Mechele Armstrong Interview

I am delighted to be speaking with Mechele Armstrong today. Thanks for chatting with us today Mechele and welcome to FAR!
Thank you so much for having me!

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Let’s see. I’ve been writing forever, since I could make letters. I started out writing poetry and short stories. I live in Virginia, with two kids (three sometimes counting the hubby) and a kitty, who just knows she’s in charge of the house.

Can you tell us when we can expect to read Currents, Nathan and Henri’s story from your Blood Lines series?
LOL standard Loose Id answer, soon. The story is finished and has been passed along to my editor. I’m excited, it’s my first male/male and it gave me a chance to explore these two characters in so much detail.

Where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
Everywhere. Sometimes I’m driving in the car or am walking around somewhere, and I see something or I hear a song and start playing “The What if” game in my head. Heck, ideas come to me in the bath and shower, too.

What is your favorite type of genre to write?
Paranormal seems to be winning out over anything else lately. I love things that go bump in the night.

If you could meet one of your characters, which one would it be?
It would probably be Rojo, the hero from Blood Lines: Crimson’s Rose. I think he’s fascinating, he’s different than most of my heroes, and I think he’s hot.

What can you tell us about Night’s Journey, the fifth book in your Blood Lines series?
The fifth book (Wow, I hadn’t thought of that) will be just a little different. The vampires are trying to organize into something cohesive instead of being lone creatures. We’ll be revisiting Henri and Nathan, and Sarah and Nick from Blood Kiss, along with the vampire who made Nick. My heroine, Anna Grace, is a carefree, cranky vampiress originally from Ireland. My hero, Theo, is an unsuspecting human, thrown into the mix of vampires, who has powers of his own. I’ve been told it’s a little darker, a little more like Blood Kiss in that respect than Conduit and Crimson’s Rose.

How did you celebrate selling your first book?
My husband sent me flowers and took the family out to dinner. I call him my first fan. He believed in me a long time before I sold.

How do you keep your ideas fresh and imaginative?
I try and free the muse, give her plenty of inspiration and reading material. Ideas sometimes come to me from out of the blue. I hope the ideas always find me.

You have a new book out called The Collector 1: Magical Chances. What can you tell us about this story?
The Collector series is a multi-author series that involves the Collector acquiring artifacts. Along the way, we’ll learn more about him, and what he’s collecting these pieces for. In Magical Chances, he hires Chloe Richards, after she’s had a really bad day, to find an artifact. When she locates it, she’s stunned to find the totem in the care of her ex-husband, Drake. Drake’s a retired ex-magician who can do “real” magic, but lost Chloe because of the secrets he kept. Will the totem help them find their magical chances at reconciliation? This was such a fun project, between working with the other authors and the characters, who I adore. I got to do a magical love scene!

Check out: It will be updated as we find out more about the sneaky Collector so bookmark it and check back. We’ll also be running contests along the way.

Congratulations! You just won a year off from work to travel anywhere in the world and write the story of your dreams. Where do you go, what type of book do you write, and what’s the title?
I would probably go on a trip to Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. I would write a suspense thriller series featuring a married couple, who have their issues.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I don’t have to write it perfect the first time. That I can get the idea out and go back and fix what’s wrong, but I can’t fix what’s not there. It sounds simple, but it was an epiphany for me.

If you could pick any celebrity to be on the cover of your book, who would it be and why?
It would probably be Phil Vasssar, a country music singer. He’s from Virginia and plays absolutely awesome piano.

Could you tell us what your currently working on?
I wrote a short piece for my website and had two critique partners say, “No no. You need to expand this, make it a novel or novella.” It’s a futuristic. So along with finishing Night’s Journey, I’ll be working on that. I had another idea for a futuristic as well, so will be fiddling with that, and working on a shapeshifter, but those are on the backburner. The next (and probably last for a while) Blood Lines book is already shaping up in my head as well. LOL just a little bit to keep me busy.

Thank you so much, Mechele, for spending time with us today!
Thank you again for taking the time to interview me.

If you'd like to read more about Mechele, you can visit her website.

Interviewed by: Tammy