Growing up in a single-parent home in East Tennessee, Mia Ashlinn wasn’t that girl—the one who couldn’t wait to fall in love and get married. She wasn’t the girl looking out for Prince Charming and his white horse. She had too many plans for her future. Besides, it wasn’t like she planned to get married. Just because some people got a happily ever after didn’t mean she would.
Mia’s anti-marriage stance was legendary amongst her high school friends. In fact, they voted her ‘Most Likely To Be The Cat Lady.’ They were absolutely convinced that she’d die old and alone. Well, Mia being Mia, she just had to prove them wrong. And of course, she did.
Mia married young. She was only nineteen at the time. Everyone in her life thought she was crazy for settling down at her age. They whispered about the possibility of a bun in her oven when she announced her engagement. And they ogled her stomach as she strolled down the aisle in a snow white dress and horribly uncomfortable high heels that she kept tripping over. But she didn’t mind. She knew they were all wrong. She was getting married because she’d found her soul mate, and she was ready start her life with him.
A couple of years later, Mia decided it was time to prove her friends wrong again. So what did she do? She got pregnant. While all her friends were graduating college, she was reading baby books and decorating a nursery. Then after nine months, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. And all of those friends who didn’t believe she would get married came to see her in the hospital. They made jokes about cat ladies, and they “oohed” and “aahed” over Mia’s newest edition. But like her wedding, Mia didn’t mind what they said. She’d found her happily ever after—with her wonderful husband and her sweet baby.
Since her daughter’s birth, Mia has been deliriously happy. She found a charming house by a creek, only miles from her favorite place—the Great Smoky Mountain National Park—to live in. She followed her dreams and became a published author of books that would make the people in her life blush and stammer. And as irony would have it, she wound up with a cat after all.
When not writing, Mia is amazingly easy to find. She’ll be cuddled up on the couch reading an erotic romance novel by one of her favorite authors, driving around in her car singing at the top of her lungs, or hanging out in the kitchen baking goodies galore.
Mia believes that everyone deserves their own fairy tale romance with the happily ever after of their dreams. Only her fairy tales are not your typical fairy tales. They are racy and risqué and, most importantly, they are for grownups only.
Okay, let’s start with some fun questions….
Q: If you could be a tree, what kind would you be?
A: Oh, the irony. When I was a little girl, I had quite the imagination. Okay, I admit it. I dreamed big. One particular fantasy was that all things were living beings with thoughts and feelings, including trees. So, I was often found sitting by various trees, chattering away. In my defense, I didn’t want them to be lonely! Many kids have imaginary friends, I had tree friends. Anyway, someone asked me this exact question back then. My answer was, and still is, a Weeping Willow. They were everything that I wanted to be when I grew up—larger than life, beautiful, strong, soothing, graceful, majestic, and dramatic. As an adult, I no longer talk to them, but they have a special place in my heart.
Q: If you could be a superhero, what would you want your super powers to be?
A: My dirty mind is screaming, “X-Ray vision,” so I think that I will go with that one.
Q: If you knew that you were going to be stranded on a desert island what items would you bring along with you? This does not include necessities such as water, clothing, or food.
A: My e-reader (a girl has got to be able to read), laptop (a writer must have something to keep her sanity with), my writing notebooks (at least, one for each Kansas town—Serenity, Kinky, and Luscious), solar chargers (wouldn’t want the electronic gadgets to go dead), and a satellite phone (to call for help).
Q: If you were a vegetable, what would you be?
A: A piece of ginger
Q: If you were a fruit, what would you be?
A: A cherry.
Q: If you wrote a message to be stuffed in a fortune cookie, what would it say?
A: “Kinky is using a feather. Perverted is using the whole chicken.” —Author Unknown
Let’s get personal…
Q: You are a big fan of quotes. Are there any that you would like to share with the readers?
A: That’s easy. I have two favorite quotes—one for the hopeless romantic residing in my soul and one for the naughty chick dirty dancing in my mind. “I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you.” —Elizabeth Barrett Browning and “Play with each other. Play with yourselves. Just don’t play with the squirrels, they bite.” —Author Unknown.
Q: If someone snooped through your personal library, what would they find?
A: All sorts of books by a variety of authors. Truthfully, I will read just about anything. If someone placed a book in front of me, I guarantee that I will crack it open and start reading. I never discriminate; however, my personal favorites are always ménages. If someone went through my collections, they would find that the majority are ménages of some sort—MMF, MFM, and MFMM are the most prevalent. If they wanted to go one step further, they would discover that I have a soft spot for contemporary, cowboy, and paranormal stories.
Q: What books and authors have influenced your writing?
A: Two books stand out in my mind. Double Standards by Judith McNaught was one of my first romance reads. I was fairly young at the time, but I remember thinking, “I want to love, and be loved, like that.” After that, I read every romance novel I could get my hands on. The second book is Small Town Siren by Sophie Oak. This novel was my first glimpse into the world of MMF ménages. Yes, I am perfectly aware that this was a MFM, but the emotional connection between the two heroes had me salivating for Siren In The City which was a MMF. The beauty of the two men’s relationship took my breath away and thrust me into a new world that would forever change my writing.
Q: Name five writers you would most like to meet and why?
A: Holy guacamole! Just five? Okay, I can do this. They would be (in no particular order): Sophie Oak because she is a total rock star, Edith DuBois because she has a wicked sense of humor, Stacey Espino because she inspires me, Maya Banks because I love all of her books, and Lora Leigh because, well, she is Lora Leigh! Oops, I probably shouldn’t have said Sophie. I’ve met her several times since getting published. So that means I have one more author to play with. Let’s see, I think I’ll say Lori King. She’s a very fabulous friend.
Now, we are heading into the juicy part—writing.
Q: Obviously, you love to write. Why is that?
A: Why do I eat? Or drink? Or breathe? I have to for my own survival—and everyone else's around me.
Q: Do you fly by the seat of your pants or do you plot your course beforehand?
A: I start out with a plan, but I go where the wind takes me. Before I begin, I outline the entire story from beginning to end. As I write, I give myself over to the moment. The characters take me where they want to go, and I scramble around to alter the outline to fit the new twist or turn. By the end of the story, the outline is probably seventy to eighty percent different than the initial one. I don’t complain, though. The system works best for all parties.
Q: Do you have an interesting writing quirk like writing upside down, typing with your toes, or hopping on one foot while talking into a tape recorder? Or, do you have a lucky charm like a b.o.b on your desk?
A: My writing quirk involves my car. When I plot, I drive. When I’m blocked, I drive. When I’m stressed out or tired, I drive. For the story I’m working on now, I drove around three different counties for four hours. I cannot even remember how many times I pulled over—on the side of the road or in every kind of parking lot known to man. If anyone lives in East Tennessee and spots a Subaru sedan driving aimlessly in circles, pulling over at random places, it’s me!
Q: This is a very common question, but inquiring minds want to know. What inspires you?
A: If someone can figure out the answer to this question, please let me know. I’m just kidding. Sort of. I don’t exactly know where the inspiration comes from. Often, it comes to me like a bolt of lightning. I have tons of “Eureka!” moments. The closest answer I can give is the characters are my inspiration. They appear in my mind and tell me their story. I jot it down and run like the wind.
One Final Note…
Q: Can you give us a morsel of what is to come?
A: A lot of trips to my favorite Kansas towns—Serenity, Trinity, Kinky, and Luscious.
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