Author Mia Catherine has stopped by to talk with us about her latest work….
What is your most current work out?
Unexpected Consequences is my latest release from Totally Bound Publishing.
Tell us a little about Unexpected Consequences:
I’ve always enjoyed stories of damsels in distress being rescued by their true love, but the heroines in stories of old were far too weak and helpless. Give me a woman who can fight back, and allow her man to rescue her. That was the basis of Unexpected Consequences. The story evolved as I wrote it, but I always wanted my female strong and capable and my hero tough and determined. The book started as a very short scene, which turned into a novella, and next thing I knew, it was a full length story.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
The very first story I wrote started with a list of sixteen chapters. After I finished writing, it was well over ninety chapters long. I learned from that experience not to plan too much going in. I will have the major plot points in my head, but I don’t have a full timeline. Very often a line of dialogue or a character trait will veer me from my original intent, but I’ve learned to listen to what my characters tell me.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I’ve always loved romance, whether in sci-fi, western, daytime drama, or an erotic novel. Give me a good love story and I’m there. What I found myself drifting towards, however, was suspense. I love trying to figure out what’s going to happen next and turning page after page, waiting for that “wow” moment. My favorite type of story to read is one based on a good romance, mixed with adventure, action and suspense.
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
I haven’t really had that experience thus far. My characters all seem to speak to me, and many are actually created based on what I’m writing. I’ll typically know my hero and heroine going in, and I’m most comfortable when my supporting players evolve organically.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
I don’t use any people from real life, but I may pick out past experiences. Obviously, it’s not fun, but in one of my stories, Never Too Late, the couple dealt with the after effects of their son’s accident in a swimming pool. This was derived from an incident with my own son. Thankfully, he’s just fine.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Finding the time to do it. With three kids, a husband at home, plus a full time job, it’s difficult setting time aside for me – and that’s my writing time. I use it as a release, but writing a proper story takes a certain mindset for me and it’s not easy to do with multiple distractions. I’m hoping to find a happy balance as I progress in my career.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I’m actually a very conservative person. I don’t drink, I don’t curse much at all – I’m probably the last person you’d expect to write graphic scenes of any kind in a book. But, what the characters say and do in my head needs to come out. These are characters and reflect in no way upon me as an individual. That’s the fun of writing, however – I can become whoever I want or do whatever I please in the world I’ve created.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
Court TV shows. I still love to watch Judge Judy and The People’s Court when I have the time.
What TV Show/s are you addicted to?
The show my family won’t miss is Survivor. We love the competition of it. My husband and I also love Person of Interest, though we’ve got a ton piled up on the DVR we haven’t had a chance to yet watch!
Do you have a hobby that you like to try and squeeze in?
Writing, writing, writing. It started as a hobby, but as I developed my skills, I became more interested in pursuing it. If I can parlay that into a reasonable source of income, it will be a huge blessing!
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
What I like to do is contemplate my scenes as I fold the clothes or wash the dishes. I put my mind into the world of the story, so by the time I’m finished with my task, I’m ready to plunk at the keyboard. It’s an unconventional preparation, but works for me!
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
I like music, and listen to a variety of artists, but it doesn’t influence my writing.
Do you write one book from start to finish or are there multiple works underway at any given time?
There are multiple ideas, but I will only write one story at a time. I get too confused otherwise. I also try to keep my reading of others at bay when I write. I find my mind gets split between worlds if I read someone else in the middle of my story.
Where were you when you got your first contract? What was the book and who did you tell first?
I will never forget it. I was in my office on a Sunday morning. Who expects an email like that on a Sunday? I remember reading the words and shaking with excitement. The first person I told, of course, was my husband, but the person I couldn’t wait to tell was my beta reader and dear, dear friend, to whom the book was dedicated. Of course, she was not home, not responding to texts and I was busting a gut to tell her. When she finally called, hearing her enthusiasm got me even more excited!
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was a latecomer to the party. I wasn’t much of a reader until my late thirties. When I discovered the romance genre, I was hooked!
Do you have an all-time favorite romance book (not written by you J)?
Not really. I’ve enjoyed so many books, I can’t say as I have a favorite. There are several I’d pick up and read again, given the time.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books? There are authors that I bump to the top of the list, but none I freak out about. I love many good authors.
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I have a fascinating job. I work with insurance. Calm down…don’t be a hater. I know you’re jealous.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and an all-time favorite?
With three kids at home, I rarely see a movie that doesn’t involve animation. I have several all-time favorites: Star Wars, The Shawshank Redemption, Gone with the Wind, American Beauty, While You Were Sleeping… An eclectic assortment of interests, but surprisingly, my main interest is a well-written story.
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
I’m currently working on a western/military tale called Culpable. It was originally a short story but I was asked to make it into a full length book. Next in line is the sequel to Unexpected Consequences. I hope to crank them out soon.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
It would be an as-yet published author, my beta, Carol. She’s the most talented woman I know.
How did you hear about the “bunnies” at Joyfully Reviewed?
Twitter. I’ve since become a follower!
Where can readers find?
email – firstname.lastname@example.org
And for the silly side –
What is your favorite type of ice cream?
Mint Chocolate Chip. It’s perfect, because no one in my family likes mint. I can buy it and keep it all for myself!!!