Please tell us about your books.  
I have 3 series at 3 publishers. Liquid Silver has the Bonded fantasies, where everyone has magic, and a race of shapeshifting warriors needs human women. I’ve just finished work on the fifth Bonded book, Honor Within. The hero, Burke, is really damaged. Why women love fucked up men is a mystery, isn’t it?

Loose Id has Team Epsilon 983, a polyamory scifi. It just released on Sept 23, and is the hottest thing I’ve ever written. I thought I would combust when I worked on the final 5 person ménage. (5 people? That’s a lot of umm … body parts to keep track of! 😉 )

Samhain has (of Nov 1) the Singer series, in which three friends plot a rebellion in a post-apocalyptic future.

I love your Bonded series, what made you decide to go in that direction?
I finished Wild Within, and the world and characters just sparked more ideas. Plus, I’m lazy and if I can reuse a world I’ve already created, then why not? Now I’m so addicted, it’s sad. I want to disappear into that world, be adopted by a beast, and live happily as an earthmage. I was always a fanciful child, but it’s a little less attractive feature in an adult.

Your characters in the “Bonded” series are part of a clan. How did you come up with them?
I love shapeshifter stories. Back before I thought of myself as a writer, when it was something that I did in secret, I spent a day or so with my journal just brainstorming, trying to figure out a new take on them. Why have just wolves? Why make them a secret? But then wouldn’t they be more powerful than humans, and wouldn’t their status reflect that? Why would they be interested in human women? I was influenced by my pagan faith, wanting a world where elemental magic was vital. Because I read runes, I know a lot about the culture of ancient Scandinavia, so the warriors in the Clans were influenced by Vikings. The best way to discover the Clans was to introduce them through the eyes of an outsider, and so the kickass KarRa was born. After she started to talking to me, the story just rolled out with all of this mishmash supporting her.

If you came with a warning label what would it read?
Warning: this woman looks normal but inside she is scattered, silly, and sexy.

I just got my royalty check. I’m thinking about buying this new flogger … any opinions?
Good luck? (Oh, Mima with this bad boy, it’s not luck I’m hoping for, hon!)

I know you write “shifter” stories, what attracted you to that genre?
We all wear masks. Shifters just have a bigger one. And if your core is animalistic, there’s a perception that you might live in a purer, more essential way.

Tell us about your writing process. Are you a plotter or pantzer? Do you have comfort drinks or snack foods. Any favorite music you play while writing?
Pantster!  Once I started into the Bonded series, and realized I was gonna go with a book for each Clan, I thought, “Crap. Now I gotta make sure they’re all really different. I’m going to have to, like, be purposeful.” So I mapped out the rest of the series, in a loose sort of way. And I promptly froze. I didn’t write for 3 months. My brain started a gazillion other plot bunnies (the Server series was born).  The amount of avoidance and phobia I had about writing once I knew the story’s direction was staggering. I rewrote the beginning of that next book, Honor Within, 5 times. I think discovering the unknown is part of my author-ish-ness. Obviously, I have to grow as an author and get over this.  Cross your fingers that book 6 graduates to, say, only 4 rewrites. I write in silence. I eat candy while I write: spree, smarties, bottlecaps.

If we asked your friends to name 3 personality traits about you, what do you think they would say?
Loyal, cheerful, childlike. They actually tell me this often.

What thing about a hero is a turn off for you when reading a book? Anything about heroines that drive you insane?
I really dislike the librarian/model/homemaker heroine who insists on going with her Navy Seal on a drug mission because it’s her right to face the bastard who murdered her sister. Puh-lease. And I don’t think much of the hero who lets her go. Gawd, I hope I didn’t just inadvertently describe some book. I made that up, but I’ve read lots like it. Everything else in the book could sparkle, but once an author sets up that situation, I’m disgusted.

The editing process is an important aspect of writing. Do you have a routine you follow when going through it?
I’m too new, and have worked with too many editors, for a routine. I learn something from every editor I work with.

You have a fulltime job. How do you fit writing into your busy schedule?
Shuh. I can’t write in small blocks. I need chunks of time, so it’s a problem. The house doesn’t get clean very often. Sometimes I stay up all night, until my fingers are bloody stumps. Depends on how much I want to escape into the story.

A hot soak in the tub or a smokin’ BBQ with friends?
I have 2 non-digital friends. One’s a non-dairy vegan and one’s an Italian who takes food seriously. So the BBQ really wouldn’t work. Can I have hot tub with friends? (The Cabana boys are starting the bubbles as we speak …)

How does your family feel about you writing smoking hot erotica?
My mom and dad are very happy for me, because they know I’ve written and read romance all my life. But they don’t want to read it, and they don’t tell their friends. I’m ok with that, cause Mima is a pen name (although it’s my real nick in life). I’m not out to coworkers, so if I can hide, they can, too. My friends are really supportive.

