MICHELLE JANINE ROBINSON COULD HAVE BEEN CALLED THE QUEEN OF THE EROTIC SHORT STORY....
MICHELLE JANINE ROBINSON:
AN AUTHOR WHO'S STANDING OUT IN THE CROWD....
Black Pearls Lifestyle Interview
Intimate Conversation with Michelle Janine Robinson
Michelle Janine Robinson is the author of the Zane Presents novel Color Me Grey. Michelle’s short story “Mi Destino” was included in Zane's New York Times bestseller Caramel Flava and her short story contribution “The Quiet Room” was the first featured story in the Times bestseller Succulent: Chocolate Flava II. Michelle has contributed to other anthologies, such as Purple Panties, with the story she wrote titled “Hailey's Orgasmic Splendor” and Honey Flava with the story “The Flow of Qi.”
Michelle is also a contributor to the oral sex-themed anthology, Tasting Him, with her story “A Tongue Is Just A Tongue,” edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Michelle is a native New Yorker and the mother of identical twin boys. She is currently working on her next novel, Serial Typical.
Most recently Michelle was nominated a National Black Book Festival Best New Author Award Finalist. In April 2010 the video trailer for Color Me Grey was book trailer of the month on UrbanReviewsOnline.com. Color Me Grey was also listed as one of the best reviewed books of 2010 on the Urban Reviews Online website. Michelle also writes poetry and was Writer's Point of View Magazine's Annual Winter Writing Contest winner.
BPM: Congratulations on all the fabulous awards and recognition for Color Me Grey! Tell us about your journey to becoming a successfully published author.
Do you have anyone in your life that was heavily influential in your deciding to become an author?
I have two sons, both 15 years old, and they have been the greatest influence on my life from the day they were born. I've been on my own since I was a teen and I think something from that experience of great independence actually created a bit of a narcissist in me. I believe I probably would have remained that way if not for my sons. They were the first people in my life that I truly wanted to put first in all things --- even before myself. I love them unconditionally and more than anything I want them to learn from the hurdles I've had to overcome in my life. One of those hurdles has been being able to live my own individual passion of becoming a published author. I don't know yet what either of my sons "life passion" is going to be, but I don't want them to let it get away. For a long time I listened to other people laugh at my dreams and discourage me from achieving those dreams. I want to encourage the strength in my sons to live their passion and I hope that my experiences, my hurdles and my accomplishments will lay a foundation for them to fiercely follow their dreams.
BPM: Share with our readers the “behind-the-scenes” dish! Introduce us to your main characters More Than Meets The Eye. Do you have any favorites?
Although, it is not necessarily intentional, I tend to include five character types in ALL of my novels; the first is usually the alpha male, who is usually a conflicted character that is neither all good nor all bad. In More Than Meets The Eye, that character would be Dante. Although, he obviously has a dark side, since he is indeed a demon, he also has some elements of redeeming good character.
I also always seem to have a female character in all of my books that is unbelievably kind and often described as naive. In More Than Meets The Eye, that character would be Belinda, although I don't believe Belinda is quite as naive as the main character in my last book, Color Me Grey. More Than Meets The Eye also includes both a male and a female villain, much like my other novels, and the requisite "wild child." I think my favorite character in every book is always the wild child. The wild child, for me, is the character that is often misunderstood and judged for surface qualities, but is loyal until the end.
BPM: What compelled you to write More Than Meets The Eye? Why now?
I've always been fascinated by things unseen. I'm a firm believer that there is SO much more in this world that we haven't even begun to become aware of. Often, as humans, we are so cocky and so intent on maintaining control, that we can't allow ourselves to believe anything beyond what can be explained by what we've learned thus far through history and science, etc. Yet, how much sense does it make that a species that, according to experts, only uses 10% of it's brain, knows all. That doesn't make much sense to me at all. Hence, the title More Than Meets The Eye.
BPM: What should readers DO after reading More Than Meets The Eye?
I LOVE hearing from people who have read my books, so I would absolutely love readers to contact me on my website at: www.michellejaninerobinson.com.
BPM: Share with us a quote or brief excerpt from one of the most powerful chapters.
EXCERPT: "Diana held firmly to the handcuffs extended above Pookie’s head and in a move that Pookie himself was quite impressed with, she raised her entire body off the floor, while only holding the cuffs, mounted his dick and fucked him virtually in mid-air. Pookie was surprised to find that she didn’t miss a stroke. And, just when he thought that nothing in life could feel any better than this, he caught a glimpse of her face. For a moment he thought maybe she had donned some sort of a Halloween mask. But he knew better. Out of nowhere he thought of what he had told Summer earlier: His Momma didn’t raise no fool. Apparently she did. With each stroke, her pussy got tighter and smaller; and at first it was pleasure beyond belief, but the greater the transformation of her face; the decaying skin, the bloody horns emanating from her neck, the rancid spittle dripping from her lips, the more pain he endured. It was as if hidden within her were a set of strategically placed, jagged teeth, gnawing at his manhood. Worse than that, when he tried to speak or cry out for help, he felt strangled, like every attempt at vocalization tightened an invisible noose around his neck, cutting off his air supply. Her head and body twisted and revolved with such speed, he was unable to see a thing. It was like watching a set of rotors spinning wildly out of control.
Eventually, she had extracted all that she could from him. Dried up and lifeless, his hands slipped through the cuffs that bound him and his entire body fell in a heap to the floor below.
Before exiting the bathroom, Diana glanced in the mirror. With each restoration, with each soul, she looked younger and younger." ###
BPM: Do you recall a time where your own characters made you laugh out loud or cry over their plight or actions?
After I got the final copy of Color Me Grey last year I decided I would read it as if it were a brand new book I purchased written by another author. I was surprised to find that I was very emotional about one of the characters, Chantal. It seemed to me that her life had been so unfair and she had little to no opportunity to live her best life. I cried for Chantal and all the real-life Chantal's that are living duplicates of her life each and every day.
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