Interview with Milda Harris

When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a little kid. I always loved stories and as soon as I could read I wanted to write some of my own down too!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Adventures in Murder Chasing, a Funeral Crashing novel. This whole series came out of a conversation I had with my mother after a funeral about "professional mourners" - mostly old women who like to go to funerals. It made me think - what if a 16 year old girl did that? And then she also became a teen sleuth who solved mysteries.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've sent out a ton of query letters and have gotten some bites, but nothing stuck. I decided that in the meantime I'd like to get my work read. Even if fifteen people read one of my books it would be worth it. Luckily, many more than that have become readers! It's very exciting and it keeps me writing!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been great. This site has introduced me to other indie authors, given me tons of marketing ideas, and helped with some of the distribution that I just don't have time for!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love telling stories. It's as simple as that!
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me! I'm so excited to have people who love my books! Email me! Comment on facebook or on my website! Send me a tweet on twitter! It's so much fun to talk to my fans!
What are you working on next?
I'm currently rewriting Doppelganger 2...and on pregnancy bed rest....with twins! Irony!
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many! Meg Cabot, Suzanne Collins, RL Stine, Christopher Pike, Richie Tankersley Cussick, Jane Austen, Margaret Mitchell, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Janet Evanovich, Jennifer L Armentrout, and probably a billion others I'm just not thinking of right now!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog....she has to go out. :) Lol.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I also work in production/post production on kid's television shows. The latest is Austin & Ally. Although, I'm about to become a first time mom to twins....so that will take up some time! Other than that, I love books, movies, etc. I'm all about the stories!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually get recommendations from friends. Sometimes I hear about books form book blogs or on facebook posts. I'm always looking for a good read!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was in the fourth grade, I think. It was about being stuck in school all weekend.
Published 2014-05-14.
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Books by This Author

Adventures in French Sleuthing (Funeral Crashing #5)
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries), Book 5. Pre-release—available July 10, 2018. Price: $3.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Kait's spring break trip to Paris can't come soon enough. She just wants to get away from everything that reminds her of her ex-boyfriend, Ethan, so she can think about a potential new relationship. Too bad she runs into Ethan at the airport and he's going on the trip too. Then one of Kait's classmates goes missing. Kait's dream trip to Paris is turning into a real nightmare.
Adventures of a New Year's Date
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries). Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,710. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Claire Murray has no idea why handsome, popular Dave Rickerson would want to ask her on a New Year's date. They've never even spoken before and suddenly he's pulling out all the stops to get her to go. Is there something he's not telling her or is this a fairy tale New Year's Eve about to come true? This sweet romantic short story is a companion to Adventures of a New Year's Kiss.
Killer Cupcakes
Series: Celebrity Cupcakes Cozy Mysteries, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 24,000. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Ava's first day of work at Celebrity Cupcakes and Coffee goes horribly awry when television star Penelope Rose drops dead after eating the first cupcake. Horrified that she might be at the top of the list of suspects, Ava and her totally hot co-worker Easton set out to investigate what happened. Will they be able to solve the mystery or will Ava's first day of work be her last?
Adventures in Double Dating
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries). Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
For Funeral Crashing Mystery fans here is an alternate POV short story! Ethan Ripley tells the Adventures in Funeral Crashing Double Date scene.
Funeral Crashing Mysteries Box Set: Books 1-3
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries). Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 178,450. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
The Funeral Crashing Mysteries Box Set includes Books 1-3: Adventures in Funeral Crashing, Adventures of a Graveyard Girl, and Adventures in Murder Chasing. Meet sixteen year old Kait Lenox, the funeral crashing teen sleuth and watch as she handles the trials and tribulations of high school, first love, and friendship all while solving the latest murder mystery!
Adventures in Homicide and Heartbreak (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #4)
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries), Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,100. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Kait Lenox and Ethan Ripley are officially in the I love you stage and they can't keep their hands off each other. Kait also has a new internship at the local police department. Kait's life is finally perfect, that is until she sees her boss interrogating someone she knows. It's Troy, her ex-BFF Ariel's boyfriend. Kait knows she probably shouldn't get involved, but she can't help herself!
Adventures of a New Year's Kiss (A Holiday Cozy Mystery)
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries). Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,330. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Suzie Whitsett loves Kyle Jones and when he gives her an amazing necklace for their two month anniversary, she is over the moon. Twenty-four hours later, it's gone and Suzie has to find out who took it before everything she has with Kyle falls apart right before New Year's...and their first New Year's kiss.
Crashing Prom
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,850. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Avery Rylee never went to her high school prom. It is one of her biggest life regrets. Now, at the age of twenty-four, Avery has many more regrets. She is stuck in a rut with her career and she has just been dumped by her fiance. After a night of cheap wine and hitting rock bottom, all Avery wants to do is lie in bed at home with a gallon of ice cream, but her three best friends have other ideas.
Doppelganger 2: On The Run
Series: The Doppelgangers Paranormal Romance Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,840. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Citrus Leahy is on the run from doppelgangers! Now she and a group of teenagers whose lives have also been taken over have to figure out how to stay hidden. The doppelgangers could be anywhere or anyone. Her crush Aedan makes her feel safe except that he keeps reminding her of the guy she left behind...his doppelganger!
Adventures In Murder Chasing (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #3)
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries), Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,250. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Kait Lenox is officially Ethan Ripley's girlfriend and she might even be kinda sorta becoming non enemies with her ex-bff Ariel Walker. Everything is going great! That is until Kait stumbles across another suspicious death at her favorite coffee shop, Wired. Not able to help herself, Kait sets out to investigate!
Doppelganger
Series: The Doppelgangers Paranormal Romance Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,790. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
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Citrus Leahy is having a really bad day. First she's late to school. Then she runs into the girl who drives her nuts because she always calls her Orange instead of her name. To cap it all off, when Citrus finally makes it to class, she sees herself already inside. Wait. What? Citrus Leahy has a doppelganger!
Adventures of a Graveyard Girl (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #2)
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries), Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,410. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Kait Lenox is back! It's Homecoming Dance time and Kait is excited. It's her first dance with a date and that date is one of the hottest, most popular guys in her school, Ethan Ripley! For once Kait doesn't feel like a funeral crashing weird girl and it's the most perfect romantic evening ever, at least until a girl gets murdered! Of course, Kait can't help herself,she assigns herself to the case!
Connected (A Paranormal Romance Ghost Story)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,460. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Drew's only memory of his life is the moment of his death. Leaving his life and memories behind, Drew thinks that he is on his way to heaven as he follows the pull of fate. Instead, he finds himself witnessing the birth of a baby girl, Aurora. He immediately feels a strong connection to her. Thus, Drew becomes an invisible observer of her world as a ghost and Aurora becomes haunted by him.
The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,840. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
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Chloe is excited about spending her senior year of high school in California with her friend Jake's family. Even the usual dread of being the new girl can't bring her down. That is, until she stumbles across the dead body of the most popular girl in school, Lora Kelly. Now she's receiving threatening notes...will she be next? Suddenly, Chloe's dream life, has turned into a nightmare!
Adventures In Funeral Crashing (Funeral Crashing Mysteries #1)
Series: Funeral Crashing Mysteries (aka Kait Lenox Mysteries), Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 58,030. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Sixteen year old Kait Lenox has a reputation as the weird girl in her high school and maybe it has a little to do with the fact that Kait has a hobby crashing funerals. At one of these, Kait is outted by the most popular guy in school, Ethan Ripley. Yet, instead of humiliating her, Ethan asks for her help, and Kait finds herself in full on crush, as well as entangled in a murder mystery.