I was born in New York state and my very first book was made of stapled-together penmanship paper and entitled “The Big Snow.” My 2nd grade teacher ‘published’ it, and I did the illustrations entirely in blue crayon. Since that time, I’ve written three novels and countless short stories. Most have not been published. Yet.
It’s good practice, what I’ve written so far. These stories and novels may never be seen by the public, but each one taught me a little more about my craft.
I’m such an avid reader that I can’t remember a time when there weren’t books around the house. Even when I was broke, I still had a library card. I read every book our small library had to offer, and we took out stacks of children’s books for my kids.
I used to read teen romance comic books but never tried a romance novel until I worked the graveyard shift in the maternity ward. At three in the morning, you either have to read or fall asleep, so I picked up a copy of “Sweet, Savage Love” by Rosemary Rogers and was instantly hooked. I devoured all the historical romance novels I could find. Later, I discovered more urban love stories, and eventually, paranormal love stories. In the paranormal world, I found my home.
I love the juxtaposition of an urban setting against elements of magick or faerie, demons, ghosts or mythical creatures. There’s something that draws me to those pockets of our universe where the laws of physics can be ignored, or at least trifled with.
Now working as a paralegal to pay the bills, I hope someday to make writing my full-time career. I’m a member of several different writing groups, online as well as in the real world, and a member of Romance Writers of America. “The Sweet Life,” a novella included in Sex, Lies and Scandal in Two Rivers (originally by TRRA in 2013, now 2015 by Iowa Writers’ Corner), was my first published work. Although not a paranormal romance, it is definitely romantic. It involves a hunky man, a spunky woman, and French pastry. What’s not romantic about that?
I’m kind of liking these paranormal worlds I create, and hopefully, you’ll hang around to share them with me. I’ll make an occasional side trip to the real world, just so my family knows I’m still alive, but I think I’m probably going to stay here for a while… Mica
Once in a Blue Moon (May 2014 by Satin Romance, an imprint of Melange Books) is my first stand-alone novel. This is a full out paranormal romance with a dash of Irish thrown in for good measure. Just think about a gorgeous member of the Aos Sidhe running into the one woman in Boston who has a vendetta against all things magical, and you’ll understand why sparks fly against the backdrop of hot summer days and starry nights in the city.
Irish spitfire Caighleen Mulrunnen is no stranger to ghosts, ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. Her job exposing paranormal scams makes sure of that. When she chances across Finn McHail under a moon-soaked sky, his touch sends fire racing along her nerves and has her daydreaming about his ice-blue eyes. Until, that is, she finds his picture on an internet dating site, his ears as pointed as a one of Santa’s elves. Despite the magic that sings between them, Caighleen sets out to prove he’s a fraud. But love has a way of making a believer out of anyone. In the end, Caighleen must choose. Will she keep her heart closed, or will she succumb to the magic of Finn’s love?
Every new beginning comes from an ending. Life throws you curves and potholes just when you’re traveling the smoothest and straightest of roads. Whether you live inside a sugarplum fairy tale, a jagged-edged nightmare, or somewhere in between, within these covers you’ll find a story or poem that will resonate to the music of your soul, a three hundred sixty degree sojourn of all our Heartsongs in their infinite capacities.
“A Christmas collection to cure your woes, unbreak your heart and curl your toes. Eight Tales you’ll find of love, of light, of Christmas dark and Christmas bright. The seasons spirit you will find may melt your heart or twist your mind, but be it romance or dark and wild, to buy this book will feed a child”
1. Could you tell us a bit about your most recent release and why it is a must-read?
I just released Heart Songs in April. It’s a collection of poetry and short stories about the emotions we experience throughout our lives. Love, fear, joy, loss, longing, hope. All the things that touch our hearts, good and bad alike. It’s an honest book, which I think makes it an important one.
2. What is your favorite part of this book?
The poetry. There’s a freedom when you write poetry, what I call painting with words. If that painting tells a story, so much the better, but it doesn’t have to. It’s a snapshot of the emotion you experienced at one particular place in time.
3. In addition to being a writer, do you have a day job? If so, what is it?
I’m a paralegal. I work mainly in employment law and litigation.
