Thursday, June 27, 2013

Interview and Giveaway with Mia Darien

1.    What inspired you to become an author?

I'm not entirely sure what made me think I could do this, but I know that I grew up with books all around me. I started reading when I was three, and never stopped. I started reading adult fantasy at eleven, stuff like Piers Anthony and Terry Brooks, and something three years later, in my otherwise crazy fourteen year old brain, said: give it a try! I did, and I haven't been able to stop that either.

2.    Do you write in different genres?

Yes, I do, actually. This tour is for Adelheid, which is my paranormal suspense, but I also write various romance stories in other genres: post-apocalyptic erotic romance, sweet modern fairy tale romance, sci-fi romance, historical... I am also working on an epic fantasy trilogy that I hope I'll manage to finish someday!

3.    If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

The paranormal, but I'm not sure if it's because of the genre or because I really love the characters I've put in Adelheid. But I think that, while I love all the stories I've tried to tell in my books, that Adelheid is my first love.

4.    Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

You know, it hasn't been intentional, but I realize that I've kind of created a parallel in my books to modern day life: a group of people fighting for their right to be treated like everyone else. In my books, the preternatural community is struggling to prove that they have the right to be what they are and who they are, freely and safely. I guess I end up trying to portray the message in my Adelheid stories that people are people, and have the right to be, even if they sprout tiger fur every full moon...

5.    What books are in your to read pile?

So many! "Red Country" by Joe Abercrombie is at the top of the pile, because he's one of my favorite authors. I've only delayed so I can read his stuff in a less stressful phase of my life and really enjoy it, but also cause I'm always scared of reading new books in series. Don't want to be disappointed! I don't think I will be, though.

Let's see... "Journey to Altmortis" by Thaddeus White, and the third Bakkian book by Jeffrey Poole. "Shadow Prowler" by Alexey Pehov. "Luck of the Draw" by Piers Anthony. I'm way, way behind on Terry Brooks' Shannara stuff. "Dinosaur Lake" by Kathryn Meyer Griffith. "The Emperor's Edge" by Lindsey Buroker. "Full of Heart" by J. R. Martinez. "Osiris" by E. J. Swift.

I'm sure there's a lot more that I'm forgetting. White, Poole, Anthony, Brooks and Buroker I have all read before and liked a lot. Pehov and Griffith will be a first, but they looked very interesting! Martinez is the only non-fiction on there, but I find him such an inspiration and I loved him on Dancing with the Stars. As for Swift, I actually knew the author prior to being published. We've fallen out of touch, but I was thrilled to see the book and can't wait to read it.

6.    Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

Sadly, no, but I wish that I did! I lived in Connecticut for most of my life and had traveled all over New England during that time, which I could bring to Adelheid, and now with a southern states spin-off of the series (as I'm living in Alabama), maybe I can make an excuse to travel more to give to that setting! Whenever I do travel, for whatever reason, I always remember it and remember things I can use in a story.

7.     Who designed the cover of your latest book?

I did, actually. I do all my own cover art, and cover art for some fellow self-published authors. I enjoy it. The latest book is the fourth in the series, and it was quite a challenge to create some unique facial scarring of the main character.

The cover for this bundle was fun, too. I love telling people this, but the image used on the cover didn't have a shirt on under the jacket. Since Adelheid isn't total romance, I didn't want the cover giving the wrong idea, so I had to put a shirt on the model! It came out rather well, if I do say so myself.

8.     Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

I don't have one that represents the whole book, since this one is the three book bundle, but the song "What Have You Done?" by Within Temptation has always stuck with me for Dakota's story, which is the second book in the bundle ("When Forever Died"). The symphonic metal is a merging of musical elements that on its own makes me think of my complicated hunter, but the actual words find themselves very well applied to the story, and the mixing of sorrow and anger really sets a great tone.

"Voracious," the third book in the bundle, was written with a co-author (my husband) and he had a playlist for it, primarily of stuff from the "Underworld" soundtrack and Evanescence.

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Welcome to Adelheid
Books One -Three
Mia Darien

Genre: Paranormal Suspense

ISBN:  9781476224244

Number of pages: Approx 375
Word Count: Approx 160K

Cover Artist: Mia Darien

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Book Description:

Welcome to Adelheid, CT. Freak central. Unofficial capital of legal preternatural creatures in the Northeast. Focal point for anti-preternatural sentiments in the United States.

Who would ever guess that this otherwise sleepy New England town houses many of the most powerful beings known to exist?

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In "Cameron's Law," meet Sadie Stanton, vampire poster girl for preternatural rights. She's just trying to start a business to help the community, but when vampires and werewolves start attacking each other, she gets thrust in the middle.

In "When Forever Died," Dakota is a rare shifter and hunter who has lived a long, hard life. But the past never sleeps and two simultaneous cases are going to test the personal defenses she's built over the centuries.

In "Voracious," the life D wants isn't what it seems. He certainly never planned on the fangs, but he's going to need a lot more than the pointy teeth to survive the first weeks of his new existence.

About the Author:

Mia Darien is an indie author of speculative fiction, and a New England Yankee transplanted into Alabama clay. No matter her geography, she continues to stubbornly and rebelliously live the life of her choosing along with her family and pets. She doesn't miss the snow.

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Mia Darien said...

Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Roxanne, and for the great interview!

Roxanne Rhoads said...

thanks for being here. This looks like such a phenomenal read- it has all the elements I love and it has totallly grabbed my interest ;-)