It is my pleasure to share a guest post by author Michelle Grey, who answers my question...
ELF: What do you think is the strongest attraction about the genre(s) you like to write in?
MG:Thanks very much for the opportunity to drop in and visit with your fans and followers. My name is Michelle Grey and Convergence is the third romantic suspense novel in my Long Shot Series.
When I first started writing, I tried to garner as much advice as I could from successful authors that I enjoyed reading. Julie Garwood’s advice to new writers helped me immensely. She said to write what you love to read. That’s why I enjoy writing romantic suspense so much.
I’m a voracious reader, and a huge fan of romance novels in general. I’ve read many great stories from historical to contemporary to paranormal that don’t fall into a suspense genre, but I particularly love books that combine romance and an element of danger and/or mystery. The attraction for me is often the danger sub-plot or the mystery surrounding the romantic arc. I enjoy trying to figure out the bad guy, and I love authors who can keep me guessing until the end of the book.
The primary story line in my novels, and by far the most important one, is the growth and connection between the hero and the heroine. My stories will always have a happy ending, because that’s what I love to read, but the challenges to get there are what keep people reading. Planting red herrings, twisting the plot, and introducing the specter of death or great harm to my characters are an absolute thrill.
Thanks again for allowing me to introduce myself and my books to you. Happy Reading!
by Michelle Grey
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
Nothing comes between Tori Whitlock and her tornado chase season -- not a serial killer, not even the hot FBI agent who’s vowed to save her life. But Detective Jack Mathis plays tough. Ending this case isn’t just his job, it’s his mission. And he finally has the advantage.
He faces Tori’s hostility and objections head-on, interjecting himself into every aspect of her life, and leaving him no time to dwell on his own.
Through the twists and turns of the madman’s game, Tori is forced to adapt to her unwelcome circumstances. Still, she fights Jack's presence, and her attraction to him, as he tries to open doors better left closed.
For Tori and Jack, life and death decisions are part of their jobs. But, can they overcome their pasts and realize that there’s a difference between life and living?
“What the hell makes you think you can just walk in and turn my life sideways, kiss me like we kissed last night, then act like nothing in the world has changed?”
He’d started to turn away, then came back, nostrils flared a mere inch from her face, forcing her against the computer table. She didn’t fear him, but if the vein ticking in his neck was any indication, she probably should have.
“Everything in the world has changed.” His deep voice was quiet, restrained. “It changed for you the day that email showed up in your inbox. You didn’t ask for that. I get it. But that doesn’t change the facts.”
She opened her mouth to interrupt but he was on a roll.
“This is exactly why I’ve done everything short of castration to try to keep my hands off of you. You think I’m immune to whatever this is? You think I don’t lie out here at night torturing myself with the knowledge that you’re thirty feet away from me, warm in your bed? Well, think again. Some nights, that’s all I think about.
“But having sex with you would complicate everything. Hell, that kiss turned my brain to mush. You intrigue me, fascinate me, draw me in ways I haven’t felt in a long, long time. I want time to know you. The real you. I won’t risk your life by getting sloppy. You can get angry with me all you want, but I’d rather have you alive and pissed off than dead on my watch.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Michelle Grey is an avid lover of books, and had always thought that someday she would take up her pen and write romantic suspense. In 2009, Michelle was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, and she realized that “somedays” aren’t guaranteed. This life changing event motivated Michelle to pursue her dream of becoming an author.
In January of 2013, Michelle released her debut novel, Dangerous Ally.
Now a cancer survivor, Michelle decided to use her platform to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms. In January 2014 she published, Are You Listening: A Personal Journal of an Ovarian Cancer Survivor. Because it is so important to spread the word, one hundred percent of the proceeds from this $.99 ebook go directly to the Vicki Welsh Ovarian Cancer Fund to support their mission of fighting ovarian cancer through awareness, education, research and support.
Michelle lives in the Midwestern US with her husband of twenty-eight years and has four amazing and unique children, a wonderful son-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters. Michelle believes that any day that involves family, writing, or reading is a great day, indeed.
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