**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with Author, Mia Fisher
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a fulltime writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share.
I was born and raised in Maine. I’ve been married twice, once divorced, once widowed. I have four children, my youngest is in high school while the other three are out terrorizing the community at large. I recently received my degree in Social Work and will start my Masters work in January 2013. I currently teach preschool while I’m waiting for the Masters program to get rolling. I moved to Florida this past June after twenty years in the Midwest. Can’t say that I miss the cold! I don’t have time for a lot of hobbies but I like to collect strawberries, I love spending time at the beach and I also spend quality time as the President Elect for KOD, the mystery/suspense chapter of RWA. Rumor has it that I’m the 2013 President but I’m still in denial at the moment. :o)
1. How did you get started writing?
I started writing when I was in the fifth grade. My cousin had passed away suddenly and it was how I dealt with it. It was cathartic and I enjoyed it so I kept on writing! I actually began writing romance because I was trapped in an abusive marriage. The ex wouldn’t allow me to work outside the home. Writing romance was something I could do that he couldn’t control that still brought money in and that’s what he was all about – the money.
2. What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write mystery/suspense because I find the human psyche interesting. I like to understand why we do what we do – why do people make some of the choices that they do? I have a degree in Criminal Justice with a specific in Forensics – that helps me develop some pretty convincing crime scenes. Not to mention I’m friends and colleagues with some pretty awesome mystery writers and forensic scientists. I’m always learning from them, always developing a better scenario or crime.
I also write contemporaries and paranormals because I like stretching the boundaries of what is acceptable as a writer. I also like breaking rules which is probably rather odd since I enforce the rules with mystery/suspense. But sometimes, rules are made to be broken and I’m more than willing to break them if I have an awesome storyline to work with!
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Naming my characters. I choose my names from a variety of locations – baby name books, cemeteries, movie cast rosters. I love choosing a name and creating a character for that name. And, of course, creating awesome love scenes. There’s always a challenge to stay fresh and new, one can’t have their characters falling into a rut book after book.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
Editing. I am Dyslexic. I can usually keep the spelling errors under control but when it comes to certain phrases? I have a tendency to go heavy on dangling participles and gerunds which can make me go cross eyed in an attempt to correct.
5. Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
Everywhere! I hear a song on the radio, see a picture somewhere, view a landmark and I can almost come up with a storyline. Part of Illusions stemmed from a Transiberian Orchestra song while another part came from Florence + The Machine. I heard both songs and it was like, dang, I can create some awesome scenes around these…
6. What is your typical day like?
I get up at five, I write, at 6:25 I take my daughter to school, I get back by 7:15 and I write for another two to three hours before running any necessary errands. I leave for work at 11:00, I teach preschool until 6:00 and then come home and write some more. I usually hit bed around midnight.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
Conflict can be tough – inner conflict is fairly easy for me. I’m Italian, we’re “inwardly conflicted” anyway, lol, but outer conflict? Fight scenes drive me nuts. Arguments can be a pain as well if they don’t really have a lot to do with moving the story along.
8. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My next book is called Illusions. It’s a contemporary romance about a rock star and a ballerina! Clay Emerson returns home to the hotel his family has run for generations to recuperate after accidently driving his car off a cliff. Former ballerina turned nurse Olivia Sheffield is hired to care for the rock star and from day one the two don’t get along. It takes a little girl with special needs to help forge the bond between the couple and once that bond is in place, nothing can tear it apart – not even a homicidal bassist.
It comes out the day after Thanksgiving, on November 23rd, be sure to make it part of your Black Friday shopping!
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Mia and her upcoming release, ILLUSIONS, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!