Interview with Milli Gilbert

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is simply getting those voices out of my head. It's a little crowded in there. But seriously, it's just fun telling stories.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without them, there would be no-one to read my books, so they mean everything to me. THANK YOU!
What are you working on next?
I've always got several projects going. At any given time, I'm working on drafts on a full length novel and a short story, as well as revisions/edits on a full length novel and a short story, plus there's formatting, cover design, promotions. And of course, the easiest part of writing, procrastinating on all the things.
Who are your favorite authors?
Whitman. Poe. My biggest problem is that my tastes are so varied, I don't know that I really have any favorites. I have a few books that I keep going back to, but they're all different authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Bacon and donuts. I'd be happy to stay snuggled in under the covers with my laptop all day, but I have two kids that need to get off to school, so getting them up and ready is my main motivation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading to my kids, running them to soccer practice, playing games with the kids, cooking, reading, watching movies. The usual stuff.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It depends. Some are recommended to me, so I'm either given a link, or I remember the author's name/book title from a conversation, and I find them that way. Otherwise, I kind of just browse until something catches my eye, and that's going to change from day to day. Sometimes it's a matter of figuring out what it is I want to read, then finding it, and sometimes I know what I'm in the mood for and then finding it by genre or key words.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, actually. It was for a project in fifth grade. We were supposed to write a story about a museum (it was during a local history unit.)
What is your writing process?
Ummm... I'm one of those write-by-the-seat-of-my-pants types. I'll have a vague "outline" which is really more just a few key events that have to happen at some point or another in the story, and I write those, then work in the details around them. But I've discovered I can NOT write the ending scene before I've finished, otherwise my brain says, "oh, you wrote the end. That means you're done writing this story. Time to move on. Oh, you wanted to keep writing? Sorry."
Describe your desk
ummm... Thankfully, I don't have a desk-top computer because I usually can't get to any kind of work-surface on it. But my binders with all my story notes/character profile sheets/drafts are all organized on the shelves. And I have my Lego pirate ship up there too, to play with (yep. I'm that girl. I love Legos.)
What's the story behind your latest book?
Uh... which one? We'll go with the full length novel that is still being drafted. That one was supposed to be a short story for an anthology I was invited to contribute to. The main characters weren't cooperating within that world. First I had to get the leading man drunk to figure him out - he still wasn't very forthcoming, considering how chatty he was. Then a friend called him out, and he revealed a few more things. Seriously, the guy's a stubborn turd. I'm still learning about him, and I've been writing this guy (and his leading lady) since July 2015. But it finally came down to the world I was trying to put them in wasn't theirs, the story I was trying to tell wasn't theirs. It just wasn't theirs. With a little more coercion from the MMC, I discovered there was just too much story to put into a short story, so... it's, at minimum, a trilogy, with a possibility for a fourth.
Published 2016-02-03.
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