Friday, November 28, 2014

Here's one for the misfits, the nonconformists and those who never quite fit in


If you jump on my website, one of the first things you will see is the following comment:

Author. Blogger. Welcoming you to the land of the taboo: one page at a time. Read about the misfits, the nonconformists and the people who never quite fit in.

In truth, this describes my characters in a nutshell. In the beginning, I didn't make this connection

and thought that I had simply created characters that were interesting. However, it was after I listened to a Vlog (I want to say it was by Mastin Kipp but am not certain) I realized that our passion is the result of something that makes us angry at a young age. For example, if you were an abused child, you may grow up to be very passionate about children’s rights because of the angry part of you that didn’t feel protected. I immediately recognized where my own little spark of anger developed inside of me and it was from growing up feeling a bit like an outsider, looking in and I was passionate about telling the stories of those who fell into the same category.

Not to suggest that I want to be like other people – I definitely appreciate my individualism – but that part of me that feels as though I am judged or rejected just because I don’t fit into society in the way that makes others comfortable. For this reason, I feel compelled to tell the stories of people who are the misfits, the nonconformist, the rebels, the abused, the neglected, the misunderstood – the people that never quite fit in either. In turn, I find that it is usually those same kinds of people who are most attracted to my writing. So in a way, it all kind of comes together, full circle.

My first book, Fire, centered on a young lady called Tarah Kiersey. She grew up in a broken home, felt as though she came second to her brother and struggled with relationships and later, fame.

My second book, A Spark before the Fire was created after the character of Jimmy Groome almost took over my first book, causing me to see that he had a lot more story to tell. Turns out, he grew up with a dark secret from his childhood that haunted him throughout his life. His magnetic personality was attractive, dangerous and yet, he never really fit in anywhere –  school, his family and or even his band.


My third book, The Rock Star of Vampires, centers on Ava Lilith, an unhappy vampire who grew up in a loveless home and strives toward happiness. Living in a building of misfits, she has to accept what makes them all different is actually what brings them all together. My fourth book will be a sequel to this book and will tell the story of Mariah Nichols – a kind of anti-hero that you can’t help cheer for as you read.

A part of me wants to fight for the underdog. I don’t like the bullies of the world – arrogant bosses, opportunistic politicians, heartless corporations or just simply just the big kid on the playground. To me, the moment you allow someone to intimidate you, they win.

Lately we've been hearing a great deal in the news about some of the bullies of the world. Sexual harassment and abusive workplace environments are a hot topic and to be honest, it kind of makes me sad that there are so many hidden miseries that people carry with them each day, fearful of speaking out. It is understandable because even though the politically correct thing to say is that victims should be able to feel safe to come forward, we know it doesn’t always happen. Here in the real world, ‘coming forward’ might mean the difference between getting promoted, having or keeping a job or possibly being ignored by the people who are supposed to make us feel safe. After all, it is often the police, the HR departments and others are quick to scurry under the bed when the light shines in their direction.

Unfortunately, when you keep the cover on a pot of boiling water for too long, things tend to get pretty hot and when it is lifted, someone is apt to get burned. Misfits are the product of holding in too much ‘hot steam’ for too long and although that often comes out in a creative and passionate way, there are times when the results aren’t as pretty. But one way or another, it’s going to happen.

I like to think that my characters come out better on the other side. Their lessons are difficult, their challenges take them in some dark places, but they're survivors and at the end of the day, it is their flaws that make them perfect.




Canadian author Mima is known for her complicated and diverse characters, a dark style and for never shying away from controversial topics. To request an interview or if you are interested in doing a book review, please send requests here  


Mima is the author of Fire and the prequel, A Spark before the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vampires  Her Name is Mariah and Different Shades of the Same Color. Join Mima on Facebook, TwitterG+ and Goodreads also, check out her Amazon Author Page

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The Lost Testimonials are back!

My website has changed a great deal since the early days of my writing career. From stumbling through a webs.com site in 2010 to nervously wandering into the world of domains and 'real' websites
a few years ago, I've definitely experienced a learning curve and continue to educate as much as possible in this area.

