Interview with Michele Hauf + Giveaway

Filed in featured , Giveaways , Interview , Michele Hauf , The Latin Lover Posted on October 3, 2012 @ 7:00 am 21 comments

Today we are happy to welcome to Book Lovers Inc. beloved paranormal romance author Michele Hauf, who stops by to answer all my burning questions regarding, among others, her newest release: Forever Werewolf! So read on to get to know more about Michele and her latest novel and you could even win a copy of Forever Werewolf! ;-)

Stella: Hi Michele, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?

Michele: I’ve been writing since the early 90s. I spend a lot of time behind the keyboard but try to get away and exercise when I can. I love to muddle about in my tiny little succulent garden, and dread the oncoming winter because cabin fever sucks. Fortunately my stories do entertain me, so I can pretend I’m walking the streets of a summery Paris, even as the snow blasts my windows just over my shoulder.

Stella: Describe a typical day of writing? Are you a planner or pantser?

Michele: Depends on the story. I always go into a story knowing the hero and heroine as best I can (though I learn a lot during the course of the story). Then, I generally have a loose idea of the overall story, and just sit down and try to get some words on the page. Sometimes the characters will take over and lead me down interesting paths, and I always follow. Other times, I really have to plot and organize to make the story behave and do what I want it to do.

Stella: What do you think is the difference between a reader and a real Book Lover?

Michele: Real book lovers generally can’t make it to their beds without twining between the piles of books piled here and there, and they would be appalled if you asked them to move one of those piles on their coffee table or chairs to make room so you could sit down. :-D Please! We love our books and must have MANY.

Stella: Your latest release Forever Werewolf was released in September by Harlequin Nocturne, congratulations! Can you tell our readers what they can expect of it?

Michele: This tells the story of Trystan Hawkes, werewolf, who was first introduced in Seducing the Vampire and also appeared in Forever Vampire. He’s the twin brother to Vaillant (a vampire). I’ll leave you to figure those family dynamics on your own if you haven’t read the other stories. ;-) Trystan is such a fun-loving adventurous guy. I had to give him opportunity to play in the snow and shreds some serious powder (he’s a snowboarder) to show his lovable side, but also, I had to hook him up with a heroine who may be a bit more uptight than he’s used to. Opposites attract, right? But soon these two learn they may have more in common than they could ever imagine.

Stella: Could you introduce Tryst and Lexi, the hero and heroine of Forever Werewolf?

Michele: Tryst is tall, lanky, well-muscled and has a head of curly loose ginger hair. You’d pick him out of a crowd probably by his laugh and easy-going attitude. He’s kind and always willing to lend a helping hand. He also has an eye for a gorgeous woman, and when he first lays eyes on Lexi, he can’t believe it because female werewolves are rare, and he’s standing SO CLOSE to her he can almost touch her.

Lexi is cool, calm and always in control. She has to be; she’s spent her whole life trying to control and cover up a condition that shames her, so it takes her a while to let her hair down around Tryst. No surprise that their love with winter sports is what brings them together and allows them to finally open up to one another.

Stella: Can you tell us 3 reasons why people should read Forever Werewolf?

Michele: Oh dear, a tough one. Well, it’s a fun read. I love writing werewolves because they are family oriented and very protective of their mates, so if you like alpha heroes, this story is for you. And did you know this book includes a free copy of MOON KISSED? Two stories for the price of one! How can you resist that?

Stella: Can you summarize Forever Werewolf for us Twitter-style (140 characters or less)?

Michele: Sexy werewolves finding love in the French Alps. Both hide secrets that could destroy their trust. Will love save the day?

Stella: You have already written several werewolf romances; in what way is Forever Werewolf different?

Michele: This is the first of my werewolf stories where both hero and heroine are werewolves. Previously I have paired a werewolf with a mortal, vampire and recently a witch in The Werewolf’s Wife.

Maggie Qi as Lexi

Michele: Well, I must say Trystan Hawkes, to me, looks like Shaun White (and he also got his love for snowboarding from him.) Maggie Qi is my vision of Lexi, sleek, dark, and confident. For Liam, a secondary character, I’d go with Misha Collins of Supernatural fame. Maybe Liam will get his own story some day?

