Posted on February 4, 2014
Readers connected with Philippe in Out of Hiding. Here’s my proof:
Sandy says: Ms Kerick does a fantastic job with her character development. We fully understand where Philippe’s pain comes from and can sympathize with him. So much so that I may have shed a tear…or two. Okay, more than two, but this poor broken man, who felt all alone, who thrived on being invisible needed someone strong to love him and care for him.
And Tina agrees: Philippe is so sad and so broken, I just loved his vulnerability and the great deal of love stored up in him.
Mare saw him very clearly and loved what she saw: I loved Philippe. I loved his vulnerability, his fears, the way he hid. I loved every single solitary random thought that he had in his head. I loved him. I loved how insignificant he thought he was, he was anything BUT insignificant. Philippe had a wealth of love stored up in him that he was so SCARED to let come out. I sympathized with him, I routed for him from beginning to end. I waited patiently for him to figure it out. I let out a breath of relief when self discovery was made. He’s so sad and broken really.
Christy also appreciated Philippe’s broken soul: Philippe is introverted, shy, vulnerable, scared, simple in his tastes, loyal, a free-spirited hippie, loving, smart, and completely adrift in his life with absolutely no idea who he is or what he wants. A shoulder injury has sidelined Philippe’s job as a commercial fisherman, and it is that, along with love for his brother and his niece, Sophie, that has him chaperoning her around New York City for a summer.
AJ phrased it simply: Phil- a very lost soul
TM’ comments showed that her grasp of the character was clear: …Philippe just wants to be invisible. After the death of his mother years ago, something inside him broke. He’s spent the last several years literally hiding out, until his brother talked him into chaperoning Sophie this summer.
Anna’s remarks let me know that I had hit a home run with my characterization of Philippe: The MC, Philippe, was quite convincing to me, his inner monologue rang true, and the telling of his story soon found me rooting for him, hard. His vulnerability was what struck me the most. I so adore a character who stands there and learns how to say what he feels in his heart.
And Kimber’s comments were simple and to the point but spoke very clearly: Phil was a lonely man who learned to turn off his feelings when his mother died.
PMG’s relates to his experience as a fisherman: This book takes place in NYC, and the fisherman, Philippe, is really a fish out of water. But Philippe is another of Kerick’s sensitive, damaged men, and he soon realizes that he can hide from all his pain as well in the crowds of the city as he can in the empty expanse of ocean.
Celina said: Philippe Bergeron thought he was pretty good at hiding away from the world. After his mom’s passing, he pretty much left it by taking up work with fishing boats and fishing off the New England coast for a couple of years. Lost among the stars and the sea, he worked on his armor and isolation.
But I think the most profound and rewarding words (to me as an author) came from CC: It has been a very long time since I connected so strongly, right off the bat, with a character written by an author who is totally new to me. ‘Out of Hiding’ is my very first Mia Kerick…I guess you could say I was a Mia Kerick virgin up until now. There was something about her writing, and about Philippe in particular, that just reached out and grabbed me in the most astonishingly visceral manner. I almost felt as if I’d been punched in the gut, and for someone who reads as much as I do, it was a very pleasurable change of pace.
Philippe is introverted, shy, vulnerable, scared, simple in his tastes, loyal, a free-spirited hippie, loving, smart, and completely adrift in his life with absolutely no idea who he is or what he wants.
How amazing it is to be an author. To create a character and to have him seen and understood, even cried for…and truly KNOWN by my readers. There is nothing better!!
“purple your profile for cancer survival”
Posted on January 28, 2014
My number one writing song lately. It speaks to me…
Posted on January 27, 2014
Okay, so I had a great time…no, make that a FABULOUS TIME at my Facebook Party. And I will admit that although the champagne was merely “virtual”, I was pretty buzzed by the end of the event. Was this due to an adrenaline rush thanks to the need for super-speedy typing? Too much sugar in the online-rainbow-cake? Or was my buzz caused by the thrill of recognizing the reality of my “virtual” friends?
I’m not sure which of these had me flying high, but I would like to thank you all for coming!!
I was able to discuss Out of Hiding, as well as to introduce my next release, which is a Young Adult read, The Red Sheet.
WITH A FOREWORD BY CODY KENNEDY!!
What? Speak up? Don’t be shy!! You want a few excerpts…to see what you will be getting yourselves into. DONE!!
Or try this one on for size…
I’m not even slightly ashamed to admit it: I’d been thoroughly enjoying that morning’s walk to school when I heard it—a plea for help, an appeal for attention… a prayer for deliverance.
I’d swear to this on a tall stack of bibles, not that Mom and I owned even a single one (or a Torah, or the Koran, or even a pamphlet about horoscopes): each of my five senses snapped to alert attention. It was as if I was being summoned.
My feet started to move faster, pounding the sidewalk’s pavement purposefully. I responded to my suddenly uncontrollable urge to help the innocent, or so it seemed, by racing toward the biggest maple tree of them all, the legendary Big Ben on the corner of Maple and School Streets. The very monster that Mark Edgars, Gregory Waldorf, and Tina Lee had each attempted to climb in fifth grade and failed, to the tune of two broken arms, a fractured pelvis, and a dislocated shoulder. (Tina had tried and failed on two separate occasions.)
Warning: this next part is all fucked-up.
