Have you ever read a book that made you feel all the feels and motivated you to step out of your own comfort zone? I believe that many authors have the ability to speak to someone through their made up stories and to me, that is magic. I have always written YA Fantasy and never dreamed I could dive into the world of YA Contemporary Romance. I thought I’d write boring stories that had no magic. Well, that was until I read the Willow Creek series by Micalea Smeltzer. She made characters so believable with real issues that would either make or break them. Micalea made me realize that all of those ordinary yet not-so-ordinary stories I had brewing in my mind could be told and loved. I love every single one of the stories Micalea tells and she has become one of my favorite authors who inspires me.
I am so excited to introduce you to Micalea and to learn a little bit more about her! If you haven’t read her work, go do it now! You won’t be disappointed!
And now for the interview…
Do you have a specific writing style?
Micalea: I think my books are usually pretty detailed. I like to “paint a picture” of everything because I see the story so clearly in my mind. I also like to build my side characters so that the focus of the story isn’t always on the main couple. A lot of times the friends or family in a story can end up being my favorite character.
Do you ever get writers block and if so, how do you get past it?
Micalea: Writer’s block is the worst. I usually do one of two things, either keep writing or step away for a little while to clear my head. Completely opposite things to do, I know, but it depends on the book and how stuck I am. Sometimes I need to keep moving forward and get past whatever’s bothering me and other times my brain is just quiet and I have to wait for the characters to speak to me again.
Do you see writing as a career?
Micalea: I’m very blessed to have writing as my full time job. So much more goes into it than just writing though. I spend most of my time marketing vs. writing—sometimes I think I’d have more free time if I worked a regular job! Haha! But I love it.
What are your current projects?
Micalea: Right now I’m working on The Game That Breaks Us and I have a few more things up my sleeve over the next few months. More books and maybe taking over the world while I’m at it. 😉
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Micalea: Molly E. Lee! I loved Edge of Chaos.
Micalea is giving away an eBook copy of The Lies That Define Us
To enter, simply comment on this blog post and a winner will be chosen Friday 4/15/16!!
Ariella Geller is on the run from some very bad people and Liam Wade doesn’t know what he’s running from.
Freedom has been an elusive dream for Ari, but when her chance for escape comes, she takes it. She finds herself in California and forced to accept help from strangers in order to stay off the streets and avoid being found by those she ran from.
Liam Wade is sick of living in the shadow of his famous father. All he wants is to make a name for himself as a professional surfer, but it’s impossible when the media focuses on every other aspect of his life. All he wants is respect, a chance to prove himself, but when it never comes he finds himself running and hiding from the ones who love him the most.
When their paths collide Ari and Liam are forced to confront their demons, and in the process they just might find a reason to stop running.