Posted on May 16, 2014
MIA KERICK CHARACTER INTERVIEW with MICHAEL “If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear.” – the monster to Victor in Frankenstein
Posted on May 14, 2014
“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear.” – the monster to Victor in Frankenstein
Interview with Michael, newest member of Arthur’s Round Table in
“Running Through A Dark Place.”
I am not what you would call an experienced journalist, but occasionally I pin my press ID card to my lapel and head in into the trenches to conduct an interview of a fictional character who intrigued me in some way or another. The character I interviewed yesterday, Michael (refused to give his last name) of Running Through a Dark Place, indeed, had a significant impact on me as I read book 2 in Michael Bowler’s Children of the Knight series.
What sort of an impression did he leave on my mind…on my heart? I will allow you to draw your own conclusions as you read our interaction, but I will say that Michael is what I would refer to as something of a shock jock. The vast majority of the words that spout forth from his mouth are deliberately designed to offend. To throw other characters off-balance. To hide the fragile soul that I feel certain lurks within his brawny body. To stave off any remote possibility of forming an emotional bond with anyone.
With his goal of provoking negative attention, Michael is a resounding success. He succeeds in alienating his co-characters in Running Through a Dark Place. And in our brief interview, he was somehow able to hone in on my areas of deepest sensitivity, and offend me.
Do I like Michael? Read these exchanges from Mia Kerick’s interview with Michael, conducted in the back yard of the author’s home in Los Angeles, and draw your own conclusions as to whether or not it is even possible to like him, let alone give him the benefit of the doubt.
Mia: Hi, Michael.
Mia: I’m glad you came. I’m actually very curious about that. The kids who told me you were… well, I won’t say exactly what they said… that you were ‘interesting,’ let’s just say, told me you’d never show. So why did you?
Michael: Needed to see your face.
Michael: And nothing. Just wanted to know who to fuck up if this interview makes me look bad or brings me attention I don’t want.
Mia: (shivers, even though it’s warm outside) Um. Okay. I, uh, I’d like to ask you a few questions about your childhood and family.
Michael: (glowers menacingly) No can do. I don’t talk about my childhood, and my family are assholes. All you need to know, lady.
Mia: Are you the only child in your family?
Michael: You got that one right.
Mia: And I was told you are seventeen years old?
Michael: (smirks) What’s it to you? Looking for some action from a young stud? Hubby not satisfying you these days?
Mia: (fidgets uncomfortably) I’ll put you down as seventeen.
Michael: Whatever. I’m old enough.
Mia: Tell me about your parents.
Michael: (smirks again) You think I’m hot, don’t you, lady?
Mia: I think you’re a very handsome boy.
Michael: (laughs) In other words, you’re hot for me, like everyone else.
Mia: (tries not to let the tremble in her hand be visible) Um, back to your parents. Give me three words to describe them.
Michael: Scared to death.
Mia: Why? Are you scared of them?
Michael: (snorts derisively) Other way around, lady. They know if they cross me I’ll cut their throats while they sleep. Ha! That’s why they never let me into the main house unless their live-in bodyguard is present. (laughs) Like I couldn’t fuck the shit out of him if I wanted to. Long as I have my bank account and my car, I stay away from them and they stay away from me. Oh, and if I see you put in your story what I said about cutting their throats, I’ll be paying you a little visit in the dead of night. (grins)
Mia: (shifts again, tries to maintain eye contact, but finds it’s difficult with his penetrating glare) I think they might, uh, also, you know, be scared of you for a different reason. Want to know what I think that reason is?
Michael: (squints) Lady, you’re treading on some very dangerous ground here.
Mia: (takes a breath and pushes on) I think they know that you know they haven’t done a good job as parents.
Michael: (sneers) Who are you, Dr. Fucking Phil?
Mia: (laughs) That’s funny.
Michael: Man, lady, if you don’t say something smart soon, I’m gone.
Mia: Okay. How’s this? Do you believe in God?
Michael: (looks surprised at the question) Why should I? He doesn’t believe in me.
Mia: Do you believe what goes around comes around?
