Michelle Rowen

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Wrapping up and starting anew

There are only ten days until my new release — my darker paranormal, urban fantasy, horror-esque romance with vampires and dhampyrs and women who are in the Wrong Place At The Wrong Time, NIGHTSHADE is released! I feel like February 2011 has been rocketing toward me at light speed for some time now. Not only because of this release (and of PRIMAL as well) but in mid-February it’s also my…well, my birthday. And I’m turning a round number this year. And it ain’t 30.

That’s all I want to say about that.

Breathe. Just breathe. *twitch*

Okay. Where was I?

Right, talking about myself. There’s a newsflash.

I’ve been a very busy writer girl lately! I am pleased to say I’ve finished THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC and am about to officially submit it to my editor. I’m feeling really good about how the story turned out. Hopefully readers will agree in December. That’s only ten little months from now! That practically “next week” in publishing.

So now what? Does Michelle go on a nice long vacation somewhere warm to relax and recharge?

Um, no. But that would really be lovely.

Today I brainstormed and did a chunk of pre-writing on the first NIGHTWATCHERS book. This is the first of two books I’m writing for Harlequin Teen under the shiny new pen name Charlene Riley. (FYI, Charlene is my middle name. And Riley is…well, it’s one of my character’s last names. Plus I always liked how Riley sounded. And it starts with an “R.” Okay? There is deep meaning behind all my decisions. Ahem).

Pre-writing is the best part for me. It’s when I can just think, stare at the wall. Randomly daydream. And jot down everything that comes to mind, for example character motivation, worldbuilding, ideas for future storylines, plot twists, etc. I wrote the original proposal for this some time ago so it was fun to get back into this new world and feel things out a bit. There are demons and angels in this one since it was written during my “demon phase”. But they’re different than my other demons. And there’s angels too. And both the demons and angels look like very cute teenage boys so it’s ALL GOOD, people. I’m excited to get into it.

I’m working very hard on another project as well…this was more of a recent development. It’s different from anything I’ve done in the past, but a total blast. I can’t wait to share details of this because it is a Real Book that will be out surprisingly soon. And its deadline is Much Much Sooner Than That.

I don’t know why I’m randomly capitalizing things in this post. It amuses me.

Bottom line, I’ve never been busier. I want to give both new projects my all. And my “all” will need a short vacation at the end of April/early May to recover. And then, of course, I get to write the new Sarah book.

2011 is awesome.

Good news: I get to hang out in my apartment with my cats and wear my bathrobe all day long if I want to.

Bad news: I get to hang out in my apartment with my cats and wear my bathrobe all day long if I want to.

Sometimes the good and bad news looks surprisingly alike.

I’ll be back soon with my Virtual Release Party for NIGHTSHADE here on zee blog on February 2nd. Feb 1st I’m guesting at Bitten By Books — I’ll be back with a link for that. And I have a couple more upcoming Q&As and guest blogs + giveaways. Whee!

4 comments to “Wrapping up and starting anew”

  1. Raelene
     · January 22nd, 2011 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for nightshades, and why do you write under a different name for the teen series?

  2. Ashleigh
     · January 22nd, 2011 at 10:35 pm · Link

    Demon Princess Reign or Shin was great! I enjoyed it so much that I’m going to buy Reign Check.

    Ashleigh Whyte

  3. Brenda/Moonsanity
     · January 22nd, 2011 at 11:55 pm · Link

    I hear you on the birthdays. I turned 50 last June and it was the only time I really felt cruddy about a birthday. So, my husband gave me my first surprise party EVER. Well, it sure did distract me:)

    I can’t wait for all of your new books!

  4. Linda
     · January 31st, 2011 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Hey Michelle, sounds like you are going to have a very busy year.. I am so excited that you are going to be writing BLOOD BATH & BEYOND,squeee I lubs me some Thierry and Sara. I have a question for you why are you using different pen names??.. just wondering??
    Cant wait to read Nightshade..
    Have a great Book-Birthday

    :o) Linda

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