Today on the Ravenous Reader blog I am pleased to present an author interview with the fabulous Michelle Rowen author of the upcoming YA novel Demon Princess: Reign or Shine.

I am most excited about this interview because I adored Demon Princess, it was one of my favorite reads this year. Full of danger, excitement, romance and yes DEMONS. You cannot go wrong with this amazing read. Also! Michelle is just super duper spectacular, the sweetest ever and we love the same type of books and can we dish about them :)

Demon Princess is to hit the shelves this upcoming Tuesday 9/29/09. So, take a few minutes get to know about a great author and then go and get Demon Princess when it hits the shelves. You will not be dissappointed.

INTERVIEW:
Thank you Michelle for spending some time with me at the Ravenous Reader blog.

RR: If you could be one of your characters – Who would you be? And why?
MR: That’s a tough question. I’m usually really mean and nasty to my characters and make them go through a lot of very unpleasant stuff. *evil smile* But if all was right with the world and my character was having a lovely, non-scary day, I think I’d like to be Nikki from Demon Princess because she has some cool powers and it would be interesting to be sixteen again.

RR: What’s your favorite genre to read?
MR: It varies. Lately I’ve been reading a lot of young adult fiction—Vampire Academy is one of my favorite series and I will readily admit to anyone that I am a total, unapologetic Twihard (Team Jacob for the books, Team Switzerland for the movies). I also love urban fantasy as long as it has a little bit (or a lot) of romance in it. Basically I love fantasy fiction in all its forms!

RR: Who or what influences you when you write?
MR: I’m influenced more by television and movies than by other books. My biggest influence for my writing is probably Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- that mix of humor and scarier, more dramatic stuff was something I really enjoyed watching.

RR: What do you do on a typical writing day?
MR: Procrastinate a lot. Ha! Seriously though, on an official writing day I will sit on my couch until I get the words I need. I have a set amount of pages to do per day to meet my personal deadlines (which are usually well before my “official” deadlines). I do have a tendency to wander off mentally to various places online, but I try to be somewhat disciplined. Right now I’m trying to get a first draft done and I have a ten page a day goal that I have been sticking to pretty closely.

RR: When you have writer’s block how do you break free?
MR: I tend to get writer’s block at the beginning of a new book, but this usually indicates that I haven’t let the idea simmer long enough or I haven’t done enough prewriting to help me feel comfortable with my plot and characters. The best way to get out of it is to brainstorm plot points and direction. I also try not to expect too much out of myself at the beginning. It takes a while for my engine to warm up. But once I’m going, I can be super speedy. In my opinion, writer’s block is usually caused by either fear (of failing to write a good book) or poor preparation. Once those two things are axed, there is no reason not to move forward.

RR: Can you please give us a sneak peek of your upcoming YA book?
MR: Sure! DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN OR SHINE is about a girl who, shortly after her sixteenth birthday, learns that her father whom she’s never met before is a demon king in another dimension called the Shadowlands. And now that she’s sixteen she’s going to start manifesting her demonic powers and needs to see him for guidance on this life-changing problem. He sends a (really cute) messenger named Michael to her who also acts as her bodyguard since not everyone is thrilled to learn that she’s the missing heir to her father’s throne.

RR: You are a successful author of the paranormal genre, what made you decide to go into YA?
MR: I never really decided to go into YA, I’ve always been a YA writer. I just got published in paranormal first. I was writing YA long before I started writing paranormal romance. It’s my first love and I’m so thrilled to get the chance to officially become a part of this wonderful genre.

RR: How did you come up with the idea for DEMON PRINCESS: REIGN OR SHINE, it was quite unique, funny and engaging.
MR: Thank you! In my books, I like to take seemingly normal people and thrust them into very not normal situations and see how they react. The spark for Demon Princess was wondering what would happen if a normal sixteen year old girl found out her father was a demon. At a time when you really want to fit in -- and Nikki just started a new high school after a move so she’s struggling to fit in to begin with -- and a zit on your chin is embarrassing, what if you might suddenly sprout horns and wings at any moment?

RR: Can you please tell us what you have planned next in the series?
MR: Someone otherworldly Nikki met very briefly in the first book who has taken a very keen interest in her, shows up at her high school unannounced -- only one of many indicators that it’s going to be very difficult for Nikki to keep her two lives -- the demon and the human one -- separate and controllable.

