Interview with Annie Miller

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I worked on it day and night for months during my pregnancy with my daughter. I typed it on a an old Brother's typewriter. This was before home pcs and I edited it after every chapter.
My mother wanted me to send it in to a publishing house, but I loved it too much to worry that someone else would reject it. It was my first born (then came my daughter).
I still have all the original markups and edits that my grandmother made, who was an avid reader. I love seeing her handwriting. It's filled with love and support. Unfortunately, she has since died and never saw any of my work published.
What is your writing process?
I first develop the characters and storyline and then research, research, research. Then I write everything down on paper (I know old school) but there's something rewarding about seeing it on paper. Then I type it, and edit in the process, sometimes rewriting entire chapters during this process
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have always been an avid reader and that's something I passed on to my daughters. In middle school, the librarian became my best friend. She would hold books back for me to read, some that where probably a little too racy but I loved Edgar Allen Poe, John Steinbeck and Danielle Steele. Talk about eclipic styles.
How do you approach cover design?
Usually I have a working title but sometimes a design cover will move me to edit the title. I want the graphics to reach the reader, to make them want to read it, so it's not always about the title, but the design and of course contents.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pride & Prejudice (and anything Jane Austen wrote)
The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allen Poe
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
The Runaway Jury- John Grisham (very disappointed in the movie and how they changed the entire storyline)
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of ebooks. My favorite ebook author is Christine Kersey. I love how she can write a romance novel without going 50 Shades of Gray. I don't want to read every detail about someone's love life. I want to use my imagination and that's what I give my readers. Also I don't want to be cursed at while reading. So I love authors, like Christine who keep it clean, yet very interesting.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am an Apple girl. I use an iMac, iPad and iPhone. However, I make my books available for all formats, because not everyone loves Apple products.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media is probably the best way to reach an audience of potential readers. I think you have to self promote, otherwise you will be lost in the millions of books readily available.
Describe your desk
It's very neat and clean. I have a picture of my husband and I sitting in a bluebonnet field and my test is shabby chic, turquiose and exposed wood grain. I like things organized and neat when I write. It helps my train of thought.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Houston, Texas and lived there until this past year, where I followed my daughters to Oklahoma, mostly because of my grandson.
My writing was heavily influenced by my grandmother. She had a book every week, in her shopping basket and then she would pass them on to me. She encouraged me to write, my mother was my biggest advocate and probably my husband was my biggest supporter.
When did you first start writing?
I'd write down storylines, much like a musician writes down lyrics, but they didn't always get organized. I still have them all, and will revisit them occasionally to see if I can modernize it. I guess I started writing when I was in my early teens but didn't take it serious until my twenties and didn't publish my first book until my forties. Yeah, not quick, I know but I had a family to raise and I worked a full time job in marketing, with lots of travel, so my manuscripts went in a file cabinet until now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a romantic drama, because let's face it, romance is dramatic. It's about a woman going through a divorce. All seems to be going well, her husband not fighting her, until one day he takes her girls without her knowledge or permission. Since they are still technically married, the police won't pursue it but she's going out of her mind, worried, as any mother would. Then this Detective comes to her aid. He's lost a child, and he is sympathetic with her situation and together they go on a manhunt, through the state of Texas, looking for her children and of course, there's romance and sparks between them but with that comes a lot of doubts and suspicions.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Again, I didn't want to work on something so dear to me and then have someone overly stressed reject my book or want to change and edit the storyline. I wanted to own my book, the good and the bad. I love that indie authors are so widely accepted. Sure there maybe typos, even after editing, but at least the intent of the story stays in your control.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first time using it but I think it allows for the author to spend more time being creative and less time uploading it to different formats, filling out documents and worrying about if you uploaded it correctly. At least that is what I hope it will do for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's not about the money. I don't expect to be rich. That's not why I write. I feel that there's not enough clean books available for ones like myself who have tossed one too many books in the trash after reading just a few pages. I write for myself, and if the readers like it, even better but it's for my enjoyment.
Published 2016-04-16.
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Books by This Author

Full Circle
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,170. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Lilly Williams has just accepted the most sought after position working with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This move to Houston will bring her closer to her estranged sister and brother-in-law, Sara & Cole.Sara discovers that she can no longer bear children, she asks the unthinkable. She wants Lilly to carry her child. 
How could Lilly carry a chid when she was just starting her own life?
Hope
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,710. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
This is the story of a 12 year girl, who has a happy family and great friends but she still isn’t content. 
Born with Fetal Alcohol Disease and addicted to nicotine, she struggled for every breath she took. This is the sequel to Happenstance, with additional stories to follow “The O’Malley Saga.”
Happenstance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,250. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Olivia loved Michael O’Malley her whole life, but when she heard he was presumed dead, while fighting in Vietnam, she allowed herself to be consoled by a stranger in town & 3 months later, she found out she was pregnant by a man she didn’t even know and worse yet, Mickey was returning from Vietnam. Pure Happenstance reunites these two after 20 years.
Light Through the Broken Glass
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,380. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
For Zoey Wilson, her life was shattered when her soon to be ex-husband kidnapped her girls. For Jack Sheldon, his life was shattered when his daughter died. Together they will go on a manhunt looking for Zoey's daughters and find love and forgiveness along the way. **This book contains no foul language or lewd sexual scenes. It's a romance book, not pornagraphy. It is suitable for all ages.