Wow, that one flew by. Thanks so much for sharing some of your time to hang out at Around the Writer’s Block. When Mima’s not here you can find her at her website where she’s got some excerpts and reviews. And she’d love to have you friend her on MySpace.

But she’s already settled in to the hottub with an umbrella drink. I’m sure I can pull her from the bubbles if you’d like to ask her some questions or just show her some comment love!

16 Responses to Within Mima!

  • Mima is one of the most talented authors I know. I love her writing. It’s hot. It’s entertaining and it’s fun. Writing with her on our upcoming anthology, “Half-Were House” was a freaking awesome experience.

    Darr 🙂

  • Mima, I’ve been thinking for about a week now you need to write slower so I can catch up. I’m still all agape about 5 people in a … quintage?

  • Darn it! I was really hoping for a flogger suggestion. LOL. Great interview. And awesome books.

  • I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Mima and she is loyal, cheerful, childlike and so much more. She’s got a lot of layers and each one is more enjoyable then the last. I adore her writing, I’m thrilled to have been a part of bringing her to LSB. I’ve had a chance to read the 5 way and WOWZA. You must, must go buy it now and stop everything to read it.

    I owe her a pretty green dress too. 😉


  • Darr – I can’t wait for the anthology with you, Mima and Ce. It sounds totally amazing. Three very talented authors.

    Emily – I’m with you. It is amazing how quickly Mima puts out those books. I’m just a little jealous of her productivity. Especially when the stories are so wonderful.

    Jen – Oh, me too. Anyone who can keep five people and their body parts straight, surely would know the best flogger! Happy Monday to you, woman.

    Tina – Thanks for stopping by. A green dress? Me thinks there must be a story in there somewhere …

  • Great interview, Mima. Sounds crazy keeping all those worlds straight and one of the reasons I don’t tend to like writing series, too much to keep track of.

  • Great interview Mima! I have several of your books on the TBB list. I can’t wait to read them.

    I love your explanation for the reason behind shifter stories. Very true.

    I’ll have to admit, you got me beat with 5 people. 😉 LOL

  • Nina! I just noticed the title on the interview~ awww. too cute.

    Thanks for all the support, gals.

    Don’t worry, Emily, this was the explosion of stories i’ve built up my whole 38 years. it will slow down soon… i think.

    The destruction of the green dress was entirely my own fault. Just because tina provided the red wine, doesn’t mean she forced me to drink it or dance with it or spill it.

    the 5 people are all dear to my heart. i kept those body parts straight because their personalities were all so clear to me. but bonnie, the world building IS becoming a bit of a muddle. i need to take a break and just organize before i go much deeper into the web…

  • Bonnie – I’m with you. I have no idea how she manages to keep all those worlds from colliding!

    Diana – I know, I keep repeating … really … FIVE? I’m not sure I would even know how to shift all those people around. 😀

    Mima – Wine, dancing and dresses … really I think there’s a bigger story with that one!

  • Ah, if you want you’re own “Tina” story, you’ll have to attend RT. 🙂

  • Don’t enjoy that hot tub too long. We’ll be waiting for the next book.

  • Tina – RT? Ohhh, in Disney World next year … hmmm … I’m going to have to think about that one!

    Charlotte – As fast as Mima puts them out, it’s not quite fast enough!

  • Great interview.

    This weekend, my house didn’t get cleaned, either, (not much) and my fingers were like nervous jelly by Sunday night I wrote so much, so I commisserate.

    Good luck to both of you.

  • Love the Bonded series and am looking forward to Singer. Any chance LSB is going to release print versions? Shifters are interesting with their dual nature up front and yet hidden. Enjoyed the interview.

  • Hi Mima, I’m late to comment. Thanks for sharing about yourself and yourself as an author ~ utterly fascinating. I certainly understand about shifters and their worlds. Yeah, I don’t think fanciful adults are appreciated enough. There’s this kind of blank stare and disconnect when my imagination comes out to play among the Earth humans…thus, the books, and writing.

  • Ashley – Sometimes putting blinders on and just pushing through is the best we can do to get those stories out. 😀 Thanks for visiting.

    Lindsey – Oh, the bonded series in print? I’m with you … let’s start a petition!

    Savanna – LOL! It doesn’t seem like people know what to do with a writer when their imagination sneaks to the real world. 😉

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