I’ve wanted to be an author since I was twelve years old. I loved reading so much and the idea of getting to write stories for a living seemed like the coolest career in the world. It seemed so far out of reach, but I wanted to achieve that dream so bad. I’m so happy that I did!
I’m terrible at planning out a single book, so I’m even worse at planning a series. For example, with my Romcom series, I really liked a secondary character I wrote in the first book, so I made her the heroine of the second. Sometimes I’m organized though. With my Summer of First Kisses series, I planned out all five couples before I ever wrote a word.
No, I’m published every book I’ve ever written. That doesn’t mean all of them are good though!
I don’t like to write dark themes in general, such as abuse, bullying, or suicide. I want my books to be a mostly safe, happy place. But conflict and difficult backstories are necessary to make stories interesting, so when those things happen, I try to handle them delicately and respectfully.
I’m very involved in the cover design of my books. I usually try to figure out what will make a cover both stand out to potential readers and be similar to what they already like. It’ a hard balance to find.
I get inspiration everywhere. From dreams, things people say, real-life stories, and especially from Korean and Chinese dramas, which I love to watch.
That’s so hard since I’ve written almost forty of them. If I had to pick, it would be Damien and Krista from Oh, Keep Your Shirt on.
If I’m not procrastinating or busy with other things in life, it take me about 4-6 weeks to write a book. But lately, life has been hard with the pandemic and other challenges, so I’m writing slower these days.
My favorite genre to read is fantasy. Since I write mostly contemporary romance, I read in another genre because I need to take a break from it. In the future, though, I’ll be writing more fantasy myself.
My favorite authors are Georgette Heyer, Jane Austen, Lindsay Buroker, Brandon Sanderson, and Robert Jordan.
My book “Sawdust and Mistletoe” because I love romantic movies and I’ve always thought it would make a perfect one.
Michelle Pennington is a USA Today Bestselling author of clean romance across multiple genres: Romantic Comedy, Young Adult, Contemporary, Regency, and Fantasy. The genre might change, but her characters will always be falling in love. She spends her days quoting movies with her husband and making messes faster than her four kids. She used to have a lot of hobbies, but now she’s mostly just addicted to k-dramas. She makes it her mission to help you escape from life for a while and slip into a world of laughter, romance, swoony kisses, interesting characters, and the promise of a happily-ever-after. You’re awesome and life can be challenging, so she works hard to help you take a break you deserve.