Join me in welcoming Mia Pride! Her latest book, The Warrior’s Salvation, is available now and FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
Tell us about you! Can you share some interesting tidbits we may not know?
Within my group of friends, I think I am the “nerdy” one. I absolutely love any themed party! In fact, I make it a point to attend as many themed events as possible. Renaissance Faire, Comic-Con, Scottish Games, Dicken’s Fair…and I never wear a costume twice for Halloween. Maybe this is the same reason I love writing historical romance, because I love to get lost in new worlds…they are so much more fun than reality 😉 I am also a huge Outlander fan and very proud of my Scottish heritage!
What inspired you to start writing?
Growing up an only child, I amused myself by writing in my journal or creating stories, mostly based on mythology. I remember my first story published in my school newspaper was a story about Medusa from her perspective. I enjoyed looking at the world through the eye of the antagonist and seeing if I could somehow turn them into a redeemable character. throughout the years, I yearned to have a published novel, but I got married and had children. Life was busy, but some dreams never fade. Finally, around Easter of 2014, I came up with the entire storyline for The Sisters of Danu, my first book series which is Celtic historical romance with touches of fantasy. Since then, I have done lots of research and writing. I have five published Celtic historical romance novels currently and plan to release four more before I finish a few contemporary romance novels I have started.
Other than writing, what are some of your passions in life?
I am a mom, so of course my children are my passion! But aside from that, I am seriously passionate about history, traveling, reading and though it is not a passion, I love simply having a good time. Life is short and full of hardship. I chose to wade through it with laughter, love and surrounding myself with as much joy as possible.
What was your debut novel, and how has your writing process changed since your debut?
My debut novel was Forbidden Fate, book one of the Sisters of Danu series. With every book, I feel like the writing process gets easier as I feel more comfortable with my style. My most recent novel, “The Warrior’s Salvation” was a fun book to write as the characters developed vividly in my mind and I was able to blend the very serious side of Celtic life with the innate humor that we as humans hope to find in all time periods. With every book I write, I only hope to create even more lovable characters and even though they lived in a time long ago, I strive for them to be relatable to even the modern reader.
What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process and why?
It is simply the thrill of creating new people and new worlds, and sharing them with my readers. When I find readers who truly love my stories, it connects us in some amazing way. It feels like an addiction and while I would like to say that I am able to control my characters, it often turns out to be reversed. My characters seldom do what I originally asked of them, which makes the writing process so thrilling!
What is your most challenging part of the writing/publishing process and what do you do to make it easier?
The most challenging part comes after the story is written. It needs to be edited many times over, proofread and polished, formatted, covers made, promoted, and then of course comes the nerve-wracking release date and subsequent several days following as early reviews flood in. Putting your inner thoughts and hard work out for the world to read and critique is a very humbling experience. To make it easier, I simply remind myself that I gave my entire heart to the story and I am doing it for the love of writing. Of course, I want my readers to love my work, but I must realize not everyone will receive it well and accepting that is a liberating feeling.
What does a typical day look like for you? How do you find balance?
With two children, I am not certain I have a “typical” day. Last week, my nine year old split his head open while I was in the middle of practicing an up-do in the bathroom. I had to rush him to the ER while I was wearing sweats and very formal hair! That is the sort of life I live where every day is a wild ride…but on a day where my children are NOT splitting their heads open? Usually I wake up and get my boys ready for school, drop them off, run any errands like grocery shopping, fit in 30 minutes of Yoga or Piyo, then I start my writing. I also have to respond to emails and post on social media and work a few of my other “side gigs” before I pick up my boys, do homework, dinner and bed. On days I get called in to sub at my kids’ school, then I still do all of this, only seven hours later! My days are busy but I can say for certain that I am never bored!
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would tell myself to be prepared for a seriously busy CAREER! Writing is wonderful, but it is only part of what it means to be an indie author. I am in charge of my own website, blog, social media sites, newsletters, promotions, building a readership, attending conventions, and so much more. If all I wanted to do was write, publish, and move on, I could. But in today’s ebook world, it is very easy to get lost in the sea of new books and authors.
What do you love about writing romance?
It’s the satisfaction of taking two characters with some sort of seemingly impossible obstacle to overcome, feeling the despair and pining as they try to find their way to one another, then the happily ever after, when these two beloved characters finally move past all their hurdles to end up in each others’ arms. *sigh*
What kinds of things do you find romantic in real life? Can you share a story?
Romance can be a once in a lifetime moment, but it can also be a constant presence in your life with the right partner. My husband makes every day romantic by constantly using his words and actions to show me how much I am loved. It’s him insisting I look fantastic even when I first wake up and my hair is standing on end. It’s him bringing me soup when I am ill or helping clean the house when I am meeting a deadline. It’s him wrestling with our boys and telling silly jokes to make them laugh. In everything he does, he keeps that spark alive by never once making me question his devotion to me or our family. That is true everlasting romance!
Do you read your book reviews? If so, how do they affect your writing (if at all)?
