Hey everyone! I’m always excited to share a new author and a new book, and I’ve got a great one here, today. It’s Mira Stanley, author of Good Girl – book one of the Dirty Minds series. I was lucky enough to get a chance to read an ARC of Good Girl, and it. is. great! Seriously! Be sure to check out the links below!
I thought it would be fun to interview Mira and find out all about her. Because I’m basically nosy, and I figure everyone else is, too. (Oh, c’mon. Admit it. It’s not just me…)
What’s a typical day like for you?
Thanks for having me, Bronwyn! I’m super excited to spend my debut release day with you!
I’m super excited to have you here, too!
Let’s see, a typical day for me? Wake at 10, coffee and Eggs Benedict served poolside by my hairy-chested, foul-mouthed pool boy, mimosas until I say stop, swim a few laps to keep in shape… oh, did you mean real life?
Real life isn’t nearly as glamourous, but my kids, husband, mom, and dog keep things lively. I wear a lot of hats during my day. One of my favorites is “writer.” I’m rarely happier than when I’m concocting a steamy story.
Do you have any collections?
I don’t really collect anything, but I buy Strawberry Chap Stick in bulk. I love knowing if I need a dab of lip moisturizer, I can just grab a fresh tube out of my kitchen drawer.
Do you have any hobbies?
I love to crochet cute things for my kids. I attempt to make stylish things to wear myself, but that never quite works out the way I hope. Lopsided sweater, anyone? I’m about to start this mermaid tail for my daughter
Do you have any bad habits?
Is Candy Crush Soda a bad habit?
What’s your favorite curse word?
Twat. Any time I hear it said in a British accent, I can’t stop myself from giggling like a sixth grader.
Dog or cat person?
Dog. Cats are okay too, but I love writing with my buddy Cricket by my side. Indoor or out, he’s near me, cheering me on as I put my characters through the wringer.
Awww! What a cutie!
City or country?
Country. I love the mountains all around us here in Seattle. My dream home would have a heated indoor lap pool where I could swim laps (only exercise I enjoy) and a view of the Cascades.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee. With hazelnut creamer and a little milk.
Morning or night person?
Is it weird that I don’t know. I like sleeping in, but occasionally, if I happen to wake up early, I love getting up to accomplish some things while the house is quiet. I can sometimes get away with this at night too. I suspect I’m whatever-time-of-day-I-can-be-alone person.
Get things done early or procrastinate?
Oh, I never procrastinate. I can’t relax if I have tasks hanging over me. My motto is the same as Nike’s: Just Do It. Because when it’s done, I can sit on the couch or in the hammock and write. (If you ask my live-in mom, though, she’ll tell you I never put away my laundry. I guess I procrastinate with that.)
Introvert or extravert?
I can be social. I even enjoy it in small doses. But I recharge on alone time. With a smallish house and a close-knit family, alone time is kind of rare, so I grab any little quiet moments I can.
What do you like best about writing?
The sexy parts.
What do you like least?
Getting stuck plot-wise.
Do you have a day job in addition to writing?
Other than being a mom, no. I’m so blessed to be in a situation where I can do my job pretty much any time. I fit it in between making meals, cleaning, breaking up fist fights, being a chauffeur, and walking the dog. If I had to work outside the home, I can honestly say I would always be longing to be home. I’m a homebody and am happiest in my little domain.
Questions about the book.
Good Girl is the first part of a serialized erotic romance novel? What made you decide to go the serialized route for this story?
I envisioned a story about two characters who help each other live out their sexual fantasies. Originally, I wanted each novella in the Dirty Minds series to address one fantasy. But it turned into so much more than that!
What do you like best about Joe?
Joe is the bad boy so many women fantasize about, but he’s got a sensitive streak that surprises Kelly and poses challenges for her. I love that he’s a whole person, not just the owner of a dick that can make Kelly happy.
What do you like best about Kelly?
Kelly has some baggage relating to her religious upbringing. I love that she has distanced herself from her family so she can figure out her own convictions. She’s very brave to bring Joe into her life and ask him to help her experience things she’s only ever fantasized about. I wish I had been that brave when I was her age!
What other characters in your story are you especially fond of? Why?
Joe’s roommate, Rico, is a panty-melting fireman who gets off on seducing women in relationships with other men. He’s charming, gorgeous, and likes to piss Joe off by flirting with Kelly. For some reason, he feels a need to point out he’s straight. Draw your own conclusions.
If you were to cast your book as a movie, who would you choose to play your characters?
Joe’s tough. There are plenty of bald hot men, but Joe’s got this attitude I don’t see in a lot of celebrity photos. The closest I found is Miami Ink’s Ami James.
Kelly is easy. Blake Lively’s got that cute-sexy girl-next-door vibe I picture for Kelly.
As for Ricco…Whoo. *fans self* Just got lost in an image search for hot firefighters. This guy had me staring the longest. Let’s make him Rico.
What’s up next for you?
More Dirty Minds!!! I’ve got a plan for the series and am already well into writing book2, Irresistible Jerk. I’m hoping to release the first three Dirty Minds novellas this summer and then take my time on the next seven.
I also write time-travel romance as Jessi Gage, and I’ve got fans asking for more Highlander. It’s fun balancing the two sides of my writing personality. I’ll also have another Highlander book coming out late this year, so I’ve got my writing work cut out for me!
Here’s a peek at the blurb for Good Girl!
A kinky bastard seduces a good girl…and gets in over his head
Joe has always liked his sex dirty, but the messier his life gets, the more he craves someone sweet to balance out his darkness. He sets his sights on wholesome Kelly. Unlike any other woman he’s dated, she says crazy things like “please” and “sorry,” and she asks about his day like she cares.
Just when he starts to believe he could tone down his bedroom habits enough to have a relationship with her, she pulls the “friends with benefits” card. He’s good enough to sleep with but not good enough to be her boyfriend. No stranger to casual sex, he should be comfortable with the arrangement, but he can’t help wanting more with his sunshine girl.
And the buy links!
And we can’t forget Mira’s bio.
Mira dreams of a life where hairy-chested, foul-mouthed pool men serve cocktails while she reads in the embrace of a shady hammock. Her reality looks more like errands, carpooling, sneaking in writing time when she can, and snuggling with her husband and kids after a regular-old day in the Pacific Northwest.
Sex is sacred. It’s also fun. That’s why Mira writes smut with feeling. In her perfect world, every woman who wants it would have access to entertaining, titillating, thought-provoking stories in an environment free of shame.
I especially love the emphasis on “free of shame”! You’re my kinda girl!
Mira Stanley links
Thanks so much for having me, Bronwyn! It’s been so great getting to know you this year. Your books are definitely part of my inspiration!
You’re so welcome, hon! You’re awesome, and I’m so happy we connected! And thank you! That totally makes my day!
I highly encourage everyone to go check out Good Girl by Mira Stanley! You won’t be sorry!