Author Interview: Michelle Muto – The Haunting Season

January 14, 2013 Book Tour, Uncategorized 8

Today I would like to welcome Michelle Muto, author of The Haunting Season, to the blog! After several back and forth emails, I have decided I love her. Reason #1, she laughs at my lame jokes. Reason #2, she shares my addiction to Dunkin Donuts Coffee. Does there need to be a reason #3? Cause there is; she did this interview twice. Once normal (with caffeine) and once without. See if you can guess which is which. 🙂

Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m an over-caffeinated insomniac who loves dogs, anything that’ll make me laugh, and chocolate. I’m also Nerd Girl. I love anything geeky, gadgety, or otherwise technical. I agree with my dogs that bacon and cheese need to be their own food group, and that mean people suck. I’m pretty boring. I’m married, have two furry canine kids, and I currently live in NE GA.  
At what point did you decide/realize you wanted to be a writer?
  Somewhere in my early teens. But, everyone said I should get a real job. I tried that. It’s highly overrated – except when it comes to paying the bills.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
I’d probably still be in the IT profession or tech writing.
Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?
Writing is now my full-time job.
If you became independently wealthy, what would you do with your time? Would you still write?
I’d absolutely still be writing. I’d also live in Western North Carolina. I’d like to be able to help support animals in need, too.

What are your favorite:

Authors
  Janet Evanovich, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Melissa Marr, Maggie Steifvater, Shirley Jackson, J.K. Rowling. I might have missed a dozen or so.
Book genres to read
Young adult, new adult, urban fantasy, horror, thriller, mysteries, suspense.
Band/Song
My faves are mostly classic rock (I’m with Dean Winchester on this one). My favorites change, as do the songs I most love. But lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Daughtry.
Desserts
Pies, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, fresh blackberries. 

What do you do in your spare time?
What’s that? Sometimes, I sleep. Does that count?
Tell me about your best (or worst!) vacation.
Best vacation – the first time I ever went to Disney as a kid. That memory is more special now that both of my parents are gone.

This or that:

Vampires or werewolves?
   Werewolves!
TV or Movies?
TV (I’m a huge fan of Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, and Castle)
Beach or Mountains?
Mountains
Cat or Dog?
Dog
Beer or Wine?
Wine. Red, please!
What is something we may not know about you?
   That I have the world’s worst handwriting. Seriously. I can make any doctor or pharmacist’s scribe look like calligraphy.

And now … Interview #2 🙂

Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m an over-caffeinated insomniac and who loves dogs, anything that’ll make me laugh, and chocolate. I’m also Nerd Girl. I love anything geeky, gadgety, or otherwise technical. I really get into it. It’s frightening. At least according to hubby. I’m totally weird. Just ask my family. My uncle used to call me Mess for a reason. When I’m old, I want to be like Maxine.


At what point did you decide/realize you wanted to be a writer?
Somewhere in my early teens after reading a bunch of Stephen King novels.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?
Slowly going insane and honing my sarcasm in the IT field. Computers work better when plugged in, people. 
Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?
  Writing is now my full-time job. The public is safer this way.
If you became independently wealthy, what would you do with your time? Would you still write?
  I’d absolutely still be writing. I’d also live in Western North Carolina. I’d like to be able to help support animals in need, too.

What are your favorite:
Authors
    
David Sedaris, Janet Evanovich, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Melissa Marr, Maggie Steifvater, Shirley Jackson, J.K. Rowling. I might have missed a few thousand.
Book genres to read
Young adult, new adult, urban fantasy, horror, thriller, mysteries, suspense, humor.
Band/song
My faves are mostly classic rock (I’m with Dean Winchester on this one). My favorites change, as do the songs I most love. Over the holidays, I listened only to Bob River’s Twisted Christmas Carols and a ton of AC/DC.
Desserts
Pies, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, fresh blackberries. 
What do you do in your spare time?
What’s that? Sometimes, I sleep. Does that count?
Tell me about your best (or worst!) vacation.
Worst. I hope my mother-in-law isn’t reading this about now…

This or that:
Vampires or werewolves?
  
Are we talking werewolves as in Lon Cheney or vampires as in Damon? ‘Cuz… you know, the answer is obvious. Damon doesn’t shed and he’s a lot more fun.
TV or Movies?
   TV (I’m a huge fan of Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, and Castle) And I’ll watch them over and over. I love reruns.
Beach or Mountains?
Mountains. You don’t want me in swimwear, and my legs are so white they could blind aircraft.
Cat or Dog?
Dog
Beer or Wine?
Wine. Red, please!
What is something we may not know about you?
That if something is funny enough, I laugh until I cry and snort. Usually at the same time. It’s charming.

Well …? Which interview was your favorite? Which do you think was with/without caffeine?

Be careful what you let in…

Siler House has stood silent beneath Savannah’s moss-draped oaks for decades. Notoriously haunted, it has remained empty until college-bound Jess Perry and three of her peers gather to take part in a month-long study on the paranormal. Jess, who talks to ghosts, quickly bonds with her fellow test subjects. One is a girl possessed. Another just wants to forget. The third is a guy who really knows how to turn up the August heat, not to mention Jess’s heart rate…when he’s not resurrecting the dead.

The study soon turns into something far more sinister when they discover that Siler House and the dark forces within are determined to keep them forever. In order to escape, Jess and the others will have to open themselves up to the true horror of Siler House and channel the very evil that has welcomed them all.

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Writer of urban fantasy, the paranormal, and all things eerie and curious.

Michelle has always loved storytelling. When she was a child, her favorite stories were of monsters and things that lurked in the dark. Telling stories often frightened her classmates and got her into a lot of trouble with her teachers. They had no sense of humor.

As an adult, Michelle traded her love of writing for the corporate life where she was an IT professional. Today, she’s doing what she loves best – writing and storytelling.

Michelle grew up in Chicago, but currently lives in NE Georgia with her husband and their two dogs, one of which is a Beezlepup. She loves scary books, funny movies, sports cars, dogs, chocolate, old cemeteries, and changes of season. Michelle even loves photography. One day, maybe she’ll upload a better photo – one that wasn’t taken in late afternoon with Photobooth. Or, maybe not.

Michelle writes on a Mac and is a true geek at heart. She agrees with her dogs who think cheese and bacon should be in their own food group. But most of all, she believes everyone should trust their imagination, have a kind heart, and should definitely have a sense of humor.

Connect with Muto:

Michelle’s Blog

Twitter

FB author page

8 Responses to “Author Interview: Michelle Muto – The Haunting Season”

  1. Nanette

    Second interview is with caffein. And you should love her if she laughs at your jokes 😉 Plus, I know you love her because she loves animals.

    Michelle, I think we must be long lost sisters or something. We like a LOT of the same things. You made me want some blackberries.

    • Michelle Michelle Muto

      Nanette, have you ever had fresh blackberries with vanilla yogurt and a drizzle of acacia or sourwood honey on top? Heaven. Absolute heaven.
      Or, just eat the bowl of blackberries. That’s good too.

      And yeah. The second one is with caffeine. You nailed it!

  2. Tina Moss

    Looks like I have another writer-twin and author to add to the TBR pile. Great interview! 🙂

  3. littleread1

    Fun stuff! Thanks Michelle for stopping by, you are fantastic, and welcome any time! 🙂

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