Saturday, August 29, 2009
It's Not About Him author Michelle Sutton Interview
Angie: When did you realize you were writing for a YA audience?
Michelle: After I finished writing It's Not About Her and set it aside (the three book series). Then a publisher said they liked It's Not About Me but felt like it was more YA for older teens and not Women's fiction. So my current publisher wanted the series and agreed it was more YA than WF. It still appeals to a broader audience than teens so it's not straight YA, if that makes sense.
Angie: Tell us some fun fan stories...
Michelle: Oh, I love it when high school teens and college aged teens write me and tell me they read my book five times and they told all of their friends about it. My favorite "author-fan" situation was when a local girl (8th grader) came up to me with her two girlfriends and said, "This is the author who wrote that book I told you about." It was like..."ooooohhhhh." Loved their facial expressions. You'd think I was Stephanie Meyers the way they were smiling at me. :)
Angie: What project is on your computer now?
Michelle: My cowboy romance, which is the first book in a series of three books. It has my trademark romantic elements (lots of tension) and I think it's a good one. :)
Angie: If you could go anywhere on a book tour, where would it be?
Michelle: Probably Michigan. I have so many relatives there I could pack out any venue with cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.
Angie: How has life changed for you now that all your work has "popped" onto the scene?
Michelle: I get regular e-mails from different readers about how they enjoyed my book(s) so that is always encouraging. I feel especially encouraged when readers complain that they have to wait a year to read the next book. :)
Angie: What do you think has most contributed to the successful marketing of your work?
Michelle: Probably parents reviewing my books and then passing them on to teens and friends who have teens. Also putting my books in high school libraries has done wonders for it, too. All these teens are going to get my next book because the read the first one at school (yes, they are public high schools and my book talks about Jesus *gasp*) One of my sons gets hunted down regularly at school by girls he doesn't even know who have read my book and wanted to tell him they loved it. :)
Thank you so very much for visiting today. Friends, stop in and leave a question or comment for your chance to win a copy of Michelle Sutton's book, It's Not About Him. You'll find the summary and Michelle's bio below as well as a link to buy the book if it sounds great to you :-)
It's Not About Him
by Michelle Sutton
Susie wakes up after a party knowing something isn't right. When she discovers she is pregnant but has no idea who the father is, she decides to place her baby for adoption with an infertile couple from church. Following through ends up being more challenging than she'd imagined. But she wants to do the right thing. If only Jeff would quit trying to marry her so she'll keep her baby! Why doesn't he understand? It's not about him; it's about what's best for her child. Meanwhile, a man shows up in her life that looks irritatingly familiar. Could he be the father?
ISBN 10: 0979748577
ISBN 13: 978-0-9797485-7-8
$12.99 (on sale Sept 2009)
published by Sheaf House Publishers, LLC
Known as the Edgy Inspirational Author, Michelle Sutton reads a LOT of books and writes reviews for a variety of blogs and websites as a media reviewer. Along with reviewing fantastic Christian fiction Michelle writes edgy fiction, and she sold her first novel, It's Not About Me (2008), to Sheaf House, and her second (the sequel) It's Not About Him (2009), to Sheaf House as well. Michelle is Editor-in-Chief of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, a mother of two teens, a wife of 19 years, and lastly, she is a social worker by trade.
It's Not About Me - (Sheaf House) 4 stars from Romantic Times!
It's Not About Him - (Sheaf House) 4 stars from Romantic Times!
Danger at the Door -(Desert Breeze) 4 cups from Coffee Time Romance!
First Impressions - (Desert Breeze - Jan 2010)
In Plain Sight - (Desert Breeze - April 2010)
It's Not About Her - (Sheaf House - Sept 2010)
First Love - (Desert Breeze - Oct 2010)
Thicker than Sisters - (Abingdon - Spring 2011)
First Response - (Desert Breeze - June 2011)
Lover of My Soul - (Sheaf House - Sept 2011)
Thicker than Blood - (Abingdon - 2012)