Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Interview with Emily Mims, MIST

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?
Someone is distributing drugs out of the nightclub Acoustics, and undercover DEA operative Reynolds Navarro has come to Bristol, Tennessee to find out who.  His prime suspect?  The beautiful and deceitful dulcimer player Kylie Barstow Richards, whose drug-dealing husband was gunned down and who now has illicit funds feeding into an offshore account in her name.  In order to complete his investigation, Ren must gain her trust and access to her home.  What better way than with a kiss?

Kylie hates liars.  She has been lied to all of her life, and Ren Campbell seems too good to be true.  Handsome, sexy and talented, the bluegrass guitar player is everything she’d wished of her first husband.  And suddenly he’s her protector, too.  But as danger encroaches as the morning mists of the Smoky Mountains, Kylie must learn whom she can trust-and whom she can love.

‘Mist’ is the first book in the Smoky Blue series set in the bluegrass music world of Appalachia.

Did you try the traditional route to publishing, i.e. querying agents/publishers?
I have a traditional publisher.  Although Boroughs Publishing sells mostly ebooks, the submission, revision, editing, etc. is the same as the process I went through thirty years ago with Candlelight Ecstasy.

How long before you got your offer of representation/your first contract? Was it for your first novel?
Which time?  I’ve actually had two writing careers.  Back in the 1980’s, Candlelight rejected my first attempt but bought the second, and seventeen more after that.  This time, Boroughs bought my first attempt at resurrecting my career.

What factors influenced your decision to go with a particular agent or publisher?
They like my work and I love working with them.

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?
I prefer the traditional route and am under a traditional contract.  I get expert editing provided and someone else takes care of the covers, copyright, etc.

Do you belong to a critique group? Have they helped improve your writing?
I don’t belong to a critique group as such, but I have two beta readers who are worth their weight in gold.

What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?
I write mostly between one and seven in the afternoon.  My brain is mush in the morning and turns back into mush by seven or eight in the evening.  I work in a quiet bedroom in total silence looking out the window at beautiful oak trees.  I also work very productively at our lake house looking out at the water.

Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?
I write a detailed chapter by chapter plot before I ever sit down to write the book.

Did you hire an editor to review your manuscript before publishing?
This is provided by my publisher.

Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
YES.  Let me think about that some more.  YES.

Besides writing, do you have any other passions?
I play four instruments-piano, organ, dulcimer and ukulele-and belong to two performing groups.

What’s next for you?
I finish the Smoky Blue series, which will have a minimum of six books, maybe more.


The widow of a lying drug dealer, dulcimer-player Kylie Barstow Richards finds herself struggling to see through the mist of the Smoky Mountains to the truth-about her life, about the nightclub where she works, and about the bluegrass-playing musician who has arrived to steal her heart.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author of twenty six romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time.  The mother of two sons and grandmother of three, she and her husband Charles live in central Texas but frequently visit grandchildren in eastern Tennessee and Georgia.  She plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele and belongs to two performing bands.  She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them.  Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman-if she’ll just let it.”




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