Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall of Eden Tour: Author Interview + GIVEAWAY


As part of the tour, Michele is generously offering 3 AMAZING giveaways:
  • The first winner will receive signed copies of the entire Healing Crystal trilogy.
  • The second place winner will receive a signed copy of Fall of Eden as well as a $10 gift certificate.
  • The third place winner will receive a signed copy of Fall of Eden.
To enter to win these prizes, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form provided. (Each tour stop will have the same Rafflecopter form).
  • Open from September 8 to October 8.
  • Must be 13+ years of age to enter
  • US mailing addresses only
Earn entries by doing any/all of the following:
  • Leaving a blog post comment
  • Liking The Healing Crystal Trilogy on Facebook
  • Tweeting about the giveaway (once per day)
  • Writing a review of Fall of Eden
  • Posting an interview, the book trailer, or a link to the tour.
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                                    About the Author
Born Michele Rae Jeffryes in Newman Grove, Nebraska, Michele Poague has spent most of her life in Colorado, South Dakota and Nevada, and has lived in Denver, Colorado, since 1984. When she is not writing novels, researching a story, traveling, or working at her full time job as a nightclub manager, Michele volunteers her time as an advocate for the Libertarian Party.
For more information and to connect with Michele Poague, please visit any or all of the following networking links:

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Goodreads

Book Bug: Welcome to The Book Bug, Michele! So glad to have you here!

When and why did you begin writing?

Michele: I wrote my first short story when I was in the 10th grade. It was a paranormal romance about the ghost of a man’s first wife trying to kill his second wife. Like so many things teenagers write, it was never meant for publication.

The idea for The Healing Crystal came to me in the early 80’s. I read the Dragonriders of Pern, and Anne McCaffrey made writing look easy. It wasn’t. I started to write the story several times only to give up and put it away. In the 90’s I took a research trip and the story began to unfold in earnest.

Book Bug: What book(s)/author(s) have influenced your life and writing?

Michele: The first real book I ever read was the biography of Wild Bill Hicock when I was in the third grade. I was so enamored, I read every biography that author penned. Another book that had a profound effect on me was The Ruling Class, which sent me right into the depths of politics. The Dragonriders of Pern gave me the courage to write because Anne McCaffrey made it look so easy, which it really isn’t. Writing words is easy, getting it right? No, not so much.

Book Bug: Haha! Writing always looks easy until you try it yourself!

What is your favorite genre to read/write?

Michele: To write: Science Fiction and Light Paranormal Romance

To Read: Almost everything. I don’t like horror or novels depicting explicit sex. I have a vivid enough imagination to fill in the gory details. I do like vivid prose describing the landscape and emotions of the characters.

Book Bug: What is your writing process? Do you follow a regular routine?

Michele: No. I usually listen to the little voices in my head and try to find pictures to match the voice or fill out character sketches. It is usually while doing this kind of research that the story reveals itself.

Book Bug: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Michele: Yes, all the time. Most of the time I try to write through it, but sometimes I have to give up and go read someone else’s work.

Book Bug: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Michele: Knowing when to stop tweaking. Each tweak sends a ripple of change throughout the story, and if you aren’t careful you might end up with an entirely different book. Sometimes it’s a better book for it, but when you rewrite the same passage several times you lose some of the initial spontaneity. Like over kneading bread, sometimes it comes out a little stiff.

Book Bug: What do you think are the most important elements of good writing?

Michele: Good characterizations because all stories are ultimately about people.

Book Bug: Totally agree!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Michele: I love to read whenever I have time but I’m a political activist so election years have a tendency to keep me from more pleasurable activities.

Book Bug: Wow! That is impressive!

What book are you reading now?

Michele: Ransom, Book 3 of the Healing Crystal trilogy. I’m in the final rewrite, meaning I have to read it once more, out loud, just to be sure it’s right.

Book Bug: What are your current/future projects?

Michele: Book three of The Healing Crystal Trilogy, Ransom, is in the final stages prior to publication. I’m currently doing research on two new stories. The Candy Store is a time travel light romance and Last Kiss is about a cocktail waitress who uncovers the ghost of a 1920’s Jazz singer while remodeling an old house. Drawing on my own experience remodeling an old house in Five Points, Denver, it's what I call an almost-true story.

Book Bug: I like that term!

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Michele: Always carry a pen and paper, and always write. It doesn’t matter what you write. Write without thinking. You have plenty of time to edit later, but you have to have something to edit first.

Book Bug: Perfect! Thanks so much for the advice and for being on The Book Bug today!

About the Book
Title: Heir to Power
Author: Michele Poague
Release Date: December 2010
Publisher: iUniverse.com
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Book #1 of The Healing Crystal trilogy
Received from author for review.
The colony of Survin has been hidden for centuries, protecting an ancient religious artifact called the Healing Crystal from men who would steal or destroy it. Kairma, heir to the Crystal, is destined to mate with the handsome Naturi and become the leader of the reclusive colony, but she is too young to realize the peril soon to arrive. At sixteen, Kairma is too young to realize many things...

Kairma would rather go spelunking with her brother and his best friend than study ancient medicine and religious laws, but the discovery of a tomb containing ancient artifacts leads Kairma to question her religion and the true nature of the Crystal. To further complicate Kairma's ascent, a childhood illness has left her resembling a nearby race of men both hated and feared by the people of Survin. Because of this, Kairma's younger sister Kinter, who is in love with Naturi, believes she is the rightful heir.

Disease and infertility have decimated Survin, but bigotry and religious laws forbid the introduction of new members so things heat up when a traveling archeologist stumbles upon the reclusive colony and introduces a powerful new weapon. Forced into a larger world, the Survinees discover they hold an object of unimaginable power, a power other men covet, a power that might save or forever damn the human race.
The Healing Crystal Trilogy
by Michele Poague


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