Interview, excerpt and giveaway: The Luckiest by Mila McWarren

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Release Date: July 7, 2015


Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Mila McWarren, author of The Luckiest.

Hi Mila, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your current book.

Thanks for having me! I’m a researcher on the East Coast – 40s, married, two kids. This is my first novel, but I started writing years ago online.

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than any others? Love? Action? Romance? Tragedy?

I think writing an action scene might literally make me curl up in a ball and die. I skim them in fiction and check out of them in films – they are NOT my cuppa. Love, romance, sex – all of that is much more in my wheelhouse. Most of what I enjoy writing is connections between characters, so action – oh god, if I ever get an idea to write a novel that requires a lot of action scenes, somebody is going to have to talk me down.

What do you think makes a good story?

This is such a hard question for me to answer! I read in a lot of different genres – in addition to romance, I like a lot of sci-fi and murder mysteries – so it’s so different in each ones. If I get really essentialist about it, I guess what I’m really looking for are strong characters who have natural interactions with each other. I think that all of us have a story in us

Do you hear from readers much? What do they say?

It’s release day, so not yet! Most of what I have heard from people about the book so far has to do with the cover, which is totally fair because have you seen that cover? It’s absolutely gorgeous, and the book design inside is equally beautiful. I’m so pleased and excited that I hope the whole thing makes a beautiful package. I think that a lot of people are also intrigued about why I set the book in Texas, and so that’s got me a little nervous. The location is near to my heart and I spent a fair amount of time doing research besides, so I hope people are happy with it.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

Well, this is my first book, and it’s definitely my favorite! I’m taking some time to just let myself be quiet (and focus on the job that pays all the bills) for a while, but I can’t imagine that there won’t be another one after this. I’m toying with moving a little younger in my focus and trying some YA for the next go-round, so maybe that will end up being my favorite!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I work a lot, and I actually love my job, so that’s not quite as depressing as it sounds. J When I’m not working and not writing, I mostly want some brain quiet time, so there’s a lot of television and knitting in my life. I also like to cook – I find working with my hands really restful in comparison to the rest of my life. It’s very meditative.

This was fun! Thanks for having me today!


When New York-based memoirist Aaron Wilkinson gathers with his high school friends to marry off two of their own, he is forced to spend a week with Nik, the boy who broke his heart.

As they settle into the Texas beach house where the nuptials will be performed, Nik quickly makes his intentions clear: he wants Aaron back. “He’s coming hard, baby,” a friend warns, setting the tone for a week of transition where Aaron and Nik must decide if they are playing for keeps.

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Aaron finishes the song and Stephanie snatches the mic out of his hand, crooks her finger at Nik and launches them into a reprise of their performance of “Dancing on My Own” from the homecoming weekend they all spent here at the house back in senior year. Stephanie still has questionable rhythm and tragic pitch—she loves to sing, which is why they have a karaoke machine in this house, but it’s one thing she will admit she doesn’t have much of a gift for—but there’s a reason Nik majored in music at The University of Texas, and his voice has come a long way.

Somehow, this deliberate throwback to a memory that was never anything but happy seems different than what Aaron has just done. He sits on the sofa, flanked by Alex and Jasmine, hating them both a little for participating in it even while he smiles. Nik dances—how can you not, with this song—but he still watches Aaron, gives him a little head-tilt during the chorus, and it’s charming and devastating and infuriating.

Jasmine leans to murmur, “Oh, I see how it is.”

“Oh, shut up.”

You might not be desperate, but I’m not sure about him. He’s coming hard, baby.”

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About the Author

Mila McWarren grew up in Texas, but has happily made her home on the East Coast for the last decade. In her day job she works as a social scientist and has spent the last 10 years developing her fiction writing online. She lives with her husband and their two kids. When she isn’t using working, writing, or hanging out with her family, she likes knitting and watching television, because they go together like peanut butter and chocolate, two of her other great loves.

Where to find the author:

Twitter: @milamcwarren




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