Felicia Mires began her writing career years ago when she became bored with what she found available in the Christian Fiction market. Hoping to entertain herself and provide inspiration to other Christians, she wrote her first novel, Diamonds are for Eden. Since that time, she has written more than 20 Christian novels (all with a bit of romance), even becoming a finalist in the ACFW competition. Along the way, she has judged multiple writing contests, edited scores of books for other writers, and discovered a wealth of fascinating Christian fiction and authors.
But, God did not create man, or woman, for books alone. Thankfully, there is relationship. Felicia has been married for over 25 years to Gene Mires, from whom she gains a plethora of hilarious and creative ideas. Felicia and Gene have three incredible children. They also enjoy pastoring Young Adults at Life Church. Ahh, the drama…and unending plot ideas.
Life is full of relationship. If you need a bit of inspiration or encouragement, try Christian Fiction by Felicia Mires.
What inspires you to write?
Boredom. Writing and reading take you somewhere else.
Tell us about your writing process.
First I set up a NOTES page then keep track of every character, every bit of research, every location, every description as I go along. I usually have several scenes in my head that I put in a Word doc. From that point, I write whatever comes in my head from beginning to end of book. I find if I stop to edit along the way, I break my focus on the chain of events and get bogged down. When the book is completely finished, I go back and search for repetitive words and phrases (we all have our faves), make sure the scenes flow, and add description if needed.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters stay on the page, but I wish some of them were alive.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write, write, write and get lots of advice from other writers. Get in a crit group and LISTEN to criticism. After you think you’re ready to publish, go back and read your books out loud to yourself.
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How did you decide how to publish your books?
Too many pub houses required an agent. I don’t want an agent. It takes days and weeks of research to figure how to promote and actually do the legwork but I like the control. I spent years writing while I perfected my craft. During that time, I studied what had been pubbed with ‘real’ publishers. Sometimes, I was bored stiff. Sometimes, I realized I was just as good. Somewhere along the way, Kindle took off and I realized I didn’t need a publisher. Now there are multiple outlets for indie sales. I love it!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Some people will always like print books. Thankfully, there’s CreateSpace. But Millions of people love being able to carry around hundreds, even thousands, of titles in a tiny electronic device. Ebooks are the future.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
Christian contemporary romance, Christian sci-fi romance, Christian regency romance, Christian romance spy thrillers, Christian romance comedy, Christian historical romance, Christian fantasy
What formats are your books in?
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