Today, we welcome Mima, who has published quite a few Bonded Fantasies stories with Liquid Silver, including her most recent release Spirit Within.
Her final purpose was to save him. The slave woman never flinched from releasing the hawk in her care. If the only way out was to become a darkmage, then that’s what she’d do. Her entire goal was his freedom. When her goal was achieved, she was left nameless, tainted, lost.
The hawk named Tydus endured believing he must reveal the darkness’s hidden depths to his people. The slave who cared for him became his partner, one he wouldn’t leave behind. When he finally stood free of his chains, he looked down to recognize his mate … and a darkmage.
Friends help them find a way back to civilization, but no one who hasn’t lived through what they did can understand it. Clinging to each other, their connection saves their sanity. Struggling to shed the emotional poison they were infected with, they discover passion can transcend fear. In order to heal, there can be no lies between them, especially in bed. He thinks it’s his task to heal her, but she knows what he’s hiding.
How does a shattered woman face a dominant man’s needs?
How does a guilty man fight through his wounded woman’s fear?
Hope born in darkness glows brighter from the shadows.
Romantic Journey: How did you first get published?
Mima: I suppose you could say I took my courage in both hands and researched some epublishers and went for it. Tina Burns at Liquid Silver contracted my first story, Wild Within, and the Bonded Fantasies were born.
RJ: Do you have another job? If so, what is it?
M: I’m a children’s librarian in a public school. I adore my day job. I laugh all day long, in between challenging students to discover new facts and books.
RJ: How does a typical work day unfold? Do you clean first or write first? How do you let your family know when you are in serious writing mode?
M: Up at 7, half hour drive through beautiful country to work. Talk to the kids about their gerbils and how cool tanks are, lead some reading workshops where kids blow me away with their thinking about stories, guide creative and nonfiction writing lessons, or instruct research lessons with some new technology like jing and pebblego. I’m often at work until 5 or 6.
Home and visit Romance Divas, a writer’s forum, and either read, write, or edit for a few hours. I can write with a certain level of filth, yes. My husband gets home at 9. On the weekends, we often assign “cave time” where we’re each on our own doing our own thing, but since it’s the only time I get to see him, it’s hard to write on the weekends. Sometimes he’ll try to talk to me when I’m at my desk in a scene and I’ll just say, “Can’t talk.” He’s generally supportive, except at 2am on work days.
RJ: What are your five favorite books? What lessons have you applied from them to your own writing?
- Jayne Ann Krentz/Castle/Quick. She’s not a book you say? Well, her stories are like potato chips to me. I can’t stop. No one does dialogue like Ms. Krentz. I reread her stories to study how she can do characterization in three words or less.
- I just recently finished The Flame and the Shadow by Denise Rossetti. It had been a very long time since I was bowled over by a story. I laid down after I finished it and just… savored. It is a genre mashup, the kind that first drew me to epub, the kind that made me pick up my pen, and the kind I have very, very rarely seen in mainstream press. It has made me reconsider my opinion of my place in NY publishing.
- Voices in the Park by Anthony Browne. It’s a brilliant, simple, direct depiction of deep POV. Every year I teach it, it rejuvenates my desire to get into characters’ heads. When I write, I’m not me. I’m them.
- Humor is hard. I do better with sex and emo so when I read funny, I’m always curious how the author pulled that off. Stephanie Plum novels really rock my world because they bring together characterization, wit, and situational humor. I especially remember Lean Mean Thirteen. I can picture myself on my porch, laughing until my face hurt and my cat ran away from my flailing limbs.
- Fox by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks. It’s the most heart breaking romance. I adore it. I’ve read it every week for three months. I can’t get it out of my mind. I’m always reminding myself not to be too nice to my characters.
RJ: Are you a chest or buns woman?
M: Buns if I had to pick, but thighs, actually.
RJ: Who’s your fantasy man?
M: I’m pretty crazy in love and lust with my guy. However, Viggo pretty much lights up my world. He’s a total package.
If your ship were sinking and you could grab one thing on the way to the lifeboat, what would it be? Go on instinct here; don’t let common sense interfere with you as you grab your hairdryer or laptop instead of food to take to the desert island.
M: (mima is laughing at jen. hairdryers on boats? really?) I’m a practical person. My first grab, if it wasn’t my people, would be a life jacket since I wouldn’t be wearing one (lifelong boater). Now if the boat was my home, and I was trying to save my most precious possession that wouldn’t be ruined by water… probably my jewelry case. I’m a girly girl and I’ve got good taste. I have some damn fine jewelry. But this question reminds me of one of my favorite movies: Waterworld. There’s not a whole lot that would be possible to take with you on the long slog to shore. When your ship goes down, you’re pretty much sunk.
RJ: Thanks again for stopping by, Mima. It was great getting to know you and your stories.
Readers, you can find out more about Mima’s Bonded Fantasies and other stories at her website.