Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer Countdown Blitz: Day 14

C. Michelle Jefferies is a writer who believes that the way to examine our souls is to explore the deep and dark as well as the shallow. To manipulate words in a way that makes a person think and maybe even second guess. Her worlds include suspense, urban fantasy, and an occasional twist of steampunk. When she is not writing, she can be found on the yoga mat, hand binding journals, dyeing cloth, and serving ginger tea. The author and creator divides her time between stories, projects, and mothering four of her seven children on the wild and windy plains of Wyoming.

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Living an unassuming life as a teacher for the Academy, th
e former assassin, Antony Danic, turned Speaker for the Devoted, would love to let the past stay there. However, as hard as he tries, his new identity, Noble Standing, can’t escape who Antony was. The widower, turned self-avowed bachelor doesn’t mean to fall for the red-headed sword instructor, Lyris Jaimes. Noble insists he’s better off single, but he is drawn to her in spite of his memories of Elite. Noble finds that courting her, however, isn’t easy. His interest in Lyris sets into motion a rivalry between him and a dangerous sociopath who wants her for himself. 
Regardless of the vow he made to never shed human blood again, Noble must reconcile his past with his present, and use his assassin skills and knowledge to keep himself and those he loves alive.

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Top Ten List:

1     If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

A big piece of land with a house and a place to hold retreats and conferences
A healthy immune system
Go to school and become an acupuncturist

1        2        Where do you write?

In my office, with my doggie at my side. It also serves as my project storage room and lately there's not been a lot of room in said office. 

3 How long does it normally take you to write a novel?

If I push it, like during NANO, 15-17 days. If I am busy like right now, one to three months. 

4  What are your inspirations?

The three novels, one novella, and my four anthologies that are on my desk. (as well as some of my NANO proofs) I look at them and know I can do hard things. 

1   How did you come to write this particular book or series?

This series is the extremely revised story of my very first novel, the 189 page handwritten thing I did in high school. Which was an examination of how to write team fiction the right way. But, in it's revised form, it is also a study of what it takes to change a bad boy into a good guy, and how does that good guy stay good in the face of trials. 

1   What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?

When I wrote the first drafts of this book the romance between the characters was a definite low importance on the totem pole of sub plots and story lines. One of my beta readers got on my case for presenting a huge plot hole in regards to the romance line in the book. I went back to the books (sort of) and really studied romance sub plots. I went back in and restructured it and let the characters have a bit more leeway and the sub plot emerged. It was a hard one to write because it deals with sin and I didn't necessarily want to delve into it. But I am glad I did. The story is better for it. The characters are so much more real now. 

7     What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult?

My characters are who drive me to write. They have stories that need to be told and I can't ignore them. Also, my fans wanting to know what else happens to my characters drives me. If I am not writing my characters invade my dreams and they start doing strange things. 

8     How did you come up with the title?

The idea of this book was to take two normal characters and drive them as low as I could. To try and refine their characters so by the end they had grown as characters. To ascend from the pit. So, Ascension was the perfect title for it. 

9     Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member?

There were so many that helped but if I had to name one (or two) that would be my two writer friends, Lauri Shoenfeld and Mercedes Yardley. They stuck through it all with me. 

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