July 28, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Author Interview with Miguelina Perez and Featuring The Vicar’s Deadly Sin
A Touch of Romance…A Touch of Regency…A Touch of Murder…
Lady Jane Bartholomew and Miss Margaret Renard have been friends since the age of twelve. Together they share their dreams, hopes and a love for reading. However, it is their wild imagination and a penchant for solving mysteries that will test their abilities when the Vicar of Dover is found murdered.
The young ladies are joined by two gentlemen, also eager to find the murderer in order to prove to the ladies that detecting is a man’s job, though the gentlemen find their beauty, wit, and pride more troublesome than solving a murder.
The Vicar’s Deadly Sin is a delightful and witty Regency romance mystery about two friends and their love for solving crimes, while keeping society and its rules at bay.
Author Interview – Miguelina Perez
When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer?
Sadly, later in life – as of 12 years ago. But it all makes sense because as a teenager I would make stories for my younger sister. Especially during bedtime, though I found it frustrating that she would fall asleep before the ending.
How many books have you written?
I have one finished. The sequel is in editing mode, and I hope to get that out by September. I have a third book – a contemporary romance thriller that is halfway through.
How long does it usually take you to write a book?
The first book took a very long time. I am ashamed to say almost 11 years. Now I am trying to do one a year. I know there are authors that push 3 books a year, but I don’t think that could ever be me.
How did you come up with the idea for your book?
I love Jane Austen and so I wanted to do a mystery with characters from her period.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow, I have quite a few…There is Jane Austen, Nora Roberts, Amanda Quick, Ingrid Hahn, Sally MacKenzie. And these are just a few I am naming.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Interruptions. And boy do I get them a lot.
Where is your favorite place to write?
In my room. I have a corner setup as an office.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
I do a little of both. But I try to have them pegged from the beginning. Like if they are angry character I try to figure out why they are angry and as the story takes place it all comes and hopefully in the end all the loose ends are tied neatly and the characters have gone through the growth that makes them a better person.
Do you aim for a set number of words/pages per day?
I start with 15 minutes a day. Any amount of words helps, but I don’t set a word count.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Staying focus… Most of the time writers’ block.
What is the easiest thing about writing? When the dialogue and the story flows from one scene into another. Almost like magic.
Do you use images to develop your character’s looks?
Initially I didn’t, but I do now. For example, in the romance thriller, the hero’s name is Matt Torres and he looks like Henry Cavill…Yum…yum…
Are your characters based on people you know? No, they are not but sometimes I attach them some of the qualities of someone dear to me.
Do you use your experiences in your books?
Sometimes…but not always.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
Yes, and they last for weeks sometimes.
What do you think makes a good story?
Dialogue, story plot, characters you can relate to.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It can be a little of both. If the story is developing beyond my dreams, i.e., exceptional dialogue or ideas for the scene it can be energizing.
What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
Readers coming to me telling me they liked the book, but most importantly when they tell me the either hated a character or loved a character. That tells me that I made the character real.
What do your friends and family think about you being a writer?
They think it is cool. But most of them unfortunately are either not readers or don’t have the time to read. Because I really would love to hear what they think of my book.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Watch television, knit, and read.
Do you like music or silence when your write?
I like either music or the tv. I suffer from tinnitus a ringing in my ear, so I need something on to block it.
Do you outline or do you just write?
I am a pantser. I write as I go along.
Do you prefer pen and paper or computer?
I like to write via the computer, but when ideas come to me I write it down on paper.
Do you write as routine or do you write when you feel like it?
I try to write as routine, but sometimes when I feel like it.
What do you love best about your current book?
I think it is better written. The stuff I learned from the first book, I am implementing in the sequel, Angel’s Lust.
What is your next project?
I am working on a Romantic Contemporary Thriller.
Meet Miguelina Perez
Ms. Miguelina Perez is a writer, and jewelry artist. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of the District of Columbia. As a jewelry artist one of her lariats was showcased in the San Antonio Express-News. She has won several awards including a critical Writing award for an essay on the gender roles of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.
It was during her high school years at the school’s library that she first encountered her first romance mystery writer – Ms. Victoria Holt and then Ms. Phyllis J. Whitney. Her love of romance novels stems from those discoveries, especially the Romance mystery genre.
Several of her poems have been published in anthologies, and she was named “Poet of Year in 1995”. She finished her first book, The Vicar’s Deadly Sin – a Regency romance mystery, the first of a seven-part serial based on the Seven Deadly Sins.
Currently, she is working the sequel to the Vicar’s Deadly Sin, “Angel’s Lust” from her Seven Deadly Sins series and “A Hero of Her Own” a contemporary romance thriller, about a serial killer terrorizing New York.
Ms. Perez is a member of the Romance Writers of America and two of its chapters:Washington Romance Writers and Maryland Romance Writers . As newsletter editor for WRW, she contributes articles about writing and author interviews.
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Perez resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow Ms. Perez via twitter at: @MPerezAuthor.