Interview with David Miller

What is your writing process?
Writing a book is a flat out, no holds barred race to put as many ideas as I can down on paper. In the early stages there is little structure and I tend to let the characters mature and develop in their own space and time. I start a story with a basic structure and then whiteboard the elements on my kitchen pantry door and start making the links to build a great story.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As a first time author, there is a sea of marketing options to choose from. I have gone with a basic combination of tried and true options: website/blog, integrated social media, building my own mailing list and leveraging SmashWords to access the largest group of publishers available.
Describe your desk
It morphs from insanely messy when I am working hard and everything is going right, to OCD clean when I need to step back from the book. A messy desk is always my first procrastination target.
When did you first start writing?
I have always dabbled in writing and was once a career sales copywriter for online marketers, you know, those really long sales pages that seem to go on forever. I write to relax doing sports coverage for my dragon boat team that is filled with colourful characters and an endless inspiration for posts.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the tale of Mike Winters, he's a young guy who is sick of his life working behind the counter at a bank. In his push to change his life he starts an online auction business but gets wrapped up with a bunch of crims running a contract killing business out of Hong Kong. Mayhem follows as Interpol and the Australian Federal Police struggle to put the pieces together.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The barriers of time. money and patience to write, pitch and land a publishing deal. This way I can write and publish to my own schedule and develop my own following.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm not a success in the traditional sense, but screw traditional I say. Smashwords has helped me get my book out there and complete the publishing process end-to-end. Many writers never publish.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing somebody read my work and escape into the story, maybe have a chuckle or two.
What are you working on next?
I am writing a follow-up story on the life of Mike Winters, the lead character in The eBay Killers. Life has been challenging for him, and there is much joy, discovery and of course, challenges ahead for him as well.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert G. Barrett (Aussie author who sadly passed away), Michael Connolly, Stephen King, Hunter S. Thompson, Ken Kesey. I don't dwell in any one genre, just chase a good story.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Up until last week when I typed 'The End' and prepared to publish it was The eBay Killers. Now I have published, it's time to head out in the mornings to paddle dragon boats or our outrigger. Soon, the urge to write my next book will take over, but for now, it's time to relax.
Published 2015-02-18.
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Books by This Author

The eBay Killers
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,640. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The eBay Killers is a rollicking tale of young love, assassins, suburban swingers, Interpol, bashings, AC/DC, the Australian Federal Police, Captain America, bikers, strip clubs, a stuffed fox named Tyler and the transformation of a leafy Canberra suburb into a war zone.