RR: What do you do for inspiration?
MR: I read, I go to the movies, I go on vacation. I find that I get inspiration when I’m not really thinking about anything specific -- so I get a lot of ideas when I’m driving or on the treadmill or even in the shower. I think inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere. I just have to make sure I have a piece of paper and a pen when it happens!

RR: Do you have a favorite character from your DEMON PRINCESS series?
MR: Luckily for me, my favorite character in the series is Nikki herself. Since the books are written from her point of view, my fondness for her definitely helps bring her to life.

RR: Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
MR: I’d like to write a comedy romance novel that doesn’t have any fantasy elements to it. However, I’m in no hurry to do this since right now. I’m all about the fantasy. :)

RR: What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
MR: I always joke that I hate doing research which is why I’ve chosen to write fantasy, since I can just make stuff up. LOL. But every book requires a bit of research. I do enjoy it, to a point. I don’t overdo it, though. For the book I’m writing now (an adult urban fantasy) I have researched Death Valley. How to get to Death Valley from San Diego. What exactly dialysis entails. German names for vampires. And the side effects of arsenic. Quite a mix, but I just glanced at each one to get a feel for it, then bookmarked it in a folder specific to the book I’m writing so I can always go back and do more research if I have to.

RR: Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
MR: They help. My muse is incredibly lazy. She likes to take a long time writing books. Like, two years, which is about how long it took me to write my first book. But with having deadlines, she’s gotten into really amazing shape. Her abs are fantastic. I can now write a book in about three months from beginning to end, currently helping me to write four books a year.

RR: What would you like to tell your readers?
MR: That they’re all brilliant and gorgeous. :)

RR: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
MR: I’m an outliner. However, Demon Princess was a rare exception to that rule. I wrote the first draft for Nanowrimo three years ago without an outline and only a vague idea of what I wanted to happen. When I finished it, I knew I wanted to have it published someday. Unfortunately, since I hadn’t outlined, it was a mess. It took a lot of work and about six drafts to get it in the shape it is now. I’d never write another book without at least a vague outline again.

RR: How many novels to do you have planned for your new YA series?
MR: I have enough material for at least six books stored up in my imagination. I certainly hope to be given the opportunity to continue to explore Nikki’s world.

RR: What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
MR: I’m all over the internet. My website (paranormal romance and YA) is at www.michellerowen.com and there’s a contact page there with my email address. I’m on MySpace but I don’t really check that as often as I used to. I’m on Facebook a lot with a personal page at www.facebook.com/michellerowen and a book-specific fan page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Michelle-Rowen-Books/131539692756. And I’m on twitter (too much) at www.twitter.com/michellerowen.

RR: How can readers find out more about you and your books?
MR: They should definitely check out my website at www.michellerowen.com.

THANK YOU! MICHELLE for being such a sweetie and answering my endless questions. Congrats on Demon Princess and hope that you come back sometime soon :)

Now onto the book give-a-way goodness. Michelle is graciously giving away a signed copy of Demon Princess to a lucky commenter.

Give-a-way goodness rules:

1) +5 points Send some well wishes HERE to Michelle and tell her why you want to read Demon Princess. (pssssssst...because it is awesome!!!)
2) +3 points Follow me and I will throw in an extra goodie. Demon headband and pitch fork...great for Halloween!!!
3) + 2 points Post a link to this post.
4) Contest available internationally and this ends on the 30th of this month and will be selected via random generator :)

52 comments on "Author Interview with Michelle Rowen and Win a signed copy of Demon Princess and MORE!!"

austenfan wrote: September 21, 2009 at 12:43 AM
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Ruth wrote: September 21, 2009 at 1:17 AM

Oooooooooooooooooh. Demons are the new vampires in spec fiction, apparently. Not sure what demon princesses are (the new kick-ass heroine?) but I'd like to find out! :) Book sounds really interesting - putting a new spin on the trope!

+3 Following the blog!

Where am I meant to send the well wishes? Is a comment here OK? It was a long day at work today and I'm confused... *sighs*

But could I please enter? :)


So Many Books, So Little Time wrote: September 21, 2009 at 2:32 AM

+3 I follow you!

