Author Mia Kayla
I had the pleasure of interviewing author Mia Kayla recently. Mia is the author of several books including Torn Between Two, Choosing Forever (These are my favorites), Marry Me for Money, Love After Marriage, The Scheme, Naughty Not Nice, and Everything Has Changed.
And here is her interview –
Where were you when you thought, “Hey, I think I’ll write a book!”? So funny. I never thought I’d write a book. I just did. I had these characters—Kent and Beth—from Marry Me for Money that wouldn’t stop talking to me. Within months I had a finished rough draft and after that I decided I’d publish it, but I didn’t know what I had to do next. So then, came the research.
When and why did you start writing novels? I wrote my first novel in fourth grade. It had witches and monsters and I bound it together. It was a project at school, but that was my first book.
What made you consider writing a book? I don’t think I stopped to consider writing a book. I just did because these characters in my head would not shut up and they had a story to tell. Afterward, I wasn’t sure if I should self publish or publish traditionally. When I saw others self publish, I thought…this is the route I want to take.
What kind of background do you have? I graduated with a major in computer science but now work in banking.
Do you name your characters after people or do names just POP into your head? I’m bad with names. Real bad. I have to Google or ask my reader group for names.
Are your characters/stories inspired by events and/or people in your life? My first story was but other than that, I plot stories out.
Who’s your favorite character that you have written, so far, and why? This is hard. I think my favorite character so far is Kendy from The Scheme. People got annoyed with her but, in my head she was loud and had no shame. She said what she wanted to and did what she wanted to. She was fun to write.
How long did it take you to get your first book published? That was three years ago, so I have to think. Maybe over a year? It took a few months to write but then I went through rewrites.
Did you self-publish or submit to a publisher? Self Publish.
Did you use an outline or no outline? Very very rough outline
Does music inspire you? And what is on your playlist right now? Sometimes music inspires me but I have to write in absolute silence. Right now Ed Sheeran’s Perfect is on my playlist. Love that song.
LIGHTNING ROUND of Questions
Which do you prefer…
Boxers or Briefs – Boxers. The husband wears boxers. TMI
Blue Collar or White Collar – White Collar
Toys or No Toys – No Toys
Sweet or Salty –Sweet. Hands down. All the time
Paperbacks or Kindle – Paperbacks
Flats or Heels – Flats now. Heels when I was younger. I’m a shorty.
Length or Girth – Girth *giggle giggle*
Facebook or Instagram – Neither. But if I had to pick one it would be FB
Wine or Beer – Neither. I’m not much of a drinker
Man’s hair- Long or Short – Short
Straw or No Straw – Straw because of germs. LOL
Food Shopping- HOORAY or UGH – HOORAY all the way
Night Out or Chinese in bed – Chinese in bed
Beach or Pool – Beach
When you Drive- Windows open or AC – AC
Early bird or Night owl – Early Bird
You can find more information about Mia Kayla and her books at: http://miakayla.blogspot.com/