Author Spotlight

 

I had the chance to talk with a wonderful author this month, who took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us.  So, without further delay let’s hear from

Bridget Midway

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Always. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved books. I've fantasized about seeing my name on the cover and seeing my books on the shelves at bookstores and libraries. Writing is my passion, and I love it!

Tell us a little about who Bridget is.
You'd be pretty bored at hearing about me. I have a full-time day job. After work and on the weekends, I do promotions and I write. I try treating my writing career like a second job. If I devote 40 hours or more at my day job, I'm going to do the same for my writing career.

Besides being a workaholic, I'd like to think Bridget is a generous and devoted friend. To readers, I hope I'm the type of writer who gives them entertaining stories.

Are you able to write full-time or do you have a day job?
I do have a full-time job to support my writing addiction. I write after work and on the weekends...when I'm not at conferences or doing book signings.

You write in several genres Do you have a favorite? Is there a genre you would love to try?
I love writing contemporary romance. Almost all of my stories contain interracial romances and/or multicultural characters.

I would love to write a historical or time travel story. I have a story idea in mind. I just have to sit down and do some research.

Writing romances, do you believe in happily ever after and have you found yours?
I definitely believe in happily ever after. Ever since I was a kid, I loved watching the old romantic comedies with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. Happy endings just give me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Yep, I'm a sap!

And yes, I have found my happily ever after. I wish everyone can be as lucky to find a person who makes you laugh, gets your jokes, thinks you're gorgeous when you don't think you are and supports you in everything that you do.

What does a “typical” day in Bridget’s life involve?
A typical weekday involves me getting up at 4 a.m. to get ready for work at my day job. I work until 4 p.m. After work I get on the computer and I do promotions. I'm either sending work out to be reviewed, promote my books or an upcoming signing or order promotional items. Then I write until about 11 p.m. Then it starts all over again the next day.

Tell us some of your favorites: foods, music, movies, books, authors, color, seasons, or any others.
Favorite food: string cheese - it's my new obsession

Favorite music: I love it all from country to jazz to R&B to alternative to opera to industrial metal to Broadway musicals.

Favorite movies: Romantic comedies, of course. My all-time favorite is "Say Anything"

Favorite books: contemporary romance, preferably with humor, and erotica

Favorite authors: I'm a big Jennifer Crusie fan. I also love Pat White, Laura Bacchi, Monique Lamont and Denise Jeffries.

Favorite color: Actually, I have 3: black, white and red

Favorite seasons: Spring

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
My advice for aspiring writers is to keep writing. Once you finish your novel, don't rest and just send out that work to agents and editors. Start writing your second and third novel. When you do sell your manuscript, your publisher and/or agent will immediately ask you what else you have ready. You want to have something ready to show. Once your career takes off, it's going to take off fast!

Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
I love hearing from readers! There are a couple of ways to contact me. Readers can fill out the contact form on my website at http://www.bridgetmidway.com/contact_me.html or they can send me a message through my My Space page at http://www.myspace.com/BridgetMidway

You have written some stories that are connected, do you enjoy writing series and do you plan to write more?
Yes, "Adam and E-V-E", my futuristic erotic romance through Phaze, is the first story in my upcoming Original Sin series. The second story is "C-A-I-N and A-B-E-L" and is available now. The third story will be "Sodom and Gomorrah" and will be included in the Original Sin anthology, which will be out early 2008.

I do enjoy writing series because I when I write a story, I tend to fall in love with my characters. I can't let them go. So it's great to revisit them.

I have a series planned for Midnight Showcase. Corporate Seduction, through Midnight Showcase, will be part of a series called the Corporate series. The first book called Corporate Seduction is out now. The next book in the series is Corporate Desires and should be out by the end of this year. And the third book, Corporate Needs, will be out in 2008.

And I have a series planned from my full-length novel Fascination Street, which will be reissued through Phaze. Fascination Street is about a couple that moves to a small neighborhood where the other couples swap partners. There are four couples in this neighborhood. So I'm going to write four prequels on those couples and how they got together and moved to Fascination Street. The name of the series is called "The Cure for the Common Erotica" because all of the titles for the stories will come from song titles from the 1980's group the Cure.

How do you promote your work?
I'm really a grassroots promoter. I send out announcements on several Yahoo groups and forums. I participate in chats. I do giveaways when I can, and run contests. I also send out promotional items like postcards. Then there's my November 2007 Romantic Times Book Reviews cover.

What does your family think of your writing? Are they your biggest fans?
My family is so thrilled about my writing and where my career is going. When I go out, my boyfriend promotes me more than I promote myself. My family, boyfriend and friends are my biggest supporters.

How do your story ideas come to you?
Some ideas come from dreams. Sometimes I'll read an article and I'll get an idea from that. For a story like Love My Way through Loose Id, I thought about the idea of the TV show "The Bachelor" and mixing it with BDSM. My muse has been good to me. I hope she never leaves me.

If you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be and why?
I would love to see my Dom from Love My Way come to life. I think it would be interesting to see a big media person who is an open BDSM dominant. The media would be all over a person like that. Then I would love to see if he would actually have a TV show where he searches for his next submissive. Who wouldn't watch that?

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
If anyone would like to see me in person, check out my BookTour.com page at http://www.booktour.com/author/bridget_midway

Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity!

 

     

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