... Michelle Hoefle
1. Tell me about your book, Carpathian Blood, and where you got your inspiration for it?
I have always enjoyed reading paranormal romance novels and have been waiting for a book or series about an extraterrestrial race of beings that are very similar to humans. Lara Adrian (one my favourite authors) came close, but I envisioned a world totally different from her creations. When other popular authors did not come up with a book like I had envisioned, I created one myself. From there, the series was born.
2. Who has had the most influence in your life? What lessons did this person teach you?
That would be my mother. She used to read to me at bedtime, then when I got older, she read Steven King and Dean Koontz to me. It was our special time as mother and daughter. She has taught me to be a strong, independent woman. It’s taken me a while to realize that I am a strong, independent woman, but I like myself now and I like my life.
3. Ninjas or Pirates?
I’ll take Johnny Depp as a pirate any day, anyway, anyhow!
4. What is usually your first thought in the morning?
UGH! It’s morning already!
5. What is the most demeaning/demoralising thing ever said about you as a writer?
A very close family member told me that they did not want to be associated with me because of my “inappropriate book”. That cut very deeply, but now that I look back on it, I think that it made me strive even more to be published. I’m not so petty as to say, “Oh yeah, well look who got their inappropriate book published.” But I did thumb my nose at them once or twice and called “neener-neener-neener!”.
6. Have you ever killed someone in a novel and regretted it later?
Not ever. That clerk or cashier that pisses you off at the store? Bwahahaha...kill them off later in type. Talk about instant therapy!
7. What are the most important attributes to staying sane as a writer?
Since I don’t think I am quite sane, I wouldn’t know. I love being weird, quirky, and spontaneous. It keeps other people on their toes and lets me see the world as I like it to be. Call me an escapist, but I like my reality.
8. What are books for?
Books let you escape your reality for a small amount of time. Whether fiction or non-fiction, they allow you to become immersed in another world. They can inspire, create desire, or take the form of our fantasies. How cool is that?
9. What would you do with 1 million ping pong balls?
Put them into a swimming pool and invite the neighbourhood kids over to jump in. One big, massive ball pit. WooHoo!
10. What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done or ever been done for you?
One Christmas when my girls were young teens, times were tough. It was the first Christmas following my divorce from their father. I was only able to get them two presents each and a few things for their stockings. They acted like it was the best Christmas ever! They exclaimed over their presents that year and made me feel good. It still brings tears to my eyes now when I think about it.
11. Is Elvis really dead?
As a doornail.
12. What is your favourite quote?
“I yam what I yam” by Popeye. How true is that?!
13. What three things would you save from a fire at your house? (assume that all your family get out safe.)
Since I don’t consider my pets things, they are family, they get out safely. I would have to say the photo albums of my daughters (one each), then the last thing would be one of my mother’s woodcarvings (she is a very talented artist).
14. When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I’m still coming to terms with becoming an author. WOW! That is what I think when I see my cover or send in a new edited copy. I think that it will finally sink in when my first book, Carpathian Blood, is released.
15. What’s your favourite love story? (movie or book)
I would have to say out of all of my favourites, I think Love Story with Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw. Yes it’s sad, but what a love...***sigh***
16. If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
I have three: Don’t listen to negative people. Don’t forget where you come from. Don’t let life just happen, make it happen.
17. Someday I want to...?
I want to go to Australia. I want to ride a wild brumby and kick it up with the locals.
18. Name one thing that drives you crazy.
Other drivers. I hate having to share the road with imbeciles!
19. Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcovers?
I love eBooks. You can download them on almost anything anymore and take them anywhere without taking up space on a shelf having to be dusted every single week.
The heat is on this Valentine's Day with a hot and steamy novel by Michelle Hoefle. Carpathian Blood: A Carpathian Blood Novel will be released February 1, 2013. The story follows Mackenzie Hilton into a Terranian vs. Vampyre War...Will Vlad be her salvation or her damnation?
Mackenzie travels to Romania to begin a new life with her younger brother, Alain. She doesn't plan on being a meal for a vampire. When her rescuer reveals himself, she wants no part of his life or his war, but her traitorous heart has other ideas. The dark and dangerous Vlad wants her for himself and will stop at nothing to possess her heart and soul. However, after a brutal attack can their love conquer the challenges that face them?
Mackenzie had a bad feeling about all of this. This Vlad guy seemed to be reading her thoughts, but people could not really do that, right? What is this ‘human’ nonsense, like they weren’t? A Terranian, what the hell was that? Lastly, just where the hell were they?
They pulled up to a second set of gates, these were wrought iron and they slid open smoothly, allowing the vehicle to enter a long circular drive. Alain leaned forward in his seat and blew out a slow whistle.
“Mack, look at that!” he said pointing to the large stone mansion ahead. Mansion hell, it was a fortress, a castle, complete with turrets. Mack could only gape in wonder at the Gothic stone structure.
Still looking at the fortress, she startled as the door opened and Vlad held his hand out to help her from the vehicle.
“Welcome to my home,” he said as a slight smile played on his lips.
“I must say, I expected heads on spikes at least,” she said sassily, placing her hand into his, her insides clenching at the contact. As soon as her feet hit the bottom step, she withdrew her hand and rubbed her palm on her jeans.
“I only used those tactics during the Ottoman/Turk Wars.” He leaned down and whispered it against her ear. She gasped at the unexpected sensation that his breath caused. Mack pulled back from him, but he was already turning towards the huge double doors as they opened. Mackenzie slid slightly behind Vlad and pulled Alain behind her as a very large man came out of the double doors. He was even larger than Vlad, but with a slightly less dangerous air about him.
Michelle Hoefle lives in Lake Panasoffkee, FL with her mother, her brother, her two aunts, four dogs, and three cats. You could say that she has a large family. She has two beautiful daughters who currently live in Michigan and are now on their own journeys in life. She is forty-five years young and her hobbies include reading and woodcarving.