What a treat here! I have another series, AND I get to chat with Michele! Let’s start with the books, and then we’ll get to know her.
The series is Hot Tide Series by Michele De Winton, Contemporary Romantic Comedy
Another Shot With Summer Hot Tide Book 1
He broke her heart like a cheap surfboard…can he win her back?
After an accident stole his surfing career, Ashton Evans has a chance to reinvent his life by photographing the leaders of the World Surfing League. The problem? Summer Roberts is his first client. Now the woman he can’t forget is spending long, hot Indonesian days in front of his lens. In a bikini. And worse, she’s steaming up his nights.
But no matter how tempting Summer is, Ashton must keep his hands to himself. For the sake of her career, Summer is pretending she’s still in a relationship with someone else. Being seen with Ashton could blow her chance at making it onto the World Surfing League leader board for good. But with their attraction as unstoppable as one of the giant ocean waves that rule their lives, will they be tumbled under by it? Or will Ashton finally get his second shot with Summer?
Get ready for a wet, hot ride.
Making Over Maya Hot Tide Book 2
This Cinderella isn’t supposed to end up with the Wolfe.
Maya Taylor is all sass and style when it comes to closing a PR deal, but when it comes to men, she has about as much witty banter as a drowning grommet. So when fashion mogul, Dominic Wolfe, enters her life, he seems to be bringing the perfect deal.
She’ll teach him all there is to know about the highly competitive side of surf sponsorship. And in return, Dominic will turn the beautiful surf-klutz into a man-magnet. Dream deal, right?
Only the lessons start getting hotter than the beach mid-summer and Dominic realizes he wants more. Much more. But the deal was their relationship wouldn’t cross the line between business and pleasure…
Meet the Author
It’s no wonder that Michele’s first romance has a little sparkle of the stage tucked into its pages as she was a performer long before she got addicted to the page. Being a writer was not what she was supposed to be when she ‘grew up’ but then neither was a dancer. Her poor parents. They thought that when she toddled off to law school they’d bred a responsible, useful adult and instead they got a performer and word junkie.
She now writes full time in a studio surrounded by the whisper of wind in the trees and only intermittent interruptions from her young son, husband and hunger pangs. She’s based in New Zealand (land of beaches and hobbits) loves chocolate, yoga, sunshine, her boys and happy endings.
Hi Michelle, and thank you for being here!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess when I published my first book was when the world started considering me a writer. But it was when a book was rejected after that that I realized I couldn’t quit the writing life. I was on a year long fellowship and had been relishing writing everyday with no interruptions, no deadlines, nothing except the freedom to write and write and write. I committed three projects to the page that year but only one of them was published. And the one that I was most passionate about was rejected. That was the turning point for me. Even facing down someone telling me I didn’t cut it, I couldn’t stop myself wanting to continue. I realized I was a writer, for better or worse. The stories in my head were still going to want to come out. I stopped worrying about it and just concentrated on writing whenever I could. I count that as a blessing.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I do have a big love for Crazy, Stupid, Love.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I actually pitched my first novel (not a romance) the other day – we shall see what happens!
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I walked the moors in England, following in the footsteps of Sherlock Holmes. It’s a desolate place but remarkably full of color. Rich reds and browns against the endless gray skies.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A Labrador puppy. I like to bounce at things and chew on them a while 😉
What inspired you to write this book?
I was always at the beach as a young girl. My brother was a dedicated surfer and I dabbled. I even rode a long board in Bali back in the day. But it was the fact that women are so underrepresented in this sport that got me thinking that I’d love to read about how they make their passion happen against the background of such a male dominated sport. I love to see women take on a challenge – and win! And my characters certainly like to take on big challenges.
What can we expect from you in the future?
There are three books in the Hot Tide series so they will all be rolling out soon. I also have a third book in my Big City Billionaires series: Lady Boss coming out. A boss and employee trope but with the heroine being the boss!
Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learnt a lot about competitive surfing. About the cut throat nature of it. And about how even on the same contest, women will often get half the prize money as men. This is people who are surfing the exact same waves, on the exact same days, and yet the prize money is half. It baffles me that this is still happening in 2018.
How did you come up with the name of this book?
It’s a second chance romance and the heroines name is Summer. I loved the idea of the hero getting both a second chance with his love and with the summer world of surfing. He really is chasing the endless summer. He’s also a photographer so getting another shot with her is both about his profession and his love life. It’s a title that is about as full of double meanings as any I’ve ever written!
What is your favorite part of this book and why?
I loved writing the surfing scenes. I have always loved writing about the water and so to put myself inside giant waves, and feel them crashing over me was really fun. Thinking about the view under the water, the way the light hits it when a wave is curling, all of that made my fingers itch to put it on the page.
Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Ashton is entirely from my imagination. Summer is a combination of all the strong sports women I know and a few of the passionate surfers I knew in my youth.
Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I always have a plan before I go into writing. It is a faster process if I know where I’m going. But the characters always take over. That’s the fun part I think. Not knowing exactly where they’re going to go at any moment. It’s part of what makes writing so fun. The unknown, the process of creating life where there was none before. Knowing that you are taking other people on a journey.
Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have the other books in this series that aren’t out yet but they will be soon. I also have a few kids book that I write under another name that aren’t out, but I’m hopeful they will be one day!
You can get in touch through facebook or twitter or through her website and blog http://www.micheledewinton.com
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