Mickie James interviewed with the Charleston Gazette to promote a TNA live event in the area tomorrow night.  She talked about her start with wrestling, her music career, and more.

On getting her start in wrestling:

"I grew up an avid wrestling fan. I watched it with my Dad. It was our thing.

"I got out of high school and had little to no direction. I wanted to go to college, but I needed an academic scholarship. I was going to sign up for the Army Reserve, and I chickened out.

"So, here I am working at a bar, and I have no idea what I'm going to do with my life. The bar has wrestling on every Monday and Thursday night. It was the 'Attitude' era, with Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, and you couldn't pull me away from the TV.

"A co-worker said, 'One of my buddies has a wrestling school. You should check it out. I think you'd be great at it.'

"The school was probably two hours from my house. I drove up every Tuesday and Thursday for practice. I trained and went to events six hours away that only paid $25 and a handshake. I'd pull any veterans I found aside and ask them to watch my match and tell me what they thought.

"I got better and built myself up on the indie circuit, signed with TNA, did the first TNA Wrestling pay-per-view and got picked up by the WWE. I came back to TNA in 2010."

On her music career:

"We just had CMA Fest last week and went to the CMA Awards and to the Spike TV Guy's Choice Awards. I got home, like, at 4 a.m. Monday.

"The album ['Somebody's Gonna Pay'] came out May 7. There's the single and a music video. I was really fortunate. My friend [Trish] Stratus co-starred, as well as fellow TNA Superstar Magnus. He plays the guy I smash over the head with the guitar.

"It was awesome. All my friends came out."

She also discusses whether music is harder than wrestling, and more.  Full story here.