Interview with Mickey J. Corrigan, author of Dream Job


Publisher: Breathless Press

Publish Date: April 26, 2012

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release.

Dream Job was my first e-book, which was released by Breathless Press last April. There have been several more e-books since then, but let's talk about Dream Job because it seems like something you might like.

A paranormal romance, Dream Job takes place where I live, in South Florida. Adrianna is independent and bold, but she gets in over her head when she goes to work for a software company with some strange product development methods.

After Adrianna sleeps with her hunky new boss, she has to face him every day at the office of DreamCorp International. She has to test the company’s dream software with him in the office hot tub. She has to ignore the fact that she’s fallen madly in love with him.

To make her life in tropical Florida even more confusing, Adrianna is plagued by disturbing dreams. She’s being stalked by a geeky guy she never should have slept with, one of those forgettable men she’d rather not think about anymore. Her ex has other ideas. He still wants her, and he plans to have her--in the murky dream world they appear to share.

Something weird is happening to Adrianna. And it’s making her wonder about her dreams. Are dreams more than a random rehash of day-to-day images, repressed sexual urges, and memory fragments? Could it be that dreams are the entryway to another world? A real world? A hyper real world?

Whether she wants to or not, Adrianna is about to find out all about the dream world. After all, she’s landed her dream job. And she’s in love with the man of her dreams.

Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to writing?

Mickey J. Corrigan is my pen name. Under my real name, I've been publishing nonfiction books for a long time, mainly textbooks and memoirs that I ghostwrite for clients. I've worked with a wide variety of people including doctors and lawyers, a millionaire crack addict and a woman with mercury poisoning. It's rewarding to help people make their book dreams come true.

I've been writing poetry and short fiction for ten years, publishing some in small literary journals. Fiction is incredibly challenging to write. It took me a long time to learn how to write in this new genre. My first attempt at a novel read more like a textbook case, while my stories seemed more like long poems.

Last year I began sending my novellas to e-book publishers. After Dream Job, Breathless Press published a romantic comedy about recovering from grief and loss called Professional Grievers,  which came out in January, and a few weeks ago my romantic crime novella, BabyShares, was released by Secret Cravings. Later this year, another novella and a novel will be published.

Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your current release?

I loved working with my editor on Dream Job. She is so terrific. And the publisher is accessible, everyone there is kind and helpful. If I could do it over, however, I would do more digital marketing. I was new to the digital publishing world last year and didn't know what to do once my e-book came out. I'm still learning about how to reach readers. It's not easy!

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Writing is part of who I am and I love it. I love editing, polishing, and making the words shine on the page. Once the book is released, then the hard work (for me, at least) begins. These days, you can't just write your book and forget about it. You need to reach out to readers in many ways and that, for me, is a huge challenge.

Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to while writing? If so, what kind of music?

When I write, I listen to the call of birds outside my window, the rustle of the coconut palms, the lap of the lake against the shore. Most of the time, I also listen to my kid stomping around the house, my husband mowing the lawn, the feral cat meowing for tuna. If I'm lucky, I hear nothing because I am lost in the world of my imagination.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

As Mickey J. Corrigan, I'm kooky and funny and fresh and daring. So are my female characters. They drink and party and get into all sorts of trouble. But when you meet me, I'm not like that. Although I do have a bawdy sense of humor and I swear way too much.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

Me Go Mango, a funny second chance romance, is due out May 7th. That one's a novella. Sugar Babies, a crime novel about professional girlfriends and a deadly stalker, comes out in the fall. Both are with Champagne Books.

Q. Please tell us your latest news.

My agent is trying to sell one of my novels to one of the bigger publishing houses in New York. My bones ache from crossing my fingers and toes in anticipation.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for supporting small independent presses and e-book publishers, as well as indie authors. As readers, we have a lot of power now that was once controlled by the publishing industry. Please know how much the reader's enthusiastic support is appreciated by struggling writers everywhere. We love you!

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