Showing posts with label Mima. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mima. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Music that inspired The Devil is Smooth Like Honey

Can you believe that's it's been less than six months since I published Always be a Wolf? In no time at all, I created the sequel - The Devil is Smooth Like Honey and baby, it's hot stuff!


El narco. A monster. Un diablo. Jorge Hernandez had been called many things and it always made him laugh. If there was one word that could be used to describe him, it would be untouchable. Corrupt politicians combined with his charming disposition had contributed to Jorge’s success but it was often the underlying threats behind his handsome smile that sealed the deal. He was unstoppable.
In Paige Noël, he had met his match. A woman who’s as dangerous and sadistic as she was soft and gentle, the last thing he expected was to propose after an explosive first meeting but the intense fire between them was as addictive as the thrill of violence and power.
When some of his personal enemies turn up dead, Jorge shuffles his daughter into a Canadian school, deciding that things are getting a little too hot in Mexico; but does life ever slow down in this dark, underground world?
The devil is smooth like honey but is heaven ever far away?


Of course, just like any book that I write, there is a list of songs that I was drawn to through the writing process. You might be surprised by a few.....

1. LAY IT ON THE LINE - TRIUMPH
This is the first song that captivated me, back in chapter one when Jorge is arriving in Toronto after a less than stellar trip from Mexico.


2. ONE DAY - ASAF AVIDAN

I think that once you read the book, this song will make a lot of sense...




3. Miracles - JEFFERSON STARSHIP

It seems like the strangest choice for a book about a group of criminals, however, this song really captures the relationship between Jorge and Paige. 



4. SHOUT AT THE DEVIL - MOTLEY CRUE

If there was a song that captured Jorge Hernandez, this is it! 








5.  NO MORE MR. NICE GUY - ALICE COOPER

This song stems from a line in the book where Jolene insists there will be 'no more Mrs. Nice Guy' for her...




Throughout the writing process, I also listened to a great deal of Spanish guitar and developed a deep love for the beauty of the music. This is one of the places I would listen:




That about covers everything for this book. I'm already discovering the music that I will be listening to for the next one;-)





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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....






Monday, December 21, 2015

Songs that inspired Different Shades of the Same Color

I don’t choose the songs that correspond with each of my books, but rather, they choose me. My
upcoming book -Different Shades of the Same Color - is no exception. The songs that spoke to me this time were a mixture of fun and sadness, which is probably one of the best ways I can describe my fifth book. To learn more about Different Shades of the Same Color (which is coming out in January 2016!) please click here


Once again, here we go…


  

        Blame by Calvin Harris
           
            This is one of the first songs that sprang to mind as I sat down to start chapter one.  The protagonist in this book has a slight knock to the head that changes her whole world and of course, it happens in a very undignified manner. Needless to say, this song title seemed highly appropriateJ

 Breathe (the Zed is Dead Remix) by Prodigy

            How can you not love Prodigy? This song crept up on me, an old reminder of my past life, when I frequently wandered into dance clubs in a Boozin’ night of fun. Speaking of booze, that might be a clue as to how the protagonist hits her head in the first place. The song has such a light, carefree manner that you sense the inner hippie in this character, that is dying to come out.

 Waves by Mr Probz (Robin Schulz Radio Remix)

            I LOVE this song. It’s not a crush, it’s the real thing, baby! So beautiful and chillin’, it just makes you want to grab a beer, grab a joint - whatever you’re into – and sit on a beach, with not a worry in the world. I listened to this song over and over while writing the book.

Stolen Dance – Milky Chance

            Another new discovery for me, this song is what created a vision of a young woman dancing around her apartment, carefree and happy. Perfect for this book:-) 


Super Bass – Nicki Minaj

            One day, as I was writing this book, this song popped up on my iPod and I automatically envisioned a scene in my book. Okay, so that’s kind of the same story I could tell for all these songs, but I pictured a particularly funny scene between the protagonist and her sister. It was one of my favorite parts to write.



 The Shade by Metric

            I’ve been saying for weeks now that this is my personal theme song and I mean it. Live for the moment and want it all! For some reason, this song was often playing in the background as I wrote this book! 


       Money for Nothing by Dire Straits

            This song is mentioned and is symbolic with regards to her family, specifically her father. 


 Beautiful Goodbye by Amanda Marshall

            There’s a lot more going on in this story than what it seems. People will be surprised.




       Running up that Hill by Kate Bush

                This may seem like an unusual song to add to the mix, but it struck a cord with me during the writing process. It definitely has a connection to my plot.








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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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Are we the Characters?

