Author Interviews: Michelle Hughes and Cowboy Sanctuary

Michelle Hughes, a self- published author with 20+ books written and winner of a Kindle Scout.

She writes an array of romance that spans new adult, paranormal, erotic, and now with Kindle Press, Contemporary Western Romance.

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When and why did you start writing?

Ironically, I never planned on being a writer. I was a singer/songwriter for twelve years and toured the US with an entertainment company that awarded winners a recording contract. After my twins were born, it was hard to tour and I needed a different outlet for my creative talent. I wrote my first book in 2009 and self-published.

What inspires your writing?

Every book I’ve written came from dreams I had. I wake up and after getting kids out the door for school, I start putting down the ideas I dreamed of.

What has been your worst moment as a writer?

The worst was having one of my bestselling books plagiarized and having to pull it off the shelf. In the early 2000’s, I knew nothing about publishing and agreed to give my editor 25% of my profits and put his name on my books for the service. He wasn’t satisfied with that 25% agreement, and demanded 50%. When I refused, he contacted Amazon, saying he was the author of the book, and put it up on his own. Of course, I contacted Amazon and had it pulled making it impossible for that book to be sold again.

Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?

I don’t have any rituals, but I have to force myself away from social media to get anything done.

If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?

Learn the business first! Some of the worst mistakes I made were because I had no idea what I was doing. Surround yourself with knowledgeable people.

What do you believe make for great writing?

When you write a story that is so incredible it brings you to tears, or makes you laugh, you know you’ve got a bestseller.

How do you measure success as a writer?

Obviously by sales of the book, but also by getting feedback from reviewers. Good or bad, they let you know where your strengths and weaknesses are as a writer. You can gain valuable feedback, even from the hated negative reviews.

What is your biggest fear as a writer?

Writer’s Block. I think that’s probably every writer’s biggest fear.

Describe your latest book to our readers

Cowboy Sanctuary is different from every other book I’ve written. First, it’s contemporary western romance, which is something I’d never thought I’d write. This book deals more with emotion than sensuality, although it does have that factor, the majority of my prior work is burning hot sexuality. It’s also brings some of the values from my life into the work, and stresses the importance of family and doing things the right way. It’s a love story with a suspenseful background that will leave you guessing until the end. I encourage readers that never thought they’d enjoy western romance to give this a try, it might just surprise you. Many of my reviewers have said it made them rethink the genre.

What would you like readers to take away from your writing?

I want my readers to feel like they are part of the story as they are reading. To me, that’s the biggest compliment an author can get, to have a reader tell you I felt like I was living their lives.

Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?

Get all the information you can about your craft from people who’ve done it before you. Don’t agree to anything without knowing exactly what you’re getting into. Remember it’s about a personal connection with your potential audience, and not in your face marketing. Readers want to relate to the stories they read.

What is next for you?

I’m working on the second book in the Dixon Ranch series, and hopefully Kindle Press will accept it as well. I’ve got a new paranormal romance series in the works as well. Basically, I’m going to keep doing what I love, writing stories that mean something to me.

Cowboy Sanctuary

by Michelle Hughes

Dana Waterfield’s well-organized life gets tipped upside down when the brutal murder of her twin sister Danielle threatens to unravel everything she’s worked so hard to achieve. Having found herself the sole guardian of her sister’s newborn lovechild, Jeremy, and at the receiving end of her ex-brother- in-law’s unchecked rage,

Dana flees to the safety of Dixon Ranch and the strong, muscled arms of Brock Dixon.

In order to protect the baby from the wrath of Danielle’s husband and murderer, Dana must blend into the daily routine of ranch life, and rethink who she really is. When the wrath of a madman threatens the life of her nephew and everything she holds dear, will Dana put her trust in Brock or let the winds of change tear her family apart? Falling for her sister’s lover was never part of the plan, but there’s something about a cowboy that no woman can resist. After all, the safest place to be is in a arms…

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.