Interview with Mia Dymond

When did you first start writing?
I've been concocting stories of some kind since I was old enough to use my imagination and because I was somewhat of a control freak even then, I made my siblings write them down for me! The longest was 17 pages and rambled on and on. It was absolutely horrible but my mother still has it stored with my scrapbooks. Several times I've attempted to convince her to trash it but she won't budge. She says it started my career ...

Professionally, I began the publication process in 2005 and my first short story, Undercover Kisses, was published in the July/Aug 2010 issue of Love Stories Magazine. My first novel, Leather, Lace & Rock-n-Roll, was published on Smashwords in 2009.
How do you create your characters?
This may sound almost psycho, but my characters (the female ones) are pieces of me. They reside in my head and make an appearance when they're ready! Rachel Newberry (Leather, Lace & Rock-n-Roll) brings out the analytical side of me and I am every bit as sassy as Cameron Tremaine (Outspoken Angel) - well ... can anyone compare to Cameron?

When I'm developing a new series or novel, I try to keep the story focused around each personality. Once I have a pretty good feel for the heroine, the hero follows suit. Most usually, my heroine is a strong, independent woman who irritates the hero to no end until she has him wrapped around her little finger; my hero is man enough to let her.
Where do your ideas come from?
Real life. I people-watch a lot when I'm out and about and most times, I see or hear something that sparks my imagination. The plot behind my novel, Never Cry Uncle, was actually developed from an experience with my former employer - I'll let you draw your own conclusions about which experience!

Recently, I read a post on Facebook that rings true with me:

I'm a writer. If I'm staring at you, I'm not being rude, I'm trying to decide if you need to go in a book. If you're a snot, I may be trying to decide how to kill you. (courtesy: Writers Write)
What is your writing process?
I don't know if I have a process! I almost always start with writing the ending - I guess to assure I know where the story is going - then I fill in the blanks one scene at a time. It's weird because I'm an extremely methodical person by nature but I don't use a particular method when I write. Somehow the scenes just seem to fit after they're all written.
How do you approach cover design?
Choosing a cover design is one of the first things I do, and I have a very simple method: I use the drool factor!

I choose designs that I feel will instantly attract attention and create curiosity about what's inside the cover. Then I develop my character sketch around the image. Since I use the images on marketing materials, jaws drop and eyebrows wiggle when I pass a business card!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Quite honestly, rejection. I queried numerous agents and publishers only to be told that although my manuscript was entertaining and well-written, I just didn't make the cut. Indie publishing was a relatively new concept when I began to research the process and I was both skeptical and scared to death.

Opportunity knocked when I stumbled onto an ad for Smashwords in Romantic Times magazine and decided to check it out.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I owe my success to Smashwords because without the opportunity to utilize the service, I feel I might possibly still be waiting for a break into publication. Smashwords granted me the opportunity to control my publication process and distribute a product I felt would be entertaining to readers.

Smashwords has also granted me many marketing opportunities that allow me to reach as many readers as possible and for this, I am extremely grateful.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I don't think there's ever a time I'm not writing. Seriously, even if I don't have a pen in hand, I'm daydreaming about a hero or plotting a scene in my head. But that's the glory of writing - I'm able to work while I'm poking around antique stores and flea markets or shopping with my friends!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I personally prefer my Kindle due to the ease of ordering ebooks - I'm an Amazon one-click addict! However, I actually spend more time reading on my smartphone because I'm always on the go. My Kindle app gets quite a workout!

I recently surveyed my Facebook friends and Street Team members and found the Kindle and/or Kindle app to be the most popular.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are freaking AWESOME!! This wonderful group of people took a chance on me and haven't left my side since - and for that loyalty, I can never thank them enough. The email messages and Facebook posts I read keep me focused and motivated and feed my desire to succeed!

I have a wonderful Street Team of over 100 members who give their time to help me market and promote my novels. I LOVE my fans!!
Published 2013-09-06.
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Books by This Author

Watch Me (Alpha Four, Book 3)
Series: Alpha Four. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,800. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Event planner Carley Kensworth lives a structured lifestyle and plans everything in detail. Sgt. Ace Moore, ex-Army Ranger sniper, thrives on living in the moment. Intent on untying Carley’s structured strings, he vows to show her the value of spontaneity. However, when Carley’s events are sabotaged, both structure and spontaneity prove to be the key to saving her reputation and her life.
Tame Me (Alpha Four, Book 2)
Series: Alpha Four. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,330. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Spa owner Kat Abbott isn't immune to confrontation - born the daughter of a federal judge, she doesn't cower in the face of challenge. Ex-Army Ranger Jace "Chaos" Taylor has made it his life's mission to obliterate evil, despite haunting shadows of the past. Thrown together by a madman's vengeance, the couple must overcome obstacles that threaten to separate them forever.
Treasure Me (Alpha Four, Book 1)
Series: Alpha Four. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,510. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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The Cat's Meow (SEALS, Inc. Book 5)
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Steal My Heart (Heroes of Seaside Point, Book 3)
Series: Heroes of Seaside Point, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,710. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Cross My Heart (Heroes of Seaside Point, Book 2)
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Kiss My Sass (Primrose, Minnesota Book 5)
Series: Primrose, Minnesota, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,670. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
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Tri Me (Primrose, Minnesota, Book 4)
Series: Primrose, Minnesota, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,930. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
What happens at Girls Night Out, stays at Girls Night Out-unless someone is murdered. Defense attorney Alex Jennings intends to follow the code until her life is threatened by an anonymous caller. Former Detective Jackson Stewart knows it is in his best interest not to interfere with Ladies Night, but when Alex seeks his help, he has no choice but to man-up and take one for the team.
The Rogue Reviewer (Primrose, Minnesota Book 3)
Series: Primrose, Minnesota, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,700. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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Positively Criminal (Primrose, Minnesota Book 2)
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Tattoo My Heart (Heroes of Seaside Point, Book 1)
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Playing with Fire (Primrose, Minnesota, Book 1)
Series: Primrose, Minnesota, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,450. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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Never Cry Uncle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,310. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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Often a dead-end job is so ... dead. When Allison and Lucy find out their boss pocketed bonus money, blackmail seems the perfect revenge. Until the plan backfires and they become prime suspects. Out of desperation, Allison hires Luke Owens, PI, who takes the case only to be distracted by her sass. In a zany twist of events, the couple must risk their hearts and lives to catch the real killer.
Tightly Wound (SEALS, Inc., Book 4)
Series: SEALS, Inc., Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 35,290. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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Freaky By Nature (SEALS, Inc., Book 3)
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Outspoken Angel (SEALS, Inc., Book 2)
Series: SEALS, Inc., Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,860. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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Handbags, stilettos, and spa dates -- not retired SEAL Max Sterling's usual m.o. Until Cameron Tremaine. Duty bound, Max tolerates her sass and smart mouth until she pushes too far. Cameron doesn't need a bald, bossy bodyguard, thank you very much. Especially one oh, so delectable as Max. Except, when someone decides to silence her for good, Cameron realizes bold and brassy go hand in hand.
Leather, Lace and Rock-n-Roll (SEALS, Inc., Book 1)
Series: SEALS, Inc., Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 60,520. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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