Mika Jolie is a Women’s Fiction, Chick Lit and Contemporary Romance Author from New Jersey with her husband and their two children. Her other interests are gardening, hiking with a camera slung on her shoulder, and knitting.
She is a woman with a passion for life.
Here’s my interview with Mika below.
CL: How did you come up with the idea for Minka?
Minka is actually based on several events that occurred in my life. One was a conversation I overheard in the gym between two very thin women complaining about their weight and there’s one of my closest friends who had a long battle with her weight.
CL: How did you choose the title?
(Laughs) Well, The Scale makes sense. I know it’s not a typical romance title, but The Scale fit. I was actually asked to change it by someone and I said no.
CL: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
There’s a piece of me in each one of them. I don’t know if I can say favorite, but I can say who is more like me and that would be Lily.
CL: Describe your writing process.
I have an admission, I can’t start a story until I have the title. Weird, I know. Then I need to understand my characters, their personalities. Once I have those two, I can start writing.
CL: Who are some authors who have influenced you?
I have an eclectic taste. Anita Shreve and Truman Capote are two of my favorite authors. I have a thing for Bella Andre as well, Nora Roberts, Maya Angelou. So many.
CL: What made you want to become an Author?
I’ve been writing for a very long time. I’ve always loved books. I just love bringing characters to life and have a reader connect with one of my stories.
CL: What advice would you give to other aspiring writers?
Stay true to yourself and don’t be generic.
CL: Thank you.
Mika: Thanks so much for the questions.