Dark Secrets. I love dark secrets. And for that I was intrigued to find out a book with this title, Dark Secrets.
The book description was even more compelling to me.
Misty’s family, hid a dark secret from her. Until the coven came to claim what they believe belongs to them. Their chosen ones, to lead the coven to become the most powerful. It is written the twins who they separated at birth are to reign together as one to keep the bloodline pure. When Misty refuses to stand with them, hell will break loose.
As you can understand I couldn’t wait to have a little chat with author Mikki Smith and get to know more about her debut book.
- Mikki, how did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“20+ years ago for some strange reason the words Dark Secrets kept coming to me, I have no idea why, so I typed it out. Then I started seeing things play out in my head so I typed what I saw and soon I’d seen a story coming to life. I wrote down what I felt my characters looked like in my head and in a few months I had over a thousand pages. There was Dark Secrets. Through the many pages and write out I found I love writing, I love the fact that I can be who or whatever I want and do whatever I desire without guilt or condemnation.”
- Was getting published hard?
“Getting published was a challenge at first since I wasn’t computer savvy. First I went to the library and looked at a book on publishers what they want and who is looking for first time authors, but no luck so I started googling publishers for horror/ paranormal and Full Moon press popped up. So I sent her a query letter, she got right back with me and asked for my manuscript and said she thinks this might be what she’s looking for, she asked me to give her a couple weeks to read it so while I was waiting I sent out probably 30 query letters and it was just under a couple of weeks when Ronda got back with me. I signed not wanting to put it off, after I did I had three other offers. It was rough at first but well worth it.”
- Are your characters based on people you know?
“Misty my main character, I used a friend from school’s description, Jamie Gregory, she was plain but very pretty one that never had to wear make-up, that’s how I’d seen my character so she fit perfect. Laura, Misty’s best-friend I used another girl’s description to a tee, even the snobby part she fit the profile perfect, two opposites being best friends. Detective Billy Norris, I made him to look the way the guys did in the seventies, he actually is described as one of my boyfriends back then with a ponytail, we won’t mention the others names, but if they should see this they will know who they are.”
“Dark Secrets is fiction/thriller/suspense/occult I say all of those because there is such a mixture in the book.”
- Do you have a specific writing routine?
“I write when I feel like it, there are days when I can write and write but then there are times when I won’t even attempt it. I don’t have a certain time to write I just do it, but when I do I have to have the television on or I can’t think, I know weird right?”
- What are your current projects?
“I am making Dark Secrets a series, kinda like what V.C.Andrews did, where all the books branch off one way or another! Now I am co-writing the second book (Brewing Storm) with my sister-in-law Susan Lamey, plus I’m working on a book it will be a standalone book titled (For the Love of Johnny) based on a true story but will be fiction. It’s about child abuse-suicide- and a rare genetic crippling disease, plus I’m going to do a book about our heroes in their own words, but I haven’t started that yet. When that is finished and published half of the proceeds will either go to wounded warriors or towards building an apartment building for our homeless vets so they can have a place to call home. So for right now this is what I’m doing until something else comes to mind.”
-What’s next for you?
“Just going to take it day by day and finish what I’ve started until something else comes to mind but for now my plate is pretty full.”
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