5 Minutes with Mirriam Neal

I first “met” Mirriam online in a FB writers group…err…five years ago? Four? It’s been a while. She’s a sweet and really fun person! I had the privilege of reading this book a year or two ago when Mirriam first wrote it. It is the perfect book to read while snuggled down in a blanket with a cup of your favorite hot beverage. It reminds me a lot of Howl’s Moving Castle or anything by Diana Wynn Jones or Patricia C Wrede, really, and I’m super excited that it’s now out in the world!tumblr_o4995pxJel1tkzty6o1_500

*Tell us a little bit about yourself/your novel:  Talking about myself is definitely not in my requisite skillset, but I can talk about my novels all day. It’s the only non-NaNoWriMo novel I’ve ever written in a month (although the sequel only took slightly longer). Also, like most of my novels, it was sparked by frustration. When I see something written or portrayed in a way I dislike, I’m usually driven to fix it by writing a novel of my own. 

*What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve ever had to research for a story? I honestly don’t know what to choose. It seems like every novel I write requires some unusual research – it all blurs together. If we’re going with Most Interesting, I’d say visiting a prison was definitely up there! Researching organ harvesters was also fun. IMG_6808

*Where do you usually write? Can you show us a picture/describe it? I usually write at my desk. I write best either here, on my bed, or elsewhere – coffee shops are a favorite. I love the surrounding energy there.

*Do you have a strange quirk or habit while writing or preparing to write? I ALWAYS have a big mug of black coffee when I sit down to write, plus whatever song is inspiring me currently. Sometimes I have notes, and I usually do the anime Finger Stretch (raise your arms over your head, flex your fingers enthusiastically 3-4 times) out of sheer habit. Plus it helps to loosen up.

* (If interviewing for a series) Can you give us a hint of where the story is going next? (If interviewing for a stand-alone) What’s next on your plate?  I have a few more books in the series planned. They’re mostly niggling little ideas and Pinterest boards right now, but I have titles – Paper Dolls and Paper Chains. Before I write those, however, I have to edit and revise the finished sequel to Paper Crowns – Paper Hearts!

Thanks for joining us Mirriam! Here’s more about Paper Crowns…and I highly encourage pceveryone to check out this book!

Ginger has lived in seclusion, with only her aunt Malgarel and her blue cat, Halcyon, to keep her company. Her sheltered, idyllic life is turned upside-down when her home is attacked by messengers from the world of fae. Accompanied by Halcyon (who may or may not be more than just a cat), an irascible wysling named Azrael, and a loyal fire elemental named Salazar, Ginger ventures into the world of fae to bring a ruthless Queen to justice.

Visit Mirriam on her website, and check out the book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble! And if you want to follow along on the blog tour, see more fun stuff about Mirriam, and enter the giveaways, here is a complete list of all the blog posts scheduled.

Published by H. A. Titus

H. A. Titus is usually found with her nose in a book or spinning story-worlds in her head. Her love affair with fantasy began at age twelve, when her dad handed her The Lord of the Rings after listening to it on tape during a family vacation. Her stories have been published in Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens Magazine, and four anthologies: Alternative Witness; Avenir Eclectia Volume 1; The Tanist's Wife and Other Stories; and Different Dragons Volume II. In December 2013, her short story "Dragon Dance" won Honorable Mention in a Writers of the Future contest. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband and young son, who do their best to ensure she occasionally emerges into the real world. When she's not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skiing, or hanging out at her online home, hatitus.wordpress.com.

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