In the shuffle between websites, I managed to lose one of my favorite pages. It was simply titled 'Testimonials' and contained various reviews contributed by my original readers. Of course, somewhere along the line it occurred to me that these reviews might be a tad more valuable on a site such as Goodreads, Amazon or Chapters and would encourage people to relocate their kind words somewhere that would allow others to get a sense of my books.

So today, I  was really excited to find some of these old reviews for my first two books and would like to share them with you! To read more reviews on any of my books, I recommend you check out your favorite online store.



Starlily - "First there was a match, then there was a spark, and now there's Fire!" Fire chronicles the rise, triumphs and heartbreaks of a band in the 90's. Mima clearly has put a lot of research, effort and heart into her first novel. She takes an honest and unflinching look at the music industry and the ups and downs of the decade. Tarah's story drew me in and I finished it in a half a weekend. Can't wait for A Spark Before the Fire!

Joe - 'From the front to the back cover Fire is a book that cannot be put down. The gripping action goes from page to page with a climactic ending. This novel showcases the rise and tribulations of bands in the 90 s music scene, which the author catches very realistically in the characters, which are portrayed in this novel. Mima has done an amazing job on this book and I can’t wait for Spark Before the Fire.'

Maxine - 'What a great read. If you haven't read a book in a while, grab Fire and find a quiet corner. You can feel yourself becoming involved in every aspect of this story. You get to know every character, and can really visualize every scene. I cannot wait for Spark Before the Fire!! Great job Mima. Looking forward to many more books from you!!'

Jamie - 'When I read 'Fire', I couldn't put it down! The characters were so real and beautifully described, you felt yourself cheering them on when something great was happening, and worried and anxious when they were faced with challenges and difficult life decisions. Mima has beautifully crafted this wonderful piece of literature, greatly detailing the time, the culture and sub-culture of the 90s and the unforgiving music scene. I am anxiously awaiting Mima's next installment to read more about the 'Fire' characters!'

Evelyn - 'When I read Fire I couldn't put it down. I sat and read it from cover to cover. Then I told lots of my friends about it and they bought the book and told me the same thing. It was happy, sad, exciting and edge of your seat reading. I can't wait for the next book to come out. I am looking forward to reading it and I know it will be just as good or better then the first'

Linda - 'Congratulations on a great story. I very much enjoyed the story line. Just so different from anything that I have read. Looking forward to the sequel.'

Nadine - 'Fire was so well written! The details were there exactly when needed. I could imagine everything so vividly. The story was intense and so interesting I had a hard time putting down the book. I read it until my eyes got dry! When I was at the end, I just wanted to keep reading and was hoping for another book to continue this one and now there is one. I read the first Chapter and can`t wait to read the rest. BTW the sensual scenes made me hot!!! Thank you MIMA for the excellent entertainment and information because this book was also very well documented.'

Lisa - 'This is a book everyone can relate to because at some point in your life you must have seen or even done.. sex, drugs and/or rock and roll. I could see either myself or my friends in the main character Tarah on many occasions, I have known many guys who were like William or Jimmy and Michael is a hateful character who I've known a few of as well. As previously mentioned in one of the comments "Fire was so well written! The details were there exactly when needed. I could imagine everything so vivid." I can't wait to read about Jimmy's life and I would absolutely love to see this made into a movie. Great job Mima and congratulations on an super awesome book!! Keep them coming and I will keep reading!'


Sherry - 'Just finished reading A Spark Before The Fire. Absolutely loved the book. Could not put it down, I loved reading about the life of Jimmy, I could defiantly picture this as a movie just like Fire. I would love to read another book on what happened after Fire. Do you think you would continue with this story? I look forward to your next book. All the best!'

