MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR BRIAN MILLER AND KIRSTEN MILLER
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Brian Miller and Kirsten Miller. Are books are multi-genre ranging from Paranormal to Mythology Adventure to Action Thriller.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Our latest book, Cruel Magic, originated while sitting in the Atlanta Airport. There was a little girl running around the gate introducing herself to everybody and her mom was only half watching her. From watching her, I then notice how the airport had people lined up in the worst possible locations to board a plane. The opening to the book wrote itself. Needless to say, I couldn’t discuss this with Kirsten until we landed in DC and were driving home.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Being a student of History and Politics, this Action Thriller gave us the chance to combine fact and fiction into a riveting read.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Besides getting the chance to visit a number of airports, our browsing history is full of strange web requests. We’re hoping we didn’t trigger anything with the FBI or the NSA 😊
Can you tell me about your Series?
This book is the first in a new series. We have just started book two, but do not have a name for it yet.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I know this may sound a bit hokey, but we play the stories off of each other.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No, far from it. This book was meant to be a One and Done, but as with a trilogy I worked earlier, people want to know what happened to other characters in the books, and it just grows from there.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
We both work full time at the present, so writing has to fit into that schedule. Needless to say, there are A LOT of late night and early morning writing sessions. As for a daily goal, its just to get something on the page!
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yep, Book Two is well under way, but the title hasn’t come to us yet. Kirsten has her short story Black Rose which she is writing as well.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
So far we have written Erotica, Romance, PNR, Action Thriller, and Dark Humor. Something I would love to try is Sci-Fi.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Concentrating. I get too easily dis…butterfly!
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I like book trailers. We purchased a laptop to use at book signings just to run them. As much as I wish I could create my own, my talents lay elsewhere, so I depend on my gifted friends.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Besides finishing our books, being told by my worst critic that she liked them. My sister pulls no punches.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to travel and work with my wife.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Besides older? Getting ready for retirement and hopefully being able to support ourselves writing.
Have you always liked to write?
For me, I’ve written on and off since I was a kid. While I love writing, I hate marketing, and have learned more than a few lessons in trusting people.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
If you write with another person you’re not married to, make sure to get a signed contract first detailing everybody’s rights and responsibilities.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Work for the DMV. Oh, wait…I do work there.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I used to like reviews and plead with the readers to post them because I thought they served a vital role. Unfortunately, I discovered a number of authors pay for reviews, or create fraudulent email addresses to post them. And as far as a bad review, I would rather have a truthful three star review, than a fluffy five star.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
What are you working on now?
A bioterrorism sequel
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
“Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Richard,” he didn’t get a chance to finish as she set the book down and folded her hands in front of her.
“General Yoshida Tanaka,” she said as if she were reading his resume, “A gaijin insults both your dignity and my intelligence. I know well your work with the chemical and biological warfare. You were the envy of my former employers. So, if you would like to try and win my approval again, let’s start this conversation again.”
Instantly falling in love with this woman’s directness, he started once more. Rising to his feet, he gave her a slight bow as he re-introduced himself, “I am indeed General Yoshida Tanaka, of the Imperial Japanese Army. And who may I ask do I have the pleasure to share lunch with on this most beautiful of days?”
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
The choice in genre for us is simple. Whatever mood strikes us! We enjoy the openness of writing multiple genres instead of limiting ourselves to just one.
Where did your love of books come from?
For my wife, books have always been part of her life. Our house looks like a wing at the Library of Congress. As for me, it’s been a form of escape from the world.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
My favorite author is one most do not know, through they know his most famous story. I’m a fame of Peter Benchley, the author of Jaws and The Deep. My favorite poet is Robert Frost. I like to think I live my life by the last lines of his poem The Road Not Taken:
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
My wife’s favorite all time authors are JRR Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Anne McCaffrey, Russell Kirk, Faith Hunter, Lora Leigh and Nora Roberts. See, I told you her life is all about books.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
My personal is Sela and Loki from our first trilogy. There is something definitely sexy about a heavily armed woman in a leather duster married to the God of Chaos. My wife’s favorite characters are from Cruel Magic. She enjoys Victoria and Preston.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It excites me. It can be both energizing and exhausting. There are enough half stories on my computer to prove that out. But when you do reach the end of a story, you find it’s all worth it.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My Kryptonite is the one genre I’ve had lingering on computer for a couple of years. It’s a 1940’s era detective novel. I have the beginning and the end, but I just cannot seem to get the middle written, and he’s a really cool character.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
That’s a hard question to answer. Can I say both? We tried to write a sex scene in Cruel Magic that would play with the current Fifty-Shades readers, but then realized it didn’t fit whatsoever in the book.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Savannah Morgan…got me started, Leah Negron…forced me to publish my first poetry, Lea Winkleman…forced to listen to me complain, and the Entire Indie Community. I’d fill your blog up trying to explain! My wife’s answers would fill up a few pages. However, she did want to say Posey Parks was a huge inspiration and so was Faith Hunter.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Life’s Not Always About Happy Endings, Will just leave it at that. Kirsten says that hers’ would be Out of the Ashes I shall Rise.
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Have you ever gone back to a story you’ve had published and rewritten it?
Yes, my very first book, Makes You Stronger, was a collection of erotic short stories that, even after I had published it, had bothered me. For two years no less. I went back and rewrote the ending to most of the stories and rewrite an entire story, placing it in a new spot in the book. You should check it out. Kirsten’s question would be: Would you want one of your books to become a movie? Yes, I think Cruel Magic would be a wonderful movie. As well as its sequel. The action in it alone would make it a great story to be seen on the big screen.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Amazon Author Page:
Brian Miller: http://bit.ly/AmazonMiller
Kirsten Miller: http://bit.ly/MillerKirsten
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️