MIRANDA LIASSON: LOVE HEALS ALL WOUNDS
Miranda Liasson will make her literary debut with This Thing Called Love on May 1. Her novel already reached the Top 10 of Kindle Amazon bestselling list. The primary feedback by the readers is pleasant with average 4.00 stars from 61 reviews. Let’s now meet with the next cool name in romance genre Lady Miranda Liasson.
– Miranda, your debut book This Thing Called Love will be released on May 1. Would you tell us more about it?
– Sure, Ognian, and thanks for asking me to be on your blog!
This Thing Called Love is a love story first and foremost. Love stories are about the experience of being human, how we come to fall in love and how love often helps us to heal and overcome various heartaches and flaws and become the best versions of ourselves. Romances embrace the bonds of family and friendships and celebrate what is best in life.
My book is about two people thrown back together after ten years because of a tragedy who come to know each other again. Olivia, a workaholic self-help editor from New York City, is called home to her small town to take guardianship of her baby niece and finds she must manage the baby, her career, and also deal with the baby’s sexy but troublesome uncle, her old, unforgettable love.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I decided to take a break from writing Victorian historical romances that I could not sell! I wanted to write a fish-out-of-water story that was fun, upbeat, and lighthearted, yet heartwarming and sexy, too. It’s about family ties and two flawed people who bring out the worst—and the best—of each other.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– Everything was challenging! The story went through many revisions. It’s my first contemporary novel and the learning curve was steep—but I think the end result turned out well!
– Tell us something more about your main character Olivia? Is she close to someone from your real life?
– Olivia is ambitious and hardworking, but she tends to use work as a safe haven to avoid her other problems. In that way she may be a tad bit like me! But she is not based on anyone from my real life. She’s terrified of ending up back in her small town because her mother felt stifled there and left the family when Olivia was just a girl. She’s programmed to succeed to constantly prove her worth despite having a mother who abandoned her.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
I couldn’t even say! It went through multiple drafts and revisions before my wonderful agent took me on, and then more afterwards! I learned to be a real writer in the process.
– How did you enter in competition for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award?
– The Golden Heart is a contest entered each year by many aspiring romance writers that is sponsored by the Romance Writers of America (if you want to write romance, then you should join!). You must submit the first 50 pages, a synopsis, and an entire manuscript. It is the most prestigious award for unpublished romance writers. I had entered for six years in a row before I won in 2013. A historical manuscript I wrote also finaled that year but didn’t win. The best thing that ever happened: I finaled with a writer friend of mine, AE Jones, who writes paranormal romance. We both WON in our separate genres! It was a wonderful night.We had to give speeches in front of two thousand people. Amazing!
– Would you tell us more about your previous novels?
– This is my first. Those four historical manuscripts under my bed will never see the light of day.
– You’ve got one more book in pre-release This Love of Mine. What is the story inside?
– This Love of Mine is out October 6th and it is the love story of two characters introduced in the first book: Meg, who owns a bridal shop, and Ben, an Emergency Medicine doctor. Here’s the blurb: Just when a hardworking bridal shop owner finally decides to get over her long-time crush, a sexy ER doctor with a no-strings-attached life, she finds herself dating him to help him land a job at their small town hospital and putting her own heart, her job, and her once-cautious life at risk.
This book was very much fun to write. Meg is overly cautious and not a risk taker, and Ben appears to be a jokester on the outside but has quite a deep wound on the inside. They are both forced way out of their comfort zones and help each other become the people they were meant to be. Which is what true love does!
– Who are you?
– I am an optimist! I believe that love heals all wounds. That’s why I write love stories. Plus, at the end of the day, I want to read a book that makes me forget all my troubles and reminds me and reaffirms to me that love does make a huge difference in the world.
– What are your writing habits?
– I write most of the day. I try to make my word count, at least 2000 words a day, before I get interrupted by family things and chores. Sometimes that happens quickly but other times it takes all day. I am not a fast writer but I am disciplined. If I’m not writing, I’m editing, doing social media, or working on ideas for other books…and okay, throwing in the occasional load of laundry. And getting off my butt and exercising, because sitting all day is definitely not good for you!
– Are you satisfied by the presales of the book?
– This is my first book, and my publisher, Montlake Romance, chose it for the Amazon Kindle First Program for the month of April. This is a tremendous opportunity to get the book in front of many readers and I feel very fortunate.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– I try to keep a social media presence on Twitter and Facebook, and I have a Facebook author page and website. My publisher is running a 20-book giveaway on Goodreads until May 1st. I will be doing blog appearances and signings. For more details, you can see my website.
– When we will see your next novel after This Love of Mine and what to expect from it?
– I am in the process of writing a proposal for the third book, which is Samantha Rushford’s and Lukas Spikonos’s book.
I have another lighthearted small town romance coming this July from Entangled Publishing, about a woman trying to save her family’s shoe company and the (sexy, well-intentioned, but misguided)) billionaire venture capitalist trying to wreck it.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be?
– Would you go on this journey again, despite all the ups and downs, rejections, and hard work? Yes, in a heartbeat! It makes my heart sing.
Thanks, Ognian, for having me, and allowing me to talk about my work.
Learn more about Miranda Liasson at her Web page
Take a look at her books
This Thing Called Love
This Love of Mine (A Mirror Lake Novel)
Posted on April 9, 2015, in Uncategorized and tagged book, Mirana Liasson, This Love of Mine, This Thing Called Love. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.
Thanks for having me today, Ognian. I’m happy to answer any questions anyone might have!
Great interview! I loved your book and am looking forward to reading your next one. You’ve had quite an eventful journey. Do you envision returning to writing historical romances anytime soon?
Hi Sheri! I admire anyone who writes historical romance because there are many challenges! I think when I was writing it, I got too caught up in the fact-checking and didn’t know enough about the craft of putting a story together. I love reading it, and who knows, down the line, I’d never say never. Thanks for stopping by!
Great Blog Miranda!
I love the book and cannot wait for the next one! Congratulations on all your hard work paying off. What is one piece of advice you’d offer to someone working on a book?
Hi Di! Thanks for your kind comments. My advice is to treat learning the craft of writing as if you are getting a Masters Degree–take advantage of all the resources, classes, and conferences offered by your professional organization (in our case, our fabulous Romance Writers of America), join a critique group, and learn from people who know more than you. Don’t take rejection personally (that’s hard not to do!) because thee will probably be a lot of it, and don’t give up.
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