Interview with Erin Miller

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are the lifeblood of my work. Although I have been slow on delivering more books for the past three years. However, that will change soon.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm revising Intrigued by First Sight and will then proceed to write it's sequel Rougher Tides.
Aside from writing, I'm also an artist. You can say I'm doubly blessed or doubly cursed. *Chuckles*
Who are your favorite authors?
Hmm... Way too many to list?
I read too much if there is such a thing as reading too much. The top authors and poets I can think of off the top of my head are as follows: Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Alexis Hall, Samuel Z. Jones, Terry Brooks, Orson Scot Card, Robert Frost, and so many, many others. I also have a nickname "nerd" since I enjoy reading art history textbooks.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
We all need to live our lives don't we?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Now that I'm an Alumni with a Bachelor's degree with honors, I have had a lot more time to pursue my passions. So when I'm not writing or working my day job, I join the local artist communities, perform spoken word, do odd jobs here and there, and soon to get back into volunteering. Although as of late, I'm trying to become a teacher, eventually a professor in art, art history, and graphic design. However, there is a long road ahead of me for that and it's still in my thoughts right now. Nothing is set in stone.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometime other authors. Sometimes browsing through smashwords or amazon. It really depends. The most popular method is swapping ebooks with other authors for reviews. You never know whose story you will end up falling in love with!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In my teens, I wrote about a man who was half gargoyle and half human. How he was created was hysterical. I was watching a rerun of the Disney Gargoyle's television show and tried to draw a fan art of the character Goliath. The fan art failed and I ended up with my own character whom I named Rolio. Sadly, the story is no longer in physical existence, but Rolio may make a reappearance in the future.
What is your writing process?
When I write, sometimes I brainstorm and make outlines. Sometimes a web to piece ideas together helps me out. Other times I'll illustrate my characters and build a story around them. Still, other times, I'll spend hours sitting at my computer typing the first draft and then rewriting a thousand times until I'm at least semi-satisfied.
Still more times, I'm listening to music, watching music videos, movies, going out into *ack* public and observing. You know, the typical writer stuff. Or I'll eavesdrop on conversations in art galleries while I'm looking at art work.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have been reading since I was 5 years old. I'm not sure, but I think the first chapter book I read (when I was 5 by the way) is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow followed by the Chronicles of Narnia series. My father always gave me a book to read. I have been obsessed with things in the Gothic and macabre nature ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
Using my current skills I had learned in school, I no longer freak out over it. I take out a sheet of paper and sketch out a few thumbnails. Then when I finally decide on a design I either illustrate it myself or use free stock photos, edit them in photoshop to what I want, and then finish it off in Illustrator.
Now with even more skills I have acquired I can either illustrate the cover myself or take my own photos (When I get a powerful enough camera) and go from there.
What are your five favorite books?
An excellent question although an extremely unfair one, since I read way too much! So let me see here...
My five favorite books are:
Ender's Game by Orson Scot Card (Yes, I know he is homophobic and I don't like the man, but this is one of the first science fictions books I have ever read. I still want to see the movie too!)
Akurite Empire by Samuel Z. Jones (Ha, see what I did there? This is actually a trilogy but I shall count it as only one book!)
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Quin
The Book of Shadows by James Reese
And really there are much more than that, but now you know!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth, facebook advertising, poetry performances, book swaps. As soon as I figure out more ways I will add them up here.
Describe your desk
One simple word: CHAOS!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Writing and art has always been my outlet when things got me upset. They are my strongest allies and still are today. I find that writing is a powerful communication tool.
When did you first start writing?
Believe it or not, when I was 5. Same for reading, and art. Or rather, that's as far back as I can remember.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gives me a platform to publish my books and distribute them to readers. The main purpose of any books is so it gets read. And each time someone reads any of my books and likes it, I'm a happy woman!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is knowing I'm capable of creating something from my own head that people may enjoy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and fantasy books. Art history books. Historical fiction books. Textbooks- Don't ask. The occasional book on Wicca and then some. There really isn't anything I don't read. I love to read!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I honestly don't know how to answer this question. I started publishing independently after developing a fan base for one of the sites I used to write for. Then I was given guidance to publish on amazon, smashwords, etc. by fans who were also fellow authors. Following the advice, I have done so and never looked back.
Of course, I'm now a hybrid author since I have been published traditionally a few times. I like to look at all my publishing options and why stick to just one?
Published 2016-07-14.
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Books by This Author

The Frog Key
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
It all started when I lost my keys. How was I to know that the new key I found would be dangerous?
Things of Old to Days of New A Collection Of Poetry
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 9,400. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Gay & lesbian
Join Erin Miller in her poetic journey through chaotic thoughts and whimsical ideas. The cover is in the process of being updated with the new title.
Confessions After Zombie Prom
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 4,890. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Amber is a college student with a dark secret.
The Tides of Change
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,600. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This is the poetry with Gothic and macabre undertones, however there is also a light that shines ahead. Come with Erin M. Miller on her journey of self-reflections and making new allies in places she never originally thought possible. This is a collection of poetry that will move even the most stoic of readers.
Intrigued By First Sight
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 53,790. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Honey Elizabeth is a freshman in college. Jackie is the bad girl type and has no room in her life for love, but when she meets Honey things stir in her heart that she has never known before. Entranced Honey and Jackie begin a love affair like no other.
A Test Of Faith
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,940. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » General
Sarah was just an average Long Island, New Yorker. All she wanted was to move on with her life and seeks the aid of a therapist.
For The Love Of A Family
You set the price! Words: 8,850. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Jackie Miller is a police officer who loves her family very much and will do anything for them, even if it means getting suspended from the police force...
The Midnight Dance
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 18,160. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
Come with Erin Miller on her journey through life, filled with torture, wonder, love, heartbreak, sorrow, and more. This makes a great coffee table book of poetry and prose, but be wary, this collection isn't for the faint of heart.