Writing is the culmination of a life-long dream for Romance/Romantica Author, Mia Bailey. She remembers as a child spending summers on her grandparent's farm creating little books from rolled paper her grandfather would bring home from the store. She would cut and fold the papers, stapling them to design the little books, and then spend days creating her own personal library with tales of imagination and wonder.
As an adult, her dream of becoming a published author had to be set aside as she endured many changes in her life. She unexpectedly found herself a single parent and had to journey forth into the world of corporate America to earn a living and provide a stable home for her family. It was only after the simultaneous occurrence of several life events her fortieth birthday, her daughter's high school graduation and acceptance to college, and her survival of a major automobile accident that rekindled her energy to pursue her dreams of writing.
So with a new attitude and renewed spirit, she started down a different road; not one on the straight and narrow, but rather one with many twists and turns. She chose not a fast track to success but rather the scenic route to a new and exciting destination. Never one to waste a moment, she charges in headlong in to face new challenges and experiences to broaden the mind, body and spirit.
As a self-described entrepreneur, she is enjoying life to the fullest. She doesn't have the time to be bored as she is currently working on several projects including a cooking show combining country charm and resourcefulness with city chic, a high speed karting event, a career mentoring book entitled Road Trip to Career Success, a romantic-suspense independent film in Royal Oak, a greeting card line drawing on the principles of Zen Buddhism, and a local woman's magazine recognizing the different 'metamorphosis' we experience in our lives. She often comments, "It's a good thing I love to work and live to write!"
Mia Bailey lives near Detroit, MI with her daughter, her cocker spaniel, and her four cats. She continues consulting through her public relations company, IDEAS Innovative Designs for Entrepreneurial Advantages, as well as conducts training as a career mentor in career development. But most importantly, she writes daily and looks forward to the day when she can walk into someone's home and there, on the bookshelf, she will see their library of Mia Bailey novels. She truly lives by the mantra "Embrace Every DreamLive Every MomentFulfill Every Fantasy".
Q: What is your writing day like?
A: It's something different everyday and always so crazy I don't have a set schedule for working on a new book other than I make sure I write for at least 4 hours everyday. Many times, I'm working on several projects at a time: short stories, non-fiction, essays - but I will work on only one full length novel at any given time. The rest of my day is divided between my full-time job, responding to Yahoo Groups, and promotion.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: From everyone and everything around me. Shakespeare wrote: "All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts." It is through the diversity and changes in life, the metamorphosis that we all go through from one stage to the next and the results from those transformations that I find my inspiration.
Q: How do you respond to people's disparaging remarks about being a Romance novelist?
A: "Don't knock it till you've tried it!" It is a little hurtful when I hear rude and reproachful comments from people after they find out that I write Romance/Romantica, as if writing in this genre makes me less than a "real" author. I write in many genres and sub-genres as well as write non-fiction self-help texts in Career Mentoring. I write because I love to write the creativity of weaving a well-written plot and the joy of entertaining people. And I write Romances because in no other genre do I have the ability to touch the hearts of so many devoted readers.
Q: How do you feel about e-Books versus print books?
A: It doesn't make a difference to me, I just love to read! I'll admit that there are times I love the feel of a book in my hands, turning the pages of a good spellbinding novel as I sit curled up in my favorite chair on a soft, sultry night. I can really lose myself in a good book. But I love the ease of e-Book readers and the ability to take them with me anywhere with little muss and fuss. With e-Books, I can download as many as I want to take on vacation and I can purchase them at any time with my trusty laptop. And as an avid reader, I can tell you that if I had a hardcopy of every book I've read; I might as well live in a library. Hmmm, that's not a bad idea. There is an old library building that's up for sale near Detroit. I wonder what the rezoning code would be to convert it to a residence?
Q: So what other projects are you currently working on?
A: As an entrepreneur, I'm a big one for planning and organization and have the outlines for more than a dozen projects for the next several years. But currently, I am working on a contemporary vampire romance to be followed up by a paranormal romantic thriller with a touch of BDSM. Other non-writing projects in the works include: a cooking show combining country charm with city chic; a high speed karting event; a career mentoring book entitled Road Trip to Career Success; a romantic-suspense independent film in Royal Oak; a greeting card line drawing on the principles of Zen Buddhism; and a local woman's magazine recognizing the different 'metamorphosis' we experience in our lives. It's a good thing I love to work and live to write!
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