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Kelli Maine is the erotic romance author of USA Today Bestseller and #1 Nook book, Taken, and the Give & Take series, along with the Dolls & Doms novellas and Chains. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband and kids. When she’s not writing, Kelli enjoys watching reality T.V., getting lost in random Wikipedia pages and searching online ads for vintage muscle cars.
Favorite Author: Diana Gabaldon
Favorite Food: Japanese
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
Favorite Place I’ve Been: Yucatan Peninsula
Writing Must Haves: Coffee and chocolate
Plotter or Pantser: Proud Pantser
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kellimainebooks
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kellimaine/
Amy interviews Mia Asher….
O.K. first things first, if you have yet to purchase Easy Virtue..go do it now…I’ll wait….
I’ve made no secret about it Mia is one of my favorite authors. We started chatting online when Arsen was released a little over a year ago. She makes time for every single fan, blogger, author. Not only is she a phenomenal writer but she is one of the most genuine, sweetest, and caring authors I have had the privilege to chat with. I haven’t even met her in person yet but I truly adore her. Some may say well you don’t really know her but I disagree. She is what we call good people. You just know. Top it off with her brilliant writing and the result is a die hard fan base.
Her stories are not for those with a need for the “perfect” ending and often incorporates the perfectly flawed human aspect which inevitably leads to a very emotionally charged story. The more emotional the better.
My selfishness is your gain. I wanted to know more behind the stories so without further adieu here you go…
Q. Who is your inspiration for writing?
M. Ah. Great question … I’d say Megan Hart. She’s my idol.
Q. Who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book (s)?
M. Hmm … Megan Hart, Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and J.K. Rowling. My favorite books would be Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Lolita, The Harry Potter Series, Venetia, and so many others.
Q. How long have you been writing?
M. Hmm … well, I can tell you that I haven’t been writing my entire life. However, I have always loved reading. My dad bought me my first set of hardbacks when I was four years old. I remember falling in love with The Little Mermaid story and reading it over and over again, always hoping for a different outcome where she wouldn’t die. But to answer your question, I started to write maybe five years ago.
Q. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or was it a surprise to you ?
M. It was definitely a surprise to me. I wanted to be a painter for a while.
Q. What does the writing process entail for you?
M. I need to feel the scene to write it, if I don’t I get bored and lose interest in the story. When I finished Arsen, I must’ve started writing about five to eight stories and stopped.
Q. Your writing is so poetic, has underlying themes such as temptation, and symbolism intertwined within the stories and characters. How did you learn to write?
M. AWE! Thank you so much! What an amazing compliment! I write what I feel and the words just come naturally to me. I mean, don’t get me wrong, sometimes I have to fight for those words, those sentences, and paragraphs, but when the words come together you feel high.
Q. What helps you most, life experience or education?
M. I’d say both. I write about what I know. Also, I observe people and listen to them. I’m always paying attention to what’s going around me.
Q. Are you surprised how the “book world” has embraced you and your stories?
M. Oh my God, yes. I’m so thankful for all of my readers and the bloggers who have taken the time to read my work and support it. Without it, I wouldn’t be here.
Q. Has it been overwhelming?
M. It has been a little overwhelming, but GOOD overwhelming. I love talking and interacting with my readers. In my opinion, it’s probably the best feeling ever, especially when they are passionate about your story and characters.
Q. Do you think there is a recipe or secret “algorithm” to become a successful writer?
M. Yes! Don’t give up on your work and don’t worry about what others are writing or about their success. Focus on your work and compete against yourself, not against others.
Q. What do you think it entails?
M. A lot of hard work, but if you are passionate about your story, or stories, it shouldn’t feel like work.
Q. Who was your inspiration for:
Cathy Michelle Williams
Ben Not exactly sure. I just saw him in my head. Tall, beautiful man with the kindest maple-colored eyes you’ve ever seen. Oh, and he had wild dark curls.
Arsen Same as Ben. I didn’t even know he was going to be blond until I wrote the scene where he first appears in the novel
Blaire A young Angelina Jolie.
Ronan Same as Ben and Arsen. I pictured him in my mind first.
