So now let's meet Mickey.
When did you decide to become an author?
When I was in graduate school, I worked on a project and my advisor suggested I turn it into a textbook. I had no idea what I was in for! The book took more than a year to complete, then another to publish. But I was really proud of that book and immediately wrote another, this time for mass market readers. The second book was picked up by Doubleday. Then there was no going back. I was hooked.
I switched from nonfiction to poetry, wrote some short fiction of the literary variety, then more recently began writing fiction for romance publishers, a genre new to me. I'm enjoying it. E-books are fast, the editors I've worked with are terrific, and the cover designers are amazing. And I love romance readers, they are so responsive.
When did you first, without hesitation, call yourself a writer?
I was a nutritionist and wrote about nutrition for years. After my first book came out, I still called myself a nutritionist. Once I had a job with the title of writer (at Harvard School of Public Health), I finally began to refer to myself as a writer.
What tips would you give a new writer?
1. Start small. Write short memoir pieces, poems, flash fiction, very short stories. Do not start with a novel. You need to find your voice and sharpen your craft before you take on such an immense project. So many writers begin with a 1000-page novel, then end up dropping out. It's better for your writing ego to complete shorter work and see it published than to bury yourself in a project that overwhelms you.
2. Join a writers group. It helps to get feedback, support and guidance.
3. Be serious. Take time and make time. Writing has to be a priority if you are to take it seriously.
4. When you are ready, don't be afraid to submit. Be tough. Take those rejections as badges of honor. You're a real writer now! A no is simply an encouragement to keep submitting. Eventually, you will find your audience.
What are your current projects?
The Wild Rose Press is publishing my series The Hard Stuff. Each novella in the series focuses on a tough woman in a tough situation who falls for a man—and not the best man in her current circumstances. These stories all take place in Dusky Beach, a seedy little Florida town. These are kickass women. They have spunk and sass. Their romances are unusual. These are not nice girls pursued by men with champagne love. Not at all. I would have to say The Hard Stuff is gritty romance. But funny, and very real.
The Wild Rose Press just released a Free Read for the series called Mai Tai Guy. You can grab it on the website.
Also, the delightful Australian publisher Bottom Drawer Publications is going to release my zany novella with the most insane title. F*ck Normal is the story of a marriage on the rocks, and it explores the ways a disillusioned couple delves into their private fantasies after they drift apart. It is crazy. Totally crazy.
Do you write under a pen name?
My real name is Virginia Aronson. Mickey J. Corrigan is the pen name I adopted a few years ago for my first romance novella. I think it suits me better than my real name. I'm Irish-American and more of a Mickey than a Virginia!!
Now let's find out some fun stuff.
Do you have a favorite quote?
I love quotes and I have them all over the walls of my office. This is a good one: Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.—Mike Tyson (He ought to know.)
What is your favorite drink?
Mickey's books are full of wild women drinking like madwomen. I have a low tolerance myself and stick to a glass of good red wine (I love Malbec and Syrah) or a bottle of dark beer. I'm much more wimpy than my protagonists.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Beware, contents may explode without warning (Irish temper)!
Who's more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen?
Gentlemen make wonderful husbands. Bad boys make you feel alive.
What is the one question you wish an interviewer would ask you?
Q: Since you have been writing books for decades and have not achieved illustrious fame and massive fortune, why do you insist on writing more books?
A: Because I love it.
You can find Mickey--
On her website -- www.mickeyjcorrigan.com
Don't forget to grab Mai Tai Guy FREE!!