Read an excerpt from Only For a Knight
About Michelle Miles
Michelle Miles found her love of writing buried in the fantasy books of Patricia A. McKillip and the beautiful romances of Victoria Holt. It wasn’t until her high school years she decided to take up the pen and try her hand at writing. She created faraway lands, space adventures, and even princesses who just wanted to be saved. Never learning to plot, she always believed that jumping in feet first was the way to go and has since become a self-proclaimed Pantser, writing sexy contemporaries, sizzling paranormal and sweeping fantasy.
A Native Texan, she loves hockey, baseball, drinking coffee, cross-stitching, and shopping for shoes and Coach handbags. Follow her daily writings and weekly guest features at her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell. Michelle is also a regular contributor to Pop Culture Divas and Plotting Princesses.
Also by Michelle Miles
Talk Dirty To Me (Samhain Publishing)
Nice Girls Do (Samhain Publishing)
Sex Lust & Martinis (Cobblestone Press)
The Coffee Wars (Cobblestone Press)
A Bend In Time (Samhain Publishing)
A Break In Time (Samhain Publishing)
Entangled, a Paranormal Anthology (Authors4TheCure)
Eorwulf (Self Published)
The Soul of Sharah (Self Published)
One Knight Only (Ellora’s Cave)
An Interview with Michelle Miles
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Michelle, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Only For a Knight. Where did the idea for this wonderful, romantic story?
MM: Thanks for having me here!
This is the sequel to ONE KNIGHT ONLY. I knew Derron and Elyne, the two Fae characters had unfinished business at the end of that book. So I sat down to write their story. It was long and complicated. They have a lot of history together.
HH: What do you like about Elyne and what's her greatest strength?
MM: Elyne seeks the approval of her mother and thinks helping Derron will achieve that goal. She trusts no one and tends to want to control situations, oftentimes getting herself into worse trouble. She is loyal to a fault to her friends and loved ones (even her mother whom she is continually at odds with). She can be judgmental and willful to get what she wants. She’s really head-strong. I think that’s what I like best about her. She’s also very confident but has learned the art of sarcasm from her human friend, Maggie. Even though she’s desperately in love with Derron, she has a hard time expressing it to him.
HH: What do you like best about Derron and what makes him different than most heroes?
MM: Oh he’s handsome and wonderful. *grin* He really cares nothing for the Otherworld and prefers to seek thrills in the human realm jousting in tournaments. He forsakes his knightly duties for that of the excitement of competing against other knights. He’s a risk-taker, an adventurer and craves danger by seeking it out in the human realm. But when his father goes missing as well as the fabled Sword of Light, he knows he has to stop shirking his duties and embrace the titles he’s been given -- Knight of the Realm, Protector of the Otherworld and Guardian of the Sword of Light. Ultimately he’s fearless and a true knight in shining armor. I love him because he’s not afraid to go after what he wants. He will do anything to save Elyne. Even put himself in harm’s way.
HH: How did you go about creating the world where their story takes place?
MM: I knew most of the story would take place in the Otherworld, the home of the Fae, the Elves and the dragons. I’ve long been fascinated with Celtic mythology and I’ve read lots of Celtic/Fae books. I knew I wanted certain elements in this world from Celtic myths -- the Four Fae Treasures, the Stone of Destiny at the Hill of Tara, the Unseelie realm. I loved the idea that this world co-existed with ours beneath a “veil”.
I imagined an Otherworld where Elves and Fae once lived side-by-side in harmony but now have long been separated by an old war between the two races. And then there are the dragons. They played a great part in the book and I loved, loved, loved writing them. They were a lot of fun and probably my favorite part of the book.
HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?
MM: Definitely the dragons. I also enjoyed writing the Elven characters. :)
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
MM: I’m currently working on the third book in the series, A KNIGHT TO REMEMBER, which is the story of Queen Maeve and -- surprise! -- Maggie’s father. This will conclude the trilogy. I’m also working on an urban fantasy, which is a new genre for me. I have a new paranormal romance series I’m starting and hope to have out sometime next year. Also next year I plan to re-launch my contemporary romance novellas with new titles and new covers. So I have lots on my to-do list. Hopefully I can accomplish all of it in the near future.
HH: What are you most excited about in your career right now?
MM: The possibilities! I’m trying a new genre and writing in a different voice (first instead of third). I think trying new things keeps the writing fresh. Hopefully it will be as good as I’m imaging. *grin*
HH: What are you looking forward to most in the rest of 2012?
MM: A few days off from work! :) Okay and spending time with family, too.
HH: What are you reading at the moment?
MM: Gena Showalter’s Wicked Nights. I read her entire Lords of the Underworld series this summer and loved them.
HH: Do you have a writing hero and if so, who would it be?
MM: Yes! Gena Showalter. I love her writing style, her voice and the way she writes those smokin’ hot alpha males. They are yummy. I hope I can be like her when I grow up.
HH: Thank you!