Guest Blogger – November
Here’s the BIG NEWS: I have five books scheduled to come out between January of 2018 and mid-2019, all of which are YA. I’m using three different publishers to get this done, Harmony Ink Press, Lakewater Press, and one that has not yet been announced so I’m sworn to secrecy. Yes, I have a MYSTERY PUBLISHER!
Here’s what I can say:
January 2018 Sound of Silence, co-authored by Raine O’Tierney, will release from Harmony Ink Press.
April 2018 THE MYSTERY YA BOOK will release from the mystery publisher- LOL!
June or July 2018 My Crunchy Life will release from Harmony Ink Press.
October 2018 All Boy will release from Lakewater Press.
Mid-2019 The Princess of Baker Street will release from Harmony Ink Press.
To this point in my writing, I’ve made more money from sales of individual Adult titles, as I think the audience for those books is wider. But I speak in my truest voice in my YA.
Sometimes I wonder why YA work is so close to my heart. All I can say is that, like many people, I was strongly affected by a sense of isolation as a teenager. I felt alone and different from the other kids. I felt bullied—not physically, but emotionally. I questioned my attractiveness as much as I depended on it. Glances of disapproval from my parents and classmates were arrows to my heart.
It was rare that I could find books in the public library that spoke to me—ones I could relate to. I loved romance, but I ended up reading adult romance, largely to the tune of Jackie Collins. Yes, Collins’ books were riveting, but they didn’t reach into my teenage heart and pull out my empathy and a recognition of myself.
For the foreseeable future, I plan to focus on writing YA LGBTQ novels. My hope is to provide YA readers with characters like themselves in books, or a new perspective on people who are markedly different. This is my goal and fortunately, it fits perfectly with my writer’s voice.
To promote this new focus, I have created an exclusively YA website.
Not only do I present my YA books, but I have pages such as “Reader Art” and “Body Acceptance.” I also have a page titled “Other Stuff” that features song lyrics and colorful social media posts and favorite quotes and more!
Please visit Miakerickya.com…
I think you’ll find it fresh and fun!!
Here is a sample of what you’ll see:
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, CoolDudes Publishing, Evernight Publishing, and Interlude Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won two Kirkus Recommended Book Reviews, a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
[Next month in December will be Mia’s last month with Alpha Book Club as a return, monthly guest blogger – please stop by to say goodbye]