Stella: Can you tell us any behind the scenes secret related to Forever Werewolf? (either to the writing process, or some tidbit about the characters, a scene that didn’t end up in the final version, etc.)

Michele: Well, this story originally started out as a winter Olympics for the paranormal breeds. I wanted Trystan to be competing against all kinds of critters and also competing for the girl. My editor didn’t like the idea of having so much sports in the story, so I had to take that out, but still was able to keep a little snowboarding in there.

Stella: Oh that sounds like a unique idea for a story! :-D What is it about the paranormal genre that you find so appealing?

Michele: That little something ‘extra’ that each paranormal breed has, as opposed to being merely mortal. Why have tall, dark and handsome when you can also have fangs? Or claws and a tail. Or even wings? I like playing around with those ‘extras’ and think it brings some fun and adventure to the story.

Stella: You have also written several novels featuring vampire characters, so the ultimate question must be asked: vampire or werewolf? Which one do you choose and why?

Michele: It changes all the time. Sometimes, if I’ve been working on vamps a lot, I may have a hankering for a werewolf for a change, and vice versa. But lately, I’ll take vampires, just because I had a dream about a sexy fanged one the other night… ;-)

Stella: What is your favourite werewolf movie/series/novel? And who is your favourite werewolf character? And favourite vampire movie/series/novel and favourite vamp character?

Michele:  I do like Underworld, but also the YA story, Blood & Chocolate. Both had great stories and I liked the way werewolves were depicted in each movie. (Though, I wasn’t too keen on the cat-like faces of the shifted werewolves in Underworld). I recently discovered the TV show, Teen Wolf, and like that as well.

As for vamps, I have to go all the way back to The Lost Boys for a fav, and didn’t Keiffer Sutherland embody the dark, charming and dangerous vampire?

Stella: What is next on your schedule? Any future plans you’d like to share with us?

Michele: Right now I’m working on a new mini-series set within my world of Beautiful Creatures about The Order of the Stake, which is an organization of slayers that dates back to the 15th century, created to slay vampires. I think I’ll have four books in that series. The first features a female slayer and male vamp who has been tortured ruthlessly by werewolves so he is a little bit insane. Had fun with that one. It’s titled Beautiful Danger, and should be out in fall of ’13.

Stella: Oh, sounds like a great story! Can you share with us some little secret trivia that not many people know about you?

Michele: About me, specifically? I think I’m everywhere online, so most readers know everything about me there is to know. I think though, that maybe readers like it when authors of paranormal stories have that dark, mysterious quality to them. I love to dress up for events and do the vamp clothes at signings, but in reality, I’m pretty white-bread, and would probably run screaming if a vampire flashed his fangs at me.

Stella: LOL, thanks so much for stopping by Michele and answering my questions, it was fun! :-D

Forever Werewolf by Michele Hauf

Alexis Conner, princess of the Alpine pack and pureblood werewolf, hides a painful secret-she has never shifted. If she can’t shift, she can’t mate, and so Lexi resigned herself to a lifetime of loneliness. But then a stranger arrives, and Lexi senses that her world will never be the same….

A massive avalanche might be to blame for Trystan Hawkes getting stuck at Castle Wulfsiege, but after one look at Lexi, Trystan is not about to leave. Lexi is strong, smart and incredibly sexy. Not that it matters. Tryst is an omega-the fabled lone wolf. Even more damning is his mixed vampire heritage.

Lexi knows that the vampire blood running through Tryst’s veins makes him off-limits, but what if he’s the one man who can rouse her inner wolf?

Buy at AmazonB&NBook Depository

Connect with Michele at: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads.

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~*~*Giveaway*~*~

Michele has very generously offered a copy of Forever Werewolf to TWO lucky commenters!

All you have to do is either leave a question/comment for Michele or answer her question: What’s your favorite paranormal creature?  Are you getting tired of vampires and werewolves?  Which creature would you like to read more about?

