Michael Lee Interview
April 24th, 2012
Michael J Lee
From Russia With Blood
Hi Michael! Thank you for joining VRB today and answering a few questions for us!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a script judge and reader. I work for a number of contests and independent producers
What are some of your hobbies?
Cooking, history and writing. Sometimes I combine them like “What would a Roman feast really taste like?”
Are you influenced by any particular writer?
George RR Martin is a big influence, so was Gene Wolfe. I really do appreciate writers with a simple straightforward style like Jack Higgins
If you were on a deserted island, and you had one book, what would that book be?
Nuts to that, if I’m on a deserted island I want my Kindle, a solar recharger and a mobile hotspot
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
I’m getting to see my characters be embraced by other people.
Where you a big fan of the paranormal genre before you started writing?
I was always writing in that genre before I knew it. I was a huge fan of Joss Whedon and I loved the idea of mixing genres
I really enjoyed From Russia With Blood. Can you tell us the inspiration for the book?
It just seemed natural to combine the romance and sexiness of the Bond genre with the romance and sexiness of the vampire. Once that was decided the first story just wrote itself.
I know this is the first book, but do you have any idea how many books there will be in this series?
As many as I can sell
Ian Redd and Larissa Barton are really amazing characters. Are their personalities total imagination or are their personality traits based on yourself or anyone around you?
Larissa is a combination of few people I’ve met. I’ve known a lot of neurotics. Ian is like a few people I know, cocky but underneath really caring.
Your first book was My Frankenstein; how does your version of this classic differ from the original story?
I worked in a love triangle between the Baron, his creation and a young girl who at first helps Viktor with his studies.
What are you currently working on? Can you give us a little inside information?
I’ve got two projects I’m working on now. One is a action sci fi with a humorous twist. The second is a historical paranormal. I got the idea while researching From Russia, I found blending real history and the paranormal worked for me. So with that in mind I’m going all the way back to Celtic Britain!
Can you explain what the publishing process has been like for you?
Hurry up and wait. If they say they need a rewrite by tomorrow you’d better have it, but don’t expect to hear back for another month or two.
Have you written anything that you were really fond of that didn’t get published?
What have you found to be the best method of promoting your work?
Websites like yours, word of mouth. If I could afford TV time, believe me I’d do it!
What is it like being a man, writing paranormal romance in a primarily women-driven, women-comprised audience?
I don’t think it’s that different. We all long to make a connection. We all want to find the one, even if we say we’ve given up searching. That longing is universal.
Can you give any advice to other authors thinking of joining the Indie Author ranks?
There’s no limit to what you can add to your book; proofreading services, professional editors, artwork, but the one thing that it has to have is the love.
Michael, thank you so much for stopping by! Is there anything you would like to add or say to your readers?
Thank you all for reading! Hope you enjoy what I have to offer in the future!