Embittered Justice – author interview – Michaela Riley

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Paperback Writer is pleased to announce Michaela Riley, author of the fiction novel Embittered Justice as she continues on her virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.




Embittered Justice Synopsis:


What if everything in your life was changed because you opened a mysterious package?Jennifer Campbell is a beautiful, talented woman with ambition and drive to succeed in corporate America. Moving to Virginia into the tightly knit community of Norfolk was a dream come true. A house on the beach, famly and security for the first time in many years providing the comfort and serenity Jennifer had searched for.

All is well, until the fateful day Jennifer received a telephone call. “Jennifer, go someplace and hide; don’t trust anyone. You can’t trust the police or internal affairs. Just go somewhere you can’t be found. I’ll call you in a few hours.”



 Hi Michaela Riley


Welcome to Paperback Writer


 Will you share with us how you came up with the idea for this book?

Inspiration for Embittered Justice started when I had the misfortune of visiting a local court room. I was completing some courses in college at the time and decided to write about the experience. Research of malicious prosecution and The Innocence Project sparked even more interest on the subject and Embittered Justice was born.


Do you plan your stories first with an outline or does it come to you as write it?


This process of writing started out with notes and an outline. Some things come to me as I am writing and I add them as ideas to incorporate into the book when I do a revision. I try to stick with the outline with the first draft of the book and then add in other elements of the story later. It helps me stick with a timeline and character development.


Do you know the end of the story at the beginning?


When I write the first draft I have an idea bout the ending but it really depends on the story I am telling. Like real life; every story does not have a happy ending.  


Do you have a process for developing your characters?


Character development starts with real life experiences I have had with individuals. If the character is gentle and kind I remember a person in my life that had the same qualities. I do this process with all the characters; it helps me attach a feeling to the character in the book.


It is said that authors write themselves into their characters. Is there any part of you in your characters and what they would be?


Yes, Jennifer Campbell in Embittered Justice has many of my qualities, strong, driven and very intense at times. She also has a vulnerable side that I rarely share with others. It can be very emotional to write about a character that is so similar. It’s like revealing a side of yourself you normally wouldn’t share.


What is your most favorite part about this book?


The best part of the book is when Jennifer spends time at Ft. Bragg with Michael. They have an incredible bond and love between them. Jennifer gets a personal view of life at 82nd Airborne and the sacrifices soldiers make for their country.


When in the process of writing your book did you begin to look for a publisher?


I started looking for a Publisher after the revisions of the first draft. The book was accepted by several publishers and I ultimately chose the first contract that arrived. Now they have the rights to my book for seven years.


What struggles have you had on the road to being published?


Editing has been the most difficult part of the process. I assumed it was completed by the Publisher, but it wasn’t. The first print needed a lot of work. One review discussed some of those errors and asked about them. I am happy to say after a few tries, the editing is completed.


Marketing of the book has been another hurdle. Being a new author does have some challenges but I am working through the process. I think virtual book tours are a great way to get the buzz started about a new book.


What has been the best part about being published?


I can actually say “I am a published author.” I get to share a story I am passionate about and begin my career as a writer.


What do you want readers to remember and carry with them after reading your novel?

Fear can persuade you to make decisions that will have an impact on your life in ways you can’t imagine. Stop and trust God through the Process.


Do you have plans to write another book?


Yes the sequel to Embittered Justice will be finished in the fall of 2008. I also have plans for several other books in the future.


Would you care to share with us how the virtual book tour experience with Pump Up Your Book Promotion has been for you?


Dorothy is an incredible woman! The virtual book tour experience has been great so far. I discussed virtual book tours with several companies before choosing Pump Up Your Book Promotion and this is a very economical way to create interest about my book.


Where can readers find a copy of your book?


 Readers can go to my web site for a personal autographed copy of Embittered Justice and may choose to purchase from traditional book stores. The links are on my website.


Do you have a website for readers to go to?


Yes visit http://www.michaelariley.com.


Thank you, Michaela Riley for sharing your book and characters with us today. It has been a pleasure and I hope you have had a successful virtual book tour.


EMBITTERED JUSTICE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially begin on May 1, 2008 and continue all month. If you would like to follow Michaela’s tour in progress, visit http://www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com/ in May. Leave a comment on her blog stops and become eligible to win a free copy at the end of her tour! One lucky winner will be announced on this tour page on May 30!

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