As I sprinted, my only thoughts were: Delicious egg scramble omelet that I get every single morning before homeroom, despite the fact I already scarfed down two bowls of Froot Loops at home, be damned! Tardy slip to homeroom that adds up to five already this semester, which will require me to serve detention, be damned! First-period calculus quiz that needs to be passed if I want to play preseason basketball, be damned too! This guy has a job to do!
And before my brain had fully engaged (and without even a small remnant of red fabric waving behind me), I was on my way up that tree. Fulfilling my purpose in life. (I told you it was fucked up.)
A champion of the innocent, the helpless, the forsaken descended the enormous maple tree, forearms adorned in bloody scratch marks, a white fur ball of a kitten tucked safely under one armpit. When my feet met with the spongy surface of the grass, and the tiger—I mean, the kitten—had been deposited into the hands of a waiting little old lady, I experienced a sense of completion I had never known was possible. More than twenty-five points, ten rebounds, and six assists kind of satisfaction, even.
“Dammit, kid, I was trying to teach friggin’ Snowball a lesson. If he can get his puny ass up there, he’d better have a plan to get his puny ass down.”
Did you really read it?? DID YOU?? Now, go back and read it…you are going to like it. I promise!!
Would Mia Kerick lie to you? NEVER!!
PLUS, there is going to be a quiz, so…..
Soon I will be back to discuss with you, my innocent victims, or rather, my wonderful followers, the significance of a “red sheet” to Bryan in The Red Sheet.
I know, I know… it is going to be difficult to wait. But you know what they say about all good things!!
Love and appreciate you all!!
Posted on January 25, 2014
Today is a big day for me because it is the day I take a dive. Hopefully a pretty, graceful swan dive and not a face-planting belly flop!!
January 25, 2014 from 3-5 Eastern time is Momma Mia’s BIG UNVEILING!! MY LIVE FACEBOOK EVENT.
Don’t get scared. It is a rated PG 13 event, so I will not be “unveiling” anything that you do not want to see. Momma Mia will stay fully clothed at all times. (that’s a good thing) I promise.
Unlike the lovely pole dancing woman below.
(I could do what she is doing above if I wanted to– just saying.)
But I will be answering questions, playing games, showing my new video, playing music, DISCUSSING MY BOOKS (kind of what we’ll be there for), introducing my new YA book, The Red Sheet -my friend and colleague Cody Kennedy is the writer of the foreword- serving bubbly (and to the youngsters lemonade), and “working the room.” WITH THE MAJOR LEAGUE HELP OF MY ASSISTANT BECKEY WHITE. (a genius and a patient person who puts up with me)
This is about the biggest party I’ve ever held. I hope I bought a big enough cake.
And really, I am not nervous, because the party’s attendees are some of the best people I know- my FACEBOOK FRIENDS- who have shown me so much love and support!! It is totes coolio (Cody taught me that expression and now he is totes sick of hearing me say it) of all of you to attend.
LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!! WOOT! WOOT!
will you be there?
Posted on January 23, 2014
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Posted on January 18, 2014
For a girl who avoids parties in her real life in the way one might avoid a nasty stomach virus, my online life has certainly turned into PARTY CENTRAL. You see, joining Facebook in the name of promoting my books has successfully managed to drag me out of my shell and has motivated me to socialize. And yes, at first I went into social media kicking and screaming, but now it’s… well, it’s kinda fun. Let’s face it: two parties in two blog posts is nothing to sneeze at.
So anyway… here is my awesome invitation created by my even more awesome assistant, Beckey White.
Please excuse my dreamy-faced selfie, but in my photograph’s defense, I DO write romance so I look like this a lot.
Here’s the link to the party:
DATE: Saturday, January 25, 2014
PLACE: Your lap (if you have a laptop), if not, your desk, kitchen counter, coffee table, iPhone etc.
DRESS CODE: Come as you are!! PJ’s, sweatpants, T-shirts, silky negligees, boxers or briefs- very relaxed attire
There will be prizes. These are very valuable…extremely rare and highly sought after. Be prepared for a stampede.
And as Keith Urban would sing, “You (would) look good in my shirt!”
I wouldn’t mind seeing Keith in just my Mia Kerick shirt. Did I ever tell you I touched him? Truth be told, I have touched Keith four times as he walked by me in concerts (aisle seats). My husband touched him too, and I’m a little jealous because he touched the side of Keith’s face and I only got his arm. But we agreed that Keith Urban’s skin is very smooth.
I kinda went off on a Keith Urban tangent, but who can blame me? Back to the launch party.
I did mention I touched Keith Urban, right?
There will be excerpts and hot pictures and YOU CAN ASK ME ANYTHING.
My policy can be summed up in three letters: TMI
So are ya gonna come by and check me and my party and my books out??
It is going to be THE PLACE TO SEE AND BE SEEN this Saturday 3-5PM!! ALL OF THE COOL KIDS WILL BE THERE!!
(BTW I only invited cool kids.)
You never know who might show up!!
On a serious note, I appreciate all of the support you give me and all of the fun and laughter we share!!
Hope to see you at my Facebook Launch Event Party Thingy!!
Posted on January 16, 2014
For a girl who avoids parties in my real life like a nasty stomach virus, my online life has turned into PARTY CENTRAL.