Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Interview with M.J. Fields

  Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Jase is the first book in the Men of Steel series. Together with their mother they run a tattoo and piercing shop.

Do you have a favorite character?
It’s hard. I would love to hang out with Carly. Very amusing to me. And Jase, well I love him.

Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?
In this series all the brothers will have their own book so yes.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
No, crazy huh? I felt if someone found it and offered enough then maybe if not they’re all mine to share with the people I can reach.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel? 
I have an agent now who is amazing. She knows what I need and want. I love her. She contacted me through Facebook and I was shocked and flattered of course.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
Marisa made me comfortable immediately. I know I’m in good hands.

Are you currently under a traditional publishing contract for future books or do you have manuscripts that you will self-publish? Are you doing both?
Right now, they’re still mine. Offers will be compared and decisions will be made soon.

What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?
I knew no better, lol. I am very glad I didn’t.

If you used a graphic designer/publisher’s designer, how involved were you during the creative process for your cover?
I have a cover designer who I have used since my second series. She deals very well with my crazy butt.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
Depends on the scene. Both inspire my creativity.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
Follow the muse always.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
 Now I do because my agent pointed out that it would make a great story even better.

Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?
I used Smashwords right out of the gate. They push to lots of other sites. So yes they’re all over.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
YES!!! I just want to write and answer emails and play with my new friends on facebook and twitter.

What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Seek help. Ask questions, take advice and constructive criticism and look past the hurtful reviews.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
Being a Mommy.

What’s next for you?
Continue writing. Oh I am also doing a few signings and am super excited about that.

Book & Author details:
Jase by M.J. Fields
(Men of Steel #1)
Publication date: July 13th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

I sat in my room at our family’s tattoo parlor, Forever Steel staring at the phone. I hadn’t stopped looking at the picture of this crazy, quirky, insanely beautiful blonde haired blue eyed siren that invaded the Jersey Shore a month ago.

Carly Smythe was not my type at all. She was a twenty-year-old student at Stanford University in California, smart as hell, and funny. The shit kicker was she was so awkwardly unaware of what any man with pulse could see, and that was that she was a damn heartbreaker with a body that made me hard the very first time I saw her.

She made me crazy, she snuck out to see me, and then avoided any sexual advances I made on her, until I finally kissed her, and I didn’t wait for an invitation either: I took those pouty little lips and made them mine.

Carly was also an avid reader of those books, you know “Mommy Porn.” So my game had to be stepped up. Who the hell am I kidding? She could see through my game immediately, and it didn’t have the same effect it did on every other girl I hooked up with. And she didn’t go running for the hills, either. I fell hard… and fast.

Abe (her cousin) knew all the shit that had gone down in my life for the past five and a half years and in order to make this work, which I wanted it to… I needed to set the record straight, put it all on the line, give her the 411, and let her decide if after everything, she still wanted to give it up to a guy like me. A tattooed, pierced, f-up, with a past that was sure to send any girl into a tail spin. She was not any girl, she was…different.

I am very new self published writer,and had no clue what I was getting into, still don’t—but I like it!

My imagination became apparent at age three. Sigma was my very first (imaginary) boyfriend. He lived about fifteen miles from my family’s farm. I took him chicken noodle soup every night on one of our snowmobiles, regardless of the season. Apparently he was very ill and “Thank God” I was able to care for him.

At eight my love for writing blossomed. My cousins and I (of course I was the president) wrote a newsletter and sold it to our family members. Years later I decided to put it back into print to entertain my cousin on an aircraft carrier on 9/11 and very far away from home during a scary time for our country, (protecting our butts).

Fast forward to 2012. I read 50 shades and thought, I wanna do that! I have two complete series The Love Series, and Wrapped and two new series Burning Souls and Men of Steel. Thirteen books in sixteen months. CrAzY and wonderful. I love love! (I would love to reference a Pink song here but I will save my inappropriateness for my books.

I enjoy watching people grow and change with self realization and moments of clarity that sneak up behind you and smack you in the head. I love people and have always been able to see both sides of a story. Each person that comes into our life leaves us with something it is what we choose to do with it that helps us grow.

I live in central New York in the middle of nowhere and am surrounded by family and friend. I ran a small business out of my home and have recently closed my door to pursue this dream full time. I spend time writing and doing the typical Mommy things. Our house is full of pets, friends, and noise ninety percent of the time. I would have it no other way.

I love people,music, laughter, hugs, books, and talking about books.

I’m very excited to share that I have recently signed and am now represented by with Marissa Corvisiero.


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