Thursday, April 27, 2017

Press Release for Always be a Wolf!




CONTACT: Michelle Arsenault (aka ‘Mima’)


CANADIAN AUTHOR RELEASES SEVENTH BOOK!

In a world full of sheep, always be a wolf

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, April 2017 – The Canadian author known as Mima recently published her seventh book, Always be a Wolf, the sequel to We’re All Animals, released in 2016.

In the gripping sequel to We’re All Animals, Chase Jacobs moves to Toronto with his Colombian bosses, Diego and Jolene Silva, where they expand their élite sex party business. The underground’s best-kept secret is going legit but just as Chase starts a brand new life, tragedy strikes.

The heartbreaking lessons ahead of him are the most difficult he’s ever had to face and Chase must rely on his new family to help him through. But will his blind faith in Diego and Jolene prove to be a mistake and has he underestimated just how far they are willing to go to prove their loyalty?

He learns there are times when passion and anger cause you to throw away the rulebook, even in the face of deadly consequences.

He learns that words have a great deal of power but not as much power as silence. 

But most of all, Chase learns that in a world full of sheep, always be a wolf

To learn more about Always be a Wolf, check out either of these YouTube videos, where the author discusses the new book: Video 1  Video 2

Check out this CBC interview to learn more about We’re All Animals, the first book in the series.

To learn more about Mima;


Mima novels are available at all online retailers, including Chapters, Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and more!!!






Friday, April 14, 2017

Songs that Inspired Always be a Wolf!

Here we are again! My latest book, Always be a Wolf is coming out and as with all my books, I have a list of inspiring songs that I listened to during the writing process. These are the songs that I felt drawn to throughout the writing process and might help to demonstrate the vibe of the book. Here we go!

In the gripping sequel to We’re All Animals, Chase Jacobs moves to Toronto with his Colombian bosses, Diego and Jolene Silva, where they expand their élite sex party business. The underground’s best-kept secret is going legit but just as Chase starts a brand new life, tragedy strikes.

The heartbreaking lessons ahead of him are the most difficult he’s ever had to face and Chase must rely on his new family to help him through. But will his blind faith in Diego and Jolene prove to be a mistake and has he underestimated just how far they are willing to go to prove their loyalty?

He learns there are times when passion and anger cause you to throw away the rulebook, even in the face of deadly consequences.

He learns that words have a great deal of power but not as much power as silence. 

But most of all, Chase learns that in a world full of sheep, always be a wolf



Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

This was definitely the song that stood out to me in the weeks leading up to starting Always be a Wolf. It was the song that encompassed the energy of the book, especially the first few chapters.



That Smell by Lynyrd Skynyrd

This song was mentioned while Chase and Diego were stuck in traffic and although it seems minor in context, readers will get a sense as to where the story is headed. 





Swim by Madonna

Madonna's music has been inspiring me for years and this particular song helps capture a heavy mood during a traumatic time in Chase Jacob's life.



Disassociative by Marilyn Manson

As I said many times, Marilyn Manson's music has always been a huge influence on my writing and his book was no exception. This song definitely captured the mood for the second half of the book, especially near the end.

(Sorry, I was having issues uploading the video...here is the link:-)

Break my Stride

This is a song that unexpectedly came along while doing the edits for the book. In fact, this is one of two songs in the final and ironically, very violent scene.



Summer of '63

Also, a song that popped up at the end of the book, during final edits and it just worked...for so many reasons, it was perfect.






To learn more, check out my own YouTube video where I talk about this in more detail and go to www.mimaonfire.com to learn more about Always be a Wolf as well as the book that precedes it, We're All Animals.



Thursday, October 13, 2016

I'm on YouTube!!

So I finally did it! I started a YouTube channel; something I never thought I would do, but here we are......check it out:-) Let's start from the beginning with my first video. I was so nervous....






Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Songs that inspired We're All Animals by Mima



We’re all animals; led by our desires, ready to fight in the light of fear yet with a soul that leads us on a path to wherever we must go.


It started with a broken heart and it took no time for Chase Jacob’s world to spin out of control. An unwanted pregnancy allows his mother and obsessive future bride to manipulate and control his life, turning him bitter and resentful. His destiny becomes a dark road to misery and whenever he tries to take the wheel, temptation only leads him further astray.
When a provocative and sinister side of life introduces itself, Chase discovers there’s an animal lurking inside each of us; a powerful creature that wants to take over. But will he let it win?


With every book I write, there's a soundtrack that has inspired me through the writing process. It's never the fact that I look for the music that will work for me, but more the other way around. A perfect example would be with my next book - We're All Animals - where the music seemed to follow me through each day, even when I wasn't writing and the biggest example of this is the first song on my list...

