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Friday, June 27, 2014

Author Mia Kerick Interview



Do you write in more than one genre?
Yes, I write in Young Adult and in Adult Contemporary, and so far all have been gay romance.
As my theme states, “Love is what I see” when I write, so all of my books are in one way similar in that they revolve around the journey of a couple (or a triad)—and the individual growth of each of the people involved.
Currently, I am writing a YA LGBT Fiction novel that has only a shade of romance.

What if any, is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part is organizing my ideas. I find that I have so many ideas and I have to somehow focus them into a story. In other words, I must create that first rough outline and doing so can literally hurt my brain!! I need to take the research I have done, which is sometimes extensive, and decide how I will use it. This preliminary stage is very challenging.

What inspired each story?
My first novel, Beggars and Choosers, was largely inspired by my desire to create a character who I could totally fall for. I had read Twilight and I loved the danger/selflessness of Edward Cullen and I had a huge urge to create my own character, one who I found equally intriguing. So I created Brett Taylor to fit my needs.
Music is another inspiration for my books. Not Broken, Just Bent is one of my stories that was inspired by a specific Pink song. Intervention was inspired by a whole bunch of songs that made me feel and think deeply. Many of these songs are included, in part, in the novel.
Out of Hiding was inspired by my experiences with the semi-professional NYC dance world of my teenage daughter who is a dancer. 
The Red Sheet was inspired by my desire to just let myself go as an author- I allowed myself to write every thought that crossed my mind, when I was fully absorbed by the character of Bryan Dennison.
A Package Deal and Us Three were inspired by my desire to keep an open mind in matters of the heart.
Can you tell us a little about your books?


Young Adult Titles:
Description:
As a musician at the popular college cafĂ© Coed Joe’s, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered coworker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest will be reciprocated, with satisfying sex as the end goal. That’s what usually happens. But Jamie’s lessons in life have been harsher. Having been sexually abused by his older stepbrother for several years, Jamie has grown an impenetrable outer shell meant to keep the world at a safe distance.
Kai is angry at first when he takes the brunt of Jamie’s bad temper, but after Kai accidentally discovers the abuse Jamie has suffered, he wants to fix things. Kai’s plan is based on what he knows best—music—and he stages a “musical intervention” to let Jamie know he’s not alone and things can get better. When Jamie’s perspective changes and he emerges from his shell, Kai changes, too, gaining a whole new understanding of what sex can be when love is there too.
Book Links:
To add the book to your Goodreads account:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18480003-intervention?from_search=true


Description:
Braving the start of high school, longtime childhood friends Benjamin Wells and Timmy Norton quickly realize they are entering a whole new world colored by their family responsibilities. Ben is trying to please his strict father; Timmy is taking care of his younger sisters. While their easy camaraderie is still comfortable, Ben notices Timmy growing distant and evasive, but Ben has his own problems. It’s easier to let concerns about Timmy’s home life slide, especially when Timmy changes directions and starts to get a little too close. Ben doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings Timmy’s desire for love inspires, and his continuing denial wounds Timmy deeply.
But what Timmy perceives as Ben’s greatest betrayal is yet to come, and the fallout threatens to break them apart forever. Over the next four years, the push and pull between them and the outside world twists and tears at Ben and Timmy, and they are haunted by fear and regret. However, sometimes what seems broken is just a little bent, and if they can find forgiveness within themselves, Ben and Timmy may be able to move forward together.
Book Links:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4386
http://www.amazon.com/Not-Broken-Just-Bent-Kerick-ebook/dp/B00GNQZ0SM/ref=sr_1_4_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1386028567&sr=8-4&keywords=mia+kerick
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-notbrokenjustbent-1333570-149.html
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/not-broken-just-bent-mia-kerick/1117398061?ean=2940148978404&itm=1&usri=mia+kerick
To add the book to your Goodreads account:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18730914-not-broken-just-bent?from_search=true
Book Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aERyDOVFFpQ

