Author Interview – Mark Miller

Posted on Thursday, July 25, 2013

When and why did you begin writing? Last year was my first attempt and I couldn’t stop the story.  I started on a Saturday morning and couldn’t sleep right until I finished book one two months later.  Of course I rewrote it six more times after that, but the story didn’t change substantially.

How long have you been writing? Only since last year professionally.

When did you first know you could be a writer? After my first five star review from someone I didn’t know.  I still don’t know if I would call myself a writer.  I think people will love or hate my style.  I write very fast paced books and some people want a lot more description, but I would rather write a fight seen then describe a rose.

What inspires you to write and why? My children and more specifically my twelve year old who text me every day asking for more chapters.  She reads faster than I write and never stops nagging me!

What genre are you most comfortable writing? If there aren’t monsters, magic and mayhem you can assume I will never write it.

What inspired you to write your first book? The story wrote itself, I really wasn’t thinking about doing anything with it except letting my children read it, but they shared it with their friends and they all pushed me to publish.  I have been consistently surprised by the reactions I have received from children and adults.

What made you want to be a writer? I don’t think I do or did!  It is a strange thing to say, but I don’t think I want to be a writer.  I want to tell this story.  As I build out the back story for each character the story is growing larger than I ever anticipated.  I have written book 2 already and have at least three more that most be written, but I don’t know that I will ever take an advance that would force me to write.  I want to tell this story so I can figure out what happens to Wess (My main character.)

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Definitely the marketing!

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? I noticed through the editing process that I will pick a word and repeat it inside a paragraph.  For instance I might describe something as “massive” then something else massive ten sentences later.  I have noticed I do this while speaking.  I catch myself when I do it now and I think this has made me a more effective communicator in general.

Do you intend to make writing a career? I intend to write the story, I think the market will dictate if this becomes my career.  I n the mean time I will do it to make my kids happy.  I can’t think of a better reason to write.

In the first book of The Druid Legacy, Wesslayn Grace believes himself to be a normal twelve year old boy, and up until now he has been. Wess is propelled into a wild adventure as strange powers begin to manifest. He finds himself in the middle of an invasion of foreign creatures he never knew existed. In this fast paced story, Wess learns about himself, makes new friends, and battles powerful enemies.

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Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

Rating – PG

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Website http://www.thedruidlegacy.com/


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