Friday, April 4, 2014

Feature Friday: Micah Caida

Micah Caida is the melding of two voices, two personalities and two minds, which often turns up the strangest ideas.  Micah enjoys exploring how different characters react and deal with similar situations.  Life is often filled with the unexpected – both good and bad.  While creating the Red Moon series, Micah hit upon a very unusual “what if” that exploded into an epic story filled with teenagers who face impossible odds, but are the only ones who can save the world from itself.

Interview 2 -- On Music:

If you could pick out your own theme song what would it be and why?

Picking just one theme song for “me” is sort of like picking just one favorite book or movie. I like constant entertainment, which is one reason I love writing. That’s why when I work on a story I’m entertaining me first.  If I had to pick a type of music for a theme song, it would be a fused creation of new wave that has a Latino slant, like something by Johannes Linstead. I grew up in Tampa, Florida where I was surrounded by Cuban guitarists.  It’s timeless and a distinctive sound that you recognize in the first few notes.

Is there a genre/style of music that you think best fits your writing style?

Not really. I have a very eclectic ear.  When writing, I may be listening to Maroon 5 one day, then Earl Klugh or Ray Lynch (jazz) the next day and The Beatles on another day, then country music the next.  It depends on my frame of mind.  For example, if I’m writing a fight scene, I might be playing Stand Up And Fight by Turisas.   That would probably be the theme song for the Red Moon trilogy, because every teen in the series has to decide what is worth standing up and fighting for when the odds are against them.

What about Rayen, your main character in the Red Moon trilogy?  Can you pick out a theme song for her and why?  Would she have a different theme song in book two?

Rayen’s character is what’s driving me to the finish of the Red Moon trilogy, and makes me want to finish Book 3 as soon as possible. Watching her fight and struggle is heartbreaking at times, and I can’t wait for readers to find out what happens.  When I think of Rayen, I hear Love Somebody by Maroon 5.  It’s a haunting, yet energetic, melody and I can hear those words in her mind when I’m in her point of view.   “I really want to love somebody…”  Deep down inside, she has a yearning to belong to someone and not just continue living literally from minute to minute.  Her music is different for each story and I can’t tell you what her song is for TIME LOCK (the last book in the trilogy) without giving away a spoiler.

If you could learn one instrument, what would it be and why?

I would play the guitar.  My mother could play and I gave it a shot. I have a very nice guitar, but I was also an artist and you have to abuse your fingers to play the music I was interested in. When it came to a choice between the two, I wasn’t dedicated enough to play seriously.  I do love to strum on occasion, but it’s not in me to work that hard to learn when I’ll never play the music that is capable of moving me.   I can sit for hours and listen to a gifted guitarist.

If, for some terrible reason, you could only pick one song to survive the devastation of mankind what song would it be and why?

One song to hear over and over and over, huh?  It would not have words and based on what I’ve told you above it would be Johannes Linstead or Ottmar Liebert – that’s a tough one. If I had to choose, it would be Kiss The Earth by Johannes Linstead. I could listen to that nonstop and never get tired of it.

Do you like to listen to music when you write?  What kind?  Was there a particular music list for when you wrote the Red Moon trilogy?  If so, will you share it with us?

I feel like the house is empty if no music is playing.   I didn’t write a playlist, but this is the one I listened to while writing Time Return (don’t forget, I warned you it would be eclectic):

Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford & Sons
Demons – Imagine Dragons
Love Somebody – Maroon 5
For Roach – Jimmie Spheeris (very old)
Out Of My Head – Theory Of A Deadman
Gotta Be Somebody – NickelBack
Breathe – Johannes Linstead
Stand Up And Fight – Turisas.
I Am The Mercury – Jimmie Spheeris
See You Again – Carrie Underwood

The Giveaway:
Micah will give TWO winners a choice of either TIME TRAP or TIME RETURN.  (in case the winner hasn't read the first book--they are definitely best read in order)--signed paperbacks to Continental US only.

Time Return:  In this coming of age debut trilogy, USA Today Micah Caida turns dystopian young adult fiction on its ear with a breathtakingly fresh science fiction, fantasy story that is as much a thriller as it is a romantic tale.

Her Time. His Time. No Time
Rayen promised to return, Gabby must return, and Tony can’t return. 

Three teenage friends are connected by a shared secret that forces a decision with consequences no one expects. When Rayen arrives on the Red Moon sphere again, she finds shocking changes. Her arrival causes more upheaval and danger for the MystiK children, creating a heart wrenching challenge for Callan who must choose between duty and holding onto the one girl he can’t have. But walking away is harder than he expects when a new MystiK male in the sphere is poised to take Callan’s place. Under threat of attack from an unexpected enemy, Rayen and Callan must put their personal feelings aside to unite a village in chaos. 

Choices backfire, trust is forfeit and alliances shift as elements of the Damian Prophecy begin to fall into place and the time of reckoning is closer than anyone expected.

Books in Correct reading order:
Time Trap—Book 1  (Available now)
Time Return—Book 2  (Available now)
Time Lock—Book 3  (June 2014)

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