(There is a short continuation of Tim and Ben’s story in Grand Adventures called Water Under The Bridge)

The Red Sheet has a NEW COVER
Description:
One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different person—helpful, generous, and chivalrous—a person whose new admirable qualities he doesn’t recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.
Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He can’t hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it. Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. He’s attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before “the change.”
Where he’d been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, he’s a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations. Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his “superjock” former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation.
However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryan’s newfound virtue. And convincing Scott he’s genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scott’s trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryan’s obsession.
With a foreword by Cody Kennedy
Book Links:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4725
http://www.amazon.com/Red-Sheet-Mia-Kerick-ebook/dp/B00IJQS6KS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1&qid=1396540889
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-theredsheet-1404989-149.html
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-red-sheet-mia-kerick/1118710756?ean=9781627987158
To add the book to your Goodreads account:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20619717-the-red-sheet?ac=1
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niYJOT76q4g 



 Description:
In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing.
Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school.
Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.
No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united.
If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.
Book Links:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4857
http://www.amazon.com/Us-Three-Mia-Kerick-ebook/dp/B00JFLL7NE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396536883&sr=8-1&keywords=Us+Three+Mia+Kerick
To add to your Goodreads account
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21473632-us-three
Book Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAG9Xv5yXz4


Adult Titles:

Description:
After a hard life filled with experiences he’d rather not remember but can’t forget, Brett Taylor decides he doesn’t need anyone or anything. He gets a job at a bar in a nothing little town where he can fish and race dirt bikes and hide from the world. So naturally as he’s walking across the parking lot at his new job, reminding himself how self-reliant he is, he meets someone he can’t shove aside.
Brett can’t help but admire Cory Butana, the kid who lives above the bar where his father is the principal bartender. Unwanted by either parent, the sweet, personable Cory grew up neglected and hungry for affection. Now he’s determined to make something of his life, even if he has to work himself ragged to do it.
Cory shouldn’t have to suffer like Brett did, and Brett wants to lend a hand. But when their relationship evolves into something Brett isn’t ready to need, he reacts… and the consequences may destroy their fledgling future. With scars like theirs, forgiveness is never easy.
Book Links:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3229
http://www.amazon.com/Beggars-Choosers-Mia-Kerick-ebook/dp/B009ERVHD4/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385952553&sr=1-6&keywords=mia+kerick
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-beggarsandchoosers-945435-145.html
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/beggars-and-choosers-mia-kerick/1112975405?ean=2940015710489&itm=1&usri=mia+kerick
To add the book to your Goodreads account
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15840389-beggars-and-choosers


Sequel to Beggars and Choosers
Description:
After struggling through dishonesty, betrayal, and the kind of pasts they’d like to leave behind them, Brett Taylor and Cory Butana are back together and starting to build a new life. Brett has a good job. Cory has started college. But not everything goes the way they planned.
Still recovering from the emotional and physical repercussions of a brutal assault, Cory finds himself trapped by his own insecurity and fear, unable to believe that his heart is safe with Brett or that his body is safe without him. On the other hand, Brett has total faith in Cory’s love and commitment, even though he still struggles with his own ghosts.
With girls flocking to Brett’s side and a wannabe-lover lab partner feeding his doubts, Cory can’t find a way to tell Brett about the unfinished business that haunts him. If Brett wants to save him, he’ll have to see through Cory’s deception in time.
Book Links:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3635
http://www.amazon.com/Unfinished-Business-Mia-Kerick-ebook/dp/B00BUPMB2O/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-4&qid=1385952553
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-unfinishedbusiness-1145591-145.html
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unfinished-business-mia-kerick/1114834326?ean=2940016357133&itm=1&usri=mia+kerick
To add the book to your Goodreads account
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17379153-unfinished-business



