I’m delighted to be welcoming Miranda Oh to my hot seat today chatting to us about Just Breathe and the Chin Up Tits Out trilogy.
Just Breathe by Miranda Oh is published by Tuscany Bay Books and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.
Continuing the saga of Hadley, recently divorced and wending her way down the path of life in anticipation of her rapidly approaching 30th birthday as a single woman.
Testing waters and wantonly accepting new and exhilarating scenarios, Hadley wisely chooses each path carefully before diving into the quagmire which is life.
A humorous, oft times sexy, look at life from a young woman’s standpoint, readers will laugh out loud at some scenarios, cry at others and knowingly shake their heads at still others.
Hi Miranda, welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Just Breathe (Chin Up Tits Out) in 20 words or less.
A wild ride through a tragic loss, a recent divorce and mental illness. Raw, relatable and often times twistedly humorous.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
Real life! Reality is often more strange than fiction, in my opinion. My twenties were jammed packed with experience, love, loss, struggles and successes, the Chin Up Tits Out series touches base on a lot of heavy topics we face on a daily basis, but with a positive twisted witty point of view.
How do your characters come into existence Miranda? Do they have a bio?
Oh – this is one of my favourite questions I’ve ever been asked, I think it is because the answer is one of my favourite features of the books.
The main character comes to life and becomes relatable to how you and I feel in certain situations, when her inner voice comes through. It is her constant battle between right and wrong, daring and playing it safe, coaching herself on, or merely internally shaking her head at herself. We all have that inner voice, our main character tries to embrace it and use it to her advantage.
What scene was the hardest to write?
The hardest scene I had to write was right at the beginning of book 3 – Just Breathe. I even think I have a review on Amazon stating that by page 20 something they were balling. If they were balling, I was sobbing, there was a lot of tears and a lot of tissues. The reason why it was so tough was because we watched Hadley’s husband who was a newly landed immigrant that was diagnosed with cancer, dealing with mental illness and addictions walk out and left Hadley to go back home to his native country South Africa. When our main character says her final words to him and comes to terms with what just happened, everything in her world imploded.
Does your book tackle a social barrier Miranda?
Oh gosh, let me get my list started here; immigration, racism, long distance relationships, cancer, mental illness, additions, self-care and self-love. We all go through it, we all see it, and in some way shape or form we may fall into it; willingly or unwillingly. I wanted to dive into what each of those tough scenarios felt like, how did I react in real life, what was positive and negative about that. It gave me a very up close and personal assessment of how I handled tough scenarios in real life. I re-lived them while writing, provoking memories and pain points and threw them into the book; knowing that if I thought of this, maybe someone else has too, and therefore we can be relatable in that sense. All those things make us feel lonely and inadequate, I really wanted to get into the feeling of that and how to overcome it yourself.
If your book is part of a series, what is in the future?
This is the end of the Chin Up Tits Out series. I think all good things come in threes. Although, that is not all I have up my sleeve. I am working on mapping out a new series. This series will be another fictional trilogy based on real life stories from women around the world. I was recently diagnosed with two incurable diseases called Endometriosis and Adenomyosis, besides being extremely painful, potentially have infertility issues and being in consistent preventative maintenance mode the community is absolutely amazing and supportive. 1 in every 10 women are affected by this disease, so this next series is giving all these strong amazing women a voice through my stories.
Finally, are there any tips you could share with new writers that have worked well for you?
Just keep writing is my tip to everyone. If you have set out to get your story out there do it. If there is a will there is a way. If you hit a roadblock, find a solution. If you can’t find a solution, ask a friend, we aren’t on a TV show were we have a limited amount of times we can ask for assistance, knowledge or information. We usually just get stuck in the way of our own success. One foot in front of the other, ask for help when you get stuck and be proud of your accomplishment each step of the way.
Thank you for being my guest. Wishing you success with all your writing projects.
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My name is Miranda Oh, I am the author of the Chin Up Tits Out series. My motto in life is to always have a chin-up tits out attitude, no matter what! When the tough gets going, there is no shame in sipping some wine and having an ugly cry.
Life is a wild ride, sharing the twisted stories is what brings us together.
I hope that my stories bring you lots of laughter, some shock, and a few tears. I encourage alcoholic beverages when reading, it will enhance your reading experience.
I would love to connect with you, and never forgot to #chinuptitsout
Your life will change if you keep that positive mental attitude! Promise!