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Member: CM Michaels

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Who are you and where did you come from?
I grew up in a small town in northern Michigan as the youngest child of a close-knit family of seven. I met my wife, Teresa, while attending Saginaw Valley State University. Together we've provided a loving home for several four-legged “kids”, including Sophie, our eternally young at heart, hopelessly spoiled Spaniel. I've always enjoyed writing, and I still have fond memories of reading my first book, a children’s novella, to local grade schools when I was 14. When I’m not writing, I can be found curled up with a good book, watching movies or hitting the hiking trails with his wife. My favorite authors include Kelley Armstrong, Peter V. Brett, Richelle Mead, Rachel Caine, Cassandra Claire, J.R. Ward, Laini Taylor and Tessa Dawn. I currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?
Spending my summers at my remote Wyoming cabin and my winters in sunny California, writing away as a NY times bestselling author.

What is the biggest mistake you've made in your life?
Not being more adventurous when I was younger. I would have loved to spend summers working in Yellowstone National Park and Alaska in my twenties.

What would you do for a Klondike bar?
I've got a wicked sweet tooth but thankfully for the sake of this question I lean more toward cookies and candy than Ice cream novelties. My wife would be the one to watch your fingers around if you snagged a Klondike bar from our freezer.

Flash Round Favorites
Author: Richelle Meade
Color: Navy Blue. Dominates my wardrobe.
Sound: Buffalo grunt. Whenever I hear it I know I’m in Yellowstone!
Season: Fall. Love the colors, and it means the return of pro football and deer hunting with the family.
Animal: Wolf. Watching them hunt Elk and Buffalo was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. They
Smell: Apple pie cooling on top of the stove. Nothing better.
Food: Homemade lasagna and garlic bread.
Place to Visit: Yellowstone National Park. We have visited three times and are planning a fourth trip.
Place to Live: I hope to retire in either Montana or Wyoming with horses and a small cabin surrounded by wilderness.
Movie: Dances with Wolves. It’s such an epic film and in my opinion Kevin Costner’s best performance. I strongly identify with his character and would love to live the kind of life that he embraces.
Alien: The Wanderer from the Host. The movie had a hard time doing her role justice, but in the book I really enjoyed her character. She not only empathized with her human host but was wi
Number: 7. Not sure why, jus
Texture: Sand squeezing through my toes on a nice warm beach.
Planet: Teresolee. It is the make believe world in the Syreni series I am working on now. Would love to meet Aristos and Kerrigan.
Favorite Memory: Our first morning in Yellowstone. I've never seen Teresa smile so wide.

Favorite Place To Write
Tucked away in my office with me iPod playing. I need to be isolated to really get into the mood.

Greatest Inspiration
My wife. After watching me fill every available space in our house with paranormal and urban fantasy novels that I was consuming faster than I could buy them, she pointed out how much I'd always enjoyed writing, and my obvious love of the genre, and wondered why I wasn't writing a book of my own. That simple question and the conversation that followed started me down the path toward becoming a published author.

Best Elevator Pitch For Latest Book. 300 words or less
Dangerous Waters takes you inside a coven of female vampires, letting you get to know each of them intimately rather than just focusing on the protagonist and her love interests. And unlike most of the books in the vampire genre, there is no popping open a can of O- or feeding on animals. People die. The challenge I took on as an author is to make the reader fall in love with my characters in spite of what they must do to survive. There are magical elements that come into play, and events that unfold that none of the main characters can explain, which is a fresh change of pace from the “supernatural creatures educate the human protagonist” mold. Speaking of the protagonist, Emily led a sheltered life growing up, being raised in a small, rural town with an overprotective father. She bears emotional scars from losing her mother at a young age but hides them well. She’s attending Boston University to study conservation biology, and dreams of making a difference in the fight against global warming. Emily is extremely open-minded, and displays an almost detached objectivity in her thinking. She gives her heart freely, is selfless to a fault, and would do anything for those that she loves. Rest assured, her love life is as messed up and complicated as fans of the genre would expect it to be, but the story is about so much more than that. At its heart Dangerous Waters is a story of self discovery, overcoming challenges, and embracing the fact that life can take us in totally unexpected directions. We all have hidden abilities inside of us that will never surface if we are too afraid to explore and try new things.