I’m thrilled to have Mishka Jenkins for this edition of Behind The Scenes. It doesn’t matter what you’re in the mood for–fantasy, comedy, historical–Mishka’s stories are sure to make you fall in love. Her latest book, The Magic Spark, is a contemporary romantic comedy–with a dash of magic!
1. Tell us a bit about your writing journey. How did you get started, and how did you get to where you are now?
I’ve been writing all my life but it wasn’t until last year I decided to go for it as my career. I wasn’t sure where to start, so last December I just started writing my first book and went from there.
2. Anything you would’ve done differently if you could do it all over again?
I would have decided to start my writing career earlier! Apart from that though, I am pretty pleased with how it’s been going. There have been ups and down, but everyone has to start somewhere, right?
3. What advice would you give to new and aspiring writers?
Write what you want. A lot of people will say to write what is popular, to write series because that’s what sells, but in the end you have to write what you have a passion for. If you write just to sell, then you run the risk of losing your love for it.
4. Is there any book you’ve written that is particularly special to you? Which one and why?
I think Prophecy of Stones is probably the one that feels the most special to me. It was my first fantasy book, a genre I adore, and I’ve always wanted to write a book like it (a quest, a fun group of characters, a deep love story).
It certainly was great fun to write and I loved every minute of it.
5. Who would you say is your favorite character(s) from your books, and why? What is it about this character that makes him/her tick?
Oh, what a difficult question! I love many of my characters, though I do have to admit, many of my favourites are supporting characters.
In the end though, if I’m completely honest, my favourite is most likely the Jester from The Queen’s Jester. He was a mysterious character with a focused goal, and he knew what he wanted and exactly how to get it.
It was nice to let loose with him and write a bit more of a dangerous character.
6. Tell us about your new book. What can we expect from it?
My new book is going to be a fun Christmas novella. I hope to write a good amount of festive cheer into it, along with a lot of fun romance!
7. Are you self-pubbed or traditionally published? What made you go for this model? What advice/tips can you share with writers working towards the same goal?
I am self-published and it’s the reason that I finally decided to go for a writing career. I never liked the idea of handing my hard work over to someone else and giving them rights to it, or relying on others for release, etc.
Self-publishing gives me total control of my work and I can make it exactly how I want. It’s a hell of a lot of work, but always worth it when I can release a new book!
My advice to those looking into self-publishing is to go for it! Ignore the negative comments out there about it and follow your passion. You won’t regret it.
Author Bio: Mishka Jenkins lives in the UK with her family and fluffy muse, a rough collie called Harliquin, who she couldn’t write without. Mishka has a penchant for writing love stories in a variety of exciting genres, and plans to keep writing them for as long as she can type.
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