Let me introduce myself: I’m Michigan native Michele Zurlo, and I’m pleased to meet you. I’m one of those introverted writers who considers binge-watching Netflix while holding hands with my wife the perfect date. Luckily my characters have more exciting lives. They do things I’d never do—like BASE jump, a little casual breaking and entering, or speaking to a large group of people. I think at Rust City I might have to do that last thing. I’d say I’ll partake in some liquid courage, but alcohol puts me to sleep. I’m also an English teacher. If my students knew I hated public speaking, they’d die laughing because I make them do it all the time. I give helpful encouragement like, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and “If you survive this, you can survive anything.” We’ll see how I fare!
I love writing because it lets me go places and do things on my terms. In one of my books, Re/Viewed, the heroine Tru was a travel blogger. She did exciting things like dead-air jumping, skydiving, spelunking, and white water rafting. This gave me the courage to try white water rafting last summer, and I LOVED it. Not the other stuff, though. I’ll do water, but not heights.
I am primarily known for writing BDSM romantic suspense, which means my stories contain elements of bondage, domination, submission, sadism, and/or masochism. As someone who has been in and out of the lifestyle, I have some experience with different aspects of BDSM. They aren’t all my cup of tea, though that doesn’t stop me from writing about them. If one of my characters has a kink or preference I don’t share, I conduct research and interviews. For the suspense elements, it’s all research. I spend a lot of time on FBI and other government websites. Though I try to make my agents realistic, I admit to taking creative license with anything I want.
My Doms of the FBI series is probably my most popular series, and I’ve recently spun off the couple from book 5, Re/Leased, into the SAFE Security series. I love writing David and Brea because they are so imperfect. Brea is a recovering thief/con artist, and David is a security specialist. They met when he was investigating her for embezzlement. They had fireworks from the beginning, and their story was too big for one book. So they met/fell in love in Re/Leased, and then in Treasure Me (SAFE Security 1), they start hammering out some of their innate differences—like the fact that he’s controlling and she treats the line between truth and lies as more of a suggestion—while also solving cases that put them in precarious situations. Switching It Up (SAFE Security 2) comes out August 15, 2017. Brea’s past catches up with her, and someone deep in the government uses it to blackmail David into carrying out an illegal black op. On a personal front, David and Brea are experimenting with her desire to switch—that is for her to sometimes be the dominant and for David to sometimes be the submissive. That’s a tall order for a man who identifies as a Dom. Lots of psychology going on here.
I’ve also written vanilla/mainstream, paranormal, and ménage romances—whatever it takes to give my characters the happy endings they deserve. I love writing, and I tend to let my characters tell me who they are and what they want, even if it makes my life more difficult.
I’m addicted to chocolate and tea (not necessarily at the same time.) I have twin teen girls, a wife, a dog, and two cats. I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to big decisions, especially when it’s something I’ve never done before. Writing is just one in a long line of impulsive decisions that turned out to showcase my great instincts. Find out more at www.michelezurloauthor.com or @MZurloAuthor.
I can’t wait to see you at Rust City Book Con 2017!
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