Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
Michelle Dalton – an expat South African now living in north Brisbane these last 9 years 😉 I write Contemporary Romance and Women’s fiction as well as Romantic Steampunk (as MC D’Alton).
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
I wrote short silly stories as a kid and have always dabbled in writing something. Around six maybe seven years ago I decided it was time to get serious about putting the stories in my head on paper. I combed the internet for classes and writers groups. Eventually I joined this awesome online community called The Write Practice. Here with the support of many other emerging writers I learned what it meant to be a writer, how to bring my story to life, and honed my craft. Then I befriended some local writers one in particular – Melanie Page who is my partner in Romantic steampunk writing. We’re due to have our first book in a series of four published with Vulpine press in January 2020. Sarah Williams from Serenade Publishing is another amazing author and business woman. She and her publishing company have published my first and second novels – Epona & Simple Truths.
It’s been a hard road to this point and there are still times want to through in the towel but I couldn’t imagine a life where I don’t write. I learned very quickly who I could and could not trust in this industry, as well as getting badly burned by people who I thought were on the front line of uplifting writers of all levels. But here I am, at last, and I still have a ways to go. Nothing in life comes without dedication, commitment and a lot of tenacity.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?So my current WIP is the second book of three in the Highlands series and follows Epona. I am also editing the second book of the Lost & Found series called Forget Me Not and editing Iron Fist which is the second book in the Iron Universe series. And as all of this is going on Mel and I are discussing co-writing another series together, (not sure what it is yet – but watch this space).
What is the most challenging part of writing romance?
For me? The sex scenes. I love reading them but really hate writing them. I never want it to read like a crude sex novel or use harsh words which could cheapen the scene. Also the ‘is it possible?’ gets me a bit. I do it, but dang nabbit, it’s a serious challenge 😉
What kind of research do you do when you set out to write a new book?Depends on where my story takes place, if there accents and colloquialisms involved, any iconic areas I need to know of? In my current WIP I needed to research Police Scotland, the times the sunsets in spring in the Highlands and so on. So it could be anything from a dog breed to a recipe. I don’t do research beforehand though – I’m a kinda learn on the run type of girl 😉
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
I was told to ‘Never give up. Never give in.’ and be careful who you trust your work and your hard earned money to!
What do you love the most about the month of November?
It’s summer, it’s hot and sticky, and it’s almost Christmas 😊
Any last words before we go into the speed round?
I am a staunch supporter of our farmers and an activist against the raging violence killing my people in South Africa. I portray much of it in my work. I am a nurse and a mother of triplet teenage boys (Yes, my place in heaven is booked!) as well as a bloody awesome wife! I have few friends, but those I do have, I keep close to my heart. I don’t suffer fools and absolutely do not tolerate betrayal. Oh yes, I love telling stories! 😊
City, suburb, or small-town? Small Town.
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate? Dark Chocolate.
Alpha, beta, or both? Alpha
Vampire, werewolf, demon or angel?Angel
Wine, whiskey or punch?Whiskey & Wine
Thanksgiving, Christmas, Halloween, or other?Christmas and Halloween
Boxers, briefs, or commando?Boxers
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops?Cowboy boots
Leather, lace, or silk?Leather and Silk
Cake, cookies, or crumpets?Crumpets
Top, bottom, or against the wall?All of them.
Biceps, abs, or buns?All!
Cats, dogs, or exotics?Horses and dogs.
Having worked in Doctors without Borders, Rochelle Le Roux has seen the best and the worst of humankind and now she just wants to live a quiet life in South Africa. But when her path crosses that of the only man she’s ever loved she is forced to consider that maybe fate has brought her back for a reason.
South Africa is a country in strife. But corrupt governments are only one of the many problems plaguing this dynamic rainbow nation. A ring of human traffickers is stealing children and smuggling them into North Africa. The ring leader, a prominent figure in the local Cape Malay community, is a man with everything to lose and even more to gain.
Lieutenant Thomas Campbell has dedicated his life to protecting his country and serving the South African Navy. But he will never forget that stolen kiss beneath the stars and a heartbroken beauty which has haunted his life for sixteen years.
But in a country fraught with danger, adversity, and cultural differences, can Thomas and Rochelle cross the divides and overcome the simple truths to find their forever love?
More About Michelle
Originally from Pretoria, South Africa, Michelle Dalton and her family fled the rising violence taking over her beloved country and now lives near Brisbane, Australia with her husband and triplet sons. While also juggling a nursing career and teenage sons, she loves to escape into her fictional world. Michelle has a deep love of horses and enjoys weaving them into dramatic stories with honourable men and strong women. Her other hobbies are gardening (usually trying to save her precious herbs and bulbs from an overactive miniature Jack Russell), painting, and reading. She’s also a huge Star Trek and Marvel Comics fan, and as of recently a wee fan of DC too.