Thursday, March 5, 2015

Author Spotlight: Michelle K. Pickett


What was the scariest moment of your life?

My husband had three discs rupture in his neck. One morning he got up and wasn’t able to button his shirt or tie his shoes. By that evening, he wasn’t able to walk. When he was taken into emergency surgery, the surgeon warned me he wouldn’t be able to walk again—the damage to his spine was too extensive.  Four days later he walked out of the hospital to go home.

Tell us about your dream vacation.

I want to take a Disney boat cruise. LOL! Then take my kids to Disney world. We’re actually saving up to do it.

What books have most influenced your life?

The Nancy Drew books and Where the Red Fern Grows. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is the first book that really touched me and transported me to another world.

How do you develop your plots and your characters?

My characters usually come to me first and I start making character sketches. Next the plot slowly unfolds as I get to know my characters. It’s during that time that I start making a bare bones outline of the book.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

Hmm, I used to work at a migrant farmer daycare when I lived in New Mexico. I was the toddler teacher. I had kids from the time they began walking until they turned three. When we’d take the kids to wash up for lunch, we taught them to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. When they were done signing, they had washed their hands long enough and could rinse and dry. Cute, huh?
I still hum the stupid song when I wash my hands.
Growing up would you say you were a girlie girl or tom boy?
Oh, definitely a tomboy. No question. Bring on the frogs and toads! I’m still a huge tomboy.

Do you come from a large or small family? Is it a blessing or a curse? For instance…..

I have an extremely small family. It was boring, so I guess you could say a curse, when I was young. Holiday dinners were all adults…and me. Now I have four kids and it is definitely a blessing.

I don’t watch a lot of television, but I love Scorpion, Stalker, Criminal Minds, and Chopped. Otherwise we typically watch movies. During the day the television isn’t on because I’m writing.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

Right now it’s Maroon 5’s newest album and Taylor Swift’s newest album. I’d say Ed Sheeran is in the top ten, too.

Quick Picks:

Favorite color: Dark, deep purple
Favorite season: Autumn in Michigan
Would you rather go camping or attend a concert? Camping
Chocolate or Gummy Bears? Chocolate…is there even a doubt. LOL
Which game do you prefer Trivial Pursuit or Monopoly? Trivial Pursuit
Favorite pet –cat or dog? I have both.

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Title:  Milayna

Series:  The Milayna
Series, Book 1

Author: Michelle K. Pickett

Published:  March 17th, 2015  
Publisher:  Clean Teen
Publishing Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Adult language and violence

Recommended Age:  16+


It’s hard being good all the time. Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for
seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn’t a choice. It’s a job requirement.
And it’s a job she can’t quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger
and demons threaten the people around her, but being half angel isn’t all halos
and happiness. Azazel, Hell’s demon, wants Milayna’s power and he’ll do
anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which
she becomes untouchable.

With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the
trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting by her side is Chay. He’s a demi-angel
who’s sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love… or
her nemesis in disguise?

When she learns of a traitor in her group, there’s no one
she can trust… not even the one she loves.

About the Author:

MichelleKPickett.jpgis the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.

Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.

Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen
Publishing in 2014.


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