Interview with Shannon C. Miles

When did you first start writing?
I actually started writing stories when I was about 12. I always had little movies in my head. When I was younger my Barbie's would say the dialogue. I started with bad poetry and then I moved on to "Fan Fiction" before there was an internet. I believe those stories had a certain boy band that was big in the late 80's and early 90's as the main characters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always wanted to write professionally. The problem wasn't the writing part but the publishing part. I did all the research about publishing professionally and it just seemed so daunting. I kind of gave up that dream for a while. The stories never went away though. So one day, bored at work, I started looking up how to self-publish. When I saw how simple it was that's when I knew now was the time. I didn't want to look back at my life as an old woman and wonder what would have been. I took the leap.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's more of a compulsion. I'm finally putting these scenarios that have been running through my head down on paper. I love that I start with a character. I have an idea of what I want that character to be like but it isn't until I'm about half way through the story that I really know this character I created. It's like meeting or literally making new friends. I love how the story evolves into something I couldn't even have imagined when I started. It's like the stories take on a life of their own. It's fascinating.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the second book of a series. I released the first book July 31 and I hope to have the second book released by March 1.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Paying bills.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember the first book. It was a post-apocalyptic futuristic epic novel. I had big aspirations as a preteen. Some days I think I will return to the book. It would be interesting to see how I would write it now.
What is your writing process?
Depending on the setting I spend the first few days doing general research. Then I think of the characters. Names are very important to me so I spend a long time choosing the right name. Usually I already have the tone of the story in my head. Then I just start writing. If I get blocked I revert to my original style and pull out a notebook and hand write scenes. Sometimes it's more of a writing exercise. I'll write up a whole history for certain characters just so that I know where they are coming from. The histories will probably never make it into the narrative bit at least I feel more comfortable with the writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe the first story I ever read was Little House of the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I don't remember how old I was, maybe 8 or so? I think when I write now I have in the back of my head this question: a hundred years from now, will this work make an impact? It probably wouldn't. I am not trying to write that great American novel. I just would like my narratives to be able to compare someday.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love a good romance. Historical, western, contemporary, it doesn't matter. I also enjoy reading Rick Riordan's books. I often say I have to reading taste of a 12 year old boy. The books are entertaining and a bit educational. I love them and I share them with my nephews.
Describe your desk
Currently a mess!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am Navy Brat. So I often say that I grew up everywhere. I generally refer to California as my home state mostly because that is the state that I spent the majority of my childhood. I was very fortunate to have parents who treated the moves as adventures. I also learned how to be independent and flexible. I had friends of all nationalities and backgrounds. I loved the diversity. I think it gave me a different perspective.
Who are your favorite authors?
So many! Jane Austen, Amanda Quick and her many forms, Johanna Lindsey, Gemma Halliday, Rick Riordan. Those are my main go-to authors.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I try to catch up on things I've neglected such as cleaning the house. I will admit that I am a bit of a couch potato. I will binge watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Veronica Mars. I'll catch up on shows on my DVR. I'm also a huge fan of the Marvel movies- can we all agree that Chris Evans has the best ass in the Marvel universe?
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is essentially two different stories that by the end come together in a cohesive weave. The story starts in the past and jumps between 1909 and 2014. The main character Justine Ashcraft inherited an old Victorian house from her great- aunt and discovers a secret that could destroy one family while bringing justice to another.
Published 2016-02-15.
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Books by This Author

I'll Wait for You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 132,940. Language: American English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Justine Ashcraft has been in love with Chase Velasco since they were kids. She inherits her great-aunt's wealth and property as well as a mission to solve a mystery and bring justice to an unsolved crime. Unknowingly, Justine reveals a secret that someone else is desperate to keep. Returning to Winnemucca, NV, means returning to Chase and returning home.
All I Want
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 108,160. Language: American English. Published: March 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
I am Cassandra Newton, a writer for an independent magazine. My editor finds out that a reality dating show is going to be filmed at a ranch in Winnemucca, NV and I get to be on the show. How awful could it be? A story filled with a little bit of humor, a little bit of steam, and a little bit of intrigue. I have to decide if I want the career of my dreams, the man of my dreams, or All I Want.