Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
Mia has published four works of adult contemporary gay romantic fiction with Dreamspinner Press and four novels of contemporary LGBT fiction with Harmony Ink Press. Mia Kerick's books are recommended reads in the LGBT blogging/reading community, have spent many weeks on Amazon Hot New Releases and LGBT Best Sellers lists, as well as other notable bestseller lists, and have won awards for excellence in YA literature.
Intervention by Mia Kerick
Publisher: Harmony Ink
Genre: Young Adult / GLBT / Romance
As a musician at the popular college café Coed Joe’s, high school senior Kai Manter is never lacking for male attention. Out, proud, free-spirited, and sexually aware, Kai sets his sights on his darkly Gothic and undeniably bad-tempered coworker, Jamie Arlotta, a freshman at the local arts university. Sporting long hair and alluring hippie style, Kai expects his interest will be reciprocated, with satisfying sex as the end goal. That’s what usually happens. But Jamie’s lessons in life have been harsher. Having been sexually abused by his older stepbrother for several years, Jamie has grown an impenetrable outer shell meant to keep the world at a safe distance.
Kai is angry at first when he takes the brunt of Jamie’s bad temper, but after Kai accidentally discovers the abuse Jamie has suffered, he wants to fix things. Kai’s plan is based on what he knows best—music—and he stages a “musical intervention” to let Jamie know he’s not alone and things can get better. When Jamie’s perspective changes and he emerges from his shell, Kai changes, too, gaining a whole new understanding of what sex can be when love is there too.
You can read the first chapter on MiaKerick’s website: http://miakerick.com/books/young-adult/intervention/
Top Ten!! Songs in Intervention. By Mia
Music, and in specific, pop music, inspired
me to write my first YA novel,
. I wish it was sometype of super cool, unconventional musical selection like “Eclectic Prog” that
served as my muse, but alas, it was the American Top Forty. In my defense, I
included songs from the top forty lists of the past twenty years’ (and more),
so I’m pretty sure you will find them catchy.
My challenge was to encapsulate the entire
meaning of the song in less than two lines. And in order to work the message I
wanted to relay into the text of the novel, I had to study the lyrics and be
very selective over my choice of phrase. That was kinda fun, but incredibly hard
and the lyrics I chose to help Kai speak to Jamie.
Kai is a high school senior who works as a
musician in a college coffee bar.
Jamie is the very broken college freshman
who is a server at the coffee bar and will only listen to Kai’s words when they
are in song.
1.Sara McLachlan’s “Angel”—the first song
Kai performs during which he notices Jamie noticing him. You’re in the arms of an angel, may you find some comfort here.
Jamie desperately needs comfort.
2. Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” performed
Adam Lambert (American Idol) style—the
dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had.
When Kai performsthis song Jamie literally runs away. It hits too close to home.
3. “Freedom ’90” by George Michael—Kai
performs this song to underscore both Jamie and his need for freedom from those
who want to control them. All we have to
see is that I don’t belong to you and you don’t belong to me.
4. Nine Inch Nail’s “Hurt” performed Johnny
Cash style—I focus on the pain, it’s the
only thing that’s real.
Kai tries to show Jamie that he understands hispain.
5. Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”.
Kai wants Jamie to know it is okay to be angry. It’s not fair to deny me of the cross I bear that you gave to me.
6. R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts”. When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this
life, well hang on…
Kai tries to show Jamie that he should hang onto thehope that things will get better.
7. The Beatles’ “Long and Winding Road”—The long and winding road that leads to your door… This song is in Kai’s mind as
he tries to fall asleep one night after he meets Jamie, because he knows the
road to Jamie’s heart is going to be long and winding, with no shortcuts.
8.”Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield—I’m just beginning, the pen’s in my hand,
Jamie asks Kai to sing a song of inspiration to a longlost friend.
9. Elton John’s “Your Song”—My gift is my song and this one’s for you. Music
is all Kai has to offer Jamie and he knows it.
10. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel—I want to be that complete; I want to touch
the light the heat I see in your eyes.
You will need to listen to theaudiobook to find out where and when and why Kai sings this to Jamie.