Marie Michelle Coleman is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author whose book, Bespoken, is the first in the Nightangel and Daydreamer series. She's been in love with the written word since she was old enough to turn the pages of her first book. She's always had a fascination with vampires and angels. Sitting down at the keyboard and turning on the paranormal blender was a natural next step.
Marie lives in the Washington D.C. area. She believes in the power of a compelling dream, the therapeutic merits of loud music, and the benefits of always being in the middle of reading a great book. Marie has a soft spot for a good romance and likes to laugh. Jane Austen is her favorite author. She'll probably always be a little in love with Mr. Darcy.
She grows roses in her garden but no matter how hard she tries, they don't look anything like the ones in Casey Sloane's daydreams.
Nobody ever told Casey how dangerous a little daydreaming could be.
Casey Sloane appreciates the power of a good daydream. It’s the perfect antidote to the pressures of her hectic life as an associate attorney at a high-powered Washington, D.C. law firm. When the nightangel Gabriel takes up residence in those dreams, Casey is more delighted than surprised. Gabriel is the perfect mixture of danger, otherworldly beauty, and out-and-out temptation required to throw her daydreams into a state of perpetual overdrive.
But when the nightangel sheds his wings and arrives in the real world for a real-time relationship with Casey, she gets a quick education on the unforeseen consequences of secret daydreams.
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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
A) Like Casey Sloane, I’m an experienced daydreamer. My understanding of what daydreaming is made of sparked the idea of writing about a daydream gone awry. Of course, my daydreams pale in comparison to Casey’s dreams. I’ve never had even one nightangel turn up in them. (I feel a bit jealous about that sometimes.)
I also loved the idea of writing about someone with a demanding career who daydreams as a form of stress-relief. The daydreamer’s experience in context to the demands of a stressful career path is an interesting counterpoint. My love of the paranormal was a perfect fit for this scenario. Who better to turn up in Casey Sloane’s daydreams than a nightangel with an agenda?
Q) How long did it take you to write?
A) The short answer is that it took a long time. I started the book when my children were small and then put it away for many years. Although life interrupted me a few times, even when I could have picked it up again, I didn’t. Something within me must have known I needed to wait so I could write the book the way it really needed to be written. Once I did pick it up again, I couldn’t stop writing. I wrote the drafts for the first three books before I turned my attention to editing and polishing the first book in the series, Bespoken. All this writing, editing, and polishing was done over a number of years while I navigated my overstuffed life. Having so many time constraints slowed me down and sometimes that has really frustrated me. During my most impatient times, I try to remind myself to enjoy the writing journey. That seems to help.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
A) The way the story unfolds on the empty page staring me in the face and those magical aha moments. I love it when a character surprises me by doing something I wasn’t planning they ever do or refuses to undertake a course of action I was dead set on. Seeing a character take on a real sense of substance is exciting to me because at that point I know I’m doing something right.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
A) Editing. It’s grueling but necessary. Editing in painful. It requires a ruthless hand. There are times when you have to yank out a sentence, paragraph, or whole section that you love for the greater good of the book. I keep an archive document with my cuts in it so I know I can go back and get my lost words if I want. It’s much easier for me to let them go that way.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
A) I’d like to say Elizabeth Bennett (I’d really like to meet Mr. Darcy) but since she’s not real (and he’s not either), I can’t. I’m tempted to switch immediately over to Jane Austen from there just to get the chance to experience her world her way, at least for 24 hours. But that seems like an easy answer. I’m going to choose Amelia Earhart instead. She pushed a lot of boundaries and she was brave where I wouldn’t be – up in the sky. I’m not much on heights or that level of risk. Being Amelia Earhart for even 24 hours would definitely push my envelope and teach me a little bit about the pluses and minuses of risk-taking.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
A) A package of Cajun spices for making Mardi Gras dip. It’s spicy, spicy, spicy - so a little pinch goes a long way. Consequently, we’re still making delicious dips from this packet a couple years after it traveled home with us. I love New Orleans and the food there. Every time we whip up that Cajun dip, it’s like taking a quick visit to NOLA without having to jump on a plane. We got the dip mix at this great shop and cooking school called Crescent City Cooks.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
A) I’m working on Book 2 and 3 in the Nightangel and Daydreamer series. Expect more from Casey Sloane and the nightangel Gabriel. The romance and adventure is just getting going for them. You may get to visit Casey’s daydream world again. You never know what you’ll find there. You’ll certainly be meeting other members of the paranormal community in Washington, DC. The books will retain their sense of humor because I’m kind of a smartass sometimes.
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