20 Questions with Michelle Grogan

1. So, what’s your book all about?

Forbidden Love follows the Romeo & Juliet theme of star-crossed lovers kept apart by opposing families . . . but unlike Shakespeare’s version, the two opposing families are power players in organized crime. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s an unknown force using this forbidden love to his own advantage.

2. What inspired you to write this tale?
What inspired me to write Forbidden Love was all the romantic suspense I was beginning to read and the feel for the story that I had been playing with for years . . . it just kind of all finally came together.

3. Do you have a favorite quote about creativity/inspiration etc…? What is it?
Although I do like quotes, there isn’t one that I can call my favorite and recite word for word . . .but I find that quotes that are creative/inspirational give me that little extra boost I need when I am feeling unsuccessful or doubtful or my abilities.

4. What things do you keep in your “writing space”? Do they inspire you? Confound you? Hold wires in place?
This one made me laugh a little because my “writing space” is the lounge piece of my sectional (of which I only have two sections left) sofa. This space has all the pillows and cushions I could possibly need, my writing binder where I keep notes and such, my notebook where my current WIP is kept, whatever book(s) I am reading (because it is never just one), pens of varying colors, my planner, my Kindle Fire, and a stuffed animal or two . . . and it is all situated in front of the tv.

5. What is your perfect “writing space”?
My perfect “writing space” is exactly as described above. I am a person who can write anywhere (i.e. while waiting for my mother’s physical therapy session to be over), but I find that I can – usually – focus best when writing at home surrounded by all that I hold dear to me . . . and easy access to all my various notes and forms of keeping them.

6. If your car horn could play any song, which would it be? Can’t say Dixie.
Hmmmm. . . .that’s a tough one as I have a lot of songs I like. I would probably want my current favorite which is International Love by Pitbull

7. What would you name the first permanent settlement on mars?
Marsville (I’m horrible at naming places!!! LOL)

8. How tall is the perfect sidekick? Please explain why it even matters.
Well, I’m 5’1”, so the perfect sidekick would have to be about 6’ tall. I think it matters because even if you are good at a lot of things, you need someone by your side to compliment that and vice versa – and they have to be taller than you are (at least in my case) to give off a sense of intimidation so that I can sneak in a surprise attack!! No one suspects the little, quiet one.

9. If you were to mess with the time stream, what would you change? Let’s assume a hundred other people already took care of Hitler so you don’t have to say, “Kill Hitler.”
Hmmm . . . that’s a good one . . . .  if we’re talking my own personal time stream, I would probably have taken more risks instead of holding back . . . if we’re talking about historically relevant to the world . . . I don’t know that I would because if I were to mess with things, who’s to say the consequences of those actions wouldn’t be worse than the way the world is now?

10. Let’s say your character has a pet brown bear. What’s the bear’s name?

11. If you had to give an antagonist an annoying trait, what would it be?
Constantly tapping things (i.e. pens/pencils on a desk, fingernails against the table . . . for some reason that bothers the crap out of me)

12. What kind of car would your ultimate protagonist drive?
I’m not really into cars (I plan on driving mine till all I have left is the seat and steering wheel LOL), but if I had to pick, I’d probably say something sleek, functional but sexy, with all the latest in technology and then some.

13. You’ve got a year to travel anywhere. Where?
Wow . . . I bet most people can answer this within a blink of an eye – I’ve never been able to as traveling makes me nervous (hell, taking the train to NYC – of which I live 40 mins from by train – can be nerve wracking, not to mention actually navigating down there!!!), but I do want to go to Italy.

14. You just bought a boat with your book fortune. What are you going to call it?

15. What kind of music, if any, gets you typing the fastest?
Almost any of the popular music out there – Pitbull, Eminem (newer stuff), Adele, Lifehouse . . . I have eclectic tastes ranging from classical to hip hop and rap (very selective rap)

16. What’s the punch line to your favorite joke?
This might make me sound boring, but I don’t have a favorite joke.

17. What lyric do you sing poorly, yet loudly?
Since I already know my singing voice sucks, I do not sing out loud . . .

18. You find a portal to another world in your sink’s drain. What is this other world called? And what is the best way to clean the portal so it doesn’t smell like old food?
I would call it Dreamtopia (first thing that came to mind when I read this). As far as cleaning it? Hmmm . . . I would probably use FaBreeze to keep it smelling like a dream and not like last night’s dinner.

19. Where can people learn more about you, your work or any pets you have?
The best place to learn about me is my Facebook page and Twitter feed. On Facebook you can find me here: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1618907686&__adt=6 and my twitter handle is @mishmash878. Looking forward to meeting new people!!!

20. What’s next?
As Forbidden Love is the first in a trilogy, I am currently working on rewriting the second installment, Is Love Enough. I am also working on learning how to set up a newsletter and while me distributing it monthly once it is up and going.

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