Interview with Michelle Miles

When did you first start writing?
I started in high school writing fanfiction--Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones--for fun. It wasn't until 2001 when I was home on maternity leave that I decided I wanted to write as a career. After fumbling my way through and looking for help, I finally found RWA and joined in 2004. My first book was published in 2006 and I really credit that organization for getting me published.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating other worlds and being IN that world. It's escapism. Plus I can be anyone and do anything. I'm only limited by my imagination. And the research is a lot of fun too. There is so much I've learned over this journey and I can't wait to see what else I learn.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors: Gena Showalter, Karen Marie Moning, Nora Roberts, Patricia McKillip. I love reading their books and getting lost in their stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love going to the movies, watching Star Trek, reading (of course!) and cross-stitching. I also like hanging out with the husband.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my Nook. I have the Nook app on my smartphone and love that I can sync it and read anywhere, anytime.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really wanted more control of the creative process and to be able to track my sales.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm working on contracted work for one of my publishers. I also have a paranormal romance series that I'm self-publishing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Playing with my imaginary friends (aka writing).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - it was a dreadful science fiction story that I wrote on notebook paper, front and back, and I thought it was brilliant.
What is your writing process?
I usually start with a character and then take it from there. Since I mostly write fantasy/paranormal romance, I do a lot of worldbuilding. Some of it is up front but most of it happens organically as I write.
Describe your desk
A mess mostly. I typically don't write at my desk at home. Since I work full time, I write on my lunch hour in the break room, iPod firmly plugged into my ears.
Published 2013-08-30.
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