Showing posts with label suspense. Show all posts
Showing posts with label suspense. Show all posts

Friday, November 2, 2018

Knowing the ending first 🀭

I know it is common practice for many authors to 'write the ending first' when outlining a book. However, I don't. In fact, there are two things in that sentence that I don't do. I don't outline and I don't know the ending when I start writing a book. I like the surprise element and always figured that if I was shocked by the ending, then the reader would be too.

But then...I geared up to writing my 11th book and something very strange happened. I knew the ending first. 

I fought it. I tried to push it aside but the final scene was much too strong for me to ignore. This forced me of getting out of my comfort zone and although it did make me hesitate for a short time, I eventually started the book with the ending crystal clear in my mind. 

I won't lie. This freaked me out. 

Of course, we're always a little freaked out when we go out of our comfort zone. That's just human nature. I'm now 13 chapters into the book (as opposed to the accompanying video that says 5; This was recorded a week or two before writing this blog) and so far, it's going pretty smoothly. For now, I'm just along for the ride and who knows, maybe things will still end up differently than I expect after writing the next 37 chapters. πŸ˜„After all, characters have an incredible way of surprising us.




Tuesday, September 18, 2018

What are my books about? πŸ€”

One of the most commons questions I'm asked is what my books are about. You would think this would be one of the easiest questions to answers however, it is somewhat complex to tackle.

As it turns out, there are a lot of subjects that I cover in each book. For example, my first two books are about rock stars...but they are about so much more. For example, Fire is about the commercialization of the music industry, the unexpected stress and pressures of fame and the reality of our obsession with celebrity.

I later wrote two books about vampires. Just as with the last example, the books weren't just about vampires.  In The Rock Star of Vampires, for example, I talk about how this group of people is essentially like the rest of us except that they need to drink blood in order to live. It is like a vitamin to them. You discover their challenges and attributes that aren't always so glamorous. I also discuss their struggle with these sudden changes in their body and how they view the world. There's so much more going on than just being vampires; issues with family, friends and life. As it turns out, being a vampire doesn't automatically solve all your problems.

My last series is about organized crime/narcos. As with the other examples, these books are also about many other things; loyalty, family, health, social issues like racism and so much more.

No book is ever just about one thing and in fact, most books are vastly complex when you really try to break them down.




Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Devil is Smooth Like Honey 😈

The Devil is Smooth Like Honey is the 3rd books in the current series by Mima. It follows We're All Animals and Always be a Wolf. Here's a quick overview of the book.

El narco. A monster. Un diablo. Jorge Hernandez had been called many things, and it always made him laugh. If there was one word that could be used to describe him, it would be untouchable. Corrupt politicians combined with his charming disposition had contributed to Jorge’s success, but it was often the underlying threats behind his handsome smile that sealed the deal. He was unstoppable.
In Paige NoΓ«l, he had met his match. She was a woman as dangerous and sadistic as she was soft and gentle. The last thing he expected was to propose after an explosive first meeting, but the intense fire between them was as addictive as the thrill of violence and power.
When some of his personal enemies turn up dead, Jorge shuffles his daughter into a Canadian school, deciding that things are getting a little too hot in Mexico; but does life ever slow down in this dark underground world?  

The good news is if you love the books, there are more following Hernandez and his crew:

Check out the CBC interviews, local articles and more at www.mimaonfire.com



Friday, September 14, 2018

What is the best order to read your series? πŸ“š

It was the series that wasn't mean to be a series! 🀦🏼‍♀️However, that's fine because some of the coolest things in life happen when they aren't planned and this would be one of them.

In 2016 I wrote a book called We're All Animals with no intention of making it the first book in my current series. It was about a boy next door, very salt of the earth type guy who has his heart broken right out of high school, hooks up with a girl he's not really interested in at a party, she gets pregnant and his life suddenly takes an unexpected turn. There's a lot of drama in this book and it can get pretty dark however close to the end, a character named Diego Silva pops in and he was so intriguing, I felt the need to write another book about these characters.

Always be a Wolf came out in 2017 and continues to follow Chase and his journey after he moves to the city and starts a new life. We kind of touch on this a bit in the last book but things really take off in this second book. Unfortunately, he struggles with an unthinkable situation that tears his world apart. Toward the end of the book, Jorge Hernandez comes in like a hurricane and takes over as the protagonist.

The Devil is Smooth Like Honey came out in the latter part of 2017, giving us a proper introduction to Jorge Hernandez and his twisted world. New characters continue to be introduced, the series moves forward with murder and mayhem that will knock your socks off.

