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Author Interview & Giveaway with Ingrid Michaels

Happy Monday to everyone!! Today is a really special day to us here at Redheads. We have our first ever author interview!! Yay!!! I know I am super excited to have the chance to talk with Ingrid Michaels. She is such a sweetheart!

Make sure after you read our interview, you post a comment because one lucky commenter will win a copy of Diagnosis, Love!!!

Ok, let's get down to business! *rubs hands with an evil grin*

Crystal: Hi Ingrid, *silly grins* please introduce yourself.

Ingrid: Hi everyone! *waves* My name is Ingrid Michaels and I am a Canadian romance writer. I hail from Ontario, although I'm originally from La Belle Province (Quebec). I attended university in Toronto and received my B.A. and MA degrees in Philosophy. I abandoned my PhD studies when I got sick and tired of hearing myself say, "I have to work on my dissertation."

Crystal: Can you tell us a little about the hero/heroine in Diagnosis, Love?

Ingrid:In Diagnosis, Love Melanie Marr is a sassy phlebotomist who has an incurable form of leukemia. Her oncologist is Dr. Jakob Farkas, a TDHD (Tall, dark and handsome doctor) who claims to be able to help her by using a radical cure.

Crystal: How did you create these characters?

Ingrid: Melanie is a combination of spunky phlebotomists I've met over the years while donating blood. In fact, I first came up with the idea for Diagnosis, Love during a donation. Her cancer was my way of dealing with my brother's fourth stage non-Hodgkins Lymphoma diagnosis (from which he miraculously pulled through). Her fear of dying came from several sources, both personal and academic (my major interest in Philosophy was Existentialism, well, an offshoot of it, Phenomenological Existentialism.) And as for Jakob Farkas, well, every dying girl should be cured by the man of dreams, shouldn’t she?

Crystal: Oh my! I am happy to hear that your brother was able to recover. That is beyond great! Any yes, every woman should have a chance at the man of her dream. :) What was the most fun/rewarding part of writing Diagnosis, Love?

Ingrid:I enjoyed everything about the story, from spending time with these flawed characters, to finding a way to use art as an integral part of the story (I'm a former Art History teacher). Also, I used to read a lot of Stephen King, and to be able to combine all of those elements into one romantic, scary story was truly a rewarding experience.

Crystal: Being an Art History teacher is a little different than writing. Lol. When you're not writing, what do you enjoy doing?

Ingrid:I love cycling! Twitter followers know that much about me. *laughs* I constantly tweet about the conditions of the Greater Niagara Circle Route, an amazing recreational trail that meanders through the Niagara Region. I try to bike at least 100km per week. In 2011 I almost reached 3000km (1800 miles) for the year. My goal was to get to 2000km, but we kept getting one beautiful day after another, so I kept biking! I also like to read. And I've practiced yoga for over 15 years now. What else? Oh, I love to test my modest culinary talents with tofu-based dishes.

Crystal: Wow! More power to you! The most action I saw on a bike was when I was a kid. Lol. When not biking through gorgeous scenery, where do you get your ideas for your romances?

Ingrid: Hmm… everywhere! Is that too vague? *laughs* I like to examine relationships and ask, "what would happen if…" Sometimes, I just start with a line of dialogue that I explore and see if I can picture what kind of person might be talking. And then, at other times, as happened with the sequel to Diagnosis, Love the whole thing comes to me right out of the blue!

Crystal: What are your current projects?

Ingird: Where to start? I'm finishing editing a contemporary romcom short story called Complexities, and I'm also working on drafting Diagnosis Love III. (Retrograde: Diagnosis Love II is completed and will be submitted to my editor any day now.) And then there's a novel-length romantic comedy that I outlined a couple of years ago and only getting around to writing now. The story is about a young woman (Soleil) who goes on a cruise, meets someone, and gets engaged. When her overbearing mother finds out, she is so thrilled that she convinces her ex-husband to remarry her in a double wedding. But when Soleil's engagement falls through she fears that her parents won't remarry if she doesn't show up at the altar.

Crystal: They sound awesome and I can not wait to read them! :) Do you have a favorite theme(s) you work with?

