Interview with Erin Miller

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the lifeblood of my work. Although I have been slow on delivering more books for the past three years.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on and off on the sequel to Intrigued by First Sight called Rougher Tides. I'm also working on yet another poetry book and visual arts since I'm also an artist and showcase my work in various art galleries near me. Stay tuned!
Who are your favorite authors?
Hmm... Way too many to list?
I read too much if there is such a thing as reading too much. The top authors and poets I can think of off the top of my head are as follows: Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Alexis Hall, Samuel Z. Jones, Terry Brooks, Orson Scot Card, Robert Frost, and so many, many others. I also have a nickname "nerd" since I enjoy reading art history textbooks.
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. Things are happening that I never expected 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 Visual Arts and Graphic Design. I'm also building up my resume with numerous internships at various art galleries and such with titles such as; curator, co-curator, graphic designer, and more.
So when I'm not writing, I'm doing school work and working in various internships. Did I mention volunteering at galleries as well?
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 short 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.
Still more times, I'm listening to music, watching music videos, movies, going out into *ack* public and observing. You know, the typical writer stuff. Or I'll eavesdrop on conversations in art galleries while I'm looking at art work.
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.
Now with even more skills I have acquired I can either illustrate the cover myself or take my own photos (When I get a powerful enough camera) and go from there.
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, poetry performances, book swaps. As soon as I figure out more ways I will add them up here.
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?
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 2015-08-09.
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Books by This Author

Things of Old to Days of New A Collection Of Poetry
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 9,580. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Join Erin Miller in her poetic journey through chaotic thoughts and whimsical ideas. The cover is in the process of being updated with the new title.
Confessions After Zombie Prom
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Amber is a college student with a dark secret.
The Tides of Change
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,600. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This is the poetry with Gothic and macabre undertones, however there is also a light that shines ahead. Come with Erin M. Miller on her journey of self-reflections and making new allies in places she never originally thought possible. This is a collection of poetry that will move even the most stoic of readers.
Intrigued By First Sight
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 66,470. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Honey Elizabeth is a freshman in college. Jackie is the bad girl type and has no room in her life for love, but when she meets Honey things stir in her heart that she has never known before. Entranced Honey and Jackie begin a love affair like no other.
A Test Of Faith
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
Sarah was just an average Long Island, New Yorker. All she wanted was to move on with her life and seeks the aid of a therapist.
For The Love Of A Family
You set the price! Words: 8,850. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Jackie Miller is a police officer who loves her family very much and will do anything for them, even if it means getting suspended from the police force...
The Midnight Dance
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 18,160. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Come with Erin Miller on her journey through life, filled with torture, wonder, love, heartbreak, sorrow, and more. This makes a great coffee table book of poetry and prose, but be wary, this collection isn't for the faint of heart.