Interview with Ariel McMillan

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want people to enjoy something that I made. The idea of someone taking the time to look at my work for their enjoyment always makes me feel warm inside. I love writing and being an author means that everyone gets to feel some of the joy that I feel when I write.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was twelve. I remember writing about anything I liked at the time. I wrote about a girl that was turned into a mermaid and a failure of a romance novel that I wrote over a Thanksgiving break.
What are you working on next?
I am working on another fictional novel. This one is about a stuffed animal that goes on a life changing journey. His name is Tony. I have a couple other books I'm working on, but I decided to focus on this one.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite author by far is Amanda Hocking. I've been reading her books since I was in middle school and she was a huge inspiration for me becoming an author. I wanted to be an author just like her and now I'm this much closer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Whenever I'm looking for a book, I either look at the section on Amazon that says "people also bought this" or I glance at Goodreads' recommendations.
What is your writing process?
I always grab my trusty notebook filled with my notes and ideas about whatever I'm writing, I go on YouTube and start playing my music playlist and make sure the editing feature on Word is on, so I can see all the spaces and enters.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually use my tablet for reading, but when I was younger, I always used an older Amazon kindle.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Without Smashwords, I'm sure I would still be wishing I could publish my latest book. They made it easy for me to get my book out there and I learned a lot about being a self-published author and the hard work it takes.
What do your fans mean to you?
I deeply respect and admire anyone who reads my work. I appreciate it more than anyone can understand. if I had the opportunity to meet any fan of my work, I would tell them just how much I appreciate them.
How do you approach cover design?
I always had a color in mind when I thought about the cover for my book. Years earlier, I designed a crest in Google paint and when I bought the cover design, I made sure they used it.
Published 2017-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Pathfinders Rebellion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,420. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
In the year 2055, Quest Landing and her hopeful teenage friends set out to stop a massive monopoly called Codingz to save an otherworldly group of people and the United States. Sixteen years earlier, the U.S. suffered a major economic depression after a massive technological boom. People began to let large corporations make all the decisions. Quest will show the country that Codingz is the enemy.