Name: Mia Sheridan
Where are you from: Originally from San Francisco, California. Now I live in Cincinnati, Ohio
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc.: I went to CSU, Sacramento and have a BA in Clinical Psychology. J I am married to my husband of 13 years and we have 4 kids here on earth and one little girl in heaven.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I just released my 7th Sign of Love book, titled Kyland.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing after I lost my daughter. It was a sort of therapy for me at the time and in some ways it still is. I never even knew I enjoyed writing so much until I sat down to create my first story!
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I published my first book and more than a couple people that I actually didn’t know read it. J
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Sadly, losing my daughter. But I consider it something positive that came out of the loss and the grief.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I don’t know! I guess I’d say I’m a pretty emotionally descriptive writer. Is that a style? J
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of my latest work is the name of the main character. And his name—Kyland—actually means “bull” for Taurus the bull.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Just that material possessions (or lack thereof) do not determine the value of a life. You can have all the money in the world and be miserable, and you can have very little, but have a life full of hope and happiness.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I add a few small details of my own life, things I know, emotions I’d feel in certain instances, etc. But for the most part, it’s all fiction.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Nope! Although I WISH I knew a Buster the whittler!
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Probably classic books. I love the fact that even books written hundreds of years ago are still so relatable. Society changes, but emotions do not.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Hero by Samantha Young! I love her.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? I recently read The Mason List by S.D. Hendrickson and loved it!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m taking a bit of a break right now! How long it lasts depends on when the next story pops into my head!
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Facebook has been a really great way to connect and form relationships with readers.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? No. I try not to consider that because I grow and learn with each new project.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Initially, I was just interested in putting some emotions I was dealing with on paper in a controlled way. J
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My current work is set in a small Kentucky coal-mining town, filled with desperation and poverty. I really wanted to highlight the issue of RURAL poverty and how these two young people (Kyland and Tenleigh) dream of getting out from under all the hopelessness of the life they were born into. And how falling in love affects those plans.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Dialogue can be challenging for me. It usually takes me a little time with the characters to get on a roll and figure out who they are and what they’d say!
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Well, currently, I’d say my favorite author is Amy Harmon. Her writing is beautiful and smart and her stories are always filled with emotion. She’s incredible!
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Only if I do book shows.
Fiona: Who designed the covers? I did!
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Just being disciplined enough to sit down each day and WRITE—even if it’s only a couple hundred words.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned a lot about Appalachia—the culture, the people, the despair, but also the beauty of that particular area.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I guess if a new writer was asking me for advice, I’d say, just sit down and write. Don’t worry about whether it’s good or not, or whether people will like it. Just write. You will probably be very pleasantly surprised when you read it back.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Just thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your support.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
The first chapter books I remember reading were the Sweet Valley High series. I inhaled those!
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Laugh: My kids and their funny antics. Cry: Hearing stories about people being cruel to children or animals. L
Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?
Jesus! I’d want all the answers. 😉
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why?
Just “Beloved.” If I end my life being loved, I wouldn’t ask for more.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
I really love home decorating. My idea of fun is perusing a pile of design magazines! J
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I haven’t watched TV in ages. L But I love movies of all kinds: action, romance, comedy, anything!
Fiona: Favorite foods /Colors/ Music:
Potatoes of any kind/Blues/Everything! I have Spotify playlists under: Mia Sheridan if anyone wants to check them out! J
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I was a graphic designer in my “previous life,” so I’d probably still be doing that.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it? www.miasheridan.com
Thanks so much!