Interview with G.B. Miller

What motivated you to become an indie author?
After the initial success of landing a traditional publisher for my 1st book The Inner Sibling (formerly Line 21), I resumed querying my next completed manuscript, which was a fantasy novella. I quickly realized that most, if not all, publishers were unwilling/unable to take on that particular length of writing (25-40k+ words). However, the one thing that I had going for me, besides a viable product that I believed in, was the information that I was able to glean from a plethora of fellow writers about self-publishing.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the 1st book of a paranormal/fantasy trilogy, of which I've already written book #2 for (yes, you read correctly) and of which I still need to rewrite book #3. The basic story is about a hybrid female by the name of Nikia Robinson, and the arc covers the weeks leading up to her wedding; the actual wedding and the immediate aftermath; and the honeymoon as well as the aftermath. And, I'm also planning to work on another short story collection that will be based on a now closed short story blog of mine.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
For the past 11 years, I've spend all my free time blogging. Not only is it something that I truly enjoy, but it's a fantastic way for a semi-newbie writer such as myself, to practice & polish my writing skills. Previously, my blogging home was on the Blogger platform, but by mid-summer 2017, I'd moved over to the Tumblr platform. My current blog is called I Are Writer!, which can be found @ https://gbmjrflashyofct.tumblr.com, and it's basically a stream of conscience blog with a theme of writing that ties it all together.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read both non-fiction and fiction, but for pleasure I lean more towards non-fiction than anything else. Growing up my fave non-fiction was true crime, but nowadays I'll read almost any topic that happens to strike my fancy at a given moment. For fiction, I'm open to reading any genre at least once, but I'm partial to interracial romances, historical fiction, mysteries and urban.
Why write in the paranormal/fantasy genre?
It took me quite some time to find a genre that would let me be me with my increasingly R-rated+ style of writing. This particular genre works quite well for me, since the themes that I like to play with (religion, the darker side of sex, interracial and inter-species relationships) seem to be better suited for that genre than any other type.
What type of scene/plot/action do you feel the most comfortable writing in?
Sex (in all of its wonderful variables), violence (from implied to graphic but not repulsive) and religion. Either stand alone or some kind of combination of all three, I enjoy writing it all. But the one key rule that I apply to whatever particular theme I'm using, it has to be relevant to the scene. Sometimes to the plot, but always relevant to a given scene. The one thing that I'd learned early on was to make those concepts/themes relevant to the story. There is absolutely no sense in throwing in a sex scene, for example, if it doesn't really do anything to move along the story. That's just a wasted a space that could be better use and a waste of time to the reader that could be better spent.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. I wrote a story for a high school English lit class, a turn on MacBeth that riffed on the song "Another One Bites The Dust". I think I got a C or something like that on it.
What is your writing process?
We all have odd routines that we got through and mine is no exception to the rule. Because of the genetic malady that I labor under, my writing process is somewhat inefficient to say the least, but it works for me. Because I suffer from moderate-to-extreme hand fatigue, I have to take frequent breaks (often every five to ten minutes) in order to recuperate and get back in to the swing of writing. Which means that mentally, I'm often five to seven pages ahead of whatever it is I happen to be writing. But my output usually totals somewhere in the neighborhood of 250-300 words per sitting, which makes me a very slow writer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in suburban Connecticut, or to be more precise, a slice of semi-country/rural in a suburban town in Connecticut. I was and still am, surrounded by pockets of suburban rural and this suburban ruralness greatly influences my writing. I often use the familiar surroundings/areas of my home state as settings for my stories, as my home state has that perfect mix of suburbia and rural that can cleanse the soul and nourish the spirit, which can make for some very interesting writing.
Published 2017-09-09.
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Books by This Author

A Taste Of Pain
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 21,550. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The hotter the humiliation, the more sickening the payback. The traditional story of man lusts after woman, but woman doesn't lust after man is turned completely on its head as evil from Purgatory and evil from Earth vie for the soul of the innocent.
The Inner Sibling
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,780. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Paranormal
Playing the game of public sex is hard enough when you've got your uncle, the family loan shark, bothering you for a piece of your action, but when your symbiont wants a small piece as well, it can make you question your own sanity.
Broken Promises
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,080. Language: American English. Published: August 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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Love anew. Love misplaced. Love taboo. Three incredible short stories that present a wonderfully fresh twist on those familiar themes.