Who is your biggest literary influence?
It’s going to have to be a tie between Toni Morrison and R.L. Stine. I read R.L. Stine a lot when I was younger. I loved that the stories were chilling and had twists and turns. I stopped reading as I got older, but Toni Morrison’s book, “The Bluest Eye,” made me want to try and find other books to read again. I felt an emotional connection with the book.
What is your writing process like? What inspires your writing?
My process depends on the story. Generally, I come up with an idea and then think of the plot and the major characters in that world. The ideas come from dreams I had, news articles, general Science Fiction or Fantasy ideas, places I visit, things that happen to me, and random thoughts.
Where did your creative spark begin? Can you trace the path/timeline that got you where you are today?
When I was a child, I wrote poems. I also wrote a short story for school, a horror one, based on the “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” I continued to write poems off and on throughout school. The creative writing class I took in college brought me back to short stories. Then years later, I had an idea for my first novel, Tea Leaf.
When did you know writing was for you?
I always liked to write. It became more of a major part of my life after I graduated from school.
Why speculative fiction? What other genre(s) do you write?
I love speculative fiction. My interest started with the movies. I began to notice all of my favorites were from the genre. I also like that the story can be about a completely different world or one full of diverse creatures. The story can describe alternate futures, ask “what if” this was true, or even take you away from reality to show problems, or discuss things, about our reality in an entertaining way. I feel like your imagination is allowed to run free in within the speculative fiction genres.
As far as other genres, I write (or try to write) them into my speculative fiction. I have one story (Naya’s Invasion) that is a science fiction romance. I’m working on paranormal/science fiction mysteries. The only other genre that I’ve written free of speculative fiction (for the most part) was poetry.
How can people connect with you?
I am on twitter: @miamitns facebook: facebook.com/MiaMitns and my website is http://mmitns.wix.com/mia-mitns You can join the mailing list there or send an email if you’d like.