Interview with Hannah Mills

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in many places. But my favorite place I've lived in the past was Oregon. I had a lot of family there, so I tend to write a lot of family stories or stories where people get together with friends and family and have a good time, you know? Also, since I've lived in a lot of places, I guess that influenced my love for adventure stories. Stories about travel and exploring new places, they're all so great to me. Even ones that mention that kind of stuff. So yeah, that's my final answer.
When did you first start writing?
Since I could hold a pencil. (laughs) Stories and creating them have been around with me for as long as I can remember. I can't pinpoint the exact moment I started writing, but I can tell you that I did create stories in my mind that I would often act out with family members. In kindergarten, I even kept a journal, where I wrote a few sentences about my day, recent events, or things I like, with a little picture to go with them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I couldn't find a publisher and I really wanted to get my books out there. When I found out that I could publish my own books online without having to find a publisher, my soul shook. It was like a revelation. Like, "I can actually publish my books by myself? This is a dream come true!" It was amazing, to say the least. So I got involved with a lot of websites and eventually ended up here.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to explore new worlds and discover new people. The ability to leave my home without actually getting up from my own bed. I can go to a faraway land, outer space, to the moon and back, meet thousands of new people, and still be in the same place I was when I woke up. That's my greatest joy of writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. The fact that people from places I've probably never been have seen my work is just so surreal. People from probably the other side of the country pretty much know who I am. For me, it's truly unbelievable.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really like Rachel Renee Russel, the author of the Dork Diaries books. She makes her characters so relatable and funny! If this also includes scriptwriters, I'll let you know, the people who work at Pixar have the best ideas I've seen, and their stories are always amazing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
New opportunities, possible inspiration, and FOMO.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Singing, drawing, acting out things other people have written, doing useless random things on my computer....
What is your writing process?
I come up with an idea, come up with the characters (and their personalities), and write. It's simple and, to be honest, quite a boring story, but an effective process. At least for me.
How do you approach cover design?
I face it head-on. One thing I love about the publication process of a book is the cover design. It can say everything about a book, absolutely nothing about a book, or give a subtle implication of what the book is about. Either way, if it's eye-catching, it's for me. I love creating covers and letting my creative juices flow. And I just love giving people a reason to judge a book by its cover.
What are your favorite kinds of stories to read/write?
I love all kinds of stories. Sappy romance novels, unbearably adorable romantic stories, full-on action/adventure stories, Christian stories...really, anything except for horror. Dark mysteries are the closest I'll ever get to anything "horror", but the whole idea of it just freaks me out.
Published 2017-09-25.
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