A family secret
A mysterious lamp
A dangerous Order with the mad desire
to possess both
I'd like to welcome my writer friend, and most recently, published novelist, Michelle Lowery Combs, to my blog today. Michelle and I met last year when she contacted me for an interview about my first published book--Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories. We met for Cokes and coffee at a quaint café on Jacksonville, Alabama's historic town square and hit it off immediately. I am so excited that her first book--Heir to the Lamp--is available in trade paperback and eBook. If you like YA Paranormal, genies, Southern fiction, well-drawn characters, and/or delicious writing, Heir to the Lamp is a must read.
I've enjoyed getting to know Michelle over the past year or so, but realized there were still many things I didn't know about her.
1. Name three items on your bucket list.
Visit a castle in Scotland; Rank on Amazon’s 100 Best-Sellers List; See my checking account rebound from two sets of braces and three teenage drivers before all my kids start owing college tuition.
2. Secret (or not so secret) celebrity crush?
Jude Law. The man is gorgeous and I love his voice! His films are some of my favorite: Cold
Mountain, Alfie, Enemy at the Gates, A Series of Unfortunate
3. What song or musical piece represents the soundtrack of your life at the moment?
Flight of the Bumblebee by Rimsky-Korsakov. I’m busy, busy, busy and loving every minute of it.
4. Do you have any secret or quirky talents?
I am a craft queen! My kids, niece and nephew always hand in the best projects at school. I can do wonders with cardboard, glitter, and hot glue gun.
5. What’s lurking in your basement or crawl space?
All the “skinny clothes” I refuse to get rid of, Christmas ornaments I collect like a scary hoarder, the empty hamster cage that serves as a silent reminder of why I’ll never let my
children have another pet.
6. Favorite Southern novel?
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman is about a young girl abandoned by her father after her mother's devastating mental illness and death. CeeCee is rescued by her aunt, Tootie, and taken to Savannah, Georgia. Aunt Tootie and her old friend Oletta know all about pain and unresolved grief.
Little by little they help CeeCee come to terms with her past and begin life anew in a place where she can bloom.
7. If a genie could grant you three wishes, what would you wish for and why?
I’d wish for the body of Jennifer Lopez, the literary success of JK Rowling, and the metabolism of Michael Phelps. I sacrifice much for my family—they’re my #1 priority when it comes to my time and energy. Should I ever happen upon a real genie, all bets are off: I’m making those wishes for myself. I can guarantee you that I'll be a better mom at soccer practice looking like J-Lo with Rowling’s pocket money.
8. Have you ever fallen in love with a fictional character(s), and if so, who and from what novel/show/movie?
I’m a sucker for Charles Frazier’s Inman from the novel Cold Mountain. The movie version, played by none other than Jude Law, isn’t bad either.
Inman fears that he can never be healed from the violence of war, that he has been too changed for Ada to ever love him
again. He encounters illness, obstacles, and evil on his journey back to Ada, but memories of her and of home
keep him going. Inman possesses a natural goodness and a deep sense of what is good and right. I love him more every time I reread Cold Mountain.
9. And since you’re from the South, I’ve gotta ask:
Coke or Pepsi? Auburn or Alabama? Rhett or Ashley?
Coke. Auburn. Ashley. Warrrrrrrrr Eagle!
Bio: Michelle Lowery Combs is an award-winning writer and book blogger living in rural Alabama with her husband, one cat and too many children to count. She is a member of the Alabama Writers' Conclave, Jacksonville State University's Writers' Club and her local Aspiring Authors group. When not in the presence of throngs of toddlers, tweens and teens, Michelle can be found neglecting her roots and dreaming up the next best seller. Visit her online at: www.MichelleLoweryCombs.com.
Heir to the Lamp--Genie Chronicles Book One is published by World Weaver Press and is available in trade paperback and eBook from numerous online retailers such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.