Writing has been a passion of Mika Lane since forever (her first book was "The Day I Ate the Milkyway," a true fourth-grade masterpiece). These days, steamy romance, both dark and funny, gives purpose to Lane's days and nights as she creates worlds and characters who defy the imagination. She lives in magical Northern California with her own handsome alpha dude, sometimes known as Mr. Mika Lane, and an evil cat named Bill. These two males also defy her imagination from time to time. As our Author of the Day, Lane tells us all about her book, Mister Hollywood.
Please give us a short introduction to what Mister Hollywood is about.
Mister Hollywood is about a woman whose BFF encourages her to have a “night of pleasure” with one of LA’s hottest dudes for hire.
What inspired you to write about male escorts?
We all know about men who go to women for pleasure; I wanted to explore this the other way around.
This is the first book in a series. Can it be read as a standalone? How do the other books in the series tie in with this one?
This can definitely be read as a standalone, even though the books that follow it, Mister Fake Date, and Mister Wrong, are written in the same world. In other words, all the guys in these books work for the Player Agency and are friends.
What makes Xander and Belle such a great match?
Belle is different from the other LA women Xander has known, who are mostly rich, glamazons types. Belle, by contrast, is unassuming and down-to-earth. And she had a mysterious past.
Why did you pick L.A. as the backdrop for your story?
LA is an exciting, festive place, and I’ve been enthralled by it ever since I saw Brad Pitt driving alongside me on Santa Monica Boulevard.
Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
I love cooking, practicing yoga, and hanging with my friends.
What did you have the most fun with when writing Mister Hollywood?
I think the most fun part was discovering they both love a dive-y little pancake house. Who doesn't love comfort food?
What is the most romantic thing you have ever personally witnessed?
I had just come down from a huge hike in Yosemite, and under this amazing waterfall, a guy dropped to his knees and proposed to his girlfriend in front of everyone, both his friends and strangers. I cried, of course.
What do you think is the most important part of creating seductive heroes readers can’t get enough of?
I think we all, or at least most of us, love a guy who is strong and can take care of business, but who also has a heart and can cry when he’s sad. Kind of like my Mister J.
Did you work against a deadline for this book? How hard was it to stick to it?
I did work to a deadline, which I find immensely helpful. I was so busy in the months I was working on this book. I was still working a full-time job (thank god I’ve left that behind), taking an Italian class, and writing every evening for a couple house. It was insane and I wouldn’t do it that way again!
When starting on a new book, what is the first thing you do?
Hmmm. I sit for a while and imagine the heroine. What’s she made of and why should we care? I describe her in writing, what her issues and superpowers are, and try to figure out how in the course of the story she’ll change and maybe even become someone new. I mean, who wants to read about someone who doesn’t learn and grow? Then, I outline the story and a fair amount of detail. But that doesn’t mean I don’t change things as I go.
Do you have any interesting writing habits? What is an average writing day like for you?
I move around the house while I’m writing. I might start off in my office, then move to the living room sofa, then write in bed for awhile, and then sit in the easy chair in the corner of my office. I think the Mister would prefer for me to stay put, but I just cant’.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a dark mafia series, which is hot hot hot! The first book, which just launched, is called Dirty Game. It’s about a woman named Echo, who must play The Game with some seriously hot and gorgeous twin brothers.
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FEATURED AUTHOR - Terry Shepherd wrote his first short story at age eleven and was first published as a non-fiction author in 2008. He created Detective Jessica Ramirez in 2019, publishing his thriller "Chasing Vega" in 2020. When his grandchildren asked to star in their own stories, he created the "Waterford Detective" stories for his grandson and published the popular "Juliette and the Mystery Bug" series, co-authored with his wife, Colleen, when his granddaughter wondered how kids could protect themselves… Read more