M.C. Roman grew up in Mexico City and currently lives in the Big Apple with her funny sexy hubby. When she’s not reading or writing, her hobbies include daydreaming, watching shows on Netflix, and ordering take out from every possible restaurant in Manhattan.
Teaching Mia is M.C.’s debut novel after many years of interest in creative writing. Book 2 in the series, Stealing Emma, is currently in progress and features the story of Leo’s older brother Max and his hot pursuit of a love interest who just so happens to be already taken. Spanish Editions of the Nights in Madrid Series are coming soon!
What inspires you to write?
I daydream a lot so I would say this is where most of my inspiration comes from. It typically starts out with a real life event or situation and then transforms into a fantasized version of it. I start thinking about all the “what if’s” and different possibilities that could arise in a parallel universe. But inspiration can really come from anything or anywhere – from books and movies, music and art, beauty, tragedy, and everything in between.
Tell us about your writing process.
I consider myself more of seat of the pants writer. During the last two books I’ve written, I found myself first writing out a pivotal scene which was the main inspiration of the book, and from there started thinking about the characters more in depth and how they arrived to that particular moment. I then wrote a rough outline (aka mad scientist’s notes) at the beginning of the document with my main ideas and some key dialogue snippets so I wouldn’t forget them later on. But even with the outline, my characters always seem to have different ideas of where the story should go and end up taking me elsewhere.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely listen to my characters and think about them all the time. I like to sleep on ideas and dialogue coming from them, and then I’ll write notes about it later on. It’s interesting how the characters really come to life and you come to view them as almost real people or a long lost friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. They just start living with you in your head and I often think about what they would do or say in real life situations.
Who are your favorite authors?
Growing up in Mexico, my favorite authors are mostly from Latin America. Carlos Fuentes is a huge inspiration to me (Mia’s last name from Teaching Mia came from him) and I always looked up to the fact that he is one of the first few truly bilingual authors in Spanish and English and I absolutely loved reading his short stories growing up. Other authors include: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Octavio Paz, Mario Vargas Llosa. In English, my favorite book is Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and also love Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After I finished writing Teaching Mia, I did A LOT of research on the ‘how to’s’ of publishing. More and more, I found that most new authors were turning to self-publishing as a more reliable and realistic option. There is so much to learn about this industry and in my experience so far it’s been a lot of work and trial and error, but I love that I have the opportunity to take control of my writing and start getting my work out there all on my own. I find that there is something hugely gratifying in that.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Book publishing is always evolving, but I think the opportunities for indie authors are growing tremendously as there are more and more tools available for self-publishing. It’s a very exciting time!
What genres do you write?
Romance, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, New Adult
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print