Cindy: My, you've been busy since your first book, It's Not About Me, came out (Sept. 2008). Briefly describe that work and the newest ones, It's Not About Him (released Sept. 2009) and It's Not About Her (to be released Sept. 2010):
Michelle: It's Not About Me is the story of a young high school graduate whose future is demolished by a senseless attack. She learns what true love is when two brothers who claim to have her best interests in mind vie for her attention to win her heart.
It's Not About Him continues the series when a young woman who was raped while passed out at a party in book 1 finds herself in a crisis pregnancy. Her friends won't help her get an abortion and when she finds Christ she decides to place her baby for adoption.
The second book is about her journey in that regard and her developing love relationship with a young man who offers to marry her so she'll keep her baby.
It's Not About Her is the story of the young man who doesn't get the girl in book 1 and who nearly destroys his life in book 2. He gets the third book all to himself.
Cindy: You've also got seven other projects in the works in addition to Danger at the Door (released Aug 2009). We'll begin with that one. Briefly describe the story:
Michelle: Danger at the Door is a romantic suspense with comedic elements built around miscommunication. The hero speaks very little English and while befriending a woman who is afraid to leave her home, he slowly wins her trust. However, there is a man stalking her and she doesn't know who to trust so she feels safer at home. She just feels like someone is watching her and worries that she is losing her mind.
Cindy: First Impressions is scheduled for release in January 2010. And what is it about?
Michelle: I call this my Tombstone story. It's a cowboy romance about a female captain in the Army who is shy and not getting any younger so she decides to play the role of a saloon girl in the town on her free time so she can get more comfortable around men and learn to flirt. She is terrible at it, though, but it does lead to a relationship with a man from her past. Only he doesn't remember her, so she's decided to either resurrect those old memories in him or create new ones. The problem is that he is so "into" her that he starts to backslide and then everything between them starts falling apart.
Cindy: Are all of your works (published and works in progress) Young Adult or do you also write in other genres?
Michelle: Only the "It's Not About…" books are YA. The rest are contemporary romance, women's fiction, or romantic suspense.
Cindy: You have two teenage sons. When do you find the time to write?
Michelle: Whenever I can. Lately I have more time since I've resigned as Editor-in Chief-of the online magazine that used to take up a lot of my free time.
Cindy: Does your family influence your writing or story ideas in any way?
Michelle: Not really. Most of the characters are based on people outside of my immediate or even extended family.
Cindy: Where can we learn more about you?
Michelle: On my blog or website. http://www.michellesutton.net or http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com
Cindy: Where can your books be purchased?
Michelle: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com, the Desert Breeze publishing site, and other online sites. Plus they can be ordered in most bookstores (my YA books).
Cindy: How can we get a signed copy of one of your books?
Michelle: I can autograph a sticker and send it to people to put in their book. I prefer that to selling the few books I have stashed for promo purposes.
Cindy: What is your goal behind your stories; what do you hope the reader gets from them?
Michelle: I hope my readers get a better understanding of true faith and what it means to have a personal relationship with the living God. I also want my readers to see how God uses everything for His ultimate glory.