+2 I want to read this so I can decide if I want to be a demon princess or not.

angels3@blueyonder.co.uk
Sophie


YA Vampire Books wrote: September 21, 2009 at 4:57 AM

Sounds like a great book! Please enter me,

Sara
sosarora_11 AT hotmail DOT com

I'm a follower!


Sheere wrote: September 21, 2009 at 5:48 AM

+5 Omg Demons! Lovely creatures! Who wouldn't want to read about them?
And Nikkia and Michael... is love what I see??
Can't wait the book get to the stores!
+3 Follow
+ 2 tweeted
http://twitter.com/Sheeredry/status/4145429383

sheere.dry@gmail.com


Linna wrote: September 21, 2009 at 5:49 AM

Nice interview. I want to read this book because I want to know if there's any chemistry between the demon princess and her messenger. :D

+3 old follower

linna.hsu at gmail dot com


austenfan wrote: September 21, 2009 at 5:53 AM

+5 Hi Michelle! I'm sure Demon Princess will be a success. :) As for why I want to read it - the concept is so unique and of course, it sounds awesome! :)

+3 I'm a follower. :)

+2 linked it on my sidebar:
http://fictiondoesitbetter.blogspot.com/

austenfanblogs[at]gmail[dot]com


Elie N wrote: September 21, 2009 at 6:42 AM

Hi Michelle. I am a huge fan of your Immortality series and I know I will love this series too! You are a fantasic author.

+5 for sending some love
+3 current follower
+2 link at http://ellzreadz.blogspot.com/


Just Your Typical Book Blog wrote: September 21, 2009 at 6:51 AM

+5 I want to read Demon Princess because well, I've never read anything like it before! It sounds unquie and right up my alley so my hands are reached out saying, gimmie! :)

+3 current follower

Amber
justyourtypicalbookblog(at)hotmail(dot)com


Michelle Rowen wrote: September 21, 2009 at 6:55 AM

Thanks for the comments!

And is there romance between Nikki and Michael you ask?

MAYBE. ;-)


Book Butterfly (Kim) wrote: September 21, 2009 at 6:59 AM

Kim
bookbutterfly9@gmail.com

I interviewed Michelle on my blog and she was so gracious and awesome. I'm intrigued by all her books now and have to get them! I actually don't have this one and would love it to read it. It just sounds too fun and the cover is awesome.

Kim
bookbutterfly9@gmail.com
I'm a follower

Blogged about this at http://butterflybookreviews.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-contests.html


Tynga wrote: September 21, 2009 at 8:12 AM

+5 I can't ait to read your book Michelle, I'm sure it will be awesome!
+3 I am already a follower
+2 I tweeted http://twitter.com/Tynga/status/4147989742

Thanks a lot for the giveaway! I really wanna read that book!


Erica wrote: September 21, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Please enter me :)

+3 follower

:) Erica
thebookcellar@wi.rr.com


Sara wrote: September 21, 2009 at 8:30 AM

I'd love a chance to win!! :)

+3 I'm a follower
+2 linked to sidebar @ http://thehidingspot.blogspot.com

Thanks for the contest and great interview!
grochowskis@hotmail.com


RKCharron wrote: September 21, 2009 at 8:43 AM

Hi :)
Thank you for having Michelle on your site & thanks to Michelle for sharing.
It was a great interview.
I loved the tease for book two & am hoping Michelle gets the contract for the 6 books she is mentally writing.
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo
PS - I am a member of your site. (I thought I was previously as I Follow you on Twitter, but discovered I wasn't, so I am Member 333. :)


Stacy wrote: September 21, 2009 at 9:06 AM

This sounds like an awesome book! I will definitely put it on my TBR list! I am now following your blog and following you on Twitter (raycee3). I also retweeted your link to share the love :)


cait045 wrote: September 21, 2009 at 9:30 AM

I think the book sounds hilarious and I love the cover.

