Interview with Mikki Hall

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Dell laptop. It's old and has problems but it has served me well. I'm not married to any particular device as I have also used my LG phone to read articles and stories. Whatever is at hand is what works for me.
Describe your desk
I have to laugh at this one because my 'desk' is my lap. I use my laptop and actually set it on my lap to write. It's much easier for me since my living situation doesn't afford me a typical desk - or any kind of desk for that matter. So that means my 'desk chair' is my bed. I sprawl out with my legs outstretched and just go to town. When I really start getting into the book (and when parts of me go numb), I switch to a cross-legged style and keep punching the keys.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Aurora, Illinois. We moved every year until I was in 5th grade. We never had much money and I was terribly shy. You've heard the term 'painfully shy?' Yep. That was me. Someone just saying my name made me blush and hide my face. Writing was a way for me to convey my emotions, which were always somewhat mixed up. Even though I didn't realize it at the time, writing poems, which is what I started out writing, was my voice; it was my way of communicating with the world, with my family and friends. I learned I had a talent for creating stories in my Sophomore English class. But it wasn't until I had gotten through my rebellious period and gone back to school that I really developed a passion for writing. So it wasn't so much the places where I grew up but the circumstances around those places that influenced my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I think I was in 5th grade. I wrote a poem about Halloween.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, the one I'm working on now, began as a telling of my life with my ex-husband. I've always felt it would make a good book. Some things I went through are pretty unbelievable. However, after writing the first rough draft, I re-read it and realized that this story had so much potential as a work of fiction rather than a memoir. So I decided to change things around a bit and made it even more bizarre than my own life experience. It's not quite long enough to be a novel so I am in the process of expanding the chapters and putting in more detail to make it even more appealing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have all these stories and short film ideas - even full-length feature film ideas - and no where to go with them. I absolutely adore creating written works but have been quite selfish with them. I'm not sure why I should feel this way as stories are meant to be shared. But, since I would like to one day quit my 'day job,' I figured I may as well give this a shot: see if other people will enjoy my stories as much as I have enjoyed creating them. I also want to set the example for my children to go after your dreams no matter what the obstacles.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Ahhhhh...the greatest joy? At first, I would say the creating is the greatest joy. However, upon reflecting, I would say the greatest joy is hearing someone say they couldn't put my book down; that they loved it. What a magnificent thing to hear.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, considering I am just starting on this trek, what my fans would mean to me is life or death - life of a writer or death of a writer. Without fans, people reading my books, what am I? I could call myself a writer but if no one is reading my books, how can I believe I'm a writer. My fans would be the 'wind beneath my wings.' (Great song) My stories cannot survive without fans. They would be lost then fade away and die.
What are you working on next?
I have a short film idea that I plan on turning into a short story. Or who knows? Maybe a novel! We'll see how the writing goes.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King; Frank Peretti; Ted Dekkar.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Absolutely. Now, are we talking the little stories we had to write in school? Or the first one I wrote outside of school? In school, it would be the story about my most embarrassing moment (at that time) and I was a sophomore in high school. My teacher read my story out loud. I wasn't popular at all so it was nice, although embarrassing, to hear the other kids laughing and enjoying my story. Outside of school, I wrote a 'book,' that I never published and always thought it would make a good movie. I had actually forgotten about it until this question. Perhaps it's time to revisit that story.
What is your writing process?
I just write. Words hit my brain I write them down. The first story I ever wrote (outside of school) was like that. The words hit and I wrote like crazy for a couple of hours until the whole story was on paper. Sometimes the whole story doesn't come out all at once. Sometimes, life gets in the way and other times, the story decides to fold away back into my brain before I finish it. It's difficult for me to just sit down and determine to write about something specific. Something needs to trigger that part of my brain. It could be anything: a flower, a line from a newscaster, a person I see on the street - anything.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My very favorite book is the Bible. I've read it through several times and each time I get something new out of it. It's fantastic! It's got love, romance, violence, humor, sex - everything you could want in a book.
The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub - that book encompasses me like no other (besides the Bible) has. I like many of Stephen Kings other books but none has had the impact this book has had on me.
House by Frank Peretti - This book had the intensity of a Stephen King book without all the foul language.
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - How can you not like this book? This world would be a whole lot nicer place if everyone took lessons from the giving tree.
The last book on this list is one I read many years ago and cannot remember the name. I know 'Fanny' was in the title somewhere. It was a book that was basically a diary of a young girl's life. Her mom thought her dad was trying to kill her because he had thrown her in the lake to teach her to swim and she just sank to the bottom and sat there waiting; he decided to make a mold of her face and put plaster of Paris on her but forgot to put breathing holes in it; and other such things. The book is hilarious. I loved it and read it at least a few times but for the life of me I cannot remember the name. If anyone knows, please tell me!!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children. Although they are 19 and 14, they are the motivation behind me getting out of bed. Life is fantastic but it sure has given us some hard blows. If it wasn't for them, I certainly wouldn't be maintaining the life I've been leading for the last 19+ years.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
This is always a trick question for me. It just depends. If it's a nice day and I have a few extra dollars, a trip to the beach is how I would spend that spare time. Much of the time, my children and I watch movies. We generally just get silly with each other. There's nothing better than to make your children cry from laughter. Who could ask for more?
Published 2015-01-13.
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Books by This Author

The Fairy Tale
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,810. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Beautiful Princess Catharsiette has grown up without her mother, Queen Seryndor. Years earlier, an evil witch kidnapped the Queen and took her to the midst of Death Forest. Friendly painter, Bartomew, sought the help of Prince Amouran of another kingdom to rescue the Queen. Upon seeing a painting of each other, Princess Catharsiette and Prince Amouran fall in love and the quest begins.