Author, Michel Prince, is back to tell us about her soon-to-be published book, The Frozen. I’m grateful to Michel for speaking with us again. Rebel Ink has given her an official release date of July 17, so I know she’ll be extremely busy over the next several months. Here's a quick synopsis of The Frozen:
You close your eyes and finally make the decision to end your life only to have him show up. Gabriel, here to give you a second chance for salvation. They say he’s an angel, but then again, they don’t have to serve under him. He offers you a chance to be a member of the Frozen, a group of demon hunters. Serve your sentence and you can ascend to heaven. Refuse, well the punishment has been clearly laid out in the scriptures. It’s a last chance. But when your body is frozen in time can your heart still beat?
Nye, a former slave who lost his love and was tired of being under the control of another ended his life in 1859. His stubborn ways kept him under Gabriel’s thumb and from ascending to Heaven. Feeling that a woman was the cause of his downfall, he hasn’t had an urge for a woman for over a hundred and fifty years. Knowing that he has less than seven years left until he earns salvation he is staying on the straight and narrow – until a woman gets caught in the crossfire during a demon hunt.
Receiving devastating news, Kiriana moves across the country only to get caught up in the world of our protectors, The Frozen. With each passing moment Nye and Kiriana are pulled into an attraction that could be their ultimate demise or their greatest salvation…
All the while, Damarion is leading a group of female demons as they try to protect the demons sent from Hell to obtain the souls of humans around the world. Being assigned to Earth as a punishment for crimes against the royal family, Damarion learns that there are dangers within his coven trying to take him down and stop him from returning to his love still trapped in Hell and threaten the love that he was so sure was true.
Tricia: Thanks for coming back, Michel. I can’t wait to learn more about The Frozen. Can you tell us about the book?
Michel: The Frozen is a different look at the Hell’s Mouth theory. When a person commits suicide it’s the only unforgivable sin, because you are dead … at least that’s what we as humans believe. Certain people, when they commit suicide are met by Gabriel who makes them an offer, hunt demons emerging from one of twelve Hell’s Mouths for approximately a hundred years and your sin is resolved. But Gabriel likes to add on years for punishment, so many, like Nye, have been hunting for over a hundred years. Nye was a slave from Mississippi and knows he’s close to eternal salvation when Kiriana is caught in the crossfire. Kiriana has her own issues and her attraction to Nye is not helping in that. Finally a third voice of Damarion shows us how the demons are dealt with as he serves a sentence for a crime against the royal family. All three characters are looking for a salvation and are not sure if the path they are choosing will lead to it.
T: It’s unusual to find an author who has a two books coming out in the same year that are in two different genres. Your book, Chrysalis, is for Young Adults. The Frozen is for the Adult audience. What is the difference between writing for the two different age groups?
M: Actually, I think it’s odd for me to use the same name to publish in two genres. I’ve come across quite a few authors lately that have multiple books, some even in the same month.
I wish it could say immaturity, but it’s not. I think the issues that come up are the difference. In Chrysalis we have parental control, school choices and friend influences. In The Frozen you are dealing with life decisions without the safety net of a family to fall back on.
T: Your heroine, Kiri, is struggling with some issues I’ve never seen addressed in other romance novels. Without giving away too much of the storyline, can you tell us about Kiri and her struggles?
M: Since it’s in the first chapter, I think I’m okay. Kiri has HIV. She had an addiction to sex because she wanted to feel close to someone, but she never wanted to be with someone more than once because she could feel the connection immediately. She has this very thick layer of protection, but she’s still a human that wants to be held, loved and protected.
T: Is Nye up for the challenges facing him? What special skills—paranormal or otherwise—does he possess?
M: He actually has no idea what his paranormal skills are. He says he can jump well and he’s been doing this for so long he thinks it’s normal for someone to jump over three stories or with barely a step cross thirty yards. It’s not until the second book that he learns he has the ability to fly. Currently, his biggest challenge is the inability to hit a woman. This may not seem like a bad thing, but the Deumos, female demons that help protect emerging male demons are the ones he has the potential to fight everyday.
T: Like Ellie in Chrysalis, Kiri is a sports-minded character. Do all your books mix sports with romance?
M: Yes. I’ve been active in competitive sports since I was ten. My husband and I both played at the same college. In Chrysalis, Ellie and Oscar are strongest in team sports. You cannot play either volleyball or football without trust that the others on the court or field will do their job. It helps Oscar and Ellie accept the need to work together. Oscar’s a receiver; that means that he has to believe in himself and his ability, where Ellie is a setter, which means she has the ability to lead.
Kiri, on the other hand, is a track coach. Track is a very individual sport. You have a team that you train with, but when it comes down to the competition you only have to rely on yourself and your ability. Ironically Kiri’s major was in Sports Psychology so she can understand the team mentality, she is just a very singular person.
The sport and position of the character defines them, even the supporting characters, there are certain mentalities in each activity.
In my works in progress I have one with a NBA star and another with a football player. I do have one that doesn’t have athletes … yet.
T: With all your other responsibilities, what does your writing schedule look like? How do you find time to write?
M: A schedule … that would be a great idea. I write when my characters give me the information. When I sit down to write and try to force something I usually end up having to pull it out in editing. Now editing schedule is another story. Since I still have a regular job, multiple Boy Scouting responsibilities and family obligations, I create my deadline divide the number of days by the number of pages. Usually I set a goal of twenty to thirty pages a day.
T: What is your advice for someone who is thinking about writing a book?
M: Go for it. You never know what you can accomplish if you don’t try. Since I’m a sports person the best quote would be … you will miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
T: Michel, thanks again for speaking with us. I hope to have to back when your first book, Chrysalis, is released in April.
For those of you who are interested in finding out more about Michel and her upcoming books, please check out her website. It’s full of character interviews, character bios, and gives you the heads-up on Michel's upcoming projects.
With characters yelling "It's my turn damn it!!!" she tries to explain to them that alas, she can only type a hundred-and-twenty words a minute and they will have wait their turn. She knows eventually they find their way out of her head and to her fingertips and she looks forward to sharing them with you.
When Michel can suppress the voices in her head she can be found at a scouting event or cheering for her son in a variety of sports. She would like to thank her family for always being in her corner and especially her husband for supporting her every dream and never letting her give up.
Michel is a member of RWA Pro and lives in the Midwest with her husband, son, and cat.
Michel's website: www.michelprincebooks.com