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Monday, July 24, 2017

Interview & #Giveaway: It Could Happen by Mia Kerick @MiaKerick


 Please help me welcome author Mia Kerick to Full Moon Bites for an interview and GIVEAWAY. Read on below to learn more about her novel It Could Happen, a New Adult LGBTQ+ Romance! :)


Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Mia Kerick: My name is Mia Kerick. I’m the author of 20-23 LGBTQ romance/fiction—I write so much that I honestly lose count!! Here’s a new detail in my life- I just returned from the Euro Pride Con 2017 in Berlin, Germany where I was the keynote speaker. I spoke about my life journey—from teacher to mother to author/e-activist. I met many wonderful readers and authors.

What do you do when you are not writing?
Mia Kerick: I am the mother of four who are all in school—one in high school, two in college, and one in law school. Somehow I am as busy doing things with them now as I was when they were little. Whether it is traveling to NYC to dance events, going to Boston College to move my daughter in or out, traveling to Washington DC for a college graduation, or attending AAU basketball games, it seems being a mom is the biggest part of what I do.

How do you market your book(s)?
Mia Kerick: I market my books by going on blog tours like this one (thanks for hosting me), posting on Facebook and Twitter about my new book, and I make promos to share on canva.com with quotations from the books to hook readers’ interest.

When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?
Mia Kerick: I copy everything my older sister does. No joke. She is my main role model in life. So when she decided it was time to write a book and seek the representation of an agent, I did the same. However, she persists in searching for an agent and I have written 20 books, all published by small publishers.

Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?
Mia Kerick: It Could Happen is a coming-of-age story of three young men. High school seniors Brody, Danny, and Henry are best friends, and they are falling in love. Yes—all three with each other. But there are challenges for each to falling in love. Danny is emotionally dependent on the attention of his older lovers, Henry is the son of very conservative, religious parents who would not appreciate that their son was in a gay, polyamorous relationship, and Brody is terrified to open up emotionally. The gay polyamory of three teenagers sounds like a risky and complicated topic to write a book on, but it is really a beautiful and honest story with the simple theme: love is love.

Which came first for you, the characters or the plot?
Mia Kerick: The idea of writing another teenage threesome lingered in my mind since I wrote Us Three. And the truth is, I had several ideas that joined together to form
It Could Happen. The notion that I could use poetry to express one character’s viewpoint was something I wanted to try. I also had the concept of a character who is a total adrenaline junkie in my head. And then, I had a scene mentally written that needed a story: the scene when the three boys are away at an accepted-student weekend at the college they want to attend together and they sleep together for the very first time under a pile of sleeping bags in the common room of a dormitory. It was a random series of ideas that came together to form the story.

Where can we purchase this book?
Mia Kerick: Go to Amazon.com or Dreamspinner Press!!

Can we expect more novels from you in 2017?
Mia Kerick: I have a YA romantic suspense with Raine O’Tierney coming out from Harmony Ink Press toward the end of the year. It is called Sound of Silence and I will say, the contrast of Raine’s smooth author’s voice and my jagged one makes for great reading.

Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?
Mia Kerick: I just finished Caught Inside by Jamie Deacon and am reading Into the Blue by Pene Henson. Coincidentally, they are both surfing stories and, less coincidentally, both were Lambda Literary Awards finalists. Pene’s actually won the category of gay romance. Both are fantastic stories.

Why this genre(s)?
Mia Kerick: I believe everyone should be able to find him/herself in a book. There are not enough coming-of-age LGBTQ books out there, and it is meaningful to me to write books that may inspire this community.

Can you tell us some of your latest news?
Mia Kerick: I just have signed two contracts with Harmony Ink Press for YA stories with trans characters. My Crunchy Life is a romance and The Princess of Baker Street is fiction. Very excited about them!

What is your favorite part of writing?
Mia Kerick: I’m just so creative that writing is a release of all the ideas fermenting in my brain. It feels good!

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
Mia Kerick: Be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi.
If we want things to look different in society, we need to act. Not just to talk or think or wish, but to act in the way that we think is correct. Only then will change occur. This is beautiful, if not difficult, advice to take.

Can you tell us about your main character?
Mia Kerick: It Could Happen has three MCs:
Danny… the tortured artist and poet.
Henry… athletic and scholarly.
Brody… will do anything to get a high!

Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Mia Kerick: I thank you for reading my books and writing reviews. As you all know, it wouldn’t very satisfying to write books that nobody reads—so for me, you make it happen!

Random Quickies!


Pepsi or coke? Coke

Favorite kind of chocolate? Belgian Milk Chocolate, slightly melted

Cats or dogs? Cats

Do you read more than you write? Lately, yes.

Favorite movie? Lion

Favorite book to movie? Twilight

Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it can be hard to choose! ;)
Charlotte Bronte

Hardback/Paperback or eReader? paperback

Why do you like hardcover/paperback more?
I can go back easily and reread passages for factual details.

Favorite color? Green… and orange.

How many paperback/hardcover books do you own? Way too many

Right now in your line of site, how many books can you see? Seven

Do you own a laptop or desktop computer? Oh, yeah!

If a laptop, what kind do you own and would you recommend it to other authors?
I love my MacBook Air. It is light enough to carry with me.

What book are you reading today? Pene Henson’s Into the Blue.

Have you ever been out of the state where you live?


Many times. I’ve visited cities of Boston, NYC, DC, and Chicago, as well as many towns and cities in Florida!  Just returned from an author’s trip to Germany for the Euro Pride Con where I was a keynote speaker!

It Could Happen
Mia Kerick
Published by: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: June 5th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, New Adult, Romance

Three misfits, mismatched in every way—Henry Perkins, Brody Decker, and Danny Denisco—have been friends throughout high school. Now in their senior year, the boys realize their relationship is changing, that they’re falling in love. But they face opposition at every turn—from outside and from within themselves. Moving to the next level will take all the courage, understanding, and commitment they can muster. But it could happen.
Henry is a star athlete and the son of religious parents who have little concern for the future he wants. Brody is a quirky dreamer and adrenaline junkie, and Danny is an emo artist and the target of bullies. Despite their differences they’ve always had each other’s backs, and with each of them facing a new and unique set of challenges, that support is more important than ever. Is it worth risking the friendship they all depend on for the physical and romantic relationship they all desire?
In this unconventional new adult romance, three gay teens brave societal backlash—as well as the chance that they might lose their treasured friendship—to embark on a committed polyamorous relationship.

Author Bio:
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you, Holly, for hosting me today and for the fun interview!!

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  2. Thanks for hosting today, Holly! :)

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  3. Oh, this looks steamy... I love it!! :)

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  4. Oh sounds like such a great read! Cannot wait to read this one!

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