Interview with Mia Soto

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No I don't. I have to imagine I've been reading since I was extremely young. I loved Charlotte's Web. Still, I'm positive that it wasn't my first reading experience. Sometimes stories mumble in my head because I've read so many.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books...hmmm...The Great Gatsby, The Giving Tree, Interview with a Vampire, The Alchemist, Pride and Prejudice. The Great Gatsby was the first book I read that so effortlessly mixed poetry and pros that it was hard to tell where one began and the other ended. The Giving Tree is a seamless metaphor wrapped up in a poem seeming like a story. It's perfect. Interview with a Vampire wears Twilight as Depends...and I don't just say that because I'm a native Yat. The Alchemist is the best of all of my favorite Latino writers - mysticism, romance, life. Pride and Prejudice is hands down the single best love story ever written. And finally, rounding this down to 5 from 500 was not easy!
What do you read for pleasure?
Trashy romance.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ipad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'll let you know as soon as I do...
Describe your desk
Pure chaos followed by the occasional moments of pure clarity.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Orleans. New Orleans is a swampy soup of creative genius and pure laziness. Sometimes the pure laziness gets the better of my moments of genius, but I wouldn't change a night of procrastination at Tipitina's for the Great American novel. I'm pretty sure you need one for the other.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in high school. I took creative writing and loved it. I can't say my teacher has an equally fond memory. My stories were 'out there' for an uptight private school in the heart of the south.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm working on a YA futuristic story of two brothers separated at a young age. The rest is WIP.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm with my family and probably cooking.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a short story for Senior Creative Writing using Candid as our inspiration.
Published 2014-10-06.
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Books by This Author

Military Man
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,390. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
This is a novella. It’s not intended for young audiences. Have fun! Every girl likes a man in uniform, even the ones who don’t know that they do. What’s not to like? Muscles, check. Brains, thank God, yes, check. A little old fashion chivalry, check. So when modern woman, Lycée, happens upon tall dark and perfect, she kind of can’t help herself, and it doesn’t take long for her to realize
Falling Slowly
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,580. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
This story is intended for older teenagers/young adults. It contains mature language and situations. This is a darker take on love and not intended for young readers. Romeo and Juliet have nothing on Jacob and Viv. Some couples are fated. They strike like lightening and leave behind scorched earth. As usual, love is the easiest part of the proposition. What happens after love, well, that's a li
2 Shorts, a Novella and a Haiku Walk Into a Bar
Price: Free! Words: 28,780. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Romance » General
These are three stories and a poem. Two of the stories are short stories. One is a novella. It is intended for older teenagers/young adults. It does contain some material and language that is not suitable for younger readers. Love stories that are meant to touch the hearts of everyone regardless of age, because that's how love works.
Soliloquy
Price: Free! Words: 6,160. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(3.00 from 1 review)
A short story...about a boy and a girl and a bottle of red.
Waiting for the End
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 70,700. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
How does a family move on after devastation hits? Slowly and carefully. Lola is lost trying to find her way as a widow with three young children. Heartbreak doesn't often lead to forever but sometimes, when it seems bleakest, a light shines through.
A War of Independence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,040. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Romance » General
What a whimsical people, the French. Jolie Levant is no different. She believes in something very real and she is willing to act upon her beliefs without hesitation. Can following her heart across an ocean into a land in turmoil really bring her story to it's rightful completion? For one who believes in the fates of love such as Jolie, the answer can only be yes.
Nightswimming
Price: Free! Words: 31,780. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
When Lucy Lynn gets an idea in her head it’s really hard to stop it from rolling. Since patience and forethought aren’t high on her list of personality qualities she can’t really be blamed for what happens next. She’s not really apologizing though. Because sometimes it takes some crazy to make everything, right.
Laughing Through My Tears
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,350. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
Love, food and magic. It's a potent combination, but it is strong enough to face Margo? When temperatures rise and and the unexplained takes over common sense, maybe the best she can do is hang on through the ride, forget about those tears, and just start laughing already. Fair warning -- other than happily ever after, this is not a formulaic love story.