greatest accomplishment in life is my children.
Tell us about what you’re working on now.
I’ve just released the second book in the Tears of Crimson series, and I’m working on the third. I have several other ideas that have yet to be started. Like I said earlier, I write when the motivation hits, so who knows what will come next.
To find out more about Michelle Hughes, visit her website.