Friday, January 27, 2017

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Michele Stegman

Michele Stegman stopped by to answer some intimate details about her life and her book. Take it away, Michele!

Michele- Mr. Right’s Baby, is a contemporary romance and was released in 2007 as an ebook, and in 2016 as a paperback from Mythical Press.
Nancy- Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?

Michele- Mr. Right’s Baby is a contemporary romance and it is the only contemporary novel I have written. All my other romances are historical. I never had any interest in writing a contemporary. But I was driving down the road one day and the whole plot for this book just popped into my head and I didn’t have any choice. I just had to write it. Mr. Right’s Baby has more of me in it than any of my other books, maybe because it is based on so many real life things that happened to me.
Nancy- Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself?

Michele- Fortune’s Mistress is the first book I wrote that sold, but it was the fifth book I wrote. The other four are still in a desk drawer. I had so many nice rejections on those first four books, with personal notes from editors encouraging me and asking me to send them something else. At a conference, I inadvertently insulted an agent, but we cleared things up and she took me on and sold this book for me. 

Nancy- Why have you become a published author?

Michele- I have always loved stories and reading. When I realized, at a very young age, that books were actually written by people, I wanted to be one of those people. I couldn’t imagine anything better than to have a book I had written on a library shelf and in bookstores. That is still the most rewarding thing about being an author. My books are in some libraries.

Nancy- Do you have any rejection stories to share?

Michele- When I was first starting to try to get published, I was sending out science fiction short stories. One rejection was a check off sheet. The space checked for the reason the story was rejected said, “This is not right for our magazine, but it is well written.” Whoever rejected the story had crossed out “but it is well written.” I thought how petty! Reject my story if it isn’t right for you, but do you have to add insult to injury? Were you having a bad day?

Nancy- Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?

Michele- Read, read, read. When someone critiques your story, listen without arguing or trying to defend what you have written. Take the parts that seem right to you and disregard the rest—unless people keep telling you the same thing. Then you might want to take a harder look at your story. If you still don’t feel that criticism is right, go with your gut.

Nancy- Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.

1) I have a lot of interests. Besides writing, I am an artist and a member of a local art guild. I also spin and weave and am a member of a local fiber group. And I love music. I play piano for church.
2) I have always loved math and numbers.
3) Science classes were my favorite classes in high school and college. I started out writing science fiction but switched to romance when I took a writing class from a romance writer.

Michele, what’s next for you?

Michele- I am currently working on a historical western romance. It has been slow going, but my sister has agreed to help with research, so maybe I’ll get this thing written in 2017!

He wants to marry her for all the wrong reasons. If she finds out what they are, she just might walk away forever...
He wants to find his child. Carly was put up for adoption without his knowledge or consent, and Adrian Wright is determined to get her back. What he doesn't count on is an unexpected attraction for her now widowed, adoptive mother, Katie Simmons. But Adrian worries that the attraction he feels is more for his daughter than for Katie. Even more worrisome is how Katie will react when she finds out that the man who has been courting her is her daughter's natural father. Will she think he only wants to marry her to get his daughter without a lengthy court battle?

Read an Excerpt HERE

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Michele Stegman has loved history all her life. When she was studying history in graduate school, one of her professors quipped that she put too much romance in her research papers. She decided to put in more romance and write historical romances. She lives her history every day in an 1840's log cabin where she spins, weaves, paints, and writes.

Her Fortune series is following the adventures of the Fortune family through piracy and war in the 1700's.

Conquest of the Heart takes place in England in 1067, just after the Norman Conquest. The heroine is a Norman and her people conquered his country. How can they find trust and love?

Michele was never interested in writing contemporary novels. But one day she was driving along, thinking of nothing in particular, when the entire plot for Mr. Right's Baby popped into her head. She couldn't stop thinking about it and finally decided it was a book that had to be written. Connect with Michele Stegman here:


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