Michael: Now that you have right. It’s the way the world works. The only way. That’s justice. Forgiveness is for pussies.
Mia: (squirms at the intensity of his answer, the near anger in his voice) Okay, let’s switch topics here. What are you most proud of?
Michael: (almost visibly relaxes. Slightly) That I’m the smartest kid in this city.
Mia: Really? How do you know that?
Michael: I just do. Put anyone in this city against me in any subject and I’ll wipe the floor with them. College kids too. Shit, I had to teach my calculus class half the time because the dumbass teacher couldn’t even figure out how to solve differential equations. Shit, a fucking first grader could learn that if he was smart like me.
Mia: (jots down his response to compose herself) How about this – do you believe in love at first sight?
Michael: (another derisive snort) Love is a fallacy. There’s only hedonistic lust and animal attraction. Chemical reactions of the physical body. Nothing more, nothing less.
Mia: Does a kiss fall under the category of hedonistic lust?
Michael: (grins) You want to kiss me, don’t you? I can see your eyes checking out my pecs and arms. You want me.
Mia: (uncomfortable) You do have… quite an admirable physique. For a boy.
(Michael’s face clouds over at the use of the word “boy, “ but he doesn’t say anything.)
Mia: Why do you work out so much?
Michael: So no one will fuck with me.
Mia: (nods) How about this – if you’re driving in the middle of the night and there’s no traffic, do you stop at red lights?
Michael: (laughs) Lady, I barely stop at red lights during the day, and then only if there’s a cop or red light camera around.
Mia: You’re a risk taker then?
Michael: (shrugs) Life is risk. No one is safe. Especially kids.
Mia: (eyes him thoughtfully, searching his face for the meaning behind those words, but Michael says nothing and just stares) Do you have any regrets in life so far?
Michael: None. Regrets are for pussies, just like forgiveness. You do what you have to do and move on. Never look back. That’s my motto.
Mia: Interesting philosophy. So if you were to die tomorrow, how would you like to be remembered?
Michael: As a kid who wouldn’t take shit from anyone. As a kid who had control of everyone and everything around him. As a kid who took care of business.
Mia: And if you were to die tomorrow and you could hold on to one memory from your life for all eternity, what would it be?
Michael: (deflates slightly, suddenly appearing more like a boy than ever during the interview; his face takes on a faraway expression; he sighs ever so slightly) Lance.
Mia: (reacts with surprise at the change in tone, and because of the answer) I, uh, I interviewed Lance shortly after the crusade kicked into gear. You know, before… well, everything happened. Is Lance why you joined Arthur’s Round Table?
Michael: (the cold, tough veneer is back in an instant; he sits up straight and glares at her) I didn’t join shit! I merely offered my intellect to help them write their proposition. Hell if anyone else could’ve done it. They need me, lady. I don’t need them.
Mia: (shifts again, looks eager to leave) Well, uh, Michael, I think that’s probably all I need. Before we go our separate ways, is there anything I didn’t ask that you wanted me to?
Michael: Yeah, about my favorite book.
Mia: (caught off guard again) Oh. So what is your favorite book?
Mia: (eyebrows shoot up in surprise) Like from the movies?
Michael: (looks angry) The movies are shit. The book is fucking genius. Mary Shelley was way ahead of her time. She had us pegged perfectly. Human nature, I mean. Read it some day. Then you won’t need to ask about my life because you’ll find all the answers right there in that book.
Mia: (nods, watching him settle himself back into his standard sullen demeanor) Do you, uh, have any questions for me?
Michael: No. Just a warning.
Michael: I’ve seen you playing with that phone the whole time. I better not see any pictures of me anywhere other than that one ‘model’ shot I said you could use. (smiles in a threatening way) See, I don’t like people taking my picture without permission. People who do that have been known to get badly fucked up. Are we clear?
Mia: (swallows nervously, and nods again) Crystal.
Michael: (smiles for real this time, the smile of someone who knows he’s in command) Later, lady. I have a party to grace, and every party without me is a loser.
(He stands and heads for the back gate leading to the driveway.)
Mia: Let’s chat again sometime, Michael.
