Meg Mims is an author, artist and amateur photographer. She writes historical mysteries and romantic suspense, and is a staff writer for RE/MAX Platinum in Michigan and for Lake Effect Living, a West Coast of Michigan tourist on-line magazine. Meg’s article about the one-legged Civil War veteran and lighthouse keeper of South Haven, James S. Donahue, appeared in Vol. 34, No. 2 Summer 2011 issue of The Chronicle, the Historical Society of Michigan magazine. Double Crossing, a twist of “True Grit” on the 1869 transcontinental railroad, was published in August by Astraea Press.
Meg, where can readers find you online?
Links for my website/blogs. I'll soon be condensing them together in near future!
Meg's Website and Double Crossing Website
Find Meg on Facebook
Find Double Crossing on Facebook
Twitter - @megmims
Can you tell us about your book, Double Crossing? Love the cover!
A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered.
August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey.
As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust—the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?
Sounds very intriguing. Definitely going on my TBR pile. Where can readers find your book online?
Purchase Double Crossing at Astraea Press
Purchase Double Crossing on Amazon
Purchase Double Crossing on B & N
I was always an avid reader since childhood and wrote “fan fiction” as a young tween (don’t ask! LOL) But life (college, marriage, jobs) got in the way. Once I had my daughter, I loved sharing the joy of reading to her and decided to try my hand at writing. I was first published in the children’s market and then earned an M.A. through Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction program. That helped me tremendously—to learn my strengths and weaknesses.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
Both film versions of True Grit—at the halfway point between the John Wayne version and the Coen brothers, I’d come up with a “what if…” premise of “a rich girl’s father is killed and she tracks down murderer” and tweaked that considerably. After SHU, I rewrote it and sold.
Do you tend to base your characters on real people or are they totally from your imagination?
I might use one trait or another from either myself or people I’ve known—but most are developed by the characters in my head. Once I give them a name and learn more about their background, they tell ME what they’re like!
I like that...they tell you what they're like...totally agree with that. Where do you go to do your research?
I love research—if I can’t find something in my personal collection of books, I search online, in bookstores and libraries until I nail down the specific detail or photograph I need.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I am working on Double Crossing’s sequel—Double or Nothing—plus revising a historical manuscript and writing a Christmas novella.
What is your favorite work of literary fiction and why? Do you have a favorite literary author?
J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula LeGuin—Tolkien for his in-depth historical fantasy world of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and LeGuin for her in-depth societal and cultural infusions into her sci-fi/fantasy realm of the Earthsea books and The Left Hand of Darkness.
My husband is a big fan of Tolkien. I've only read The Hobbit. Who is your favorite contemporary author? Are you currently reading any contemporary novels?
I love Cleo Coyle’s contemporary mystery series set in a NYC Greenwich Village coffee shop. Great plots and characters.
What’s your writing schedule like? When do you find time to write?
I write every day, starting early—although I tend to let email, FB and Twitter steal time! It’s more of “when do I make time” – like my watercolor painting (Monday nights.) I prefer having several things going at a time in case I need to “chew the cud” about a plot point or twist, or develop a character. And then there’s the non-fiction writing deadlines, keeping up with promotion, blogging… whew.
Do you have any writing idiosyncrasies?
I like writing in the same spot every day—like Sheldon Cooper, I sit in that perfect left side of the couch where I can look out the window and watch the squirrels or dog-walkers, see the television (sports, NCIS, but usually it’s off) and put one foot up on a storage ottoman (bad knee). I also use an “ocean wave” method of writing, where I write, go back, write more, go back a few pages, continue on, etc. so when I’m done I have more of a second draft completed. I’m a failure at NaNoWriMo—I do NaMoWriSlo every month.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My husband, daughter, Dad, siblings and friends are all thrilled! I feel very blessed to have their unwavering support.
It is so awesome to have support from family and friends. Meg, thanks so much for guesting today. I enjoyed chatting and getting to know more about you and your book.
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