Interview with Mimi Cross

Posted December 8, 2015 by love2dazzle in Features, Interviews / 1 Comment

Interview with Mimi CrossBefore Goodbye by Mimi Cross
Published by Amazon Childrens Publishing on January 1st 2016
Genres: Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 399
Source: KTK Publicity
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Music means more than anything to high school student Cate Reese; it s also what unites her with Cal Woods. Devoted classical guitar players, Cate and Cal are childhood friends newly smitten by love until a devastating car accident rips Cal out of Cate s life forever. Blaming herself for the horrific tragedy and struggling to surface from her despair, Cate spirals downhill in a desperate attempt to ease her pain.Fellow student David Bennet might look like the school s golden boy, but underneath the surface the popular athlete battles demons of his own. Racked with survivor s guilt after his brother s suicide, things get worse when tragedy darkens his world again but connecting with Cate, his sister s longtime babysitter, starts bringing the light back in.As Cate and David grow closer, the two shattered teenagers learn to examine the pieces of their lives and, together, find a way to be whole again.

Today, we have Mimi Cross for an interview. Cross just had a debut novel come out called “Before Goodbye”. We just want to get to know Cross today and also find out more about “Before Goodbye”.

Ali: Welcome Mimi, I want to start off by finding out what is your favorite book of 2015 so far?

Mimi: I have a hard time choosing favorites, I love so many books, but I can tell you that in the past month or so, I read two books that were published in 2015 that had me up reading in the middle of the night: The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly and Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian.

A: Did you always want to be a writer? How is novel writing compared to song writing?

M:I always wanted to be a songwriter, yes. As for books, for some reason I always figured I’d write one some day, so I guess that means I always wanted to. But when it didn’t happen (ha—like writing a book is going to happen all on its own) I mentally took writing a book off my list of things-I-have-to-do-in-this-life. So then of course, I wrote a book.

Writing a novel is a lot different than writing a song, because novels are so much more complex. But the process becomes the same when you reach a certain point. You have to take each line and turn it over and over, polishing it smooth, like a river rock. That’s tougher with novels, because there are so many lines. I’m sure I missed a few!

A: What inspires your writing (novel and song)?

M: Music is the biggest inspiration. Instrumental pieces and songs, they make me feel so intensely. That’s why music is a natural jumping off point for me. Books and movies are a close second. Sometimes, I’m inspired by something that’s happened to me, or to someone I know. Or, I hear someone say something, tell a story, and I realize it fits in somehow with the story that I’m trying to tell. Then I get that really cool feeling, that serendipitous feeling, like everything’s connected to the writing. I love that. That feeling alone is inspiring, for novels and songs.

A: What was the hardest part about writing “Before Goodbye”?

M: Probably feeling Cate’s pain. In order to get all of Cate’s emotions on the page, I really had to go deep with her.

Also? Writing the acknowledgments. That was brutal!

A: What was your favorite thing about writing “Before Goodbye”?

M: My favorite thing about writing “Before Goodbye” was connecting with David. He was such a surprise. I also loved writing to what I now think of as the “Before Goodbye” soundtrack. Writing to the songs that I chose and that seemed to choose the book/choose me—the songs that became David and Cate’s songs—that was kind of an amazing experience. You can listen to my “soundtrack” here: Song Link

A: Do you have any habits while writing? For example: a specific snack food you have to have or maybe music playing in the background.

M: It really helps to have some chocolate in the house!

Also, I like to be warm. I almost always have a scarf or a shawl around my neck when I sit down to write. Then, when the action picks up, I whip it off—
Maybe it’s a reverse Superman cape thing? Not sure. Security blanket? Writing can be a risky business…

A:  What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing?

M: Spending time with my son. Other than that, I love reading. I chain-read. I also love being outside, especially near the water.

A: Do you know the muffin man?

M: Absolutely.

A: Disney Princess or Disney Villain? Why?

M: Oh my g—so hard to choose. I mean, princess: I probably get a tiara, and maybe some jewels . . . plus a prince! But villain . . . I imagine I’d be expected to behave badly, yes? Which would be a LOT of fun because I have been very, VERY good for quite some time now, being a mom and all . . . So yeah, VILLAIN. Definitely. When do I start?

A: Thank you so much for stopping by today Mimi. We loved having you and I hope your week is completely awesome!

About Mimi Cross

Mimi Cross was born in Toronto, Canada. She received a master’s degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Ithaca College. She has been a performer, a music educator, and a yoga instructor. During the course of her musical career, she’s shared the bill with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Sting. She resides in New Jersey.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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