Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Welcome back to part deux of Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s release day blitz for ACCIDENTALLY…CIMIL? As promised, here is the short interview I had with Mimi Jean.

Mimi Jean, can you tell readers where you find the inspiration for your stories?

Definitely, from everything I love or find funny. I like to believe, sometimes erroneously, that I am like everyone else, and I figure if something inspires me to laugh or fall in love, others will like it, too. So, as silly as it sounds, I just write what I love, hoping it will connect with the rest of the planet.

Doesn’t sound silly at all. J I think a lot of authors feel the exact same. Okay.. tell me, have you found getting published to be difficult? How long did it take?

I’ll answer in two parts—one with my business hat and the other with my writer hat:
1. I’ve worked for Fortune 500s for 15 years. I know what it’s like to be an intricate part of a company’s success. I know the pressures of delivering a line on the P&L statement. So, when I decided to submit my novels to agents and publishers, I understood the big picture. Profit.
Going in, I knew my work (yet another paranormal series) wasn’t at the top of anyone’s acquisition list; the Paranormal market was already saturated so why would any company invest in my work? They have numbers to hit. So self-pubbing was the obvious route.
2.  4-5 weeks after self-publishing my first novel, ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE WITH A GOD, I self-published my second. ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED TO A VAMPIRE hit the bestsellers lists, and it didn’t take long for offers to come in after that. But I had already made a commitment to my readers to deliver a 3rd book within 6 months. Signing up with a publisher would have derailed that.  So I waited until the time was right.
As for the other question, “Was it difficult?” I think getting published is extremely hard. So many factors play in that have little to do with the actual book (as I pointed out in #1). I can’t say that self-publishing (and being successful) is any easier. My advice is to write because you love it. Let the other chips fall where they may.

Wow. Congrats on your success. Not many who self-pub have that kind of luck.

Your series, Accidentally Yours series falls under the romance category. Is there another genre aside from that one that you would like to write for, and why?

Nope! Just Romance! I love writing about love. Ha!

Fair enough. What has been your biggest influence on becoming a writer?

I’m one of those strange people who woke up one day, 4 or so years ago, with the inexplicable urge to write. I think it was partially due to my love of reading Paranormal Romance, and partially due to my stressful day job—I needed a creative outlet. It kind of just happened. And I love it!

And we’re glad you do! Sometime it just takes that one little spark to find that thing we’re in need of to make the EDJ that little bit more tolerable.

Enquiring minds want to know, Mimi Jean… Do you have any guilty pleasures?

Belgian chocolate is #1. I also live very close to Napa, so I love good wine! Generally, anything from the Carneros or Russian River region. Yummm…

Chocolate and wine. Always a great choice!

Name one thing readers don’t know about you.

Hmmm… I guess that my readers changed my life. Having complete strangers reach out, cheer you on, and thank you is a life-changing experience. I am grateful every day for them. They made me believe in humanity again. (Corny, but true!)

Last, but never least… Can you tell your readers what you’re working on now?

I JUST, JUST, JUST turned in ACCIDENTALLY OVER. So right now, I’m not working on anything.  But give me another week, and I’m sure I’ll be writing something new. 

Yay! Thanks so much for stopping by Mimi Jean, and I can't wait to read ACCIDENTALLY OVER. 

About the author:

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is The New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of Paranormal Romance. Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she's not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life...or getting sucked into a juicy novel.

She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.

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