I met Kris online from another TRP author - Patricia A. Knight. They started talking about PAK's book and how she became a published author. Basically, their friendship started on twitter.
It turned out Kris was starting to have writing aspirations and PAK took an interest in her work. After some editing of Kris' WIP "Kings of Guardian", PAK started dropping hints about an author I might be interested in. She introduced Kris to me by way of telling me she'd found another writer with potential. After seeing Kris' MS in the raw, I agreed!
But before then I saw her name being passed around my author's email circles and replied to Kris' awesome quips and funny jokes. After an email chain of insane suggestions and a fun round of trying to write "the worst book ever" I gave her a challenge to write a story about a paranormal romance, with vampires, witches, cops, werewolves, a cowboy, involving a murder and a physic.
She came back with gold. This was NOT the worst excerpt of a book ever, this was amazing pull-out-of-her-butt fabulous writing and I'm still waiting to publish THAT book! Seriously, I've not seen a writer that can make outlandish demands fit perfectly together.
When I meet Kris face-to-face at a writer's convention, I had my contract ready to whip out and have her sign! It was actually one of my two goals to sign this author while at #RWA2014.
There was screaming, I remember screaming, and cocktails, we'd made a verbal agreement that I would read her MS after it was polished and she'd let me make the decision.
I'd asked her how would publishing this book change her life she said: "Well, duh...bucket list, dream come true...yada, yada, yada. If anyone buys my stories? Gravy. Seriously though, I have an inner voice that demands I write. Yet in a realistic world I know it takes hard work and sustained effort to make a successful career in anything. I am dedicated to become a successful writer who can retire from the day job and make a comfortable living from telling my stories."
From that I knew I wanted her under the TRP wing.
After reading the MS, I rushed her a contract hoping she didn't change her mind, realize her potential and go with a larger publisher. However TRP prevailed! And now I'm proud to present a book cover, blurb and excerpt of "Jacob: Kings of Guardian (Book 1)" by Kris Michaels!
Jacob: Kings of Guardian
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