Interview & Contest: Mia Epsilon

Jen: Today we welcome Mia Epsilon to Romancing the Book. Mia, will you share a short bio with us?
Mia: Mia Epsilon lives with her ever patient and tolerant soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, USA. She’s an avid reader of almost anything but particularly romance with too many favorite authors to name. Mia is a huge Doctor Who fan and adores the new Doctor with his Scottish accent. She also happily suffers a chocolate addiction which causes her to visit her favorite chocolate store, The Chocolate Fetish an abnormally high number of times.

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Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Mia: Stuck on You is about what happens after ‘happily ever after’. As a reader, so many times I want to know how favorite characters are after they get their perfect life together.

Once you marry True Love, then what?

Robin and Anna are back. The wedding is over, they are happily married, and living in Anna’s beloved hometown. Plus they have the blessed new challenge of twins. Sure, each has annoying bad habits, they’re seriously sleep deprived, and a few cracks have appeared in their unblemished marriage. After all, this is the real world not a fairy tale. Nothing will destroy this idiotic existence.

Then Robin is offered the promotion of his career. It’s perfect except it means a big move away from their family, friends, and home. With neither willing to budge on the issue, the first major fight of their marriage shakes it to its foundations.
Then a tragic accident changes everything. Can this couple find their way back to each other and stay Stuck on You?

Here’s a short excerpt:

The smell of chili filled the air and eased his irritation. Mmm, he did love that slow cooker homemade stuff Anna made. Had she created the old family recipe of cornbread as well? Robin sniffed the air with a growing sense of hope and anticipation, but smelled only tomatoes and peppers. “Anna?”

Robby’s wails increased in volume. Funny, I know exactly which twin it is. Robin gave a small chuckle as the father love surged through him and replaced the irritation. He dropped his bag and the application folder on the oak kitchen table and rushed toward the den. Robby lay on his back on a fluffy blanket on the floor. His little face had turned deep red from his cries. His arms and legs pumped the air with fury clad in small jeans and T-shirt proclaiming, “If You Think I’m Cute You Should See My Twin.” River lay nearby on her tummy, similarly clad but calm. Her small hand grasped a corner of the blanket and tugged as if she wanted to pull it over her head and drown out her brother. Her face lifted to stare at him as he ran into the room. Robin would have sworn she rolled her eyes as if to say, Yeah, it’s him again. Can you please make him stop? He’s disturbing my peace.

“Anna?” Robin gathered Robby up into his arms and patted River’s tiny back. “Shh, it’s all right. Daddy’s here.” Okay, Robby desperately needed a change. Whew, the smell! As his arm slipped around to hold his son more securely, Robin felt the wetness from a soaking diaper seep into his shirt. Robby hiccupped and continued to sob. His small body shuddered as if he’d been crying so long he couldn’t cease. Robin felt an identical wetness as his hand drifted lower on River and the dark stain beneath her body.

“Anna!” Icy cold fingers of rising panic trailed up and down Robin’s spine. Something wasn’t right. Anna would never, ever leave the twins soaked or alone for so long. She jumped to respond to their needs the minute one of them uttered a distressed sound. Robin continued to try to soothe his son as his gaze searched the room for some sign of what might be happening. The phone lay on the table beside the twins. Piles of laundry were stacked in neat rows on the sofa. A half empty bottle of water sat on the floor. Nothing unusual or out of the ordinary.

Except Anna wasn’t there. She hadn’t answered the phone. Plus the twins, her pride and joy, had been left without her care. “Anna!”

Where was she? His heart nearly burst from his chest. His skin chilled. Panting breath ripped at his lungs and throat. He jerked to his feet and startled Robby who began to cry in earnest again. “Anna!”

“Anna!” Robby continued to wail though thankfully River had stopped and now gazed at him with an expression of patient tolerance. Heart pounding like the fastest speed on his motorcycle, Robin tried to remain composed for the sake of the twins. He climbed the stairs to the bedrooms, each lift of his foot like trudging through thick, dragging mud. He murmured a soothing sound to Robby as his screams echoed off the walls and mirrored Robin’s own ever rising fear twisting his stomach and souring his throat. “Anna?”

At the top of the stairs, his gaze darted around the small space. His heart, his breath, his mind simply halted as his whole body shook.

Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Mia: Emotional, Heartfelt, Funny

Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Mia:  My husband gave me these things called ‘Aqua Notes’, waterproof sticky notes that hang in the shower so when I get ideas there I can jot them down. Other times, I use word association… “Remember this!!” Sometimes it actually works.

Jen:  Who has influenced you as a writer?
Mia:  My first editor Jen Bradlee really helped shape the writer I am. She made me focus and pushed me beyond my ‘normal’ limits so I could tell the stories I have in my head more clearly.

My editor now, Jenn Harrington, makes me stop and think about the emotion the character is experiencing and not so much what he or she is doing.

Jen:  If you were able to travel in time, where would you go and what 3 things would you take with you?
Mia:  A journal and lots of pens to record everything I see, tons of chocolate, the Tardis and the Doctor.  I’d go anywhere he wanted to take me.

Jen:  How do you come up with characters names?
Mia:  Mostly they name themselves. When they begin to tell me their stories, they already have names. I do use ‘real life’ friends as some secondary characters.

Jen:  What’s next for you?
Mia:  I’m currently editing through Book 6 of the Weddings by C & C series. I can’t wait for readers to see Ally’s perfect match.

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13 thoughts on “Interview & Contest: Mia Epsilon

  1. erinf1 says:

    Congrats to Mia on the new release! I love after the HEA stories 🙂 Definitely going to be adding your books to my wantlist 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • Mia Epsilon says:

      I hope you enjoy Stuck on You. 🙂 It’s great fun to see where favorite characters go after the violins and dance settle into laundry and work, lol

  2. I love stories like this one. Real life, real drama, but we still get a HEA!!
    P.S. The Chocolate Fetish? OMG! That sounds positively sinful. Wish we had one of those stores where I live! Congratulations on the new release!

    • Mia Epsilon says:

      It IS sinful and awesome. The Chocolate Fetish is an awesome store. And they deliver anywhere in the US. 🙂 Just google their addy and drool, lol

  3. laurie g says:

    Congrats to Mia on the new release! i have not read any of her books yet and i have added her to my to read list 🙂

  4. JoAnne says:

    Enjoyed the book. I did the review and look forward to reading the first books in the series that I missed.
    How many more books do you think there will be in the series?
    I liked how you said the characters name themselves!

    • Mia Epsilon says:

      I saw your review and screamed so loud you probably heard me 🙂 THANK YOU for such a wonderful review. I’m even more glad you liked the book. Anna and Robin are very close to my heart. Your questions from the review….C & C refers to Charlie and Christine Jergens, the owners of the destination wedding planning business, Weddings by C & C. Christine is Anna’s mom. 🙂

      Since you are new to them, I’d read them in this order: Take a Chance on Me (Christine and Charlie’s story), That Night (Anna and Robin in college, very short), Wedding Belle Blues (Anna and Robin’s full story), When You Believe (Monica and Dan’s story, with Anna and Robin as minor characters).

      Not sure how many will be in the series. Wedding Belle Blues was supposed to be the only one, then all the other characters started yelling for their stories and bugged me silly until I told them. I’ll let you in on a secret….Anna’s brother Adam (he was briefly in Stuck on You) and his mate Emily will have their book released later this year from Breathless Press. It’s called If You Want Me. You’ll see how Robin reacted to learning he was about to become a father. That’s Book 5.

      Also, Aly’s story, Let Me Know, will be released later this year. Aly is Anna’s aunt. This story is set largely in Hawaii and features an uber geek Hero who is absolutely adorable! That’s Book 6.

      Aly’s best friend Kirsten gets her say in Book 7, Take on Me. Kirsten meets her movie star hero in a very usual way: She falls into his lap, face first.

      So, as to how many…who knows 🙂 I hope you like reading them.

    • Mia Epsilon says:

      I like to know what happens after. there’s an old movie called ‘Yours, Mine and Ours’ (the original with Lucille Ball) where the hero says…”It’s not a wedding or going to bed with a man that makes him your husband. It’s the getting up, having breakfast, washing clothes, paying bills, taking care of kids, and struggling to live that makes it true love.” It’s so true!

    • Mia Epsilon says:

      I think he got tired of hearing me mutter all the time about shower ideas I forget by the time I get out and dressed, lol. Cool little note cards that have already gotten tons of use.

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