Lawrence I still haven’t found a perfect Lawrence. Like Blaire describes him in the book, I see him as seductive smoke. LOL
Q. Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
M. Yes! I love Arsen.
Q. OMG you kill us with these endings. Will you ever tell us who the baby daddy was in Arsen?
M. No. At least not yet.
Q. Any hints as to Ronan or Lawrence?
M. Nope. I mean, what makes you think Blaire doesn’t end up alone?
Q. I know I’m probably in the minority but I love Lawrence oh and Ronan…I’m so torn. Is this the response you wanted?
M. I like to make my readers feel torn just as my characters feel. If you feel torn, can you only imagine how Blaire feels?
Q. Do you believe in ONE true love, a soul mate?
M. Yep, I believe in both. But I think there is more than one kind of love out there.
Q. Estimated release date for Virture #2
M. Spring 2015
Q. Any ideas for you next book, you want to leak it here?
M. Ha! It’s my most taboo work to date. It makes Arsen and EV look like novices.
Q. What 5 things do your fans not know about that you wish they did? Or name 5 things people/readers don’t know.
M. 1. I put hot sauce on everything I eat 2. I love pizza. 3. I’m obsessed with the English Royalty. 4. I’m always cold. 5. I hate gazpacho soup.
Q. Is it hard to write about women like Blaire or Cathy?
M. I don’t think so, but writing about Cathy was definitely harder than Blaire. Both very selfish in ways, does it make you uncomfortable? No, it doesn’t. What worries me is how the reader will react to them, but I can’t complain. The book community has been very good to me.
Q. Who do you want Blaire to choose?
M. Whatever or whomever makes her happy. Maybe she realizes that she doesn’t need a man to make her feel worthy of love.
Q. What is the appeal of Ronan?
M. Ronan is warmth and everything good in the world.
M. Lawrence is everything that is unknown, that is excessive, and full of passion.
Q. Favorite hottie?
M. Sean O’Pry
Q. Favorite band?
M. Right now I’m into T. Swift. Yep. I said it.
Q. Most exciting and or unusual place you had sex?
M. Ha! Spring Break in Cancun … at a club.
Q. Any closet scenes as we read about in Arsen?
M. hahah … maybe?
Q. Am I remembering correctly , but didn’t Blaire always make sure she was in a bed? Why do you think that is? (My apologies if I’m wrong).
M. Yes … not sure why it happened like that. But I know that with Ronan, she wanted their first time to be in his bed. In her mind, it would make it more special and meaningful.
Q. Are any scenes in either book from real life experiences?
M. Ha… maybe one … or two. Which ones? Not telling. :*
Q. Who is your biggest girl crush on?
M. ha! I love Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, and Kristen Stewart.
Q. Which writer would you most like to meet?
M. Jane Austen or J.K. Rowling
Q. What is your idea of a perfect weekend?
M. Going shopping, movies, and then dinner with lots of wine.
Q. Anything you would like to add?
M. Thank you so much for reading my stories and your support! I love you all!
If you would like to follow and or chat with Mia Asher you can stalk/chat with her on all social media platforms and the web.
Amy Reviews ….EASY VIRTUE BY MIA ASHER
Love is selfish…
My name is Blaire.
I’m the bad girl.
The other woman.
The one who never gets the guy in the end.
I’m the gold digger.
The one no one roots for.
The one you love to hate.
I hate myself too…
Everyone has a story. Are you ready for mine?
6 STARS FOR MIA ASHER’S EASY VIRTUE
ANOTHER BRILLIANT READ FROM MIA ASHER
I sure did, I dropped the “B” word! It’s no secret, I love Mia’s work. If you follow me on Goodreads you know Arsen is one of my favorite books of all time. Her writing flows effortlessly and character development is nothing short of perfection. She writes stories where the reader should strongly dislike the characters, yet you end up loving them. They are perfectly flawed, human, and the reader is drawn to them therefore successfully pulling/investing you into the story. All of which are necessary to write an emotional book. Rarely does she do fluff and about every single word written is significant to the story or setting up the story.
