Author Interview: Mia Hoddell


I am very excited to introduce Mia Hoddell, author of False Finder, a book with a concept that intrigues me greatly: what if someone had the ability to detect lies? Read on!

1) Tell us a little about your book.
False Finder is a standalone, urban fantasy, dystopian thriller aimed at upper young adults and new adults. It’s an action-packed novel about secrets, lies, betrayal, and family ties as a girl with a unique ability fights for survival in a country run by criminals. Here’s the blurb:
Cora has been able to detect lies since she was born, she’s…a False Finder.

However when blackmail, betrayal, and lying are all the population has to protect themselves, it makes her dangerous. It also makes her a target.

Because of Cora’s ability, Rogan Carvelli—London’s biggest criminal leader—has been trying to acquire her for years.

Cora has learned to survive and remain undetected—at least until one careless mistake causes her friends to betray her.

Sold to Carvelli, Cora is only left with the help of a secret organisation to escape. She knows nothing about them, but they have saved her too many times to ignore.

However, the closer she gets, the clearer it becomes…
Their motives are far from innocent.

2) What is your favorite part about writing? Least favorite?
I love all aspects of writing. However, my favourite part is when the first sentence of a new novel comes to me. That’s the point I get most excited because there are so many possibilities and I can’t wait to get them down on paper. Although, seeing the final book for sale is pretty great too. My least favourite is probably when I’m nearing my final rounds of edits. The first three rounds I enjoy it, but after that I just want to get back to writing my next idea.
3) A director tells you that you have complete control over casting the movie version of your book. Who plays who?
I’ve never liked this question if I’m honest. The problem is I don’t really watch many movies and therefore have no idea who I’d choose. Generally, I base my characters on image I find on stock websites. For my female lead in False Finder, the image on the cover is exactly how I pictured Cora when I created her. I also like for the reader to create their own version of my characters when they read the book rather than give them a celebrity.
4) If your house was burning down and you could save one thing, what would it be (don’t say photo albums, everyone says photo albums)?
It definitely wouldn’t be photo albums. I can’t begin to describe how many pictures of me there are I wish had never been taken! This is probably going to sound bad and unsentimental, but it would be my iPod because I use it for everything, including writing my books. I have all of my notes, plans, vague ideas, chapters, and backups on it and I’d hate to lose all of that work (I may be a workaholic). It does also contain my photos, music, ebooks, videos, and other stuff I’d hate to lose.
5) If you could choose what one message that a reader takes away from reading your book, what would it be?
False Finder is different from all of my other novels. It’s darker and an urban fantasy thriller, whereas most of my other novels are romances. In my romances I like write about characters struggling to find themselves or accept who they are. I’d like readers to take away that it’s never worth compromising who they are to get someone to accept them. In False Finder I’d like people to take away that it’s worth fighting and standing up for what you want.
6) Imagine a world where everyone wears a t-shirt that says something about who they are as a human being, i.e. “Doesn’t play well with others” or “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had coffee.” What would yours say?
Um … either “I love books more than people” or “I like to party and by party I mean stay at home because socialising stresses me out.” Actually, any of the 22 mentioned here work:
7) Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing?
My family. Without them none of this would have been possible.
8) What writer do you admire the most and why?
At the moment I admire those who started out as indie authors (Colleen Hoover, Jennifer L. Armentrout, J.A. Redmerski etc.) and are now topping best seller lists or have become traditionally published authors. Because my roots are in self-publishing I look to them as a sort of role model because they’re great with their fans and have made it work.
9) If you had only one book to read for the rest of your life what would it be?
Dragonfly by Julia Golding. It has a little bit of everything: romance, adventure, action, mystery, and a new world. She’s my favourite author and it’s one of the few books that has stuck with me since I discovered my love of reading.
10) Favorite quote about writing, life or otherwise:
It’s kind of cheesy, but I like it anyway. “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.”
*Also, just a side note. The box set for my #1 Amazon bestselling series, Seasons of Change, is currently on sale for the summer. You can get all 4 books, plus 2 free exclusive stories, and save 40%!

Thank you Mia!


Book title: False Finder
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