INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR MIRANDA OH
1. Tell me about how the idea for this book / series came about?
a. Life experience is where the idea came from. Reality is often stranger than fiction. I am thrilled to share my twisted stories with the world. It often relates to so many of my readers.
2. Are you a planner or a ‘pantster’ when it comes to writing?
a. I am, I write with a goal in mind and totally I plan my writing out. I not only have a corporate career, I write my books, and promote them, I am an Airbnb host, hosting my spare room around 85% of the year, I am also on my condo board where I live, and lastly, I try and stay as active as I can. Planning my writing is the only way it gets done.
3. Do you have any quirks/habits that you do when writing?
a. As I type I speak at the same time, in the voices of the character, with the tone and attitude I am trying to portray in my writing. I have to write in a room by myself, or I will start to freak out my neighbors.
4. Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
a. Man, after I wrote my first book it took me forever to pick up a book again. I couldn’t find one that tickled my fancy enough to pick it up, buy, and read the entire thing.
5. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
a. Luckily my publicist works with a handful of really talented authors, and we all work as a group, and as a family together. With Creative Edge on my side, they have helped refine the author I am today, and continuously help mold me and shape me for the future.
6. If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
a. Wooosa, and slow down. That it isn’t a race, and that everything will always work out.
7. How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
a. By the time the second book began, I had learned a heck of a lot from the first one. I edit my writing 2-3 times more than I did the first book, to ensure my voice is popping through the lines.
8. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
a. My Chin Up Tits Out To Go Wine cups were the best investment. Why? Because now my readers have something to remind them to always chin up tits out through life! It is like a daily mantra reminder, while you drink wine. It is a win-win.
9. What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
a. Because I am writing about real life experiences in and around my life, I spend quite a bit of time pulling random moments, situations or scenarios that I wish to write about, then I follow up with feelings. The research part isn’t as long as the writing part, but it does take time for me.
10. How many hours a day do you write?
a. When I write I write in blocks of 2-4 hours, I can usually get a chapter or two done in that time frame, and after I put 100% into a chapter, I need a break for a while to let the creative juices refill.
11. What did you edit out of this book?
a. The first book, not a whole lot, but the second book of Chin Up Tits Out, I scaled back on the heavy medical moments. I input so many, but in reality there were hundreds of jaw dropping moments, and I didn’t want to overwhelm anyone.
12. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
a. I’ll flip through them once a year. I love them all, I read and assess and tell myself that usually if the reviewer goes REALLY NEGATIVE, then it is something about themselves they don’t like, and that it wasn’t me. What? It is called self-preservation.
13. Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
a. My secret, which isn’t really a secret anymore, is that the books are based on true events within my life. I just changed some stuff, and made it a little more refined and sharper.
14. What was the hardest scene in this book to write?
a. Writing the second book at the ending as the hardest part I have written to date. I won’t spoil the ending of course, but reliving that experience was heart breaking, and devastating. I felt completely raw afterwards, I was so happy I finished writing that book that day. I have yet to reread the ending since my last edit.
15. Have you ever Googled yourself? What did you find?
a. All the time. The entire first page comes up with all me. Which makes me feel very important. All of my social media and book stuff comes up. Nothing juicy or racy!
16. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
a. The first book took me roughly 20 hours to complete writing portion, book two took me around 100 hours to complete and the third book took around 65 hours to complete. Remember there is editing, revising, and all the other amazing important stuff that comes with publishing a novel.