+3 a follower

usignolc(at)yahooDOTcom


~THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST ~ wrote: September 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM

Hi Michelle and RR. Great interview.
I loved Demon Princess. It is a great new series. I have always enjoyed Michelle's writing style. I already have a copy so please dont enter me. Am looking forward to DP Reign Check.


holdenj wrote: September 21, 2009 at 9:51 AM

+5 Hi Michelle! Loved the interview and am excited to try your book! Like the idea of branching out to demons and all. Love that you're Team Jacob in the book world, Team Switzerland from the movie! Too funny and real.
+3 I follow.
Thanks.
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com


Orchid wrote: September 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Cool, a book that's not about vampires or werewolves. Please enter me. :)
+3 follower.

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com


Wanda wrote: September 21, 2009 at 1:27 PM

I would love to read your book because it sounds full of adventure.
wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com


Wanda wrote: September 21, 2009 at 1:28 PM

I am already a follower of your blog. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com


Katie wrote: September 21, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Enter me! I'm a follower.
katiesbookshelf@ymail.com


purplg8r wrote: September 21, 2009 at 7:41 PM

Great contest! Please enter me!

+5 Michelle--I've read your whole Immortality Bites series and loved it! I can't wait to start this one!

+2 And I blogged about the contest here.


belle2211(at)yahoo(dot)com


Llehn wrote: September 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

+5 Hello Michelle, Demon Princess sounds awesome, awesome! May it go on to find many, many readers and entertain them! I would love to read it!

+3 already a follower

lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com


donnas wrote: September 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Please include me.

I have read and loved Michelle's other books and this cant possibly be bad, I just have to read it.

I follow your blog.

I posted on the sidebar here: http://donnasbloghome.blogspot.com/

bacchus76 at myself dot com


Froggy wrote: September 22, 2009 at 5:08 AM

+5 I can't wait to read this book Michelle! I have read your other books and loved them!

+3 I am a follower

+2 Linked in my sidebar under contests

Froggy
froggarita@gmail.com
http://froggaritavillesbookcase.blogspot.com
A Blog with Bite!
http://blogwithbitereviews.blogspot.com


Shadowofwonder47 wrote: September 22, 2009 at 9:38 AM

This sounds like an awesome book! Please enter me.

+5 Hey Michelle, hope your having a good day. I want to read Demon Princess because I LOVE supernatural/paranormal books! ESPECIALLY YA supernatural/paranormal books! Also because most of my favorite blogs have reviewed this book and they loved/praised it. I have actually wanted to read it for a while now.

+3 I am blogger follower!

Shadowofwonder47[at]yahoo[dot]com


*ina* wrote: September 22, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Why do you want to read Demon Princess?
I've been told that it is awesome ;)
but honestly I fell in love with the cover and can't wait what more is coming...
Wish you all the best!
Hugs, Ina

+ I am a follower


Pam wrote: September 22, 2009 at 1:25 PM

+5 Best of luck, Michelle! I've heard great things about the book and I love the cover! And a bad--- princess? Sign me up!

melacan at hotmail dot com


etirv wrote: September 22, 2009 at 3:18 PM

I would like to be entered!

+5 - I can't resist Michelle's Demon Princess! I've read about male demons but can't remember if I've read about female demons!

+3 Google reader follower!

delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com


Jenny N. wrote: September 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM

+5 I'm a Michelle fan ever since I started reading the Immortality Bites series so would love to read her newest book

+3 Follower of yours

jen4777[at]hotmail.com


Leslie wrote: September 22, 2009 at 10:33 PM

omg i can not wait until i read this book!

+5 I've been a fan of Michelle's forevar! I still haven't finished the last book in the immortality bites series because i just don't want it to end but i'm very curious to see her voice in this series =)
+3 already a follower =)
+ 2 posted on sidebar as Demon Princess Giveaway 09/30: http://thatchickthatreads.blogspot.com

great interview btw!
leslie-lv at hotmail dot com


Rachel wrote: September 22, 2009 at 11:47 PM

1) +5 points I would love to read this book mainly because it sounds amazing. I have just recently discovered Michelle's books and would love to win this book to start reading =)

2) +3 points Follow you

3) +2 posted on sidebar as Demon Princess Giveaway 09/30:
http://thebookwars.blogspot.com/

ras1513 [at] hotmail [dot] com

Thanks for this awesome contest!!