Michael: (without turning back, just throws a hand up) When hell freezes over.
(Then he’s out the gate and out of Mia’s life)
Mia: (sinks down into her chair, her heart pounding, sweat on her forehead, relief flooding in on her) Well, that’s an unspeakably angry child. He needs a hug. (shivers) But not from me.
(Mia collects her things and returns to the house to bid the author goodbye.)
So, we return to my original question: Do I like Michael? I will admit that I tried. He is beautiful, but very damaged, brilliant, yet his mind is profoundly warped, full of youthful passion, yet bitterly wise beyond his years. Am I entertained by his provocations? Impressed by his banter? Fascinated by his off-color charm?
An honest answer to my final question, directed at Mia Kerick, myself:
Do I like Michael?
I honestly don’t know.
Will you like Michael or will you hate him?
You will need to read Running Through a Dark Place to find out.
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King Arthur and his extraordinary young Knights used ‘might’ for ‘right’ to create a new Camelot in the City of Angels. They rallied the populace around their cause, while simultaneously putting the detached politicians in check. But now they must move forward to even greater heights, despite what appears to be an insurmountable tragedy.
Their new goal is lofty: give equality to kids fourteen and older who are presently considered adults only when they break the law. Arthur’s crusade seeks to give them real rights such as voting, driving, trading high school for work, and sitting as jurors for their peers charged with criminal behavior.
Understanding that the adults of California will likely be against them, Arthur and his Knights must determine how best to win them over.
However, before the king can even contemplate these matters, he finds himself face to face with an ally from the past, one who proves that everything isn’t always what it seems – even life and death.
The Knight Cycle Continues…
If you haven’t yet experienced The Knight Cycle, start here where it all began. This is an epic five-part series filled with triumph, tragedy, exhilarating emotion, despair, joy, laughter, tears, high action, and adventure, populated with a colorful cast of diverse characters you’ll not meet anywhere else. Watch Arthur’s youthful Knights come of age, and transform America along the way.
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Posted on May 2, 2014
April has been a busy month with the release of my eighth book, Us Three and almost month long tour.
In other news I am in the process of writing the sequel to Us Three called One Voice. Setting is when Zander and Casey are in college while Nate is still at home keeping an eye on his younger sister and missing his other two thirds. That is the only teaser I am giving for the time being.
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There is 7 of my books hidden in this image, can you find which book is not in the image.
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Posted on April 28, 2014
Hi, y’all it’s Beckey…
I am dropping by to say Thank you to you all that have supported and visited Mia during the Us Three Blog Tour and those who stopped during the Is It Summer, yet? Blog Hop…
I know some are chomping at the perverbal bit to see who are the winners …
The Us Three Blanket goes to Laurie
The two Us Three Tee-Shirt winners are Brin and Shadow
The Mia Kerick Teddy Bear goes to Tracey
The Mia Kerick Coffee Mug goes to Jennifer
And the winner of the
The winner of the ebook and the Mia Kerick Towel is Lisa
Posted on April 3, 2014
Morning everyone. It’s Beckey, again, visiting y’all… This time to announce that around midnight, Mia’s eighth book, Us Three was released.
A Harmony Ink Press Young Adult Title
In his junior year at a public high school, sweet, bright Casey Minton’s biggest worry isn’t being gay. Keeping from being too badly bullied by his so-called friends, a group of girls called the Queen Bees, is more pressing. Nate De Marco has no friends, his tough home life having taken its toll on his reputation, but he’s determined to get through high school. Zander Zane’s story is different: he’s popular, a jock. Zander knows he’s gay, but fellow students don’t, and he’d like to keep it that way.
No one expects much when these three are grouped together for a class project, yet in the process the boys discover each other’s talents and traits, and a new bond forms. But what if Nate, Zander, and Casey fall in love—each with the other and all three together? Not only gay but also a threesome, for them high school becomes infinitely more complicated and maybe even dangerous. To survive and keep their love alive, they must find their individual strengths and courage and stand together, honest and united. If they can do that, they might prevail against the Queen Bees and a student body frightened into silence—and even against their own crippling fears.
