Today we're visiting with author Michel Prince on her tour with Goddess Fish Promotions for the YA novel, "Chrysalis".
Michel will be awarding a butterfly gift basket to one randomly drawn commenter and a butterfly necklace to a second randomly drawn commenter, so comment today AND follow her tour! The more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. The rest of her tour stops are here.
Michel answered many of my prying questions -- thanks!
Why YA fiction? What draws you to it?
First I’d like to say that my series is mature YA. When I was younger I was never told no on a book so I jumped from middle grade to adult, that mixed with the age range of YA being from 12 to 25 it’s a hard genre to pinpoint. But I do love the extremes that are allowed in YA fiction that isn’t in adult. It’s a time when nothing is certain. Although you can make decisions that will affect you for the rest of your life, most don’t so you get to experiment. The emotions are new and firsts are amazing. Close your eyes and remember the first time you experienced anything, be it a rollercoaster, chocolate ice cream, or a horseback ride. You can never truly get those first back and that’s what makes YA such a fun genre to write.
Pretend your protagonist is at school and opens his/her locker – what will we see inside?
On the inside of the door the football game schedule poster, pictures of Orlando Bloom, Taylor Lautner, and John Legend. An old camera and her books.
What books were your favorite as a youth and why?
When I was younger I was a Babysitters Club girl. There seems to be a divide in my generation between them and the Sweet Valley High girls. You were one or the other. I loved that each book followed a different one of the girl and you learned about their family and who they were. I could get one and be done in a day or two and there were always more.
What reality show would you love to be on? Why?
Wipeout…I’m sure I’d be sore as heck but to have the bravery to do that is something I’d love to challenge myself with.
Favorite TV show from your childhood?
Punky Brewster…PUNKY POWER. I even liked the cartoon version.
What four literary characters would you most like to have over for dinner?
That’s hard. Vixs from Summer Sisters by Judy Blume, Queen Catherine of Aregon from The Constant Princess, by Phillipa Gregory (although she was a real person I’d like the literary version), Betsy from the Betsy and Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace, and Rhage from the Black Dagger Brotherhood. What can I say I like a lively conversation.
You’re stranded on a desert island—which character from your book do you want with you? Why?
Oscar. He’s a Boy Scout and would be able to make us a shelter, get us food and take care of any injuries…oh yeah and he’s hot as hell and gives amazing foot rubs.
What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Pepperoni and Mushroom if it’s a thin crispy crust. If it’s a thick crust I love Domino’s barb-b-que chicken pizza.
You’ve just won a million dollars and you’re not allowed to save any of it. What do you spend it on?
Pay all my bills…darn being a grown up. Then an around the world cruise for me, my husband, son and niece. Just don’t tell my niece she’s going to be a babysitter so my husband and I can sneak off every once in a while.
Playlist for your current book.
Wow that’s really long because Ellie’s all about the hidden words in music and I actually have a Oscar and Ellie playlist that covers all four books in the series on my iTunes.
The official song for Chrysalis is When I’m With You by Sierra (see my website for a link to this up and coming artist). Now for the ones in the book, Stupid Girls, by Pink, Whoop That Trick, by Terrence Howard, Slow Dance, by John Legend, Take me Away by John Legend, Say Hey (I love you) by Michael Franti, The Sweater by Meryn Cadell, Lady in Red, by Eric Clapton, Halo by Beyonce, Don’t Lie by The Black Eyed Peas, Fallin’ for you by Colbie Calliat…I’m sure I’m forgetting one or two.
Who was your teenaged crush? Why?
Christian Slater…his voice. That deep gravelly voice with the lips that were just a little off center and him in Pump up the Volume…yep he’d have been number one on my go to list.
Favorite class in high school. Why?
It was a toss up. I really did like history I just didn’t enjoy the teacher and I learned more from the textbook. Science, loved the teacher…Hey Mrs. Carlson…I like figuring out problems and formulas.
Bad choices are a Chisholm family trait, one that confounds the youngest child, Ellie, who's trying to separate herself by making smart decisions. And falling for Oscar Jeffreys, the hottest guy at school, would be number one on the list of Chisholm family disasters. Yet the crazy part is it’s not a one sided attraction. Somehow Ellie has caught Oscar Jeffreys’ eye. Sure she could see the barriers between them. Race, age, popularity. They were at opposite ends of the spectrum. But a demon set to destroy her family? She can't see that.
Oscar provides security and acceptance Ellie never imagined she deserved. As the passion of first love grows, Ellie honestly believes she has a chance to beat the odds and live a happy, normal life. Then her world collapses around her. With the help of a guardian angel, Ellie learns of a world that has unknowingly surrounded her for years. And she'll have to find strength buried deep inside to save not only her future, but flush out and stop the demon in her midst.
And Ellie will have to learn that sometimes the hardest lesson about growing up is accepting that you're worth more.
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 Midwest Fiction Writers. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, son, cat and new puppy.