Interview with Mia Sanders

Published 2013-11-14.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found that word-of-mouth is a pretty effective marketing tool. Friends of friends (and their friends) talk about my book, making it easier to spread the word.
Describe your desk
My desk is huge and brown, with two drawers underneath to store useful items. I am easily distracted, so having a plain, brown desk helps me focus on my writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Plano, TX. My elementary school was very diverse...I was exposed to many different races, which is part of what inspired me to write Colorblind, a book about open-mindedness and acceptance. Also, my family always had dogs, and Patience [main character] just ADORES her dog Rory :)
When did you first start writing?
I was in my early teens when I began writing poetry. As I entered my late teens/early twenties, I delved into short stories and mini-novels.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Colorblind stems from my dating life in high school and college. Although I'm black, I received a bunch of criticism and teasing for what some called "acting white"...many African-Americans told me I was an Oreo [the belief that one is white but is actually black]. On the flip side, I was sometimes "hidden" by my Caucasian boyfriends, those whose families wouldn't accept a black girl. The main character is biracial, yet many of my experiences were similar to those of mixed heritage. The feeling of being torn or caught in the middle of two races.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made my eBook available in many different formats and has helped with marketing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is the fact that I can lose myself in my work, creating a new world where I can steer the story in any direction I want it to go. I love that! Also, it helps me sort out problems in my own life by seeing what my character would do.
Another joy is helping others who may be going through a tough situation momentarily escape by (hopefully) enjoying my novel.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I hope they feel comfortable contacting me with any questions or comments, and I'd love to hear their thoughts on ideas for stories they want me to write about.
What are you working on next?
Colorwise, the sequel to Colorblind, is almost finished. I am very excited about it. However, there is more racism in it, so it has been difficult to write.
Who are your favorite authors?
Maya Angelou, Henry Cloud, Danielle Steel, Lisa Scottoline, Joyce Meyer
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that no matter what lies ahead for me, God will always be there to help and protect me. And of course, the prospect of writing makes getting out of bed pleasurable ;)
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Books by This Author

Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,130. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
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Patience was raised by her African-American mother and Caucasian father to be open-minded. At twenty-two years of age, she dates white AND black men. However, Patience is saddened by the prejudice she encounters. Accused of "acting white" by the black community and being "too black" for the whites, she is torn. Should she identify with only one race or can she embrace both? Will she find love?