4. What does your typical day look like?
I wish I could say that I get up when I want and write all day, but in reality, I’m up at 4:30 a.m. to get the kids to band practice and school, then off to work. Most days I can get an hour’s worth of writing done during my lunch. After work, the usual evening rush of picking up kids, cobbling something together for dinner, then homework and reading activities, bath time, and (mercifully) bedtime. I usually get in another hour of writing after that unless I’m working on an editing project for someone else. And I always unwind with at least a half hour of reading after I get to bed at night.
5. What do you love most about the writing process?
The world building. Even if my stories are set in the modern world, I love detailing the little pocket of it that my characters will occupy. I create a complete backstory for each of them and complete stage settings for every place they’ll go, even if only bits of the details end up in the final copy.
I’ve found myself being transported there when I read Once Upon a Blue Moon. Thank you for that.
6. Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
The one I like the best has not made a public appearance yet. I’m still writing her story. She feels a lot like me so far, but like me, she’s a work in progress and I’m not exactly sure how she’ll turn out.
7. Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
All of my characters are to some extent based on real people. I’ve never been left badly hurt and alone in a cave with no light, but I’ve experienced times in my life when it felt like that.
8. What is the biggest surprise you experienced after becoming a writer?
How very much I want to do this. I’ve been scribbling since I was a kid, and I always figured I’d write a book or a few stories and just be done with it. But I discovered that it’s like eating chocolate. I always want a little more.
I love that imagery because I can relate to chocolate.
9. Since being a writer, what has been the best compliment?
There were three of them, actually. The first was after I published Once in a Blue Moon. One of my readers said I wrote as well as Nora Roberts. The second was being asked if it was all right if my story Pictures could be used as the lead off story in an anthology. The third was after I published Heart Songs and was from someone whose opinion I respect and value very much. He said he was putting my book on his forever shelf next to Sylvia Plath. I couldn’t ask for more august company than that.
10. If you could ask one question from any one person, living or dead, what would it be and from whom?
I would love to sit down with my grandmother and ask her what it was like for her growing up. It was something I never did while she was alive, and I’ve regretted it all these years since she’s been gone.
As an amature genealogist, I can’t agree with you more.
11. What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
That it could be better. That something I’ve sweated over and poured myself into could be better. It’s one of the hardest things to hear, and it’s even harder to realize it’s the truth.
12. If you were riding in an elevator with a new writer, what wisdom would you bestow upon him/her before you reached the top floor?
The best advice I ever heard was from, believe it or not, the movie Sister Act 2. Whoopie Goldberg’s character was talking about Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet. She told one of her students that if you wake up in the morning and the first thing you think of is writing, then you’re a writer. In his book, Rainer said if you have to write, build your life around that need.
13. What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you?
When you have kids, pretty much every day something amusing happens. Once you get over the embarrassment, that is. The one I remember the best happened one Sunday while we were in church. We were listening to the sermon, and in the middle of it, my kiddo informed the whole congregation that he had broken wind instead of bread.
Hysterical! Kids really do say the darndest things.
14. What websites or resources have been helpful to you, as a writer?
I use Thesaurus.com obsessively.
15. Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
I don’t know how uncommon these are, but I love to cook chef quality meals, when I have the time to devote to it. I also knit, quilt and cross-stitch. The needlework is relaxing, especially after hectic days.
16. What would the main character in your most recent book have to say about you?
I think the main character in my latest book is really me. My thoughts, feelings and heart right there on the page. I think she’d say I didn’t turn out too badly.
I’d whole heartedly agree with her!
17. What is something memorable you heard from a reader/fan?
When one reader said she was on her second time reading Heart Songs.
18. If money were no object, where would you live and why?
I would have a little cottage close enough to an ocean to hear the surf. It would have a kitchen with an Aga, a snug living room with two big chairs by the fireplace, and two bedrooms up under the eaves. Ireland maybe, or Scotland. Or Maine or Nova Scotia.
19. Currently, how many ideas for different books do you have going/jotted down?
I’ve lost count. I’m not the best at organization, so I have scraps and bits of paper with ideas jotted on them everywhere.
20. Where can we find you online?
You can find me here:
I’d love to hear from you all.
Thank you, my treasured friend, for spending this time with us today. I look forward to your next book!