I read my Amazon reviews. I have been blessed to have almost all great reviews but like all authors, I have received a few less than savory. If I said they did not make me cringe, it would be a lie. When you put so much effort and heart into your work, its a very personal feeling. Nobody wants to hear that to a reader, their best was not enough. However, a well-written constructive review can be so valuable to the writing process. Maybe they see a weakness in your writing to improve on. Oftentimes, a review is not even against a writer’s book itself. It is a predisposed biased against a particular aspect of a story. Maybe that reader simply dislikes clumsy characters or cannot stand when a heroine is kidnapped. In this case, even the best story would have put that reader off if it contained content they disliked. I try to always keep an open mind when I receive criticism because life is about growth. That being said, I obviously enjoy the good reviews a bit more!
What is the craziest, funniest, or most surprising thing that has happened to you since publishing your first book?
Hands down, the craziest moment was discovering that my long-time friend’s mother was actually a romance author and I had her books in my Kindle queue! I was floored! I had known her for years and she wrote in a genre I loved (Scottish time travel). I owned her books and did not even know that I knew her! It was one of those moments in life where you feel like you were hit upside the head with a hammer that said, “DUH!” written in bright red words on the handle! I went from having a casual conversation with her to wondering if I should ask for her autograph!
The Warrior’s Salvation is the first book in the Warriors of Eriu series. While this series can be read as a standalone, it is a spin off of my Sisters of Danu, which means you will get to see a lot of the other characters from my past books in this new series. I always love a series where I get to see all the beloved characters again, even after they had their own HEA. I also love when a less than savory character is simply misunderstood and gets his redemption. that is exactly what The warrior’s Salvation is! It’s a character from Forgotten Fate, book three of the Sisters of Danu series, who was left brokenhearted and downtrodden, who gets his own HEA. Just how I used to redeem characters in my short stories as a child, I still get that same thrill as an adult. Jeoffrey Mac Conrach refused to fade into the background. He demanded his own story (see how my characters control me?)! I love his story and I truly hope my readers will, as well!
Is there any other news you would like to share?
The next story in the Warriors of Eriu series is called “The Warrior’s Vow” and I think it is a really fun story! I took one strong-willed lass who refuses to be tamed, and teamed her up with a fun-loving lad with an easy disposition who is completely taken with her wildness! He has never taken anything serious in his life, so this serious lass gives him a run for his money! I love it! The story is with my editor now and I expect to have it out in winter. I am currently working on a novella for the De Wolfe Pack Kindle World Series with Kathryn Le Veque. That book will be released with a few other stories in the set in late January! I am very excited!
Five Facts Just for Fun!
1. What’s your favorite ’90s jam?
Wannabe- Spice Girls
2. What was the last gift you gave someone?
Probably a bottle of wine because it makes my friends happy!
3. What were you like as a kid?
Timid and a very big rule follower…somewhere along the line that all changed LOL
4. What was the last thing you binge-watched & what did you think of it?
Reign- it’s the least accurate historical show ever but for some reason I cannot stop watching.
5. What is the one thing (other than your loved ones) that you cannot live without?
The Warrior’s Salvation
Warriors of Eriu Book 1
Jeoffrey has had enough of women. When his intended wife Clarice ran off with his cousin, he was left to pick up the pieces of his shattered heart. Now years later, after fighting a long war and finally earning a new start to life, all he wants is a little farm and his solitude. But when the one woman he never expected, or wanted, to ever see again suddenly shows up battered and carrying a small child in her arms, Jeoffrey has no choice but to take her into his home. But as soon as Clarice is healed, Jeoffrey is determined to be rid of them both. Forever.
Faced with a forced marriage to an abusive man, Clarice flees to save her and her son’s lives. When she finally arrives at a new village, desperate for help, Jeoffrey is the last man she ever thought to find there. Injuries have left her helpless and reliant upon Jeoffrey’s goodwill. If only he did not despise her. Clarice never expected to see Jeoffrey again and, though her heart never forgot him, he wishes to forget her.
All Jeoffrey wants is his freedom. All Clarice wants is a second chance. Will Clarice’s sudden arrival unravel all of Jeoffrey’s carefully laid plans for a life of solitude? Or will she turn out to be his only salvation?
A Sisters of Danu Novella
She will not be the unwanted bride…
Ceara has been promised to Garreth Mac Cecht her entire life. Arranged marriages are not at all common within her tribe, yet she had accepted her fate long ago, reveled in it even. Being arranged to marry a man as handsome as Garreth was no hard fate…until the day he made his true feelings known. Ceara now knows she means nothing more to him than another responsibility, and one he is determined to avoid at all costs.
Ceara has no idea why her mother arranged her marriage so many years ago, but if her mama will not release her from her duty, she will release herself. Ceara refuses to be ignored by her intended husband any longer. Tis time to forswear their cursed fate.
He is not ready to take a wife…
Garreth has been ignoring Ceara determinedly for years. Why chase the one lass he is destined to marry, when he can have all the other lassies, first? It was a fine idea, until the day he took it too far. In his need to keep her at arm’s length, he insulted her pride in order to save his own.
Ignoring her is easier than accepting the truth: he cares for Ceara more than he wants to admit. But pushing her away is the only control he has over his otherwise sealed fate. So, he pushed hard, too hard, and potentially destroyed any remaining affections she held for him. Enough. Tis time to prove to Ceara that he will make a fine husband.
But, on the very night he decides to finally do right by Ceara, she breaks off their agreement completely. He deserves it, fool that he is, but he will not allow it. Nay. He will have Ceara back. But convincing her that he is worthy will be quite a task. Fortunately, Garreth is up to the challenge…