Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Michele Micheal Rakes ~ a fantastic interview with Mikey. Another HOT romance erotica writer :-)

Love Mikey's pink hair! :-)
Michele Micheal Rakes writes gripping psychological thrillers, and impactful meaningful stories. Her characters jump off the pages and you fall in love with them. Every single one. 

Please give a warm welcome to my friend, fellow ERWA poly and male/male writer Mikey! She has been one of the most influential writers for me in the my career as an erotica writer. Also for my previous guest Spencer Dryden. Without her help, I would not be where I am today. :-) THANK YOU and Thank you for being here with great answers! I loved reading them and hope our readers will too. :-)

Tell our readers a wee bit about yourself. What are 5 things you wished you’d done, have done or are still to do, on the Bucket List? J

1. I would like to go to Egypt as a part of an archaeological expedition.

2.  I’ve been to Turkey, that’s as far as I got, but the Museum in Ankara where they displayed artifacts from Catel Huyuk were phenomenal.
3. I want to go to Scotland. I had the opportunity to go to school in Scotland, but my daughter was afraid to leave her Grammy. She was only six at the time. So that’s something I wished I’d done.
4.  I’d like my first novel, Trainwreck to be a mainstream release, but we all have our fantasies, yeah? (I'd also like it to be a mainstream release! It's really, really GOOD!~Meg)
5.  Traveling the U.S. on my Harley Davidson would be a great adventure I’d like to someday make happen.

Mikey with her husband Scott on their Harley's making a start on their US Road Trip in Idaho.

Tell us about the genre you write, why do you love it and how did you get into it?

It started with Trainwreck. At the time it was sort of a traditional romance, but I started out with my MC’s already married to each other and on the brink of divorce. The husband had a lot of secrets, but the biggest one was his sexuality. Into BDSM on the sly, he went for years to a gay whip master, insinuating into the man’s life. Vince’s acceptance of his love for this man moved me into another direction. This was the turning point for me into the m/m romance genre. Granted, Trainwreck is a poly, my other works are strictly m/m romance.

What’s your most favorite restaurant in the world? Where, why and the best dish/es they make?
The Summit House Restaurant at Crystal Mountain, WA. Best view of Mt. Rainier and the best chocolate crème brulee.

Remember those ads for Expedia that asked, ‘If you could go anywhere in the world, but have to go right now?’ Where would you have gone and would you have said to YES to right now? What pulls and entices you to that country?
Scotland. Right now. You offering me a plane ticket? I’ll go. I’m Scottish. Nuff said. Highlands, Heather, and truly righteous bangers. Plus, I like guys in kilts. So much so, I married one.

What parts of you, are incorporated into your characters?
Oh, that really depends on the characters. Vincent Sweetwater, my lead in Trainwreck, is all me, the submissiveness, the brattiness, the quick temper, and the masochism. Plus the deep loving nature he tries to hide down deep. Kane is the part of me that wanted to be a dancer, while Garrett is the firefighter I had to quit training for because I was pregnant with my son, Angus. Irus and Jackson are the football players I’d like to be if I’d been born a boy.

Favorite male hero/public figure you admire in the world, dead or alive, and why?

I shall always tip my hat to John Lennon, who tried to imagine a world so much better than this one.
Favorite female heroine/public figure you admire in the world, dead or alive, and why?
I have two, Amelia Earhart, and Agatha Christie. Because they did things people said women shouldn’t. I admire them.

Mikey emulating her female heroes. :-)
Have you ever had a character just “do their own thing?” Have you ever had an argument with one of your characters? Or anything else odd happen?
Vince took over a bit, but so did his father, who in the beginning was a bad man. He insisted he wasn’t, and he convinced me otherwise. So much so, that I wrote his own story after Trainwreck, called Surviving Adam. John Sweetwater is my Cinderella story.
(And it's also fabulous!~Meg) 

What’s your passion in life?
Writing of course, but I love my Harley, too. I love tattoos and piercings. My daughter is a tattoo artist, so she gives Momma the family discount.

What’s your writer’s routine? Do you write whenever or at certain times? Are you a pantser or plotter? Where do you like to write?
I’m more productive in the mornings, but I try to make time to write on the weekends. I panted it with Trainwreck, but I vaguely plotted Surviving Adam. I totally panted it with Saving Kane. Fourth and Long, I’ve done a fair bit of plotting. I know what’s going to happen, I just have to write it all and let the scenes play out a bit, too. I know what each chapter needs to do and I just start writing. I dedicate at least once a week to belt out one or two chapters. Then there’s editing. I do that after the first draft is complete. 

