Interview with Paula Millhouse

What are you working on next?
I'm working on one of the follow-up stories to The Wishes Chronicles. Turns out, Hit Man Tony Aiello and FBI agent Janet Pierce have some relational and professional conflicts they need to work out on the page.
Who are your favorite authors?
Steven James, Deborah Harkness, Suzanne Brockman, and James Patterson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm inspired by many things, but what won't let me rest is a story-line with characters that have something to say.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My husband and I tend a small kitchen garden, a pride of fur-babies, and their overprotective American Bulldog.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth is still the best way to discover books. I often search online retailers for the category I want to read, and the easy to download samples of books really help with my decision to buy. I can usually tell in about five pages if a book's going where I want to spend my valuable time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. The story was a paranormal romance, and of course, I broke every rule known to writing in that MS. However, sometimes those characters call to me. Who knows, maybe someday I'll put that story through edits and publish it on Smashwords.
What is your writing process?
I do my best writing early in the morning after a good night's sleep, coffee-in-hand. I'm an organic writer so I usually let my characters take the lead, and I follow them around in my imagination and take notes. I set a timer, and I work in one hour blocks of time.
After a story's done, with an eye toward the editing process, I do a scene-summary list. I decide what stays, and what goes, then ship chapters off to my wonderful critique partners for feedback.
How do you approach cover design?
With an eye toward the genre I'm writing in, I work with a professional cover artist to capture the elements of the main character's plight.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad, because it holds my Kindle titles, and my iBooks. It's a versatile tool, and with the addition of iPages I can even work on editing and writing projects all on one device.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a hybrid, actually. I have short stories published by a traditional small press, Boroughs Publishing Group, and I have the Indie titles, The Wishes Chronicles.
That old adage "Curiosity killed the cat," well, I guess that sums things up for me. I wanted control over my stories and going Indie gives me that control. I learned every part of the publishing process by going Indie.
I'll admit, it's nice to work with a traditional publisher too.
What's wonderful for authors today is both sides of the camp are open to deliver great stories to readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in the worlds of my characters and watching them work their way out of, and into situations. Some artists call that "Flow State," where everything else around you disappears but the art.
Published 2014-09-06.
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