Description:
Robby Dalton is the perfect all-American boy. He played the sports his father chose for him in high school, attended the college his father selected, and has worked hard to conform to his father’s macho views. But emotionally he doesn’t fit anywhere, and he can’t connect with a woman beyond a few uninspired dates. Robby’s not in the closet, because he’s never guessed he’s gay. Now he owns a small commercial construction company, and one night after work he runs into Savannah Meyers. He finds her fascinating and agrees to a date, thinking maybe this woman would be different.
But Savannah has her own agenda. She is looking for a love match for her roommate, Tristan Chartrand, whom she rescued from the streets years ago. He’s like a brother, and her only family, so she wants him safe and happy. Her plan seems to begin well, because when Robby meets Tristan, he’s surprised to find it’s Tristan he wants, not Savannah. But some people in Robby’s life don’t approve of Tristan’s lowly station in life, and some don’t approve of Robby being gay. Some people are full of hate and violence, and Robby and Tristan will need courage and strength if a loving future is to be part of the deal.
Book Links:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4337
http://www.amazon.com/Package-Deal-Mia-Kerick-ebook/dp/B00GD20VXA/ref=sr_1_6_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1386028567&sr=8-6&keywords=mia+kerick
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-apackagedeal-1334870-149.html
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-package-deal-mia-kerick/1117303796?ean=2940149012756&itm=1&usri=mia+kerick
To add the book to your Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18659462-a-package-deal




Description:
After graduating from high school early, twenty-year-old Philippe Bergeron spent the past several years lost among the stars while fishing off the New England coast. A shoulder injury ends his dream of living reclusively on the water, and he finds himself lost among the bright lights of New York City. His older brother, Henri, has asked Philippe to chaperone his seventeen-year-old niece, Sophie, on her tours of the city’s legendary dance programs.
Sophie meets with professional dancer and choreographer, Dario Pereira, to prepare a routine for her college auditions. Dario’s cool perfection and immaculate style contrast with Philippe’s awkward scruffiness, but it wakes desires Philippe thought he’d left behind. When the attraction is surprisingly returned, Dario’s confidence won’t let Philippe remain invisible. Unsure but curious, Philippe relaxes his rule of isolation, and as the summer progresses, his relationship with Dario leads him to a surprising discovery of his submissive sexual tendencies and a greater sense of self-awareness.
Tragedy threatens to destroy the connections Philippe has made and forces him to retreat into the shadows of his past, far from the radiance of Dario’s love. Ultimately, he must decide if it is time to stop hiding and set himself free.
Book Links:
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=4571
http://www.amazon.com/Out-Hiding-Mia-Kerick-ebook/dp/B00HU6FEKI/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1396556610&sr=8-1&keywords=Out+of+Hiding
https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-outofhiding-1395190-149.html
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/out-of-hiding-mia-kerick/1118045538?ean=9781627986496
To add the book to your Goodreads account
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19518735-out-of-hiding?from_search=true
Book Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yY1M1Hx_YQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yY1M1Hx_YQ

What are some of your other favorite activities?
I love to read (not a surprise) and I enjoy attending all of my kids’ performances and games. I love a long walk by the lake near my house and I enjoy mocha lattes.

Where can we find your website?
www.miakerick.com



Each person who submits a picture of one of Mia Kerick's books or book cover images on an eReader on Vacation or Staycation (a vacation at home) will receive a mystery swag bag with Mia Kerick Items. Maximum 2 pictures entries person. Please message Beckey, my assistant with your address.

The group for the event giveaway can be found here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/515595571900262/
Please post your pictures there in the group page.

There is also GRAND PRIZE giveaway for United States entries on the rafter that is pinned to the top of the group page.
The Grand Prize is Mia Kerick beach towel, Kerick Teddy Bear, Mia Kerick tote bag, and Mia Kerick Coffee Mug with Folger’s Hazlenut coffee. Be sure to look at the pinned  post at the top of the page for the raftercopter link.
Contest Ends on July 31, 2014.








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