This week’s author guest is a beautiful southern girl, Quanie Miller. Hi Quanie!
Hi Everyone! My name is Quanie Miller and I’m the author of It Ain’t Easy Being Jazzyand
the southern paranormal novel, The New Mrs. Collins,now available on Amazon. You can find me blogging at quanietalkswriting.com. Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you so much for being here. Before we talk about your WIP, why don’t you tell us a few things about yourself?
I’m a married mother of one and love to spend my time making traditional Louisiana dishes like jambalaya and pralines. I probably watch more television than I should and think obsessively about my writing.
When Leena Williams suspects that there’s something other worldly about her son’s new stepmother, she goes digging for answers and discovers a little too late that some secrets are better left buried.
That certainly is gooseflesh-inducing! What are you working on right now?
Well, right now I’m really focused on promoting The New Mrs. Collins.
And when I’m not doing that, I’m tinkering with an outline for a novel that feels like it’s going to be paranormal. Without giving too much away, it looks like it’s going to be about this girl who, after a traumatic experience, learns something shocking about herself.
Are you happy with the pace of your work? Do you aim at a specific word count each day?
Generally, yes. Some days are better than others. I don’t aim for a specific word count because what matters to me is, “How good is this particular scene when I leave the computer?” Sometimes a hard scene can take up pretty much my entire writing session. And I do try to stick to a writing schedule: the first two hours when I get up in the mornings.
Even after the arrival of the little one? I admire you! Plotter, pantser or both?
Plotter! I outline extensively before I write. I have to know where I’m going before I start writing. But even with an outline, there are plenty of surprises along the way. Characters really know how to surprise you!
What’s your worst enemy in getting that first draft finished?
Fear that what I’m writing isn’t good enough so why even finish it when the work is going to be terrible? I battle with this the entire time I’m writing. I don’t think it ever goes away.
Have you ever experienced lack of inspiration or drive to write? If so, how do you motivate yourself?
I think that happens when something I’m working on feels like a chore (when it’s a work in progress, that’s how I know that something about the story isn’t working or that it’s a story that I probably need to abandon). I get over this by giving myself some tough love: your writing career is your responsibility. Now get your behind in gear and write!
My writing desk is in front of two windows that overlook our front yard (but sometimes, I’m guilty of just opening the blinds and daydreaming as opposed to writing!)
I can totally understand why you choose the blackout! Now your workspace pic is pinned on my Featured Writers’ Workspace board on Pinterest! Apart from Word and Google, do you use any other writing or research tools and apps?
I don’t. I’ve considered using Scrivener but haven’t gotten around to trying it.
How do you intend to celebrate writing “The End” on your draft?
With a nice big glass of wine!
Which book publishing processes are you going to outsource and which are you confident enough to undertake yourself?
Oh, wow! I am definitely going to outsource the book cover (if I did my own book cover it would look like something a kindergartener did, or probably worse!), the proofreading, and definitely the formatting. The only thing I’m confident about is my ability to tell a story!
Do you have any marketing tips or favorite promotional sites you’d like to share?
I’m no marketing expert but I think it helps if you actually tell people you wrote a novel. For some reason, I was so shy about telling people that I was a novelist! Not sure why that is. And blogging is a great way to meet other authors and potential readers (but building those relationships takes time. It’s not an overnight thing).
Your blog is quanietalkswriting.com. Do you follow a specific branding pattern with your posts or is it a free writing platform?
Not at first. I kind of just started blogging because I read that all writers should have a blog, but lately I’ve been trying to tackle issues that all authors deal with, but in a humorous way. I try to talk about issues that are conversation worthy so that they encourage people to either comment or share the content.
Is paranormal the genre you will stick to or do you see yourself branching out in the future?
I also write comedy. Initially, I thought I needed to choose between paranormal and humorous fiction since they’re polar opposites but I imposed those boundaries on myself. I don’t think people care about genre as long as the story is entertaining.
Fun stuff now: Let’s do a rapid fire round.
- Flavored sorbet or chocolate ice cream? Dude! Chocolate!
- Pizza or sushi? Pizza, of course, (although, I do get a craving for a California roll or tempura every now and then!)
- Twilight or The Hunger Games? The Hunger Games!
- Chiwetel Ejiofor or Idris Elba? Idris. Hands down! Oh, yes!
- Trek in the Andes or snorkeling in Tahiti? Oh, Lord. Ummm…I’ll say snorkeling since this seems to imply warm weather.
- Ugg boots or red-soled designer stilettos? I’ll say stilettos, but hopefully they’ll have a low heel! Yeah, gimme a pair of those! 🙂
Finally, please share with us links where we can find you and your work.
Book Purchase Links
Social Media Links
Quanie, thank you so much, and good luck with The New Mrs. Collins!