Easy Virtue is no exception to the above. From page one Blaire makes you hate her. Let’s get something straight, if a writer creates a character which provokes a strong reaction , love or hate, she has done her job. You don’t hate the story you hate the character. If you dislike the character because he/she is just written poorly or is annoying it is not the same thing as hating a character because the writer wanted you to. The trick is can the author make you like the character by the end of the story? Mia Asher fully accomplishes this task. I mean lets face it, did Blaire really change from the beginning or did we just want her to change? We get glimpses of a possible change and at times I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room however I stuck it out because Mia made me understand her. I stuck around long enough to get to know her, figure her out, and eventually feel sorry for her. The scenes in the book played out like a movie in my mind (yes all books should do this but they don’t). When Blaire walked out on her mom I could see the suitcase, the carpet, the bed, the door , her room. Seeing the steamy scenes in your head, well that’s just an added bonus!
“Here’s the thing: I erase people from my life. The moment you become a liability, I discard you. If I get the sense that you will hurt me, I’ll remove your existence from my mind and my heart, leaving a vacant place amongst so many holes within me. You won’t even have the pleasure of being an afterthought.”
“It’s me. Tell me when to meet you and I’ll be there.” “Good girl. You won’t regret it.” “Wait!” “Yes?” “I want a lot of money.” “That’s fine. I have more than enough.”
Blaire is not Cathy (Arsen reference, if you haven’t read it YOU SHOULD) but she is selfish or is she? Is her selfishness the armor protecting her heart and soul? For the most part we are all products of our environment knowing this makes the back story realistic. Most of us have had friends that are promiscuous (what ever that is) and or self serving so this story isn’t too much of a stretch. Mix this with some fiction: a sweet, hot, funny guy who loves kids, wants to take care of her, and talks a bit alpha in the bedroom add in a sexy,hot, manly man, who is almost a mirror image of Blaire, takes charge, and you have one heck of a ride. I’ll let you figure out who said the quotes below:
“One day you’re going to let me love you, and I’m going to hold you so tight I’ll never let you go. I’m going to love you as if it were the one thing I was meant to do. As if it were my purpose in life. Don’t you see it, Blaire? Don’t you get it? You’re in me. In everything I see. In everything I touch. You’re in the air I breathe, in the water I drink, and in every dream I dream. I want to tell you so much more, but I know that you’re not ready to hear it.”
“Frankly, Blaire, I couldn’t care less. But the next time we see each other I plan to fuck you until you don’t know whether you’re begging me to stop or begging me to fuck you harder. Until the hours cease to exist and the only thing that matters is total surrender. I plan on putting that beautiful and brazen mouth of yours to good use, and not for conversation, darling. So yes, I want you to go back to your apartment and sleep on it.”
Is Easy Virtue a soul crushing emotional read, not quite ….yet. The story is an emotional one but the blow has yet to occur, trust me you’ll know when Mia wants to crush you. Anything you think or assume will happen , won’t . At one point I knew what was going to happen next, she wanted the reader to know what was going to happen next, I believe those in the literary world call it foreshadowing-there’s even a word for it BUT I was still shocked -it was like a wreck I couldn’t turn away. Damn her! I have ideas of where the story is going, I even messaged her my brilliant thoughts and before I finished she knew exactly where I was going with them. I believe her exact quote was “that would be too easy for Blaire. You know I like making things extremely hard for my characters”. SHUT DOWN BY MIA ASHER. Wait, that’s not going to happen? But that has to happen, right? Like I said the crushing of your soul has yet to occur.
I don’t want to put the label of “love triangle ” on this book but is it? At this point kind of, not technically, O.K. maybe that’s where it is going. Who knows, like I said Mia does not ever take you to what is predicted unless she wants to. So if your not reading this book because you think it may be a love triangle , you might as well jump on and enjoy the ride. Believe me when I tell you she will take us to places we had no idea we were going.
This will be on my list of all time favorite quotes:
“Truthful words are cruel, but such is the perverse nature of honesty. It’s rarely painless and always full of baggage.”
This reminded me of Blaire:
Poetic Justice=Virtue ultimately rewarded, or vice punished, by an ironic twist of fate related to the character’s own conduct
Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.
The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.
At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream.