Interview with Roy Miller

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire that I modified from stock to run a different front-end user experience, so it acts more like a full tablet instead of just a reader. I use it at night when I go to bed for a little while, but I prefer actual books most of the time.
Describe your desk
I have two monitors, a 22" main on the left and a 17" tasker on the right. The right monitor holds my music windows (Spotify, foobar2000) and Notepad++ for small notes. The left is where I write, (in Sigil) format, (in InDesign) and research (in Chrome.) There's a Keurig on the far right, speakers on each side of the two monitors, a cup that my nephew designed for me that holds pens and markers, eyedrops for long writing sessions and usually a water bottle.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the Midwest, specifically Michigan. The small town atmosphere really drives home a sense of community and neighborly compassion in a lot of places, but it also perpetuates some of the tougher parts of our past, like the crumbling of the rust belt. A lot of really nice scenery, but a dark history of substance abuse and depression follows closely.
When did you first start writing?
I've always written a little bit, but I didn't start writing to actually produce material until 2014.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a collection of short stories based on the Midwest and its charms, or not so much depending on who you ask. It follows a line of not-so-popular topics such as depression, addiction, suicide and domestic violence. I wrote it partially as a catharsis, but also as a way of highlighting these issues in a way that will spread well and impact people in a big way.
Who are your favorite authors?
There's so many. Raymond Carver, Caris O'Malley, J.K. Rowling, Dan Wells, Ned Vizzini, John Marsden, Chuck Palahniuk. Different voices from different times and walks of life. A good mixture is key.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, reading, riding my bike, lifting weights, doing design projects, getting tattoos, hanging out with friends and family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly word of mouth, honestly.
What is your writing process?
When I’m out and about and get an idea, I’ll leave a note for myself with Pushbullet (a smartphone app that you can use to push notifications to/from your phone/computer) and flesh it out a little more when I get home. I get something to drink, usually water or hot chocolate, and throw on some music. Spotify Premium is a great tool to invest in for aspiring authors. I’ll put on some piano music or something ambient for background noise, then close all the open windows on my computer except for Sigil (ebook creation software) and start working out some of the buzzing in my head.
What do you read for pleasure?
Literary Fiction mostly, but sometimes a little Fantasy/Magic-related stuff. Magazines like CPU and Writer's Digest.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I remember reading on my own was Where The Wild Things Are. The artwork and the story of a little kid being pulled into a magical world was so much fun, and it really helped fuel my imagination.
Published 2015-12-01.
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Books by This Author

Exalted
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,990. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Explore the seven deadly sins as told through modern situations. Each story follows unpleasant circumstances we’ve all been subjected to, either in person or by the recollection of another. Step into a relationship or a heated moment and ask yourself where you would have ended up. The answer might surprise you.
Sunburnt Farmlands of the Midwest
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,710. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Sunburnt Farmlands of the Midwest is a collection of short stories that walks a line between darkness and light. As a reader you will wade through depression, addiction and death in some stories, but you’ll also be reminded of the love in stolen moments in others. This book offers a definitive look at some of our most difficult to discuss subjects, without backing away or apologizing.
A Life With You
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Romance » General
The ins and outs of everyday life with your significant other.