Jen: Today we welcome Mina Carter to Romancing the Book. Mina, will you share a short bio with us?
Mina: Mina Carter was born and raised in Middle Earth (otherwise known as the Midlands, England). After a slew of careers ranging from logistics to land-surveying she can now be found in the wilds of Leicestershire with her husband, daughter and a cat who moved in and never left.
Suffering the curse of eternal curiosity Mina never tires of learning new skills which has led to Aromatherapy, Corsetry, Chain-maille making, Welding, Canoeing, Shooting, and pole-dancing to name but a few.
A full time author and cover artist, Mina can usually be found hunched over a keyboard or graphics tablet, frantically trying to get the images and words in her head out and onto the screen before they drive her mad. She’s addicted to coffee and Nutella on toast.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Mina: Solar Storm is one of those little stories that came out of nowhere. It started off with a re-union idea, spouses meeting again after time apart. Then of course my inner mad-woman took over and threw in solar sailing ships, scheming fathers and the fact that the husband is a retired genetically enhanced soldier. Oh, and a space squid. Then it kinda went from there 😉
To explain a little further, here’s the blurb:
She’s the one who got away. Now she’s uncharted territory…
Ten years after rich-girl life fell apart, Rhys Devin is a changed woman—her name, her face, and her attitude. Now the fast-talking, hard-as-nails captain of the Grey Lady sails the most dangerous solar roads in the universe. Times are tough, but she gets the job done, sailing alone. Always watching over her shoulder.
The last thing she needs is a delay, but when she runs across a stranded sailor, she has no choice. The law of the road demands she rescue him.
Kelwin Sayeed is a soldier without a war. The retired War Commander’s latest and most ambitious hobby, the solar flyer Artemis, was supposed to prove him worthy of the famously reclusive Solar Sailors. Instead a catastrophic computer failure has him at the mercy of the most hazardous road of all; Icaria.
Confident he won’t be left to die in the golden spray, he waits for another sailor to come along. One that’s born and bred to the roads, with skin wizened like beaten gold. What he gets is a woman whose voice does things to his body that should be illegal. Whose golden-tinted skin sparks erotic fantasies.
The bride who ran from him a decade ago…
Jen: Do you have a writing routine?
Mina: I generally outline a scene before writing it, working through the book that way. When sitting down to write in a morning, I have to wait five minutes for the cat to settle down on his side of the desk (nearest the radiator). If he doesn’t get his attention, I spend the rest of the day looking at my screen around his ears.
Jen: If this book was made into a movie, who do you see playing the main characters?
Mina: Ohh, this is a good one. I habitually ‘cast’ my characters. Kelwin would be played by Karl Urban and Rhys by Mena Suvari.
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Mina: I use online name generators mostly, then switch the character around to get something unique. Or weird. Or both.
Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?
Mina: I saw one recently that described Perfect Mate as a cross between Resident Evil and Underworld. I love both films so I was a happy little bunny with that one.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Mina: I’m currently writing the next book in the Project Rebellion series, which follows on from the events in Perfect Mate. Called Blood Mate, this is Toni and Darce’s story and gives more of an insight into the world of the Project and just how deep the corruption goes…