Interview with C. Miller

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
They say if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. That's exactly how I feel. I can't wait to get out of bed every day, just to get more work in and see where it takes me.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently putting the finishing touches on the three other books in the Reave series. I'm also hoping to have a fantasy trilogy ready relatively soon.
What is your writing process?
Sit down, write, see what happens, and go from there.
Not planning things out makes for a lot of going back through it to ensure everything lines up, but I've tried plotting it all out and the characters refuse to let me have much of a say. So I just let them do what they do and make sure to tie up all the loose ends.
It adds a lot more work, but it's always exciting (and occasionally frustrating) when the characters surprise you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That moment when an entire story clicks into place. Where everything finally makes sense and you see that the characters knew what they were doing, even when you didn't.
Describe your desk
It's an organized mess. I've got a ridiculous amount of empty pens from editing in a pile off to the side, pens ready to go for more editing. Tissues (which come in handy when sick or when you're bawling over a scene). Highlighters, laptop and laptop case, post-it notes (both unused in a stack, and used . . . everywhere). A lantern (I write in a shed and the breaker occasionally blows . . .). An easel to hold books for inputting changes from editing. A fly-swatter . . .
There are quite a few other things . . .
When did you first start writing?
I've pretty much always written, but not stories. I kept a journal when I was younger, and I honestly can't remember when it first started, just that I've been doing it in some form or another for most of my life.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'll admit I was extremely torn on that for a while. I didn't know which way would be best for me, personally. In the end, I realized doing it this way meant everything could be how I wanted it to be. I like knowing that what I put out is exactly what I want put out. It's definitely an uphill battle, but I can't imagine doing it any other way.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having people enjoy my work has been the most mind-blowing thing about all of this. I set out hoping I could impact just one person and HAVING one person say they love it is . . .
It's amazing. It honestly means the world to me, and it's validation that I'm doing the right thing.
Published 2014-01-21.
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Books by This Author

Elude (Reave Series #2)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 127,780. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Escaping is hard. Surviving is harder. Aster has lived a life of servitude for ten years, but now she is determined to be free. Countless Reapers stand between her and the gate to New Bethel, and more await just past the walls. She’s spent her life being invisible, but in a world full of assassins, becoming close to any of them only makes you a target for the rest.
Reave (Reave Series #1)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,130. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
How far would you go to be free—to make your own choices without being subjected to punishment for doing what you felt was right? Could you kill for it? After being abandoned by her father as a child, Aster spent ten years of her life as a servant for the leader’s House in the broken city of New Bethel.