Interview with Gayle Miller

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in bonnie Scotland surrounded by countryside. I used to play in the fields or sit and look out over the land. I guess you could say the lure of adventure, the mysterious land and beautiful views are my inspiration.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are William Blake, Homer and Bram Stoker.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter since I'm her alarm clock and my dog. Apart from my family, it is the book I'm currently working on. I love delving into the fantasy world and seeing the characters come to life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love scifi and fantasy so I tend to watch the shows and films that I've missed while writing. I also enjoy listening to music and promoting Scottish independence.
What is your writing process?
I like to create the world and characters first. Is it modern or ancient? Fantasy, thriller, paranormal? This determines the kind of characters that I have. Then I see how they interact in the world. I'm a very visual person so it tends to play in my head as though I am watching a movie. Once I have those details worked out I begin by jotting down the main aims of the story, where I want it to go and take it from there. The hardest part is naming the characters which I tend to do as I go along unless certain characters suit specific names.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read, I believe, was Little Red Riding Hood. It was part of a parcel of Ladybird books that I got on my sixth birthday. I remember running down stairs and getting the gift from my neighbour. I devoured the books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Bram Stoker's Dracula - I love the vulnerability of Dracula and his quest to have his one true love back in his life.
Homer's Iliad - I love myths and legends but also the way it is written.
Harry Potter - I got into the series after reading it to my daughter. I love Severus Snape and his undying love for Lily.
Skulduggery Pleasant - I love the imagery that is conjured up when I read the books and think it would be great to have them made into films. Perhaps one day they will be.
Book of Urizen by William Blake. The imagery and story can be very thought provoking.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I love the reaction when they get the book and how they feel when they finally put it down. To know that for a short while I brought them some joy, pain and laughter as they travelled on the adventures is a wonderful feeling and makes writing very worthwhile. I hope that I can continue to bring them many more adventures that they can enjoy.
Describe your desk
My desk is pretty neat. It has the computer and my notes along with a pad of paper and various bits and pieces. My main reference pieces are on the wall in front of the desk which helps to keep the clutter to a minimum.
When did you first start writing?
I guess you could say when the Dark Waters script was being written. I loved the whole process. After the second script and a request to adapt it into a book, I discussed it with Dayna and began the journey.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Abintia - Book of the Dead is a supernatural fantasy which is focused upon two realms. One is a simple land where the people live in fear of an evil tyrant. The other, an island whose inhabitants possess extraordinary abilities. Lord Solomon possesses the Book of the Dead. In order to restore balance to the world he is duty bound to cull the population unless he can find the Book of the Living and restore the Book of Knowledge. Abintia, however, is a peaceful island where the children are taught to control their powers and to reach their potential. With the cull coming ever closer, Princess Phyllipa and her condemned children return to the mainland where with the help of seers, healers, elementals and a Cyclops they battle Lord Solomon's army and try to reclaim their land.
Published 2015-02-15.
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Books by This Author

Vallan Warrior
Series: Dark Waters. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,950. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Malichi's quest for justice takes an unusual turn when he is sent on a perilous journey into Ornian territory to retrieve the Staff of Carnos. Along the way he battles many demons but his own pose the greatest challenge. Befriended by a Vallan wolf, he soon discovers that his true calling comes at a heavy price when he becomes the Vallan Warrior: Protector of the People.
Book of the Dead
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,180. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Banished from her realm and condemned to death, Princess Phyllipa flees to the mysterious island of Abintia. With the help of seers, elementals, healers and a Cyclops, she returns to reclaim her land.
Rise of the Ornia
Series: Dark Waters, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,580. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Malichi joins the angelic Amalyians in a search for the one weapon that will destroy an ancient race of demons who are hell-bent on revenge. Travelling across open plains, through wild woods and over treacherous mountains he battles the forces of darkness.
Dark Waters
Series: Dark Waters, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,830. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Demon hunter seeks justice in a tale of love, sacrifice and freedom. Demon hunter, Malichi, pursues a young Amalyian woman across demonic lands in his quest for justice, but when he loses her trail she turns from hunted into hunter and a deadly game of cat and mouse ensues.