Tuesday, July 31, 2012

INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Michelle Muto


Back when I was just getting more into reading, and the indie world, I came across Shelly Crane and went all stalker. Through her, I discovered the Paranormal Plumes Society. As far as I know, it’s just a group of YA paranormal authors. I wanted to discover the work of all the authors in this group, and one of them is Michelle Muto.

Her story The Book of Lost Souls is a fun, emotional, exciting, and just plain neat read. I expect the same from Don’t Fear the Reaper as well we her upcoming works! To learn more about this interesting new author, read on :-)


What inspired The Book of Lost Souls?
Probably Harry Potter – that, and I love stories that contain magic.

Do you have a number of books planned for the Ivy MacTavish series?
One is in the works, and there might be a third. I haven’t really thought it out past the third one. Yet.

I know you’re working on a project now other than the Ivy MacTavish series and the Netherworld series. Can you tell us about it?
It’s another young adult novel, and like Don't Fear the Reaper, it’s geared to older teens. The story takes place in Savannah Georgia in a very haunted house.

Are you a pantster or a planner? Every author seems to fall somewhere in the middle, and it just fascinates me for some reason how well each end of the spectrum works for different people.
I start out with a 50,000 ft outline. I always know how the story begins and ends, along with the main plot points. From there, I write the first five chapters and take another look at the outline, making changes or adding things if necessary. I do this throughout the entire draft process. It helps me focus and keep on track.

All your books are currently YA. Do you plan on continuing in that genre alone, or do you have plans of branching out into the adult genres?
I have a book that isn’t YA already written. It just needs some cleanup/editing. It’s what I guess people are calling crossover these days. I still call it adult since the main character is twenty-five.

What made you go the Indie route? Did you ever consider publishing traditionally?
I decided to go the Indie route after the rejection letters came back positive for Don't Fear the Reaper, but since it was so different, agents said they weren’t sure about selling it in the current economy. I could sit on my novels or I could try the indie route with them. Why waste a perfectly good novel, right?

Would I publish traditionally? Sure, if the terms were right for both me and the book/series.

Do you have any advice for other aspiring authors?
Work on your craft. Read. Write. Believe in yourself. Repeat.

I’m sure you’ve met other authors along the road. Who was the biggest surprise? Who’s been the most helpful?
The biggest surprise? Probably exchanging a couple of emails with Jay Asher. Who has been the most helpful? Karen McQuestion. She guided me toward the right sites and people to start my career.

What can you tell us about the Paranormal Plumes Society?
They’re crazy, fun, and some of the nicest people I’ve met in a while. I met them last year right before Halloween. We were all in Savannah for a small book signing. We’ve all remained great friends ever since.

As an author, you obviously have a passion for books. What do you read in your own spare time?
I read just about everything – from technical books, non-fiction, paranormal, horror, humor…just about everything except sci-fi, military action, erotica, and westerns.

Can you share a few fun facts about yourself?
I’m a Harry Potter fan, pasta fiend, loose leaf tea addict, dog lover, nature lover, and I never trust anyone who doesn’t have a sense of humor. My fave color (or absence thereof) is black. My fave TV show is Supernatural. Oh, and I’m a total technology nerd.



Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.

As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she’s doing what she loves best – writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs, one of which is a Beezlepup. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, dogs, chocolate, old cemeteries, and changes of season. Michelle even loves photography. One day, maybe she’ll upload a better photo – one that wasn’t taken in late afternoon with Photobooth. Or, maybe not.

Michelle writes on a Mac and is a true geek at heart. She agrees with her dogs who think cheese and bacon should be in their own food group. But most of all, she believes everyone should trust their imagination, have a kind heart, and should definitely have a sense of humor.

Writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and all things eerie and curious. Find out more, here.


Don't Fear the Reaper Available Now!

Haunted by memories of her murdered twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her only ticket to eternal peace.

But in death, she discovers the afterlife is nothing like she expected. Instead of peaceful oblivion or a joyful reunion with her sister, Keely is trapped in a netherworld on Earth with only a bounty-hunting reaper and a sarcastic demon to show her the ropes.

When the demon offers Keely her ultimate temptation--revenge on her sister's killer--she must determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, the reaper and demon have been keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true--that her every decision changes how, and with whom, she spends eternity.


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4 comments:

  1. Gotta go with Don't Fear the Reaper -- sounds like my kind of read.

    I love Supernatural too.

    Team Dean!

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  2. The Book of lost souls because it sounds good.

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  3. Don't Fear the Reaper...
    i like the cover...mysterious...

    thx u buffy ^^

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  4. Don't Fear the Reaper. I read some parts and I found very interesting.

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