Interview with A.L. Miles

Describe your desk
Ha, Ha, Ha organized chaos and covered in sticky notes.
When did you first start writing?
This is one of my favorite stories to tell. I first started writing when I was in fourth grade. I hated English, but I loved writing the silly things I had in my head. It was (and still is) challenging because I am dyslexic. Regardless, I enjoyed it. However, after a teacher told me I had a very stupid idea for a creative paper, I stopped. Then when I was hardcore struggling with depression over a year ago I began writing again. It became my outlet and I wrote my first book Recovering is an Art (find under my full name) soon after I wrote my second book My Other Half (written under my pen name A.L. Miles) I am happy I began writing again and I will be doing it until I have no more things to say.
What are you working on next?
I am working on three books right now. The second book in the Recovering series. The second book in the Wolves series. Last, but not least, a fiction suspense​ novel titles Absinthe.
What is your writing process?
My stories mostly come from dreams that I have. I get vivid and detailed dreams. The first thing I do when I wake up is write down my dream. Although, I will admit that when I am doing that I am still half asleep and so the descriptions I give are not always understandable.
After that I use the templates I created and write out details for each character and then the basic plot. From there I will write out what is going to happen in each chapter. After that, I add crazy amounts of detail. Editing and sending things off to family happens. Then more editing. Leaving it alone for a long time. More editing. (do you see the editing pattern here?) I repeat the leave and edit a few more times. Then I send it to someone else to edit. Then I edit it once I get it back. I leave and edit a few more times. Then after that, I might publish it...or I will edit some more.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is My Other Half. I decided to write it as a silly thank you to some family that helped me get through my first book. As I have mentioned before, I am dyslexic and so a couple of my family members read the manuscript before an editor does.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. Fans tell me that I am not alone in the world. That is all anyone really wants.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nexus 9 tablet and use the kindle app the most. I also have the Moon+ Reader app that I use when I need to read EPUB. I use it to read and to also work on my stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
This is a challenging question. I enjoy reading all kinds of books. However, I do tend to gravitate toward Fantasy and Sci-Fi.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted the freedom to write what I want to write and in a time frame that allows me to decide when a book will come out next. I cannot give myself deadlines, I never stick to them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is being able to say what I want to say. I started the Recovering series knowing that not everyone would want to read these difficult tales, but I needed to say the stories within them. Some of the experiences that my characters go through are things that I personally have been through. I needed to get those things out and doing so brings me joy.
Who are your favorite authors?
That is a difficult one too. I have so many who have influenced me. Here is a list, although I know there are more than this.
Lemony Snicket
Loretta Lost
Lori M. Lee
Adam Johnson
Scott Westerfield
Arlos Ruiz Zafón
Aileen Erin
Edith Pattou
Cameron Jace
Amy Miles
Maggie Stievater
How do you approach cover design?
My cover designs​... I pretty much fiddle around with all the ideas I have in my head until I have something that doesn't bother me. I have my possible covers as my background on my computer. If I still love them when the time comes for publishing, then that is the one I choose. I also get my husbands opinion. He is great at telling me when something is too busy looking or not quite right for a certain genre.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
That is easy, I am with my husband and causing all kinds of trouble!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be honest, my husband does. Take all the good characteristics from my male characters and then take all the sweet things they say, that is my husband. Not that we never fight or argue, because we do, but at the end of the day he is my reason for getting up and moving forward. I love him.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember the first series. Lemony Snicket Series of Unfortunate Events. If it were not for that man I never would have fallen in love with reading.
Published 2016-07-22.
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