Interview with Mickey Ann
How do you approach cover design?
Yes, I'm one of those people who judges a book by the cover! Moreover, I hate when the cover has nothing to do with what the book is about. I've also seen a lot of self-published novels with the same cover design. All of these things factor into my approach to cover design.
When I was looking for images for my book cover, Gods Behaving Badly (Book One), I really didn't know what I wanted yet. Then, I saw the image of the two disintegrating beings and I thought, wow--what a powerful image.
My main character is pithy and socially awkward, but this persona is just a defense mechanism for dealing with a world she still doesn't quite understand. She was a once great being who is simply falling apart while trying to keep it together. I also asked my designer to add dreads to the figures because I wanted to represent the multi-ethnic details of my hero and heroine.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I LOVE the smell of books and the tactile pleasure that comes from fingering a page as I get ready to turn it. But, I also like that I can have as any books as I want without having my house overrun with books. So, I've gone over to the e-reading side and visit a real bookstore now and again for old time sakes.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything Science Fiction or Fantasy related.
Describe your desk
My desk is pretty neat. I get distracted easily and so if my surroundings are in order, I don't have a reason to stop writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The heroine, Hecate (Cate) from Gods Behaving Badly, reminds me of me when I was her age. Cate is full of self-doubt and angst, and always uses sarcasm to avoid getting hurt. She is also very empathetic, though again this aspect of her personality is wrapped in a very hard shell.
Cate knows what the right thing is to do and she wants to do the right thing. But, she recognizes that playing the part of a savior can become addictive and quite burdensome. What happens if she fails to save someone she loves? What happens if the person who is danger isn't worth saving? How can she fight for someone else's soul when she couldn't even save her own? Can she really go up against her family--these gods and creatures of magic and capriciousness?
I think these are all questions that anyone of any age can identify with and I think that's what makes this story appealing.
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Books by This Author
Gods Behaving Badly (Book Two)
by Mickey Ann
Cate roams the world a shell of the deity she once was—a dry remark in one hand and a penchant for conflict in the other. Ordered by Hades to stand down or lose her soul forever, Hecate—Goddess of the Crossroads—must bear witness to something sinister brewing in the bowels of the city.
Gods Behaving Badly (Book One)
by Mickey Ann
(4.00 from 1 review)
Hecate (Cate) is a fallen goddess pining over the loss of her soul to Hades. How does an immortal trapped in a human body cope with ennui and a persistent ex? She does what every human does, of course. She drinks too much and sees her therapist once a week. Pithy and sadly lacking in social skills, Cate is determined to make the most of her ordinary life, even if Hades has other plans for her.