Thursday, October 09, 2008


Everyone, give a warm welcome to Michelle Monkou! Her newest book is GAMBLE ON LOVE and should be in bookstores right now.

Get to meet Michelle

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote stories, as a child. I didn't think about a career in writing until I joined Romance Writers of America and attended the workshops in my local chapter. I simply enjoyed surrendering to my imagination.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I get information or ideas from current news, magazine articles, and again my imagination where I put together a "what if" scenario. I start with a germ of an idea and then gradually over several days or weeks, I add on to that idea until vivid scenes are created until I have an outline of the story.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

One of my quirks is using certain songs or artists to assist with writing my love scenes. For instance, if it is hot, steamy, and a bit on the wild side, I select Prince. If it is sensual, I may go to Janet Jackson. If it is a very romantic moment, I may go to Luther Vandross or even a Motown classic like Smokey Robinson.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Once I completed the first manuscript, I realized that I could write a complete story. This sense of accomplishment continues to be a source of inspiration as I start a new story every few months. I look forward to starting fresh and shaping characters.

What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

Becoming a writer starts with the Mills and Boons and Harlequin authors that I read in my teens. But after I joined my local RWA chapter, I was influenced by Nora Roberts, My friends, Celeste O. Norfleet and Candice Poarch, also gave me that support and push that saw me through becoming published.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My family is proud of my accomplishment. I think that they are happy to see the hardwork that I put in have a successful fruition. There were many evenings when my mother took my two young children so that I could write. My daughter sees my writing as my profession, despite the fact that I have a day job.

What’s coming up next for you writing wise?

I am completing one of my series that I began in Kimani Romance. Readers can expect more sensual romances featuring the women from Glen Knolls (Finders Keepers and Island Rendezvous) and the Pemberton brothers (Making Promises).

The key to keeping up with what I'm doing is to stay tuned to my website - You just never know when opportunities come knocking and what I may do.

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