Last week I read and wrote a review on Everything has Changed by Mia Kayla, I quickly fell in love with her writing and even more so with the amazing characters she created. So I was beyond thrilled when Mia agreed to do an Author Interview with me! I highly recommend that everyone check out Everything has Changed, and I personally can’t wait to read more of her work!
Here is my Interview with Mia!
1. Why did you decide to become an Author?
I don’t think there is an easy answer to this one. I kind of let life lead me where it leads me. I’m not really a planner. If someone were to ask me where I’d be in five years, I’d say wherever life leads me. I wrote a story at ease. It took me two years to write the story and after I was done with it, I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. All I knew was that I wanted to get this story—that I was absolutely in love with—to a wider audience. That’s when I decided to publish and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.
2. When did you start writing?
I had journals when I was younger. I had books I’d written in grade school. But I only started writing in 2012, when these characters wouldn’t stop talking to me. That’s when Marry Me for Money was born. A lot of my friends didn’t know I was writing until I was very far into the process.
3. Where did you find the inspiration for your latest novel?
My next novel that is going to be released is Brian’s story. He’s a secondary character in Marry Me for Money. I got my idea from a couple of bloggers. I love how readers get attached to these secondary characters and want their story. He never had a story, in my head.
Once that seed was planted, Brian’s story grew like a weed. It’s the fastest book I’d written so far. His character just kept speaking to me. And I absolutely love him and the heroine he chose to be with.
4. Are you a full time writer or is writing something you do in your spare time?
I am a writing-working-mom. I’m so busy nowadays. I work my 9-5 job in addition to raising kids. I treat writing as my second job. When I’m not physically at work or with my family, I’m writing. I write on my commute to and from work. I write on my lunch break. I write when my kids are sleeping. On the weekends, when we don’t have family obligations, I go to Starbucks after dinner and write until midnight. This sh*t is real. It’s good I love doing it.
5. Who was your favorite character to write thus far?
You haven’t met her yet but her name is Kendall “Kendy” Miller. She’s a secondary character in Marry Me for Money and oh boy, she’s full of personality. She’s just so much fun to write.
6. Are you currently working on any projects? (Perhaps Evans story!!!!?)
See! Readers really love these secondary characters. I don’t have a story in my head about Evan right now…but that doesn’t mean I never will. My next story that I will be releasing is Brian’s story. He’s a secondary character in Marry Me for Money. At first, I wasn’t thinking about continuing Marry Me for Money but these characters—I swear—had a mind of their own.
7. What book are you reading now?
Wings Over Poppies by J.A Derouen. Love this book!!! The banter is cute and the characters make me laugh out loud. West, the hero in Wings Over Poppies, is just a straight up good guy and is so super fine. I just heart him and I can’t wait to get back to my Kindle.
8. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
The ones that didn’t like Everything Has Changed complained that Jimmy couldn’t keep his d*ck in his pants yet he loves the girl. I get it. I totally get it. But that’s the type of characters I love to read and I write what I love to read. I love the man who totally changes for that one woman.
I mean my ultimate book boyfriend is Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster. In the book he has a threesome while the heroine is in the other room. But yet he changed for her. Everyone who loved that book forgived him.
I don’t write to trends and I most definitely don’t write to reviews. I keep true to the story that’s in my head, taking into account beta feedback that I believe should be applied. So to answer your question, I wouldn’t change a thing. When I published a book, I believed it’s the best it can be, the way I want it to be.
9. What was the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing a book is the insecurity. I’m sure most writers feel this way—always wondering if their book is ready or good enough or if it will be well received. One minute I think my book is the best thing out there and the next minute I am rocking in the corner thinking it sucks major. It’s a process and I wonder if it gets any better. From what I’ve heard, it doesn’t. Oh boy!
Another hard thing is expectation and not wanting to disappoint fans. I read a review where a reader liked my first book and was disappointed by my second. I get it. Marry Me for Money and Everything Has Changed are very different books. I felt like I had many plot twists in my first book while the second book was just about a couple’s journey through hardships and fessing up to their true feelings to one another.
Everyone has different tastes and funny enough I get emails that say that they liked Everything Has Changed better than Marry Me for Money. So see…different opinions. I don’t take things to heart but I hate disappointing fans at the same time.
10. What is your favorite boy band song to jam out too?
I’m not listening to any particular song right now but am loving the One Direction soundtrack, which have sparked multiple future storylines. I only wish I could write faster.
Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois.
On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.
She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.
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