About the author: “Mia Hoddell lives in the UK with her family and two cats. She spends most of her time writing or reading and loves anything paranormal. Mia always had a love of writing but never reading. She was more interested in sports and hated sitting still – despite getting three poems published before the age of sixteen. Finally though, she found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of reading which is now one of her favourite hobbies.
Mia began with poems before moving on to short stories. Although she enjoyed this, Mia found she had too much to tell with too little space, so later on she created her first series ‘The Wanderer Trilogy’ and from there other ideas have emerged. With a total of nine books planned at this moment, she is busy working on her second series ‘Elemental Killers’ before moving onto the next idea on her ever growing list.”
Ebook interview with author Mia Hoddell:
Tell me about your cats, some say they have a link to the paranormal, any thoughts on that?
I’ve never heard of them having a link to the paranormal (besides witches) before but if it’s true it may explain a lot of their behaviour…
I love my cats to bits, although they are polar opposites. One is a grumpy old man (think the Grinch x10) and the other is a needy, loving and hyperactive ball of fur, who I swear has separation anxiety (he’s cuddled up to me as I write this now). All in all, they keep me entertained, are great company and although lying on my keyboard isn’t helpful to the writing process it’s definitely warm on winter evenings.
A classic question: how did you get into writing and what particularly interests you about the paranormal?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and still have poems from when I was 4 years old. My writing just progressed and grew with me. I managed to get three poems published in separate anthologies between the ages of 12 and 16 and then I moved on to short stories in my high school English classes (it was the only homework I enjoyed). However, I hated the restrictive word limit of short stories so at 14, I began writing my first novel. Since then I’ve just continued writing as it’s something I love and am passionate about. I’ve always been taught to follow something you love and it’ll bring happiness – so far that advice hasn’t been wrong!
Personally, I find writing in the paranormal genre allows my imagination to flow more. I love being able to create new worlds, creature and characters as I find it more interesting than contemporary writing. It’s also what I read a lot of, which helped me pick the genre.
You are about to release book 2 in the Elemental Killers just a few months after the release of the first book, was this an important goal?
It was actually this time last year that I first released Deadly to Love. However, it underwent a major re-edit so was re-released in February. I do want to get my books out there as quickly as possible, as for marketing purposes it helps to keep your name up there. I also don’t like to keep my readers waiting. Although, I am a perfectionist so I won’t release something I’m not happy with.
At the moment I am trying to write a book every month and release one every few months. I have a year off which I’ve dedicated to writing so I’m trying to complete as many first drafts as possible.
Book #1 was well received, but did it get the attention you hoped for?
I’m still working on promoting it and getting it out there now. I know it’s not going take off overnight or without a lot of hard work but so far I’m pleased with the results I’m getting. I’m finding the longer I stick at it, not only do I get better and more knowledgeable, but the results are better.
What do you feel are the biggest challenges for getting your books in front of readers?
The major challenge is just getting noticed in such a vast and competitive market. Self-publishing is great as it gives everyone the opportunity to get their work out there but then that also becomes a problem as the market is so competitive. The whole promotional side of writing is all a learning curve really. I find things that work as I go along and then repeat those and forget about the things that haven’t done so well.
What can your readers and fans expect next?
Well, I finished writing Elemental Killers #3 last month so I’m in the process of editing that right now. I’m also writing a new, New Adult action/suspense book with a paranormal twist and Elemental Killers #4 (the final book). I have been delaying that though because I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to Serena and Kai yet.