Introduce yourself, please. Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?
Hi ladies, I’m Micah Persell! This is both a pen name and a personal name. I didn’t want to write under my married name because I also teach high school. I sometimes have nightmares about the kids finding out my pen name, reading one of my steamy books, and asking me about it in class. So, I decided to publish under my maiden name. I’ll still answer to it in a crowded room if someone calls it, but I don’t have to worry about impressionable young students stumbling across what I write in the romance genre.
Let’s get the details out of the way: Single, married, divorced, widowed? Parent? Living where? Doing what, other than writing?
I am married, and I love it. Cameron, my husband, is absolutely wonderful (Except for the times he’s horrible, but, eh, that’s the life of a wife, am I right? You cannot train a man to make the bed, put his dirty socks in the laundry basket, or his dinner plates in the dishwasher. And if you have, you need to e-mail me and let me know the details!). I’m not a parent yet, unless you count the two pups and two cats that are running around my house. I live in Southern California where I teach freshman English classes at a local high school.
What one thing from your books do you take from personal experience?
Not the love scenes! I always feel it necessary to get that out of the way when a friend reads my books, looks at me askance, and says, “Sooo….” No, the thing that comes from my personal experience is the retelling of classic biblical mythology. I had a pretty conservative upbringing—my dad is a pastor—and I cut my teeth on Bible stories. These stories have everything: war, famine, love, hate, sex, murder. They’re some of the best stories ever written. You know that saying, “write what you know”? Well, that’s what I know (though my sexy twist on the Garden of Eden shocked my poor parents something fierce!).
The best part about my writing life is:
That feeling I get when I write a scene and know I absolutely nailed it!
The worst part about my writing life is:
Finding the time to write. Between the day job, being a wife, and playing in the symphony, there are weeks at a time where I can’t seem to find five minutes to myself!
Tell us what’s happening in your writing world.