Interview with Mia Mckimmy

Tell us about yourself, your family, where you live, etc.
I’m just a simple southern girl, born and raised in Georgia, northwest of Atlanta. The countryside is beautiful and referred to as the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. I’m married to a wonderful man, have two daughters and four grandkids, who I have a real problem not spoiling rotten. I’m a retired RN, but work two days a week caring for a delightful elderly gentleman.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
I’m the type person who gets easily distracted at home, either by housework, television, phone calls, pets… you name it and I’m distracted. The only place I can stay focused is at my local library. I usually spend around six hours a day, three to four times a week.
Why did you decide to write? When did you submit your first manuscript and what genre was it?
I’ve always been an avid reader. About six years ago, after I retired, I decided to write a story. There was no question about what genre I wanted to write, since I loved reading paranormal, sci-fi, and romantic suspense. Over the next year I wrote a book that had all three. After attending my first conference, I discovered I knew nothing about writing, and spent the next two years taking classes and reading books on writing. After several re-writes, I published “Leaving Sivadia” a novella prequel to the series. “The Sacrifice” is the first full length novel. “Crucify My Heart” is the next novel and releases June 25, 2018.
Has your life changed since you became a writer? What’s the best thing about being a writer?
It’s changed a lot since my first idea for this series. If I’m not writing, I’m constantly thinking about the plot or characters. I’m never far from a notebook and have filled a suitcase with ideas I’ve jotted down.

One of the best things about writing is starting with an idea and watching it develop on paper. There’s no better feeling than being in the zone, when the characters take over and send you in directions you never thought of before that moment.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The main reason I became an indie author was that I spent my entire nursing career being told what to do and when to do it. When I retired, I didn't want more of the same. Being an indie author gives me the freedom to write and release what I want, when I want. I have author friends who write for various publishers, and I've witnessed the stress they are sometimes under. When I stress, it's due to expectations I place on myself.
Who are your favorite characters among the books you’ve written?
I think you have to be in love with the hero and heroine of the book you’re writing, but during the course of writing “The Sacrifice” two of the secondary characters stole my heart. Kam and Iggy. And of course, they will both be the stars of their own books. Kam is the hero of “Crucify My Heart” and Iggy is not far behind.
What makes a good book? A great romance? Is humor important in fiction and why?
A good book makes you cry when the characters cry, laugh when they’re happy, and root for them when they’re down. If you feel like you’ve lived the story right along with them, then that was a good book. And who doesn’t enjoy watching them fall in love and get the happily ever after they deserve.
How much does reader feedback matter to you? Do your fans' comments and letters influence you in any way? Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
Reader feedback means everything. There’s no better feeling than readers loving your story and characters as much as you do. While negative feedback may hurt your feelings a little, it’s also a learning process. As long as we’re learning, we’re growing. And it takes growth to become a better writer.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Most of my characters have bits and pieces of my personality, likes and dislikes. Crystals and gemstones are a passion of mine, and according to their healing properties, I work a few into every storyline. For instance, bloodstone can be crushed and placed in a wound to stop bleeding, and since rapid blood loss is the only way Sivadians can die, every Protector is given one to wear once they complete training.
Tell us about your latest book. What motivated the story? Where did the idea come from? What genre is it? Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
The Sons of Sivadia series is Paranormal Romance with a twist of Sci-Fi. The first book is “The Sacrifice.” It’s a story of love, revenge, sibling rivalry, and the lengths we’ll go to save the people we love. "Crucify My Heart" is book two, and is Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy with a heavy dose of Suspense. It releases June 25, 2018. All of the books in The Sons of Sivadia series can be read in any order.

I wanted to write a book about vampires, but there were so many already written, I needed a different twist on the vampire mythology. One Saturday an Ancient Aliens marathon was on TV, and the idea for my guys to be from another planet was born. I began jotting down ideas, and before long a story was taking form.
Published 2018-06-13.
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Books by This Author

Leaving Sivadia
Series: Sons of Sivadia. Price: Free! Words: 17,800. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
After Sivadia is invaded by a brutal species from a neighboring planet, two hundred survivors race to escape certain death. If they make it, Earth will become their new home. This novella is a prequel to the Sons of Sivadia Series.
The Sacrifice
Series: Sons of Sivadia. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,710. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Cy knows Riana is his destiny, but since their father named him successor to the throne, his twin has been determined to destroy him. Can Cy protect Riana from his brother…one of the most evil beings to
Crucify My Heart
Series: Sons of Sivadia. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,170. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
To overcome her fear of Vampires, Elle Nichols has spent the last six months training to become a Protector, an elite group of Sivadian warriors who keep the innocent safe. But to graduate, she had to fight Kam, the most arrogant, womanizing Protector she’s ever met. So why has she been having erotic dreams about him since their fight, when he’s the last person on Earth she’d ever want.