A Few Excerpt Images:
Here are a few early release reviews:
I’ll need to collect my thoughts about this book and the message it contains, but while I do that, y’all go buy this, m’kay? And then make sure every high schooler reads this too.
I just fell in love with this story and with these three guys. It took me a couple chapters to get with the flow of writing as being told from three distinctly different POV with emails, diaries and in real time. But once I figured out how the book was going to read, I was completely engrossed in the story. The storyline was engaging and thought provoking and the three ML were so endearing. While there were a couple rough patches with some deep seeding hate, there was a lot of love in between. This is a must read guys, especially if you’re looking for a story about finding true love in the oddest of places and not only standing up for yourself, but what is right and the the people you love.
Mia Kerick isn’t a new author to me, I’ve read her novel ‘Out of Hiding’ not too long ago but after reading the premise of ‘Us Three’I had my doubts. A Young Adult ménage? How should that work? Frankly I wasn’t too keen on starting this one but my curiosity finally got the best of me and after reading only a few pages I couldn’t put the book down anymore. Point taken! Better trust your instincts, Tina!
Mia Kerick describes the relationship development between these guys just wonderful. All three of them are so cute… and the way they come together and figure themselves out is so beautiful written. Their way through hell together is a real tearjerker, so brace yourself for a bumpy ride to high school hell and back. No graphic sex btw… but lots of touching, intimate scenes. Wonderful done. 🙂
I totally lost myself in this book. It’s sad since one of the loveliest characters is the target of the most vicious bullying I’ve ever read about but I liked how Mia shows us Casey’s struggle with his head and his emotions, how he grows, how he opens up to friendship and love. I loved how amazing Nate and Zander are for Casey even though they have their own personal issues. Casey, Nate and Zander are incredibly sweet and I just loved them so much. I was so hopeful for them in the end and trusted they would be alright.
Overall, Us Three is powerful, moving, thought provoking and flawlessly told, and these boys will now and for always have a special place in my heart. Parents, love your children, cherish them, listen to them! Teachers, give bullying no chance… and add this book to your reading list!
I, Beckey, also had to a chance to read it and it was one I was shocked by what happens in the book and at how well it was written. There was times I wanted to go into the book and dish my own kinda karma to the Queens and the one psychopathic chick in particular (really like how Zander stepped up as well as Nate…) and I wanted hug Casey…
Bullying is real, we can either stand by idly or we can take a stand and make changes… (I always tell my girls, daughters, that bullying happens only because someone is unhappy with themselves, they are jealous and lastly they want attention. It is all just negatives.)
(Click on their names and it will take you their Goodreads reviews.)
Starting tomorrow Mia will be on tour…
There is a tour wide giveaway:
(Click the Giveaway Link)
These are the AWESOME Prize that someone could win:
(50 by 60 inch) Us Three Book Cover Blanket
(XL) Us Three Tee Shirt
(XL) Us Three Tee Shirt
Coffee Mug with Mia’s Logo and books images on it
A Mia Kerick Teddy Bear
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find yourself reading this great book too…
Posted on April 2, 2014
This is Beckey (Mia’s Assistant)
First, I want to say
For everyone who came.
Michael came dressed and ready for the chat.
He shared his dream cast for the book.
Below is comments that were made when this was shown:
Raine O’Tierney Love this–who cast the roles?
Michael Bowler I did!
Raine O’Tierney When you are writing your stories, do you use photos/actors to “cast” the characters in your head or do you write them based on your imagination?
Tame Anna Love the cast you chose Michael Bowler 🙂
Johanna Parkhurst Oooh, great Lance.
Michael Bowler Most were based on kids I know or knew, I cast it just recently for a blog tour I’m doing. They wanted a cast
Kari Higa I can really see these actors as the characters. It will be great to read the next book picturing them in my mind
J.g. Murphy Interesting. But it gives me faces to associate with the characters…and with a “cast of thousands”, it makes it easier to keep track!
Johanna Parkhurst That’s definitely how I picture Lance. (Plus long hair, of course.) No offense to the amazing designer of the cover (it’s a great cover), but I never really connected that boy on the cover to Lance. He felt too young or something? I’m not sure.
