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Q/A Session for Mia Smantz: 8/5/19
Mia Smantz I got the idea for my most recent book, The Cardinal Bird, from my husband. We had a long, in-depth discussion about what would be the coolest superpower to have and why. We have the most random conversations! We both thought the coolest superpower would be to speak any language that we wanted. We had traveled recently to Europe, and it must've been on our minds about how much easier life would've been if we'd been able to communicate better.
I was also inspired by my older brother. He was a real-life hacker--getting into trouble with phone companies from the age of 7 up. The FBI would tap our phones because he'd hacked into the local company so many times--just for fun. I'm pretty sure that the phone company had our mom's phone on speed-dial. It got to the point where she would recognize the number calling her and go, "Really? Again?" Luckily the director was nice about it and would just say, "I'm afraid so."
Thus Callie Jensen was born--a shy, smart, passionate girl based off of two manly men.
Mia Smantz I get inspired to write when I watch a really great movie or read a great book. The entire time I am picturing spin-offs or alternate ways the story could've gone. If I need more immediate inspiration, I'll listen to music. It's my quickest muse.
Mia Smantz I am currently editing the next book for the Cardinal series: Cardinal Caged. It is up for pre-order and will be released on October 30th. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07...
I'll do maybe one edit of the entire story every two weeks until then. This lets the story fade from my mind a bit so that I can check for cohesion and make any changes that to plot that would make it better--usually adding more foreshadowing.
On downtimes between that, I'll be drafting the 3rd book for the series: Cardinal of Hope...or writing on another reverse-harem series: The User-Friendly Guide to Ghosts. It will be a younger audience with a paranormal twist. It'll be about a teenage girl that has an affinity for the dead that wreaks havoc on her school life and social life. However, it will bring her some very handsome guys.
I'm very excited for it!
Mia Smantz Don't feel like everything you write has to be a great masterpiece or a finished book. Sometimes with deadlines, expectations, and pressure, it takes away the fun of being a writer. It can be overwhelming. It's okay to write a 10-page, 50-page, 100-page story that goes no farther than your own computer. Anything you write is experience and lessons to help you with that next great series or best-seller. In fact, those shorts could be the inspiration for them.
Mia Smantz The best thing about being a writer is feeling like anything is possible. The only limit to what you can do is time, money, and creativity. JK Rowling, Stan Lee...they created entire worlds and franchises with pen and pad. That feeling of possibility and power is a heady addiction that makes being a writer awesome.
Mia Smantz When I am having trouble with writing, I listen to music. I try to picture the story the song is weaving. I cast a person in my mind that could be the person the song is about. I try to create a backstory to it.
Doing this helps put me back in the right state of mind for creating.
Sneak Peek/Teaser for Cardinal Caged
To celebrate the coming release of the next installment, enjoy this short excerpt from Cardinal Caged, and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments.
"Defaulty bomb," Aleks said with his deep, Russian accent, as he eyed the video feed. "Amateurs."
"Faulty," Jace corrected. "That or defective. Again, defaulty is not a word. No matter how many times you use it."
"It is word. I combine like craptacular or cankles or Brangelina," he looked at me with a wicked grin, playing with his curly beard a bit. "Or Caleks or Aleksie."
Yolo let out a sigh, impatient with their antics. I tried to avoid blushing by looking back at the screen.
"Brangelina hasn’t been a thing for years," CJ said absentmindedly, ignoring his teammates and trying to get to the bottom of the problem.
I just did my best trying not to make eye contact with anyone.