Author Interview & ebook Giveaway: Double Crossing by Meg Mims

Welcome to Author Meg Mims


Meg Mims may have been born in the wrong century. Her love of historical fiction started early, with visits to Michigan’s Greenfield Village and the Streets of Old Detroit at a museum. She was first published in children’s magazines, is a staff writer for a real estate business and for Lake Effect Living, a West Coast of Michigan on-line magazine, and is also a watercolor artist and photographer. From a young age, she had a taste for classics such as Jane Eyre and Gone With The Wind, books by A. C. Doyle and Agatha Christie, along with J.R.R. Tolkien and Ursula LeGuin. Now Meg devours historical, cozy and PI mysteries. Her award-winning fiction always has a dead body or two, plus an independent-minded heroine and a sense of justice being served in the end. She lives with her husband, a drooling black cat and a make-my-day Maltese-Poodle, and enjoys games and visits with family and friends far more than housework. (book website) (2nd blog/website)
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What is one book everyone should read?
JANE AUSTEN’S PRIDE & PREJUDICE! I loved reading it as a teen and again as an adult. It takes a good two reads to really appreciate the theme, the characters and the social nuances. Watching the BBC version helps too.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To control TIME! I want at least TWO more hours every day to get that much more done, without getting tired.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip!

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
MY MOM. She was a wonderful watercolor artist and we used to paint together. It’s more of a hobby for me, since I spend more time writing every day. But I think she’d be proud of my writing, my artwork and my daughter’s accomplishments. She died over 20 years ago, and I still miss her!

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
I love HOT scrambled eggs, toasted rye, and really really crispy bacon! Have to go to IHOP for that. I usually just grab something quick and start by checking emails, Twitter, and get to writing or blogs, whatever’s on the list for the day.

Night owl, or early bird? EARLY BIRD – my favorite time to write, while my family sleeps in. Night owls, both of them! I get grumpy trying to make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, LOL.

One food you would never eat? Brussel sprouts. UUUUGH.

Skittles or M&Ms?

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. If you enjoy history and vivid details woven into a great entertaining story, then DOUBLE CROSSING if perfect for you!

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? I’m working on a sequel, Double or Nothing, and I also have a historical mystery that awaits a publisher.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
I loved the Trixie Belden mystery series, plus the Little House on the Prairie series… I took both mystery and history and melded them together into my writing style.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
NEVER EVER GIVE UP. Those who quit never publish.

How do you react to a bad review?
Opinion is subjective – and I respect that. Being an artist helps in that realm, because a visual painting has a particular style, and you either like that or you don’t. I’m also an avid reader, and feel the same way about a book’s style, genre, content. But I *have* picked up books that I thought I would hate, and have been pleasantly surprised. Some books I’ve disliked (even intensely) but I can always come away with something that was well done or some theme, symbolism or whatever to appreciate.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
A first edition, autographed copy of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit, or The Lord of the Rings. Or both. LOL I loved them before Peter Jackson brought the movies to life to many people.

What’s your favorite season/weather?
AUTUMN. Love the chill in the air, the trees’ changing colors, the excitement of school (although I don’t teach any longer), the frosted grass and the sunny afternoons following… corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkins, apples, etc.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Buying the annual PEOPLE magazine’s special edition – the pictures are great, and sometimes inspire a new character. I don’t usually follow celebrities.

Double Crossing by Meg Mims

A murder arranged as a suicide … a missing deed … and a bereft daughter whose sheltered world is shattered.

August, 1869: Lily Granville is stunned by her father’s murder. Only one other person knows about a valuable California gold mine deed — both are now missing. Lily heads west on the newly opened transcontinental railroad, determined to track the killer. She soon realizes she is no longer the hunter but the prey.

As things progress from bad to worse, Lily is uncertain who to trust—the China-bound missionary who wants to marry her, or the wandering Texan who offers to protect her … for a price. Will Lily survive the journey and unexpected betrayal?

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Double Crossing by Meg Mims was released on August 9, 2011 by Astraea Press.