Most people out there who know me – especially those wonderful people who’ve bought and read all my books – know that I’m the kind of writer who hasn’t exactly stuck to one genre. I’ve written everything from a sweet Christmas romance to romcoms; erotic romance to dark romance; sexy sports romance to steamy, decade-spanning Hollywood sagas, as inspired by my literary heroine, the late, great Jackie Collins. My protagonists have included footballers, rock stars, lawyers; bikers, movie stars, and even high-class escorts – the research for that series of books was mind-boggling, to say the least! And the one thing I haven’t been afraid to do is push boundaries from time to time. But, most of all, I like to push myself.
Whilst I adored writing the romcoms – one of which was inspired very much by my two years living on the beautiful island of Tenerife, and my love of darts! – I also equally love exploring my darker side, creating the character of bad boy biker Mack Slayer, for example. Not to mention the bad girls, too. That was a LOT of fun!
But, isn’t it dangerous, playing with so many different genres? Don’t I run the risk of alienating a lot of my readers? Some might say so, but I like to try different things from time to time; target a different audience. I certainly don’t expect all my books to appeal to everyone because they are so diverse. But I find it difficult to pigeon-hole myself as far as genres go. I like reading a wide range of books, I always have done, and as a lot of what we read inspires what we authors write, it stands to reason I’m going to diversify a little from time to time.
So, what am I working on right now? Well, let’s just say that I’ve diversified yet again. But, I can’t say much about this latest project at the minute so, you’ll just have to wait and see what genre I’ve gone with this time. In the meantime, I’ll probably never stop genre-hopping because that’s the kind of writer I am. You never know what I’ll come out with next!
A bit more about Michelle
Michelle Betham is an ex-media technician turned author of sexy, edgy, and sometimes quite dark romance, usually involving rock stars, movie stars, hot businessmen and bikers. But not usually all in the same book. Yet. She is both self-published and published through HarperImpulse, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
Addicted to binge-watching TV shows she struggles to think of a life before Netflix or Amazon Prime, loves rock music, tattoos – of which she has many – spicy food, superheroes (she's a slightly obsessed Avengers fan-girl who harbours a particularly unhealthy obsession with Captain America), and Keanu Reeves – a crush that’s lasted well over twenty years, and one she blames entirely on ‘Point Break’. The original. She refuses to acknowledge any remake exists.
Her dream is to ride a Harley, visit Las Vegas, and be able to eat any amount of chocolate without putting on weight.
She lives in County Durham, north-east England, with her husband and West Highland Terrier, where she can be found most days drinking tea and making up stories.
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