A Devil Named Hernandez was released in early 2018 and continues Jorge's journey through his dark world. In this book he is focusing on overtaking the Canadian pot industry, working his way through each province and not allowing anyone or anything to stand in his way. Just like the first book with Hernandez as the protagonist, you're taken on a crazy ride that never stops when learning about his day to day life that is anything but ordinary.

And the Devil will Laugh is the most recent book in the series, released in summer of 2018. Jorge continues to work to take over the pot industry, one province at a time while getting deeper into the political world with the goal of making his own rules. Murder and mayhem continue to be a theme as is racism and his fight against white supremacists.

I like to think this series has a bit of everything; romance, suspense, murder, comedy (although, dark comedy to be fair) and an unexpected family connection that you wouldn't expect. This group of people believes that loyalty is the most important thing and that you make the family you want.


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

How shocking!??!! 😱

We all love a good shock - well, in our books and movies, not so much in real life. There's nothing like a great twist in a story to keep the reader staying up late at night. The goal is to keep you interested, keep you turning the pages and excited about the story ahead.

Having said that, it's not for shock value. That's a whole other thing. I've been accused of writing something purely for shock value as if it were merely a way to capture attention. In fact, my goal is to simply follow the story and see where it takes me. As it turns out, my imagination takes me to some pretty wild places. I guess that means it works out well for both the writer and the reader! 😜

If you ever check out my Twitter account, you'll see a line in my bio that says it all Buckle up! You're in for one hell of a ride. I'm proud of that fact. I think that's what makes a story great. Books, just like life, shouldn't be boring. It should make your heart race just a little bit faster...


Sunday, September 9, 2018

What order should I read your books? πŸ“š

People often ask in what order they should read my books. Although I think most are standalone, I will break things down for those who are just checking them out for the first time. ☺️Here goes....

The Rock Star series:

Fire (2010)
A Spark before the Fire (2012)

The Vampire series:

The Rock Star of Vampires (2014)
Her Name is Mariah (2015)









Different Shades of the Same Color (2016)



The Hernandez/Gangster series:

We're All Animals (2016)
Always be a Wolf (2017)
The Devil is Smooth Like Honey (2017)
A Devil Named Hernandez (2018)
And the Devil Will Laugh (2018)

You'll notice that Different Shades of the Same Color kind of sits alone. There is a slight connection to my current (gangster) series it is a minor one. One of the characters from my current series was briefly mentioned in a couple of chapters of this book but that's about it. It's kind of the weirdo book that doesn't really have a place on the list.

I always encourage people to go online to learn about each book, read a chapter and see which one speaks to them. My writing is dark fiction, including graphic sex, violence, and inner conflicts. Oh, and there's some dark comedy in there too. πŸ˜‰




Saturday, September 8, 2018

Does violence in books and television dehumanize us? πŸ”ͺ

We often see people dehumanizing each other on television (sadly, we don't have to look past the news for this one...) and it's unfortunate that it has become the 'norm' in our society. I'm pretty conscious of this kind of behavior and for that reason, it has become a huge part of my books...but should it be?

As a writer, I've always felt that what I put on paper (or on a laptop screen, I should say) tends to reflect what I'm viewing in the real world. The situations might be different, however, the general feeling or sense that I'm getting from life always creeps into my writing. Therefore, it makes sense that violence has become the new 'norm' for my books.  Sadly, the reality of violence in our society has become more prevalent....or has it?

Well, yes and no. The thing is that the world has always been a violent place and depending on where you grew up in, it might've been just outside your door or worse still, inside your home. In fact, if you grew up in a place that wasn't violent, you should consider yourself pretty lucky because there are many people in the world who can't say the same.

I've had it pointed out to me that displaying such brutal violence in my books could potentially dehumanize people to the reader. When we are no longer seen as real, living, breathing people but disposable to some of the more sensitive viewers, it could cause them to devalue human life. This tends to be one of the explanations for things such as school and mass shootings. When you're used to viewing someone being shot on television, reading about it in a book or even 'being' the shooter in a video game, some will walk away with a complete disconnect from reality.

To be honest, I do understand the concern but I also believe there are other factors that play into these situations. Few things in life are black and white and as with many other topics, I think there are a lot of grey areas to consider. Anyone who takes something that is meant to be for entertainment purposes and turns it into a reason or an excuse to brutalize others probably already have some issues.