(You can read our full giveaway policy here)

Please be sure to include a valid email address in the comment form (need not be in the actual body of the comment).

This giveaway is open to everyone!

Giveaway ends on 13 October 2012 and we will announce the winner on Sunday.

Good Luck!

About Stella


Stella is a proud bookaholic and a self-taught multilinguist in training. Besides reading, her other great passions are travelling and baking. When she is not globetrotting she lives in sunny Budapest, where she loves to spend her free time preparing (and feasting on) delicious cookies or devouring equally yummy books. Her favourite genres are urban fantasy and romance and she couldn't live without her daily dose of sunshine. Besides being the Latin Lover on BLI Stella also blogs about books and a bookish life on Ex Libris.

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  • Sullivan McPig October 3, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Wereboars! I want to read about wereboars. And keep the supernatural creatures coming!

    • Stella October 3, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Ooh that sure would be a very unique story, one that I would gladly read :-D

  • Izz October 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    My favorite is werewolf. I’m not into vampire thingy because it kinda scares me with all that blood and the idea of blood drinking, but I don’t faint by blood in real life and my job must deal with blood almost everyday though. I just want my reading blood free ;)

  • Viki S. October 3, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Larissa Ione’s Wraith is my book boyfriend so it’s a seminus demon for me ;). Thank you.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  • aurian October 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Nope, not getting tired at all. I like them all, except zombies and other gruesome scary creatures. A slight preference for were animals, and dragons.

  • erinf1 October 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for a great post and congrats to Michelle on the newest release! I like all the paranormal creatures. But I especially love when authors create a unique twist or origins story :)

  • Michele H October 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Loved the interview! I love all creatures in the paranormal genre but I think vampires are my current favorite. I always seem to gravitate back to them and witches as well.

  • Michele October 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Just have to jump in and say today I like slayers. Mortal, human, completely unparanormal slayers of those paranormal critters we love so much. Maybe it’s because my current hero is a slayer who looks a teeny bit like Tom Hardy? ;-)

  • Estella October 3, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    My favorite is the vampire and I’ll never get tired of reading about them and werewolves.
    Would like more stories about big cat shifters.

  • Diane October 3, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    What’s your favorite paranormal creature? Still crazy about vampires but second would be shifters. Are you getting tired of vampires and werewolves? No I’ve never yet gotten tired of either and in fact I enjoy also authors who are now writing about fallen angels! So all paranormal is great!

  • June M. October 4, 2012 at 3:42 am

    My favorite would be vampires but shifters are definitely a very close second. I do also love demons. I never get tired of vampires & shifters.

  • Mary Preston October 4, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I imagine that Angels count as Paranormal. I love fierce Angels. Wrath of God beings.

  • Kerry October 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I love shifters (not just wolves) – Vampires are up there just for the centuries of knowledge thing, but the heat from a shifter is special :) I havent gotten tired of them yet! I am just happy reading anything I get my hands on – oops Book Lover here LOL PILES of books!

  • Filia Oktarina October 4, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I love both, vampire and werewolf, shifters to. I habe buy a lot book about that creature, and i haven’ t tired read them yet :)

  • JessS October 4, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I don”t really have a favourite, though maybe vampires due to a bit of an obsession with Buffy :D
    They are getting a little old though, and I would like to read more about angels and maybe witches. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Victoria Zumbrum October 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Vampires are my favorite. I never get tired of reading about them. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • bn100 October 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I like werewolves because the’re alpha. I like to read about any kind of paranormal creature.

  • eli yanti October 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

    i love vampire, werewolf, son of satan and alien (alien is count??) :)

  • Janie McGaugh October 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I like vampires best, but I’ve liked all the kinds I’ve read, so far. I can’t see getting tired of them anytime soon. Keep the vampires and weres coming!

  • dian aesha October 17, 2012 at 6:42 am

    my fav is vampire and iam not getting tired for reading about vampire..
    thanks for the chance ^^

  • ab bokhari November 22, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Am not getting tired of werewolves or vampires the fun has just begun

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