Miik Yu Suk

Biography

I enjoy crafting thought provoking stories that may not fit into specific genres or follow typical formulas. The stories speak for themselves, so I don't spend much time on social media other than to announce new novels.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
My writing process begins with my idea notebook. I jot down ideas for stories as soon as I can. Sometimes the ideas are mere descriptions of sensations. Many times they aren't even a full sentence. At the time I have the idea, of course I think it's a great one. After a week or so, many turn out to be stupid, but that's okay. I don't delete them. Some I refine or merge with other ideas. I let them percolate, sometimes for more than a few years. When inspiration strikes, I refine the ideas or allow them to morph into something entirely different.

An idea is only the starting point. I have to work out the theme, or in other words the reason for telling the story. Whether a futuristic story, a historical one, or a horror story with no basis in reality, what happens in the story is only the surface level. With a strong theme, I can meld several stories together, and each will present either the main theme or a contrasting one to construct a multi-level story that's more satisfying to write and read.

Once I have a story I think will make a good novel, I flesh out the various story lines. This takes the idea and proves I can develop it into a full novel. From there, I create a plan for the novel. The plan contains the characters who will drive the story, about a hundred or more plot points as a bullet list, the settings, and refinements to the themes. The plan weaves together not just what happens, but why. Each scene serves a purpose; some move the plot forward, some provide character development or insight, and some advance the themes. Of course many scenes perform multiple duties.

The actual writing follows. I try to write a few scenes each day, but I start the day by reviewing and revising the scenes from the prior day. As I write, if I think of things I need to add or change in future scenes, I adjust the plan. For scenes already written, I make notes of what needs to change.

Once the first draft is complete, I incorporate all the notes I've made. I perform many iterations of edits. Some are more mechanical such as replacing weak verbs with stronger ones, checking syntax and spelling, and so on. Other edits are more abstract to punch up some scenes or to structure the story in a more enjoyable format. To say I'm editing the story is somewhat misleading since a lot of writing takes place. One technique that I've found very helpful is to have the computer read the story to me. That makes missing words and clunky constructions stand out. Only after I've worked through the story several times do I organize it into chapters. I still work through it several more times after that to ensure the story flows as intended.

The final step is to format the novel as an eBook and publish it. While my writing process is on-going, other ideas are still flowing and merging. I still flesh out possible stories, and make plans for other novels. I never have only one iron in the fire at a time.
How do you approach cover design?
My approach to cover design is fairly simple. I want a cover that sets my mind wandering. When I see a cover that makes me start imagining how the image plays into the story, then I know it works. I don't pretend to be an artist, so I depend on artists to incorporate their work. I take advantage of websites where artists post their work for use by others in exchange for giving them credit for their work, so on my copyright page, you'll always see me giving credit to the artists whose work helps express my story.
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Where to find Miik Yu Suk online