Ingrid: I include some or most of these themes in most my stories: art, imperfect relationships, yoga, and vegetarian/pescetarian cuisine.

Crystal: While writing, do you sit in complete silence or do you listen to music, have t.v. on in the background, etc.?

Ingrid: Definitely no t.v, but I am a huge fan of pop music. Always have been. So the radio is always on and it is usually set to an 80s/90s pop station. But I'm also comfortable working in silence. I guess sometimes the muse speaks softly… I spent all of 2010 working in complete silence, after I discovered I couldn't get the pop songs out of my head while working.

Crystal: Lol! I find that music has a way of inspiring me too. Alright, now I have some random Fun Questions. Team Edward or Jacob?

Ingrid: I'm not a were-anything kind of gal. Vamps all the way!

Crystal: Boo! Lol. I need to find more were lovers. :) Boxers or Briefs?

Ingrid: Boxers! Easy access. Did I just say that? LOL!

Crystal: OMG! I just snorted! I like your way of thinking though. ;) What is the last book you read?

Ingrid: I just finished Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner. It is a collection of literary short stories exploring the modern human condition. I think she's the next Douglas Coupland.

Crystal: That is an interesting title. I am embarrassed to say that I have no clue who that is. Lol. Well no one said I was cultured! If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Ingrid: Hmm… I'm not a big movie person. In 2011 I watched exactly twelve movies. I know, I'm stalling… I want to say Sandra Bullock, but Kathy Bates keeps popping up in my mind! LOL!

Crystal: I love Sandra and Kathy! They can play such versatile rolls. And don't feel bad. I have only seen a couple movies last year myself and only watch a total of a couple shows throughout the year. My nose is usually stuck in a book. Lol. Alright, last but not least...If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would it be?
Ingrid: The Dalai Lama beats out Thich Nhat Hanh, by an eyelash. With Pema Chodron a close third. (As you can see, I have a Buddhist bent.)

Thanks for having me here today, Crystal. I had a great time and I look forward to coming back at some point!

Crystal: No, thank you Ingrid for giving me the chance to pick your brain! It was a loads of fun. :) We will have to see if we can do something for a couple of your other books too.


Sassy Melanie Marr is a phlebotomist who has terminal leukemia.The good news is that her doctor, dark and handsome Jakob Farkas, has a radical cure. As a vampire, he has the ability to heal her. But there's one small hitch, tired of his lonely existence, Farkas has not fed in over 100 years and needs to be brought back to health before he can help Melanie, with whom he has fallen in love.

Although Melanie doesn't believe the crazy doctor's story, she doesn't have much else going on at the moment besides dying. So she leaves boring Scranton and her tedious job in order to join Farkas as he travels around the world in search of a mystical cure.

As they await the arrival of the Spring Equinox in the legendary caves in Lascaux, France, Melanie wonders if she can overcome the greatest obstacle to her cure: her very mortality. 


Wow! Can we say steamy read! The chemistry between the Melanie and Jakob is so hot I'm surprised my Kindle didn't catch on fire! At the beginning, I felt so sorry for Melanie because of her leukemia. Then Jakob comes swooping in to save her because he can't live without her. *sigh* Why can't we all find our prince charming?

Yes it is a short story, but what it lacks in length, it sure as hell makes up for in sex. Yeah...umm, I'm pretty sure my husband was thanking whoever wrote the book I had just read. Lol!

Awesome story about a second chance at life that includes love from a sexy as hell vampire. :)

Phew! When Jakob...wait. Why am I getting ready to tell you how good he was in the sack? Read it for yourself! ;)

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  1. Hi Crystal, just wanted to thank you again for such a fun interview! BTW, I take it you're on team Jacob, then? And maybe I'll have to interview *you* so I can find out if you like boxers or briefs... and why! LOL :-)

  2. You are very welcome! And I am so on team Jacob. I just have a weakness for tall, dark, and handsome men (in the books since in the movie it's Taylor Lautner who is kind of short)!

    Lord. I personally like boxer briefs. They are mighty sexy! *sigh*

  3. What a great idea having a vampire doctor who wants to change a phlebotonist. Can't wait to read. I can just imagine if there were pictures how hot they would be. Thank you.

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