1. High Hopes - Pink Floyd

This is probably the one song that inspired me the most throughout the writing process. In fact, I found myself listening to this song all the time, almost obsessively for the months I was working on We're All Animals.




2. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd



3. The Animal I Have Become - Three Days Grace




4. The Trouble - U2




5. Last Resort - Papa Roach




6. Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard 



Check out the songs that inspired all my books here! 

Here is the corresponding YouTube video to this blog:


Monday, September 5, 2016

Why I Hate Genres

I hate the word ‘genre’. It sounds so pretentious as if you define your book in one, single category rather than having it overlap in many areas. Then again, is that really surprising since we also live in a world that wants us to define ourselves into small categories that are easily digestible, uncomplicated and make other people comfortable?

I stopped trying to define my books. With the exception of The Rock Star of Vampires and it’s follow up, Her Name is Mariah, I have always stuck with the genre of ‘fiction’ when checking in with my publisher and later when asked the question in which category my books fit. I guess in my mind, a great book should overlap into many categories; there should be some romance – but not too much. There should be some drama – but not to the point that it becomes unrealistic. There should be some suspense but not necessarily non-stop from chapter one. There should be some erotica but not in the Fifty Shades extreme. I think it’s important that readers get a glimpse of themselves in the story as well as someone they want to be or a fantasy that they may have, but would never act on. 

When I write a book, I visualize it as if it were one of my favorite dramas on television. I like surprise twists and turns, I love strong emotions, I dive into dark topics that we don’t like to talk about as well as the light side of our personalities that makes us human.

Genres tend to be suffocating. When asked for themes in my first book, I stupidly suggested ‘romance’ even though it was only a fraction of the book. My publisher immediately suggested that I change the ending and do things differently to connect with the ‘romance’ fan. I wasn’t about to make my book into a tacky, $2 trash romance book and immediately said no. Same thing with the vampire books; I was told they weren’t ‘vampiry’ enough, not what fans wanted in this kind of genre – but to me, that was the point. Who says that all vampire books have to be the same? Isn’t the point of creativity is to be unique? Sometimes I think this is no longer the case.




Sunday, July 24, 2016

That Awkward First Video (for the second time)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

What is Your Song?

I've often mentioned that each of my books brings with it a personal soundtrack; a collection of songs that inspired me through the writing process, songs that suddenly got stuck inside my head and refused to leave until the specific book was completed. Interestingly enough, once the process is over, the song seems less prevalent in my subconscious.

Not only does each book develop a collect of songs that take me through the writing process, but I've noticed that there's always one song in particular that stands out as being the song that best represents the protagonist. I'm pretty sure the same can be said for each of us; in fact, we probably can think of some songs that makes us immediately think of friends or family members because it describes them perfectly.

In my first book, Fire, Tarah Kiersey's song would probably be Possession Sarah McLachlan 
This was a song that went through my mind for months, possibly even years before I started to write this particular manuscript. At the time, I would envision a scene that would later fit into my first book, even though I wasn't yet sure of its significance. All I knew was that it was very powerful and that the character behind it was pushing her way through to tell her story.

A Spark before the Fire was, to a degree, the prequel to Fire and discussed the life of a strong character from my first book, Jimmy Groome. There are so many songs that could fit this character, but if I had to choose one, I would say Something in the Way by Nirvana. Depending on how you interpret this song, you could view this in a couple different ways and to be honest, either would apply in this situation.

I switched things up when I decided to write about vampires in The Rock Star of Vampires  and a young woman named Ava Lilith. She lived a secret life, one that she felt had to be hidden from everyone around her, always hiding the truth about her identity. Her song was Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. 

Her Name is Mariah was connected to The Rock Star of Vampires in that she was a secondary character that quickly rose to the top, demanding her own book. Hardly a soft character, Mariah Nichols wasn't someone who would have a gentle, delicate song to represent her. Try Metallica. Try Masters of Puppets. 

With Different Shades of the Same Color,  Natasha Parsons was a bit of a free spirit, a bit of a hippie and the one song that struck me as I was writing this book and carried through to be the song the defined her was Blame by Calvin Harris. Trust me, it relates to this character. 

I just finished writing my sixth book and I'm already thinking of my seventh. The next one will feature a male character from Different Shades of the Same Color and his name is Chase Jacobs. Without a doubt, his theme song would be Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace.  It suits him to perfection and in fact, describes the raw power behind the story.

So what's your theme song? Share it in the comment section. If you wish to learn more about any of these books (or read their complete soundtrack list) check out this link!