Author Interview: Michelle Jacklyn Miller
Author, Michelle Jacklyn Miller
Poem: The Blood of Mars
Apologue of the Immortals
Tell us a little about your background and what led you to writing.
My father was an avid Stephen King reader. He literally read everything written by Stephen King until my father passed away in 2014. I had a vivid imagination and began turning ideas into stories at the age of 11. I've always been a writer ever since, but publishing is another story. I started publishing because I felt like it would be a shame to write so much and never be read by anyone. I'm not so concerned about being famous as I am with just writing things that I feel would make my father proud of me. It would be nice to make some money along the way, but that isn't the main purpose.
How or when did you realize you wanted to be an author?
I've always wanted to write, so I'm not sure that I can pin point a precise moment or reason.
What is your writing process like?
I imagine a lot of crazy things. Then, when there is too much chaos in my head, I put it on paper. Then, I edit the hell out of it and publish it.
What inspires you to write?
Everything is inspiration. Life is inspiration. Reading other authors is inspiration. Falling into depression and living in a dark place also inspires me to write. From the darkness comes the light, and I always bring a lamp.
What part does writing play in your life?
It is a constant drum beating in my mind.
What are your aspirations for your writing journey?
I would like to make enough money to quit my day job and write for a living.
What is something you know now about writing you wish you knew when you started?
Just write the events that happen and let the reader be judge of morality.
Describe your favorite character (you created). Why?
Erif is a little orphan who is gifted great power. He has experienced great pain, but that is precisely the thing that turned him into such a great being of strength.
Which author(s) inspires you as a writer?
Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra is my absolute favorite, but Stephen King has to be number one in inspiration simply because he is the person my father read and introduced me to reading.
What advice would you give newly aspiring authors?
Write what you want and don't worry a lot about what others think. The more you either try to impress others or eliminate your ideas out of fear, the more your writing suffers. Read a lot and try to understand what makes you love the stories you love and hate the stories you hate. Try to write something that you would love.
What works can your readers expect to see in the near future?
The Marian Phoenix is the sequel to Effulgent Creature, and Dark Mage Of Neptune is the final book in the trilogy. Effulgent Creature was released this year, and the other two books will be released next year.
How can your readers find more about you and your works?
My Twitter is the best place. @michellejackly2 But you can also follow me on Amazon and on Goodreads.