Guest Post by Mia Kerick
Hello. I am so happy to be here today with my new release, It Could Happen, a coming-of-age story of teenage polyamory published by Dreamspinner Press.
I’m often asked, “Why do you write the kinds of books you do?”
I’m glad to fill you in. Here’s why:
My 2nd favorite kind of books are ones that make me cry.
My 3rd favorite, are ones that make me laugh.
But my #1, top-of-the-heap, absolute favorite kind of books are ones that solicit from me both tears and laughter—physical manifestations of my commitment to the story.
Maybe active displays of of appreciation are necessary because sometimes my mind travels while I’m reading. In other words, it’s easy to lose me when I don’t connect with the story, which happened frequently when I was a teenager in high school English class. Back then I thought I didn’t like to read, when really, I simply didn’t like to read the books I was told to read. So what it comes down to is this: if I don’t choose a book myself, chances are good said book and I won’t click. And I’ll drift away somewhere in chapter one.
This occurs for one of several reasons:
1. the book blurb didn’t give me high hopes and expectations of what I was going to read, usually characterized by a severe lack in poignant romance. So, if the topic isn’t up my alley, sometimes I can’t make myself keep reading as I have no assurance provided in the blurb that this is gonna get good.
2. I don’t believe the dialogue. It rings false, reminding me over and over that I am reading a book and these are characters—thus I cannot lose myself in the story. When I don’t buy it, I can’t keep reading it.
3. the characters together have little to no chemistry, and on their own are not remotely fascinating.
And so, I need to write books that include romance, or at a minimum, a suggestion or hope for it, with dialogue that is the next best thing to being there, between characters whose interactions cause sparks to fly, and on their own are totally absorbing.
A tall order…
I need to create a story about a tortured hero with an AWESOME sense of humor who can be saved only by the love of another humorous tortured soul, with whom the interaction is consistently stimulating, both in terms of humor and grief.
And this is what I do. I write books that I would want to read. Books that keep my mind engaged, my heart hopeful, and that make me FEEL.
I write romance with humor. I write characters with depth. I write of societal conflict, in which my characters are caught. I write conversation that you believe. In It Could Happen you are presented with three fascinating, and of course, slightly tortured heroes, who despite their need to fight it, are falling in love, and who save each other over and over again. Their conversations are real—filled with passion and humor.
I hope you take a chance on Danny, Brody, and Henry this summer! I think it will absorb you.
It Could Happen
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.
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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