Series

Escape Beyond the Barriers
Sailor flees her home to avoid an attack by gang members. She stashes herself in the garage of her neighbor, Timi, who invents equipment at a military black site and who also tinkers in his garage. One of the gang members, Rocky, tails her into the garage, so Sailor takes her chances with Timi’s invisibility device still under development instead of facing the gang’s violence. Rather than become invisible, Sailor transports to a world, Notia, in another universe, but Rocky pursues her there. The ruler or caretaker for that territory, Slick, dips into the minds of all living creatures as easily as dipping a toe into water. Meanwhile, Timi supposes his device killed his neighbor, so he struggles with ironing out the final kinks in it while his boss, the colonel, schemes to get his hands on it. Sailor’s driving urge to return home pales with the possible military invasion of Notia. Compounding that with the decimation of Earth as well leaves Sailor, Timi, and Slick as the only three to avert the destruction of two worlds.
Word of Difference Diptych
When Swallow, who suffers from debilitating migraines, finishes a stint in drug rehab, her daughter and the rest of her family want nothing more to do with her. She stays with a friend who talks her into joining a drug trial for a new headache medicine. A known side effect of the trial drug is vivid dreams, but Swallow thinks there’s more to those dreams, which she calls journeys. She works on reestablishing a relationship with her daughter while journeying to other worlds through a now open doorway in her mind. On journeys, she meets Kai, who guides her through the quirks of many worlds. It's hard enough getting by in the world, especially when your family discarded you, but when you're involved in an almost unlimited number of worlds, isn't it impossible? Everybody lives in many different worlds, be they private that not even your closest friends and family know about, your home world, your professional world, or others like educational, religious, military, sports, social, or what have you. Sometimes it’s easy to drift from one world to another, and sometimes barriers block you or suck you back.
The Grown Woman Diptych
Wanita Dewasa transfers from Enceladus Colony 17, under an ocean moon of Saturn where she was born, to Asteroid Colony 23 when just sixteen years old. Now a grown woman eleven years later, she and Yappy, the artificial intelligence for the colony, work as a team to keep the place humming smoothly. Except that Wanita may be a mass murderer with Yappy’s help; she isn’t sure. Meanwhile, Zoro struggles with whether to become a killer as he transitions from male to a female while working on a dying farm on the outskirts of a town that failed to sprawl onto even a second street. Hele, living in a mansion in a big city, enjoys the comfort of her certainty and wealth; as she says, “I couldn’t kill them. I’m not a monster.” Wait, what? “Sometimes people, sometimes even places, aren’t always what they seem,” says Yappy to Wanita. The mystery unfolds without a detective to unravel clues. Everything means something, maybe just not what you think. Good guys are bad; bad guys are good. Rather than solving a murder, the murders aid in solving the mystery. No animals were harmed making this story, but there sure are some sick puppies in it.

Books

Escape Beyond the Barriers, Part Two of the Diptych
Series: Escape Beyond the Barriers. Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 57,760. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sailor uses the device of her neighbor, Timi, to transport to a world in another universe where Slick dips into minds as easily as dipping a toe into water. Rocky, a gang member, pursues her there. Timi struggles to fix the bugs in his supposed invisibility device while the colonel schemes to get his hands on it. Sailor’s urge to return home pales with the possible military invasion of two worlds.
Escape Beyond the Barriers, Part One of the Diptych
Series: Escape Beyond the Barriers. Price: Free! Words: 48,010. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sailor uses the device of her neighbor, Timi, to transport to a world in another universe where Slick dips into minds as easily as dipping a toe into water. Rocky, a gang member, pursues her there. Timi struggles to fix the bugs in his supposed invisibility device while the colonel schemes to get his hands on it. Sailor’s urge to return home pales with the possible military invasion of two worlds.
World of Difference, Part Two of the Diptych
Series: Word of Difference Diptych. Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 63,850. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is part two of the diptych. Everybody lives in many different worlds, be they private that not even your closest friends and family know about, your home world, your professional world, or others like educational, religious, military, sports, social, or what have you. Sometimes it’s easy to drift from one world to another, and sometimes barriers block you or suck you back.
World of Difference, Part One of the Diptych
Series: Word of Difference Diptych. Price: Free! Words: 51,800. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is part one of the diptych. Everybody lives in many different worlds, be they private that not even your closest friends and family know about, your home world, your professional world, or others like educational, religious, military, sports, social, or what have you. Sometimes it’s easy to drift from one world to another, and sometimes barriers block you or suck you back.
The Grown Woman Where the Colony Lies, Part Two of the Diptych
Series: The Grown Woman Diptych. Price: $3.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 68,830. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sometimes people, sometimes even places, aren’t always what they seem. The mystery unfolds without a detective to unravel clues. Everything means something, maybe just not what you think. Good guys are bad; bad guys are good. Rather than solving a murder, the murders aid in solving the mystery. No animals were harmed making this story, but there sure are some sick puppies in it.
The Grown Woman Where the Colony Lies, Part One of the Diptych
Series: The Grown Woman Diptych. Price: Free! Words: 61,090. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sometimes people, sometimes even places, aren’t always what they seem. The mystery unfolds without a detective to unravel clues. Everything means something, maybe just not what you think. Good guys are bad; bad guys are good. Rather than solving a murder, the murders aid in solving the mystery. No animals were harmed making this story, but there sure are some sick puppies in it.

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