Author Interview: C Michelle Jefferies
The Chrysalis adventure story weaves together contemporary and science fiction to create an intense and emotional adventure as full of emotion as fight sequences. Jefferies is a talented storyteller who sees beyond what is and dares to dream of our world just a little bit sexier. Her characters are an interesting blend of human and superhuman. They do laundry and have families and also happen to battle really evil dudes. It's a fun and provocative romp around an almost-like-home universe.
She's also a talented editor and yogi who makes her own journals (it's a thing - I've seen them). Her eclectic contributions to art are definitely worth investigating. You can find her at: https://cmichellejefferies.wordpress.com/.
Why did you decide to write this story?
I wanted to explore what it would take to change a character to the complete opposite. Good to bad, bad to good. Atheist to believer. What kind of events would they have to experience for that change to happen. The idea became a series but this book and Latent, (the prequel) explore this the most.
What is your process for writing a novel? Do you outline or let the story develop as it goes?
I'm kind of a half and half writer, which means all structure, some outline and some pantsing. Since I learned story structure, (Larry Brooks and K M Weiland) I have maybe pantsed one story, maybe two. (And those were strictly for play anyway) Everything else is at least structured. This way I know the beginning, middle and end and I can let the characters roam and do things in between those points. Sometimes, on hard stories I do structure and a full outline. I have less wiggle room but the story doesn't deviate, and in a complicated story that's what I need.
What kind of research did you do for this novel? Is there any detail you found in your research that particularly interested you?
I took karate classes so i could accurately block out fighting scenes as well as going shooting so I knew how to handle weapons in the book too. I also researched stalkers and their behaviors. How they behave, how they stalk their victims. Creepy stuff.
What is your favorite go-to advice for an emerging writer?
Learn to love revision, rewrites and edits. Don't let critiques get you down. They only make the story better.
What's next for you? Do you have any works in progress?
I am working on polishing the Ashes Series. It is a parallel set of books to the Set that Ascension is in. I am working on drafting a series called Trinity Operations and rewriting a book called Storm Compass which is in the GSP 257 Series.
C. Michelle Jefferies is a writer who believes that the way to examine our souls is to explore the deep and dark as well as the shallow. To manipulate words in a way that makes a person think and maybe even second guess. Her worlds include suspense, urban fantasy, and an occasional
twist of steampunk. When she is not writing, she can be found on the yoga mat, hand binding journals, dyeing cloth, and serving ginger tea. The author and creator divides her time between stories, projects, and mothering four of her seven children on the wild and windy plains of Wyoming.