Author Interview Mia Kerick

December 7, 2015

Today I’m very lucky to have an author interview with Mia Kerick, author of Clean

Hi Mia, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Hello, and thank you very much for welcoming me to your blog today to promote the release of my new YA LGBTQ Edgy Contemporary Romance, Clean.

  • Favorite thing about building your own world?

I write contemporary fiction, so I do not create fantasy worlds, but I do enjoy a certain sense of freedom when I create my own “typical New England town” because it can have any restaurants I choose, any landscape that fills my needs, be of any income level I want—there are few restrictions.

  • What inspired you to write your first book?

My sister was hugely inspiring in writing my first book, as she has always been my role model. And about five years ago, she wrote a book, so I followed suit. She however, is still perfecting her very first book, and I have written 15 books.

  • Do you have a specific writing style?

I write from the heart… what feels and sounds right. I use a combination of very long sentences separated by commas, and short incomplete sentences, used for emphasis. I like to use italics and ellipses and capitals and too much punctuation! I am an editor’s nightmare. (Louis J Harris tries to tame me, but he finds it tough.)

In Clean, I employed a writing technique called stream of consciousness, in which your writing resembles the way thoughts go through the human brain. I loved doing this because it was so unstructured and seemed very real. I felt like I was truly in Trevor’s head and I think it will allow readers to experience his emotions right along with him.

  • Who are some of the authors that influenced you to write?

I was very influenced by Stephenie Meyer, Amy Lane, Chris Owen, Mary Calmes, and Abi Roux. They made me want to turn the page before I’d finished reading the page I was on.

  • What are some jobs you’ve held? Have any of them impacted your writing? How?

I have been a teacher and a waitress. (In various capacities, in various settings, at various times.) And yes, many of my characters are teachers and school janitors and waiters and busboys. It is not a coincidence. I think people tend to feel comfortable writing about what they know well.

 

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One Comment

  • Mia Kerick December 7, 2015 at 17:11

    What a great interview!! Thank you for hosting me today!

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