Welcome Heidi Cullinan as she celebrates the release of Miles and the Magic Flute on this blog tour stop. Be sure to read the interview posted below and the review on Rainbow Gold Reviews’ blog.
When unemployed Miles Larson retreats to his friend’s Minnesota pawnshop to lick his wounds, he discovers that a few notes on a magical instrument reveal an erotic fairyland where the sorrows weighing on his heart don’t exist at all.
Yet fantasy comes with a price, and soon Miles must choose a path. He can surrender his soul to the dreamlord to sustain his pleasure… or he can defeat the faerie and save the mysterious beast-man who promises love. Miles would choose love over pleasure in a heartbeat—if only to seize it he didn’t first have to acknowledge the pain inside.
Is Miles strong enough to learn that sometimes to find happiness, we must face down our sorrows?
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: May 27, 2014
HISTORY OF THE NOVEL
Miles and the Magic Flute was first published by Dreamspinner Press in May of 2010. It double-finaled with Hero that year in Elisa Rolle’s Rainbow Awards as best paranormal romance, and its original cover also won an award in that contest.
Heidi wrote this novel as the first rounds of her chronic health issues required regular use of narcotics, which did interesting things to her story brain. A great deal of this novel was processing her new truth of living with pain and riding the occasionally strange ride of prescription drugs.
Please welcome Heidi Cullinan to Rainbow Gold Reviews. Please see more information about Heidi at the end of the post in her Bio. And now, we talk about Heidi and her book, Miles and the Magic Flute!
How often do you write?
I’d love to say I wrote every day; but, there’s a lot that goes with the business of writing that keeps me from it. I work pretty much every day, no weekends, but writing sometimes goes on pause for weeks at a time. When I am writing, I tend to write at least five or six hours a day, though sometimes I squeak in a few hours around promo. It’s hard to do that because my promo/business brain and my writing brain don’t get along.
What inspired you to write Miles and the Magic Flute?
I was taking a lot of narcotics at that time, and the way they messed with my perception of reality freaked me out until I got used to it. So some of it was wanting to play with the idea of reality. I also love fantasy and fairytales, and I loved playing with my “evil fairies.”
Did you do research for Miles and the Magic Flute? If so, did you travel for research?
No travel at all, though I had to do a lot of research on silver as I found how much of an influence it had on the story. I learned more than I ever though I could about that element!
On average, how long does it take you to write a book in general, and Miles and the Magic Flute in specific?
On average anywhere from a two months to five. Some have been longer, a few shorter. This one took about three, with breaks. I have to stop and think a lot while I write.
Would you consider yourself a “Plotter or a “Pantster”? (Plotter is an outliner and pantster is someone that just writes what is inspired)
Bit of both. I usually start with an outline, then chuck it out the window as I go. I can’t nail too much of the story down in advance or I’m bored out of my mind.
While writing Miles and the Magic Flute, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? If so, which one and why?
No, but I definitely empathize with Miles and even with Terris. Both of their internal struggles are near to my own heart.
When you edit, do you do it immediately after you finish writing or wait and let it simmer for a bit?
There’s rarely time to let it simmer, which is why it’s nice that the official edits happen so many months after submission. The first few rereads during professional edits, I’m in there monkeying as much as the editor. But as far as drafting, the first draft is a long way from the final draft I turn in.
What is one random fact about yourself that no one knows about?
I’m kind of boring. I like routine and sameness, and I’m never a name-brand kind of person. Only my characters are interesting.
Thank you for stopping by Heidi. Love your books!
Heidi Cullinan has always loved a good love story, provided it has a happy ending. She enjoys writing across many genres but loves above all to write happy, romantic endings for LGBT characters because there just aren’t enough of those stories out there. When Heidi isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, reading, knitting, listening to music, and watching television with her husband and ten-year-old daughter. Heidi is a vocal advocate for LGBT rights and is proud to be from the first Midwestern state with full marriage equality. Find out more about Heidi, including her social networks, at www.heidicullinan.com.