Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Michelle Rabe!
A lifelong California girl, Michelle Rabe tried her luck in Hollywood but preferred an author’s den. She lives in the Phoenix area with her unhelpful author cat. She’s the author of The Morgan Blackstone Vampires series and The Dragon Fey Saga.
I love reading author bios. Many of them did not start out as writers. Sometimes people stumble upon the craft. Did you always want to be a writer? No. I started out wanting and trying to be an actor. I worked in Hollywood for about 10 years and toward the end of my time I started writing on set to pass the time.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I don’t choose [a] genre when I start to write. I’m a follow the story kind of writer. So it all depends on the characters. Right now I have two series going. One is vampires living in the modern world and the other is more of a classic fairy tale.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? I once wrote a short based on a prompt to write a seduction. It went off the rails and ended up in a completely different place than I expected. [Could be an interesting read.]
What are you currently working on? [I just finished] the editing phase of Dragon’s Soul the second book in the Dragon Fey Saga and am writing the third book in that series.
What motivated the plot of your latest book? I was having trouble with the second book of the Morgan Blackstone book so between drafts as a way to clear my head I started on what was supposed to be a short story. It didn’t quite work out that way.
What was the hardest story for you to write? The one that’s still simmering in the back of my mind, the third Morgan Blackstone book. There was a lot of personal drama involved with Forged in Flame and I’m finding it difficult to go back to the story with all that baggage attached. Soon.
What process do you use to plan your novels? I don’t. [Ah, a pantser!] I learned many years ago that if I plan I lose interest or the work feels forced. I generally start with a ‘what if’ question [my favorite question] and characters that pop into my head. I also don’t write in order. It makes pulling the whole thing together a fun proposition.
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Whoever is being the loudest in my head at the time. Right now that’s Killian Rhys. Why? Because he’s not your typical hero. He’s a prince who is trying to find the balance between duty and personal happiness. He’s a genuine good guy who is being pulled in two totally different directions.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes. I do something else creative. Whether it’s coloring or picking up my camera and taking photos on a walk. It’s something different but still creative. I also change up where I’m working. If I’ve been writing on my laptop, I’ll work long hand or on my iPad for a while.
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I think they all have something like me in them. Some spark that I can relate to.
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Why? I don’t know. I follow the stories so genre isn’t something that I choose at the beginning of a new piece.
Which authors inspire you? I have a lot of different authors that I read. As an indie author I’d say Rissa Blakeley and Brenda Tetreault. Traditionally published there are too many to name.
What novel would you read multiple times? The Mistborn books by Brandon Sanderson.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) I’d want to meet my ‘Dragon Mamas’ Rissa and Brenda. They’re a huge support to me and I’d love to have coffee with them. I think it would be a fun conversation. [Just love that sentiment!]
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Dragons and cats.
What is your favorite color? Black
When you’re not writing… I do data entry for a funeral home management company, and I offer design and formatting services for other indie authors.
Catch up with Michelle online at–
Dragon’s Heart – http://www.amazon.com/gp/pro
Cast in Blood – http://www.amazon.com/gp/pro
Forged in Flame – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00
Thanks for stopping by Michelle! Join me next week when Angela Lain will be here.