Monday, 18 March 2013

I Wrote it My Way - Michelle Betham

A big welcome to prolific author, Michelle Betham, whose chosen genre is: ‘books for the beach - pure escapism, total fantasy; mainly sexy, but sometimes humorous, contemporary romance.’ On this grim, grey, wet day here in the UK, where Spring is really struggling to show its face, the idea of a holiday read somewhere warm and sunny sounds particularly tempting! 
So, Michelle tells us about what inspired her; Jackie Collins, football – and 50 Shades? Well, two out of three, anyway. 

Writing Striker for me was almost like an epiphany. It’s actually my seventh novel, yet it’s taken me until now to finally find my niche – to know, once and for all, the kind of books I want to write. I want to write romance, yes, that hasn’t changed, but I want to write the edgier, more racy side of romance. I guess I always have done, to be honest. Being a huge fan of Jackie Collins, and loving the kind of sexy escapism she writes, I think I always knew in the back of my mind that that was what I wanted to create myself, but I was always just a little bit nervous of putting books like that out there. After all, there really is only one Jackie Collins, isn’t there? And a lot of people turn their noses up at that kind of literature, in fact, some probably wouldn’t even call it literature at all. But there’s also a market for those kind of books. And that’s the market I want to target.
Now, we’re not talking Fifty Shades of Grey or anything, because I didn’t even enjoy that book, so that didn’t influence me in the slightest. But I do want to create sexy stories with a strong plot and interesting characters – and I hope that’s what I’ve done with Striker, a book very much influenced by my secret love of football, my fascination with the behind-closed-doors world of the professional footballer and the people who surround them, and, of course, my admiration of the woman who is Jackie Collins.
Thanks so much Michelle and good luck with Striker. Number 7 sounds saucy and sexy!
Michelle's books on Amazon

More about Michelle and her books here on her blog


  1. Oooh Michelle, that sounds intriguing. I was a big Jilly Cooper fan once upon a time (I say... Riders!) and I think you're definitely onto something hot there! Good luck and fabulous seeing you here. XX

  2. Your books are waiting patiently on my iPad, Michelle. They sound great and Striker especially.