Mia Darien has lived in New England all of her life and knows that no matter where she goes from here, New England is always going to live in her. Presently, she still lives in the land of snow and fast talkers, with her husband, her son and her pets. She writes a bit of everything genre fiction (horror, romance, mystery, fantasy and science fiction) and thinks it sounds like an odd joke: a unicorn, a space monster, and a pair of zombie lovers walk into a murder investigation…
MF: Tell us a little about Mia the person and Mia the writer.
MD: First off, the two are so intertwined that I don’t imagine I could tell you about one without telling about the other. Even so, I never feel there is all that much to tell! I am a writer, in addition to being a full time wife and mother. I’ve lived in New England my entire life, and that’s been a strong influence on my writing. More so the older I get, it seems.
MF: What sparked the idea for the Adelheid Series?
MD: I don’t really remember. The series is on its second incarnation. The first was a decade ago, which makes it a little hard to remember individual inspirations. Part of it was the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton, I was reading a lot of her stuff at that time, though I’ve fallen off with the series now. Otherwise, I don’t remember. How said it that? *lol*
MF: Are there any messages in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
MD: Not really, no. I just want people to enjoy them. I suppose if I were to say that I was writing any message into it, however, it would be one of equality. In Adelheid, vampires and werewolves are legal citizens, fighting for their rights to be who they are, open and without fear. I believe that’s a right we all should have, and I suppose if I have any message, that’s it.
MF: What made you choose to self-publish?
MD: I did try for a few years to go the tradition route, but it was a tale of the wrong story at the wrong time with the wrong editor. I was never told that my stories were bad or badly written. It was always that it just “didn’t fit” what they were looking for. A person can only go so long hearing that before one wants to give in, but I didn’t want to give up. So, I took my fate in my own hands, researched as much as I could, and dove in. Now my success and failure is all on me, and I kind of like it that way.
MF: Who designed the covers?
MD: I do my own covers, actually. It’s something I really enjoy doing. I’ve even started doing cover art for fellow indie authors.
MF: What do you read? What do you re-read?
MD: I’m pretty eclectic. I tend to stick with “genre” fiction, like sci-fi/fantasy, horror, mystery/thriller, romance, etc., with a good smattering of classics from British literature and the rare non-fiction. I tend not to re-read books, though books I find “easy” reads – fun, compelling stories – I may be likely to re-read, like I just went through this Michael Crichton kick. I find a lot of his stuff “beach read” kind of works with fascinating science components.
MF: What is your favorite writing tip or quote?
MD: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Earnest Hemingway
MF: Are you currently working on another novel or writing project?
MD: I’m always working on something! Right now, I’m writing an epic fantasy trilogy. I’m trying to take a break from Adelheid, but it’s not working too well, so there is a short story being written and the fourth book in the series singing a siren song at me.
MF: Do you have any advice for other writers?
MD: Keep writing. Be smart. Be strong. Be stubborn.
MF: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
MD: I’d just say… keep reading my stories, and keep enjoying them. As long as you enjoy, I will write.
Who would ever guess that this otherwise sleepy New England town houses many of the most powerful beings known to exist?