It would be fair to say that each of my books follows me on my own, personal journey through life. Not to suggest that I am my characters, but I certainly have learned some of the same lessons along the way.



My first book Fire was as much about the power of mass media as that of my characters, a rock band in the 90s. It was about how the value of life often comes second to the value of a great story and ratings/sales. This was a realization that I came to during my twenties when mass media often had the most influence. 

 My second book was the sequel called A Spark before the Fire, following a rebellious, social misfit that felt like he was on the outside, looking in, which also was a strong reflection of how I viewed the world at that time. I always felt a sense of being left behind, not included or as if my value was below that of others and like Jimmy Groome, chose self-destructive ways to block what I could not handle. 

My third book, The Rock Star of Vampires, displayed how many of the social ‘vultures’ of the world are often carefully hiding behind a beautiful mask and it reflected a time when I realized that we all have our many sides and vulnerabilities, regardless of what we try to display to others. 

My fourth book, Her Name is Mariah, was probably my most personal book, that hit closest to home. Let me explain why.

Mariah Nichols was a character resurrected from my third book, The Rock Star of Vampires. It told the story of a strong, often cold woman who was tough – or so she wanted the world to believe. Mariah was one of the people hiding behind the beautiful mask I described earlier, except that she even believed the performance she gave to the world. She was untouchable. She was the wolf among sheep. No one could get to her. No one could hurt her.

The reality was that a young doctor comes into her life and shakes up everything she has ever believed about both the world and herself. He slowly breaks down every wall that surrounded her, causing Mariah to be faced with her true self for the first time ever: it's overwhelming. His role in her life was to destroy all the walls that prevented her from growing, from living and most of all, from loving. In this case, she has to hit rock bottom, to evolve and feel truly alive.

This was very much my own story. 

No, I didn’t have a charming, handsome doctor come into my life and force me to see a side of myself I had long decided to ignore, however, I did have someone who forced me to take a good look at myself and it was by far, the most torturous and excruciating experience, but it was one that I had to explore in order to get to a better place. In fact, when I look at whom I used to be - how I once viewed the world or my negative thought process - I almost don’t recognize that person at all. It was my much-needed spiritual awakening. 


I’ve almost completed the rough draft of my latest book and I'm definitely putting a lot of myself and my experiences in this book. Although slightly altered (and hopefully much more interesting than my own story) I do see the world through my character’s eyes and hope I continue to do so.

I've always said that my books are for the 'misfits, the nonconformists and those who never quite fit in' because that is what I believe. I like to write unconventional stories about unconventional characters, who like to color outside the lines. Not only do they like it, they don't know any other way to live.






Canadian author Mima is known for complicated and diverse characters, her 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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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Reader Discretion is Advised

One of my favorite books is called Worst. Person. Ever by Douglas Coupland. Not a book for the faint of heart, Coupland doesn’t hold back when it comes to profanity, crudeness or rudeness. If you
check out the reviews, you will see those who gush with delight (like meJ) while others rant about the offensiveness of the book. It’s a nice balance.

As a writer, I’ve had a similar balance with my readers. While many write wonderful reviews, send me thoughtful (and greatly appreciated!) emails and speak passionately about my books, I also have the people who are beyond offended by the language and subject matter of my writing. In fact, you may've noticed a story in an earlier blog about one particular woman who commented that if I “took all the ‘F words’ out of my (first) book, it would’ve been half the size” and that’s actually one of the nicer complaints that thrown my way, since I first published Fire in 2010.

My latest book is no exception. Her Name is Mariah tangles with some topics that make people uncomfortable – transgender, abortion and suicide – not to mention a protagonist who never would be accused of being the girl next door. Mariah is as crude and offensive as she is deep and profound, but these are traits you may not notice unless you finish the book. You certainly won’t see them much early on.

I’ve had people (after starting the book) drop me on social media. I’ve had at least one journalist give me the cold shoulder after learning that the subject of the book. People will excitedly read the back cover – then raised an eyebrow, I’m guessing around the time they hit the word ‘transgender’ and politely smile and hand it back.

Having said that, I’m always upfront with people. I’m not trying to follow in the footsteps of Nicholas Sparks. In fact, if I ever write a romance novel, it’s quite possible that I will want to set myself on fire immediately after the fact.

Sure, my characters are complex, they may not always make the best life decisions and there are times when I’m even a little shocked by what they do, but that’s what makes them fun to write and read about. My books aren’t the bible for bad behavior (although, they would be an interesting manual) but you probably aren’t going to look to my characters as your moral compassat least, I wouldn’t really recommend it.

But if you do, please tell me how that works for you. Maybe you can be the topic for my next book;-)




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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