If you could pick a past life, what time period would appeal to you and why? Would you be male or female? Rich or poor?
I’d be male, for sure. In Scotland, with some land and a community to protect. Probably a clan leader, or warrior, charged with protecting my clan from incursions of Vikings Raiders. Yeah, sounds like bloody fun.
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You can find Michele Micheal Rakes's books at Muse It Hot!!! ~ a division of Muse It Up Publishing ~ Coming soon!!!
Under the Wild Darkness Calls Banner.
~ Cold Darkness ~ 14 June 2014
~ Ephemeral Darkness ~ Coming Fall

~ Follow this link and read the excerpt from Cold Darkness

Cold Darkness - Paranormal Erotica

Girlfriends. Wives. Lovers.
At some point they all nag, but only Kilar, a vampire demon, can nag her way into a possession, taking over Lance’s body for a night of sexual exploration.
Lance, Kilar’s blood slave, cannot escape and giving into her whims only leads to more devastation. Trapped in a psychic link, Lance grows weary and weak with her constant demand for freedom.
Kilar’s body remains hidden by the vampire tribunal due to a loathsome pact Lance made with them in order to contain his destructive girlfriend and prevent Armageddon.
So, what’s a guy to do? Kill the nag?

The thought has crossed his mind…but first he has to find her.



A twenty-something paramedic suffering from PTSD and a failing relationship with his high school sweetheart becomes embroiled in the tragic life of a young, gay man brutally beaten, raped, and left for dead. 

Kane Abel can’t help falling for his caregiver, the handsome paramedic who saves his life, but he’s resistant. The one time Kane threw caution to the wind, he was left with a wired jaw and a tracheostomy. He can’t take much more hurt. But with his attacker’s promise to return, Kane lives in a constant state of fear, and with the ever-present paramedic, arousal. 

Garrett Young struggles with the question of his sexuality, unable to get Kane out of his mind even as he fights against the demise of his long-time engagement with his girlfriend Amanda. Every day is complicated by his ongoing battle with PTSD and alcoholism, compounded by his fear for Kane’s life.


Michele Micheal Rakes (Mikey) Bio ~

Michele Micheal Rakes lives in the Pacific Northwest beneath the shadow of a great mountain. Surrounded by beauty and inspiration, she rides her Harley through groves of old forests and follows crisp glacial rivers.

She lives with her husband and two crazy Egyptian Mau's, one so fat he makes the house shake.

Known to friends as "Mikey," she has always dreamt of being a writer, and concocts many fantasies to get her through the normalcy of everyday life. Dreams she makes come true in hopes of inspiring her three grown children to pursue their daydreams, and do whatever their hearts desire.

An unusual Christmas decoration - one of the Egyptian Mau's - possibly not the fat one as I doubt that branch would offer him much support. :-)


  1. What a fantastic interview! Thanks so much Meg and Mikey!

  2. Thanks Matt. Glad you enjoyed it. :-). Aloha Meg. :-)

  3. What a great interview, Meg and Mikey! Love your photo, Mikey :) I hope you make it over to Scotland one day. I live in the north of England, about three hours from Edinburgh, one of my favourite cities in the world. Would love to do a US road trip one day - that looks fabulous! Good luck with Cold Darkness!

  4. Aloha Helena. Thanks so much. Glad you liked it. I love that photo of Mikey too :-). Where are you in the north Helena? I keep meaning to ask you. I've got ancestry in Yorkshire and lancashire. Thanks for visiting us. Aloha Meg. :-)

  5. Came for a look-see at Meg's Blogsite and WOW...look who's here:) Hi Mikey:) I love this...learning all about some of my favorite erotic romance authors; )
    So, you'd be a clan warrior...leader no doubt:) You go woman...I mean man *grins*
    Hugs, Ladies - heck of an interview...I'm so glad I checked it out:)

  6. Lol. Aloha Kay Dee. :-). Thanks for the great comments. :-). She'll crack up at the 'I mean man' comment. :-). Can't you just see her as a clan warrior and chieftain. :-).

    Okay stay tuned in folks. Got a equally fantastic interview coming up with none other than the woman herself! Ms Kay Dee Royal! :-).

    Hugs back Kay. Thanks for reading and the great comments

    Aloha Meg. :-)

  7. These comments from everyone made my night! Wow. Thanks Kay Dee, you made this guy happy. Hehehe. Helena, I hope I get over there someday too. Edinburgh was where I was headed, but oh the things we do for our children's happiness. I'm glad you enjoyed it Matt. Would you all believe that's my natural color? What if I said my mother sat at the feet of Timothy Leary while listening to Jim Morrison sing The End? No? My mother denies it too.

  8. Oh and Meg, you made be blush with your're a know what that does to us, Woman! :-)

  9. Lol. I love being a redhead, other than that one annoying wee aspect Of it. :-). Kay Dees a redhead too. We should form the blush and lush group!! :-). Thanks for being in my blog. I didn't know you'd gone to turkey. That must have been way cool!

    Aloha Meg. :-)

  10. Aloha all. :-) I just added the book cover to Mikey's blog interview. This cover is killer/kilar. :-) It's wow!!!

    Take a look down the bottom under book titles. Wowwww... Aloha Meg :-)