Joseph - 'KUDOS TO MIMA. ANOTHER AMAZING READ.THE PREQUEL TO FIRE POTRAYS A GRIPPING REALITY OF NOT JUST LIFE ISSUES BUT THE UPS, DOWNS AND TRIBULATIONS OF TRAGEDY TO FOLLOW A DREAM TO ITS FULLEST.THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN CHARACTERS DRAWS YOU IN TO EVERY PAGE AND MAKES YOU WANT TO CONTINUE ON TILL THE END.CONGRATULATIONS ON ANOTHER WRITING SUCCESS.TO EVERYONE I RECOMMEND YOU READ FIRE.YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED'

Maxine - 'If you've never taken a day off work to complete reading a book, then you've never read Spark Before the Fire!! I have not found myself engrossed so deeply in a book since the release of Fire. My world disappears, and Jimmy's springs before me. Not one detail is left out, yet a lot of "didn't see that coming" surprise moments spring up. A must read for everyone. Kudos to Mima. Yet again, you have caught and kept my focus on your words. Keep up the great work'


Jean - 'I have just finished reading A Spark Before the Fire, another excellent book by Mima. Like her first book, Fire, each chapter brings a surprise, you never know what to expect with each chapter. She tells the story of a young boy, who suffers a traumatic experience as a child and it haunts him through his teen years. It affects his life style for many years. It shows how one persons actions can affect the lives of so many innocent people. Mima deals with the issues very good, making people see that bad times can be worked through and good things can happen to people who never give up. Reach for your dreams you can make them come true, that is what she shows in this novel . Looking forward to reading many more books by Mima. If you haven’t read Fire or a spark before the fire, then you don’t know what your missing. '




Canadian author Mima is known for her complicated and diverse characters, a dark style and for never shying away from controversial topics. To request an interview or if you are interested in doing a book review, please send requests here  
 

Mima is the author of Fire and the prequel, A Spark before the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vampires  Her Name is Mariah and Different Shades of the Same Color. Join Mima on Facebook, TwitterG+ and Goodreads also, check out her Amazon Author Page

For some reading, check out her blogs – personal or writing


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Monday, August 4, 2014

The Rock Star of Books

It has been three months since the release of my third book, The Rock Star of Vampires and I've been quite fortunate - not only have my sales been very consistent, I've also accumulated some new fans and friends from all over the world (on both Twitter and Facebook), but I've also been blessed with some awesome reviews!


And speaking of great reviews, one of the comments that I've often heard from readers is the surprise after learning whom the 'The Rock Star of Vampires' ends up being; not at all what most expected. I have to be honest, even I thought it was someone else as I was writing the book, but following my instincts, I quickly realized that my assumption was wrong....or was it? I'm currently writing the sequel to this series, which follows the life of Mariah Nichols and in this particular book, there may be a few hints that perhaps things aren't as certain as originally thought;-) More to come, folks!

Another comment that I'm getting about The Rock Star of Vampires  is that it was much more than the title suggests. Not only is the book about a young vampire struggling to become accustom to her physical changes, it is also about a young woman's struggle with life, death and finding true happiness. It goes to show, that maybe vampires aren't all that different from us after all...or are they?

Yes, I took a different path when I started writing this book. I chose not to write it in the same vein as many others before me and for that, I have been both praised and criticized, but if you aren't original as a writer, then why bother? We already have enough formula writers out there, who merely follow the Hollywood brick road of predictability with golden sunshine endings. That's not really my thing.

I think it is important to have an overall message in books, leaving the reader with something to think about, long after the story has finished. With The Rock Star of Vampires, I thought it was important to really focus on the concept of happiness as an ongoing state as opposed to an ultimate destination. With A Spark before the Fire, my focus was on the difficult road to self-analysis, while Fire was about how fame and fortune wasn't necessarily as glamorous as we like to believe and life problems follow us all, regardless of status.

In the end, I throw some concepts into my writing that leave people with something to think about (if they choose) and hopefully an interesting read that sparks their senses and imagination along the way. That's my goal.

Overall, this book seems to grabbing the most buzz compared to the two that preceded it, possibly making it the 'Rock Star' of my books (so far;-). I invite you to keep in touch by signing up for my newsletter and always feel free to contact me with comments, questions or thoughts.



Canadian author Mima is known for her complicated and diverse characters, a dark style and for never shying away from controversial topics. To request an interview or if you are interested in doing a book review, please send requests here  


Mima is the author of Fire and the prequel, A Spark before the Fire, as well as The Rock Star of Vampires  Her Name is Mariah and Different Shades of the Same Color. Join Mima on Facebook, TwitterG+ and Goodreads also, check out her Amazon Author Page

For some reading, check out her blogs – personal or writing


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