Johanna Parkhurst And I just loved Lance so much. Speaking of which, Michael, you owe me some tear ducts for that ending. 😦 (Spoilers are allowed in here, right?)
We had an enthusiastic group of people discussing the different elements in the book, Children of the Knight.
Here’s a question about family in Children- how necessary is blood to a family- as in being blood relations?
Michael Bowler I have so large a family of kids who’ve become part of my life over the years who call me “Dad” and we have no blood connection.
Kari Higa I think both. I would never abandon a blood relative, even if they aren’t the best people. But you can create a family of your choice.
Mia Kerick I have an adopted son and he is EVERY BIT MY SON!!!
Betsy Ryan Dalpino Blood is important but you can have family members not related by blood
Kari Higa I think every child needs someone to look up to.. doesn’t matter male or female for me. but boys seem to need a strong male figure they respect
J.g. Murphy Oh yeah, Michael Bowler, it’s the same with me. I saw a 32yo MAJ in the army the other day whom I’ve known since he was about 13…he still reminds me that I was more of a dad to him than his own…reminds me all the time of how being a good friend to someone can make them family to you!
J.g. Murphy I think Kari Higa’s comment is dead on. And study after study show that so many issues can be solved by boys having that role model in place from an early age.
(There were more but you can see it was very active chat…)
Michael Bowler It would allow the kids to excel in areas they are good at from the get go. It would expose them to all facets of life that engage their mind, body and spirit so they can become complete people. Having rigid dogma in education is not better than rigid dogma anywhere
Kari Higa it would require teachers to be more of a facilitator than what we consider to be teachers
Johanna Parkhurst This is why, despite all the politics around it, I’ve become a big believer in school choice. If every part of the country had many different types of schools that focused on different types of learners and learning, then every kid could really find an educational path that worked for them. The problem is that running a school choice system has millions of flaws of it’s own…the bureaucracy is a total nightmare sometimes.
(This is just a few comments…There is more …)
Everyone have shared their ideas and opinions about what they thought and felt about them as they saw them in the book and in general. Everyone was pretty vocal (if you call fast typing being vocal).
There were giveaways…
The door prize of The Red Sheet blanket was won by JG Murphy.
With the help of names in a hat and my husband being a good sport waving a fairy wand over the hat J.G. Murphy name was magically pulled.
J.G. Murphy OMG! That’s like the only thing I’ve ever won!
Tee shirts/tank tops were won by Tame, Johanna but she gave it to Giovanni, Kari, and me, Beckey with a random lucky guess for the trivia question.
The first question was: After the standoff at Round Table Pizza, how did the Internet tag the video of that standoff? What was it called on YouTube, etc?
Answered by Kari Higa… battle of the round table. And Tame Anna Battle for the Round Table?
The next question was: Lance’s “street” name was Pretty Boy. What was Jack’s “street” name?
Answered by Johanna Parkhurst with Great Guns.
Which we discover was a nickname for Michael Bowler…
But Johanna Parkhurst said SWEET! (I really love Jack. And winning, to be honest.) But Giovanni Ezquivel can have the shirt, because he really wanted one. I just wanted to get a trivia question about the book right.
(Great bunch of people 🙂 )
The last question was: Which Arthurian character is mentioned a lot in Book I, but doesn’t seem make an appearance, but is, in fact, in the story twice?
I jumped in and randomly guessed Merlin…
(Ha I sparked your interest but it’s no longer there… The info in this section just disappeared…Tampered by the cyber gremlin…See below I have my proof that he tampered with that thread…)
Everyone left stuffed with Soule cakes, Ale, and wild boar jerky.
I am going to end this post by simply saying thank you once again… For those who attended and those that are reading this.
Hugs to you all…
Posted on March 20, 2014
Now, take a minute and check out the rest of my blog. There’s good stuff here!! I promise!!
And don’t forget about Mia Kerick and Michael Bowler’s Fireside Chat (book discussion about Children of the Knight.)
Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1413666588889612/
THERE’S STILL TIME TO READ!!!