Mia Hoddell has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share her inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of her newest release, Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1).
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 her preferred genre is Young Adult, Paranormal Romance. Before 2009, Mia wouldn't even pick up a book and was more interested in sports. However she finally found some novels that captured her interest and developed a love of both reading and writing. Mia began with poems and after getting two published in separate anthologies she moved 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 which she hopes to turn into novels as well. Elemental Killers is her second series and book two will be out soon.
Ideas Lead To Insomnia
I have been told numerous times that I have an incredibly overactive imagination. This becomes most evident once I have watched a horror movie or read a scary novel and I’m lying awake for hours because I have freaked myself out envisioning the characters are real. I must admit at this point it doesn’t seem like such a good thing to have, however when generating ideas for new books it comes in handy and I find myself lying awake due to all of the ideas in my head rather than fear.
The initial ideas for my books have various ways of coming about. Some are taken from dreams I have had while others are based on real life experiences. These two things normally only generate the main genre or theme of the novel though, for example in Deadly to Love I had the initial thought of a modern day romance but I wanted the main characters to meet in a different way that broke the stereotypical high school romance.
After I had played around with the idea of a book focused solely on romance I didn’t think I had enough material to fill a full length novel or that it was as original as it could be so I started to research paranormal/mythical creatures I could use to develop the book.
When I use this technique and base my book around creatures I have found I like to try and change them slightly from my research as I hope to try and make them original and more interesting to read as maybe the reader has come across them before. I have used this technique with another new series I have planned as well and although the characters in it are going to be more widely heard of (it’s not vampires or werewolves though don’t worry) I hope to try and create a new way of looking at them.
After I have decided how I want to portray the creatures, generally I will write a character profile (about two pages for each individual) stating their personalities, looks, likes/dislikes etc. This helps me get to know the character inside out so when writing the novel it’s easier for me to see how they will react to certain situations.
Once I have planned all of the characters and locations I write a page long plot summary before I divide that up into a chapter summary. This is normally the hardest parts as I somehow have to organise all the thoughts inside my head into a logical sequence – not easy when there are hundreds of fragmented sections I want to include. Usually, this is also the part where I am up all night as thoughts about what I can do and where I can take the story constantly come into my mind. I have found that I will never get to sleep if I don’t write these down, however doing that just tends to lead onto another idea and so forth.
Generally speaking when I am in the stages of planning and creating a book I don’t get much sleep, but that is because I am too excited about the idea and where I can take it.
Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1):
Title: Deadly to Love (Elemental Killers #1)
Author: Mia Hoddell
Publication Date: February 13th 2013
Author: Mia Hoddell
Publication Date: February 13th 2013
There is a love that is so dangerous, so powerful, so intoxicating that it embraces your heart and smothers your mind until it leaves you defenceless.
Serena knew that but still, it didn't stop her. His name was Kai. He was the most beautiful, irresistible man she had ever encountered. Their attraction was too compelling to fight and she knew she would go to the end of the world beside him. That is love.
However behind the allure was hidden a deadly secret – a secret that threatened her fragile life... But secrets best left unsaid never remain hidden forever. When Kai reveals his true identity, she is exposed to a frightening world she had no idea existed. Controlled by powerful Elemental forces her life is placed in mortal danger.
Unbeknown to them, their lives have been entwined from the beginning and it leads her to discover an even greater secret about who she really is. As the pieces begin to unravel and death becomes a reality, Serena is forced to decide what is more important...her love or life.
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