Interview with contemporary romance author Michelle Garren Flye

Today is a  book tour stop for the contemporary romance novel Close Up Magic by Michelle Garren Flye. She’s answering a few questions about herself and her writing projects.


Michelle will award a
Magic Gift Basket, including a copy of Magic for Dummies by David
Pogue to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US only), and one
commenter at every stop will win a $5 Amazon gift card. For a chance to win, leave a comment below. And to increase your odds, visit other tour stops and leave comments there.



Bio:

Michelle Garren Flye
is the award-winning romance author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Where the Heart Lies, has been described
as an “engaging novel with charming and likable characters” and a story that
“will make you believe in love and second chances.”
Michelle placed third
in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After.” Her
short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,
Opium.com, SmokelongQuarterly.com and Flashquake.com. She has served on the
editorial staffs of Horror Library Volume 1, Horror Library Volume 3, Butcher
Shop Quartet, Butcher Shop Quartet II and Tattered Souls.
Michelle has a
Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library and Information
Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother
of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing
collection of pets.

Welcome, Michelle. Please tell us
about your current release.
Close Up Magic is the first book in my new series,
Sleight of Hand, all of which will feature magicians as either the hero or
heroine. Here’s the blurb:
Reporter Stacey Matthewson has
made a living writing sensational stories that knock celebrities off their
pedestals. Now, she’s got a hot lead on an even hotter magician who’s
mystifying Las Vegas with his new show–the problem is, she’s had a crush on
him for years. How can she write a story that might ruin him, especially when
he proves himself to be so much more than she’d ever dreamed?

Magician Andre Hawke has a knack for making things disappear, but when it comes
to his brother’s drinking and gambling, he’s got a problem. Hiring the sexy
reporter who threatens to blow away his carefully wrought illusion might be the
answer to his problems…or she might bring on a whole new set of them.

Stacey’s never believed in magic, and Andre doesn’t know who to trust anymore.
Can passion overcome their inhibitions, or will betrayal stem the tide of love?

What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve always
been fascinated by magic. In any form, really, but especially stage magic,
which used to be sort of like fairy tale magic translated for the real world to
me. I don’t want to know how the tricks are done; I just want to be astonished.
As I’ve gotten older and magic has become harder to believe in, I’ve grown to
admire stage magic, illusions and sleight of hand for what they are—an art
form, that, when practiced by a capable artist, can amaze and delight.
Excerpt:
At
the door of Stacey’s new suite, Andre held her against the wall and slid the
card in, then pushed the door open, drawing her in with him. She giggled and
tripped over her own feet, falling against him. “This is not a good way to set
an example for my sister.”
“Fun,
though.” His arms tightened around her waist and she looked up at him, the
tingly warmth of his embrace penetrating to her core. She should have
protested, should have pulled away, but he felt so good and she was so tired,
she lay her head on his shoulder. He held her for several minutes, and she
waited for him to make the move she knew he would. He was Andre the
magnificent, after all, known almost as much for his bedroom activities as his
magic shows. She knew he found her attractive. He’d made no secret of it.
And
here she stood, too drunk and tired to fight any longer, too willing to make
even a token resistance to any advance. And all he did was hold her.

Well,
not all. He stroked her hair back from her face, caressed her cheek with his
thumb, even kissed her lightly. She closed her eyes, enjoying the light touch of
his lips on hers, waited for more, wished he would kiss her more deeply even as
she was grateful he didn’t.

What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’ve got a
couple of stories on deck. The first will hopefully be Saturday Love, which is the sequel to my novel Ducks in a Row. The second is Island
Magic,
which should be the second in the Sleight of Hand series.
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I’ve
enjoyed writing since I first learned to spell. When I was a kid, I wrote a
series of stories about a little girl named Princess Linda. I wrote some pretty
horrendous fiction off and on throughout middle and high school. I sort of got
out of the fiction-writing business for a while after that and really didn’t
take it up again until my first son was born thirteen-odd years ago. When I
started back, I was still writing pretty bad stuff, but it’s gotten better
(thank goodness) since then. Which is a really long way of saying I’ve always
considered myself a writer, I now consider myself a good writer and I hope
someday I’ll consider myself a great
writer.
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I wish. I
write in every available moment, but I’m a full-time mom of three. I volunteer
three days a week at my kids’ school library and the other two days tend to get
encroached on by field trips and errands and doctor (and veterinarian) visits
(I’m mom to two dogs, as well). In a good week, I get two solid mornings to
write. Then I can usually grab thirty-minute blocks here and there.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I’m not
sure it’s a writing quirk so much as a survival thing. I can write anywhere
anytime, and I will carry my laptop anywhere. I’ve been known to write while
sitting in the carpool line, waiting for my kids at sports practices or while
on a road trip (provided I can find somebody else to drive). Since I can’t find
definite writing time to set aside, it’s really my only choice.
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
A writer.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Just that I
write about magic because I believe in it. I see it every day; it’s just so
subtle it’s easy to take for granted. But it doesn’t take a magician to create
magic if you know where to look for it.
Links:
Amazon
Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B006QG88WY
Thanks, Michelle! Happy touring.

Readers, don’t forget that Michelle will award a Magic Gift Basket, including a copy of Magic for Dummies by David Pogue to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US only), and one commenter at every stop will win a $5 Amazon gift card. For a chance to win, leave a comment below. And to increase your odds, visit other tour stops and leave comments there.


8 thoughts on “Interview with contemporary romance author Michelle Garren Flye

  1. Chelsea B. says:

    I love reading about magic, because I believe in it so fiercely. Wonderful interview!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hee hee. You got "busy" out of that mess, huh? Yeah. I'm busy, but show me a mom who isn't. 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  3. Anonymous says:

    My thanks to everyone for posting comments and reading the interview! And also to Lisa for hosting! Today's winner is Chelsea B.! Chelsea, I'll get that gift card to you this morning. 🙂

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