Interview with Catherine Milos

What do you read for pleasure?
I love the paranormal genre and that's my go to when I need to escape into another world for a while. I also love reading about sci-fi, psychology, quantum physics, religion and spirituality, fantasy in general, health and wellness, marketing, and more. I love reading period. I think it is necessary for every author who wants to write better and reach audiences more effectively. Personally, I think reading feeds the spirit.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My cell phone. I can read in the short minutes I have throughout the day on that. But overall I prefer the hard copy of a novel. The tangible experience - the smell, the texture of the pages, the physical barrier to the world - is like a piece of art work. I truly believe writing is akin to art and experiencing both requires using the senses.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Being honest and true to who I am. Pretending to be something I am not and selling focused marketing just isn't effective any more. I believe fans find value in an authentic individual they can connect with.
Describe your desk
Which one? My day job desk is super organized. There is a small usb multicolored Himalayan salt lamp to help draw my eye away from the screen periodically, ergonomically fitted chair which I slouch a lot in, and a picture of my husband and I. There are some plants on my windowsill and a suit jacket for warmth, to cover stains, and add extra professionalism to my outfit for an impromptu meeting.

My writing office has a bunch of hardwood furniture found at garage sales, a way too small filing cabinet, a larger Himalayan lamp that was a gift from one of my favorite aunts, again to draw my eye away from the screen for a bit. There is some organization, but not as much as at my day job. Often there is a cat. I also have a huge wingback chair that I plan to reupholster someday that is perfect for sitting crossed-legged in.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could hold a crayon. I'd write and draw stories. I've never stopped.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Demons and Destiny is book two of the Angels and Avalon series. It is a love story that features vikings, reincarnation, difficult choices, and deeper perspectives from characters familiar to readers of the first book. Angels, magic, gods and the cast of characters from Avalon are all back too. It is inspired by some really dear friends. I followed a super brilliant ecologist around for a week to get Madison's experience just right. I think readers are really going to love the story. It's very different from book one.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publication wasn't for me, although I am always open to the idea. Not because I couldn't cut it, I did have a publisher express interest, but because I didn't have control and had to surrender a lot of rights and a lot of the creative process involved in turning the manuscript into a book. After the research I did, I felt going it on my own was best.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy of writing is the fact that I get to keep learning and never get bored with it. I get to follow people around, learn more about technical aspects, hone my skills, but also get to learn new topics, like ecology, from people who are passionate. I can incorporate everything I am interested in and learn more than I ever could in a classroom or any other job.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
What are you working on next?
Right now I have several novels on the go and I'm working on more focused blog content as well. I am also starting to branch off into marketing, author events, and the promotional side of self-publishing. I can't wait to see where it all takes me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Paulo Coelho, Gail Carriger, Becca Andre, Emily Bronte, Nora Roberts, Diane Duane... Gosh there are so many, but those are the ones who have shaped me as an author and a person.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
How precious life is, and my husband and cats. I've had some intense brushes with the rough side of life and faced death once or twice. There is nothing more precious than every short moment we get in life. If sleep wasn't the only way to achieve rest and healing on that level, I would wish not to sleep. Still, something can be said for those days when the sun shines through the window just right to warm and light your heart as you wake to one of the best days of your life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Binge watching TV (Charmed, Supernatural, Bones, Marvel...), gardening, spending time with my best friends and favorite family members. I love to travel and spend time out doors or doing something I've never done before or am afraid to do. I also volunteer with animal organizations and other community programs often.
Published 2016-07-20.
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Books by This Author

Through Dragon Eyes
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 66,240. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » General
King Warrick won't rest until every last dragon is gone. Half elf and half human, Zoe happens to be the future Wise One’s scaler, and she knows nothing about magic. Can Zoe and her friends – Soran the elf, her human brother Caden, Lily the blacksmith’s finisher, and a merman named Nymen – find the Gauntlet of the Realms and save dragon kind?
Demons and Destiny
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,640. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
What else are friends for, but to rescue you from a deranged reincarnated dark Viking shaman serving a lazy lesser Celtic god? Madison Porter is a scientist. When she suddenly discovers she has magic and a past-life with Tyrel her world is thrown into chaos. Her magic might be the only thing that can free Tyrel from his cursed destiny and keep them all alive.
Angels and Avalon
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,150. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Fed up with the antics of gods and their wars, the Archangel Gabriel takes refuge in a secret paradise. The only condition, he must protect Goddess’ treasure. Elizabeth McAllistar wants a new life free of Angels and Avalon. Will she be able to overcome the tragedy and the past that haunts her?