Interview with Erin Miller

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are in actuality the life blood of my work. Without them, I wouldn't continue to write. Or rather, I would but not put it in the public eye. My fans mean everything to me, and I appreciate all the reviews and hope to have more reviews in the near future.
Another thing, some of my fans have threatened to do dastardly things to me if I don't write a sequel to one of my books on here. I guess that means I'm doing something right!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a new poetry book with the tentative title "On the Brink of Death." However, I do need to think of a new title for it. I'm also working on Rougher Tides which is the sequel to Intrigued By First Sight. Since I'm in school right now, it has been an in progress effort but well worth the wait.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hmm... Way too many to list? No seriously, I have way too many favorites!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I won't lie and say life is beautiful since my own life has been anything but that. I do have suicidal tendencies and other mental issues but I always combat it and with everything right now, I'm a success in my own way. Things are happening that I never expected before and each day I get up now, knowing I have more support than ever before!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am living in a college dormitory and pursuing a Bachelors of Arts with an honors track in Graphic Design and Visual Arts. So when I'm not writing, I'm doing school work and drawing. Sometimes, I will relax and hang out with a friend or two.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometime other authors. Sometimes browsing through smashwords or amazon. It really depends. The most popular method is swapping ebooks with other authors for reviews. You never know whose story you will end up falling in love with!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ha, ha, yes. It was full length novel of a man who was half gargoyle and half human. However, in my teens when I wrote it, I ripped the book and threw it in the trash. I regret that now... Well, that was when I was 15 years old.
My very first story that I remember writing is a short story I wrote with my father when I was 7 years old. He began the story by writing about a woman having car trouble in the rain. When it was my turn to write, I added the woman walking to a mansion to use a phone (typical, I know) and then getting slaughtered by a Minotaur. I think it was then that certain people realized I was a disturbed child. Still, my father loved it, and from there my writing efforts continued.
What is your writing process?
When I write, sometimes I brainstorm and make outlines. Sometimes a web to piece ideas together helps me out. Other times I'll illustrate my characters and build a story around them. Still, other times, I'll spend hours sitting at my computer typing the first draft and then rewriting a thousand times until I'm at least semi-satisfied.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have been reading since I was 5 years old. I'm not sure, but I think the first chapter book I read (when I was 5 by the way) is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow followed by the Chronicles of Narnia series. My father always gave me a book to read. I have been obsessed with things in the gothic and macabre nature ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
Using my current skills I had learned in school, I no longer freak out over it. I take out a sheet of paper and sketch out a few thumbnails. Then when I finally decide on a design I either illustrate it myself or use free stock photos, edit them in photoshop to what I want, and then finish it off in Illustrator.
What are your five favorite books?
An excellent question although an extremely unfair one, since I read way too much! So let me see here...
My five favorite books are:
Ender's Game by Orson Scot Card (Yes, I know he is homophobic and I don't like the man, but this is one of the first science fictions books I have ever read. I still want to see the movie too!)
Akurite Empire by Samuel Z. Jones (Ha, see what I did there? This is actually a trilogy but I shall count it as only one book!)
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Quin
The Book of Shadows by James Reese
And really there are much more than that, but now you know!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth, facebook advertising, and I'm going to try future performances for my poetry books although, I have extremely bad anxiety and don't so well in large crowds...
Describe your desk
One simple word: CHAOS!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
That's a tough question. It wasn't always easy for me. I grew up for the first 11 years of my life in a town called Lindenhurst. Growing up the way I did, people tell me I'm now wise beyond my years. I'd rather not delve too much more into this subject though.
When did you first start writing?
Believe it or not, when I was 5. Same for reading, and art. Or rather, that's as far back as I can remember.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives me a platform to publish my books and distribute them to readers. The main purpose of any books is so it gets read. And each time someone reads any of my books and likes it, I'm a happy woman!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is knowing I'm capable of creating something from my own head that people may enjoy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and fantasy books. Art history books. Historical fiction books. Textbooks- Don't ask. The occasional book on Wicca and then some. There really isn't anything I don't read. I love to read!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I honestly don't know how to answer this question. I started publishing independently after developing a fan base for one of the sites I used to write for. Then I was given guidance to publish on amazon, smashwords, etc. by fans who were also fellow authors. Following the advice, I have done so and never looked back. I still query major publishers every so often but at the same time, it's nice being able to say I'm read now.
Published 2014-09-01.
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