Hello everyone. Today we are welcoming Mina Carter to My Odd Little World, and I hope y'all will enjoy her visit. Before we get to the interview questions, could you give us a brief bio to get us started.
What is the best thing about being a writer? The worst?
The best thing has to be the sense of adventure generated from writing. I always get a sense of wonder almost when I start a new project. Where is it going to take me, what worlds am I going to explore? For me it’s very like starting to read a book where the author will take me on a ride into their imagination but a hundred times better because I get to make the rules.
The worst? Time, as in lack of it. I work full time so I have very specific times that I write. People think nothing of interrupting me with “I know you’re busy but you’re only writing”. I could quite happily commit murder at that point.
What is your method of breaking through writer’s block?
Lol, usually I walk away from it and either read or do something completely different until I can see what’s wrong.
Do you bring your own life experiences to your writing? Your own personality? If so how?
I’m always collecting experiences to add to and enrich my writing. If there’s a skill a character uses, I like to either have done that myself or questioned someone who has that skill (often to boredom and dribbling ;) ). There are always aspects of my own personality within my characters, even if it’s just one and the volume is turned way up. I feel I need to do that as a way of connecting with the character. It feels more ‘real’ that way.
What fuels you as an author to continue to write?
The stories in my head would drive me nuts otherwise.
If you could share one major writing tip, to help other writers in their quest for publication, what would it be?
Never stop. Keep writing and keep submitting.
If you could write in any other genre what would it be, and why?
High Fantasy. I grew up on a diet of the stuff and I still have a half finished fantasy novel stuffed in my closet somewhere.
And finally, have you got a sneak peek excerpt from your current work in progress you can share with my readers and me?
Sure J My current project is imaginatively entitled ‘Wolves’ (I’m terrible at titles). It’s a darker, full length paranormal. As the title suggests, it has werewolves as well as vampires and zombies.
The sneak peek is from partway through the story, with one of the secondary characters Lt Darcy Foster. It’s from the first draft, so you’ll have to excuse me for it being a little rough around the edges.
When you get a chance to read, what books do you love to read?
Anything and everything apart from horror. If it stays still long enough, I’ll read it.
What bores you as a reader?
Stupid or cruel characters. Also, if they do something completely out of character, I tend to close the book and not bother continuing.
What is your favorite food and what is your guilty pleasure food?
Favourite food…hmmm, probably a nice Spaghetti Bolognese. Guilty pleasure food has to be cheesecake :D I LOVE cheesecake.
What do you think is romantic? What does the word Romance mean to you?
Anything can be romantic if someone has taken the time to get to know their partner. Romance to me personally means the little things, like remembering to put the toilet seat down and taking the rubbish out (sorry, I’ve been married WAY too long). Romance in my writing? Totally different matter. My heroes have to be so into the heroine that nothing else matters, that all their energy and thoughts are dedicated to making their woman happy.
Who would you go out on a date with if you could?
My husband. Yeah, I’m soft like that. If we’re talking complete fantasy then I have a list …;)
You’re having a dinner party, what five people would you invite?
Hmmm, interesting question. My closest friends are located all over the world. I’d get them together and we’d have a ball :D
Aliens have landed on the planet. What are the three things you would tell them that are great about this planet?
Cheesecake. Wait, there’s something better than cheesecake? Lol. Humanity’s capacity to love, to imagine and to create a new reality.
If you could create your own drink what would go in it and what would you call it?
Caffeine and chocolate. I’d call it the ‘writers answer to deadlines’.
If your life were turned into a cartoon, what cartoon character would you want playing you?
Oh my, now I can’t think of any cartoon characters. Does Toothless from ‘How to train your Dragon’ count?
If you were a pirate what would your booty consist of? What would your pirate name be?
Books. And cheesecake. My pirate name would have to be Captain Raven Black
Blurb for Vixen
Whatever else he was, she had to admit he had guts. She wouldn’t want to be shut up in a room with an angry Kyn either. Whilst his pixie heritage might have protected him from being turned into a vampire, it did buggar all to protect him from being dead.
The only vampire warrioress in existence Vixen has spent most of her life proving herself in a man’s world, but she’s never been able to squash some very feminine thoughts where fellow warrior Kalen is concerned. Kalen however, has sworn off love, preffering to deal in lust instead.
But a passionate encounter blows their carefully constructed indifference to each other and when Vixen is kidnapped will they be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to give their love a chance?
Excerpt for Vixen
Once again, I want to thank Mina carter for bringing us a glimpse of her new book, Vixen, and to remind everyone she is offering a copy to one lucky commenter on the tour. I will be giving something as well, to one of the commenters, using RANDOM.ORG for a totally fair selection.