Brodie wrote: September 23, 2009 at 5:24 AM

+5 Hi Michelle!! I really loved the interview, you sound awesome and it was great fun reading. Huge congrats on Demon Princess and I wish you all the success with it's upcoming release! I haven't read any demon-related books (only watched the awesome tv show Supernatural) so I'd love for this to be the book that hooks me on them!
+3 Following you
+2 Sidebar - http://liliesveggiesandshootingstars.blogspot.com

Awesome giveaway, thanks!
hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com


Misty wrote: September 23, 2009 at 9:56 AM

+5 I need some more demon goodness in my life. I haven't had any since Maureen Johnson's Devilish. And with a cover like this, who could resist!
+3 already a follower
+2 linked on my sidebar @ Book Rat

~Misty
mbradenwf@gmail.com


tetewa wrote: September 23, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Sounds like my kind of read! tWarner419@aol.com


Falling Off The Shelf wrote: September 23, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Enter me please! This book looks super cute, and I love Young Adult fiction. Demons are the next best thing :)

I'm a new follower.

jennilovevirgo[at]aol.com


throuthehaze wrote: September 24, 2009 at 8:32 AM

+5 I would love to read this because it sounds interesting and I love the cover!

+3 follower

throuthehaze at gmail dot com


Stacey wrote: September 24, 2009 at 9:50 AM

I would love to win. I admit I have already read it and under my other blogger alias I am going to review it on my blog and give away my ARC. But yours is cooler. It's signed. ;) So I'd love to enter to win if that's okay with you!

I loved this book too and think it is ravishingly adorable. I hope it gets lots of buzz because it deserves it. ;)

I am already a follower.


Heidi V wrote: September 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM
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Heidi V wrote: September 24, 2009 at 10:18 AM

I have heard rave reviews about this book and since it has my three favorite things in a plot danger, demons and romance I would love to read it.

Thanks
heidivargas [at] live dot com


Michelle Rowen wrote: September 24, 2009 at 4:55 PM

THanks for all the comments everyone. And I think I should give extra points in real life for people to say nice things to me. ;-)

And Stacey... "ravishingly adorable" is soooo going on a t-shirt one day. Love that.


Heidi V wrote: September 24, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Blogged about the giveaway @ http://theblackcell.com/blogs/index.php/book-giveaway-demon-princess-by-michelle-rowen-ends-09-30-2009/

Thanks
heidivargas [at] live dot com


~The Book Pixie wrote: September 25, 2009 at 7:15 AM

Exceelent giveaway! Great interview too. Count me in.

+5 Hiya Michelle! I just wanted to say that your book sounds like it is going to be a really great read and I'm looking forward to getting a chance to read it. I've heard some great things about it around the blogosphere.

+3 follower

+2 Sidebar: http://frombrianaspointofview.blogspot.com/

~Briana
thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com


Senfaye wrote: September 27, 2009 at 2:10 PM

+5 I want to read Demon Princess because it looks AMAZING!!!!!!
+3 I follow you
+2 Posted a link to the contest on twitter: http://twitter.com/Senfaye/status/4425850273

Thanks!

-Senfaye
annieluvsmuffin@Gmail.com


MUM wrote: September 28, 2009 at 9:08 PM

I would love to win this book!

+5 Michelle, just wanted to say your book sounds really great!

+3 I'm a follower

+2 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/utah91960/status/4462304988

Marie
utah91960(at)yahoo(dot)com


Paradox wrote: September 29, 2009 at 5:27 PM

1) +5 points - I've actually read Demon Princess already (a library copy) and it was AWESOME!!!! Darklings are MUCH cooler than vampires! I hope I can get my own copy someday...
2) +3 points Follow me and I will throw in an extra goodie. Demon headband and pitch fork...great for Halloween!!!
3) + 2 points Post a link to this post. - http://twitter.com/ParadoxRevealed/status/4484368341

paradoxrevealed (at) aim (dot) com


Paradox wrote: September 29, 2009 at 5:29 PM

P.S. - Yay for NaNoWriMo and NaNo-ers!!!


natalierenae wrote: October 3, 2009 at 12:31 AM

+3 Follower
+2 Link on Contest Sidebar
+2 Tweet at Twitter (mindfulmusings)

n_monzyk_27@yahoo.com


Ravenous Reader wrote: October 4, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Contest is now closed :(


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