First and foremost, allow me to answer the question folks may not realize they have on their mind when faced with the name "Quinn Michaels" ~ is this a boy or girl? Or something outside of that dynamic?
To clarify, Quinn Michaels is a light-skinned, cisgender black lady from the great state of Pennsylvania. She has a passion for writing, drawing, painting, karaoke, language learning, sci-fi, and tabletop role-playing games.
In short, Quinn is a total nerd.
How much of a nerd?
Quinn is the geek level who went to sci-fi and anime conventions well before it was cool.
Not nerdy enough for ya?
Quinn is a level of geek who downloaded a book in PDF format about ICBMs and studied it over her one week, high school Christmas break (taking notes, in a spiral notebook that she wishes she could find now,) because it was written by a science-fiction author she liked.
And yes, Quinn has done Renaissance dancing, camped out for the premiere of Star Wars the Phantom Menace, and dressed up as a stewardess in order to see Snakes on a Plane.
(She was almost escorted out of the theater by a bouncer for the last one.)
It is at this point that Quinn decides she's going to stop idiotically referring to herself in the third person. Because it's getting kind of whack.
What got me into writing Mpreg?
I got into Mpreg through fanfiction. I wish I could find the story that first made me think, "Wow! This is neat!" It was in the Sherlock genre, which is my “go to” fic universe. Unfortunately, I think the author has taken the story down because it’s no longer in my bookmarks.
For me, the most exciting part of the Mpreg sub-genre is how it plays with gender norms. As a writer, this leaves you with a lot of room to experiment with story and character. In my heart and deepest core, I am a science-fiction and fantasy writer, and I approach Mpreg as a subset of these speculative genres in my writing.
What’s most fun about mpreg, and about writing anything actually, is the characters. In my upcoming book, my main omega character, Kevin, is a man out of options. He has lost everything, been beat down by life, and the only way out he sees is by faking his own death and going on the run.
But, all of his plans fall apart when he meets Blaze, an alpha spy with secrets of his own. This is a shifter book, and the pack dynamics play a large role in the story. I really felt good about that.
My favorite thing about writing mpreg is no matter how hard the road the characters have to go through, at their core, they are genuinely good people and their love for each other is true.
In Alpha Blaze, both my alpha and omega main characters try to deny their attraction to each other, but as the story progresses, they each discover their individual plans aren’t nearly as powerful as what they can do together. I feel like romance in general is about that kind of synergy. Each person brings themselves, and together, they create (and become) something more.
I know a story is alive when it departs from my outline, and sometimes I think I just write outlines to get the mediocre ideas out of my head before I sit down in front of the real blank page. Alpha Blaze quickly took on its own life. I'd intended to write a 30,000-word novella, and I ended up with a 64,000-word novel. And that's not counting the 6000+ word bonus "baby book" you can download at the end.
What I hope makes my stories interesting is that I work really to make sure that the most important conflict stems from each character's actions and motivations. Beyond that, I just try to make sure I'm telling a story so good readers can't put down. To do this, I have to make sure the story surprises and delights me in some way every time I sit down to write it.
If I can keep myself engaged, I figure that will carry over to other people. If nothing else, to thine own self be true. It's been a wild ride so far.
After Alpha Blaze, my next book is going to use some of my personal history as veterinary technician as a key part of the plot. I'm excited to be able to use this experience as a part of my mpreg writing, and I’m so excited to start this new project!
All about Quinn Michaels:
Quinn Michaels is a Pennsylvania native who has been writing her entire life, but really began to take it seriously in 2001.
She’s taken a huge variety of writing classes in person and online, and she also has completed a MA in English Literature. She loves cats, karaoke, writing, cosplay and painting pottery.