Jeffrey Aaron Miller is a 1997 graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, from social worker to bus driver, from postal carrier to pastor, but through it all, he has remained a storyteller. He is the author of numerous novels, both print and e-books, in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and YA. He resides in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.
What inspires you to write?
I have an overactive imagination. I am a daydreamer, and my head is always in the clouds. I think up stories, scenes and characters constantly throughout the day. I have to write to get these ideas out of my head and down on paper, so I can share them with others. Ideas haunt me sometimes until I recreate them in prose.
Tell us about your writing process.
By the time I sit down to write, I have chewed over the story, the characters and the scenes for a long time. I write late at night, when everything is quiet inside and outside the house, listening to instrumental music on headphones to further drive out the world. Once I start a novel, I do not go back to reread anything until I have completed the first draft. I do not outline. I do not take notes. I do not create character sketches. I work it all out in my head obsessively during the day, and then I just sit down in front of the computer and go to town.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t listen or talk to my characters, but I do envision them in my head. I walk in their shoes, as it were, playing out scenes in my imagination. I get to know them well.
What advice would you give other writers?
Having an active imagination is good, but unless you are willing to develop the self discipline to write every single day, you’ll never make it. Once you discover your voice, it gets easier, because you no longer have to wrestle with the prose. Before you get to that point, however, you’re simply going to have to make yourself write every day. It’s the only way to learn the craft. Write, rewrite and improve yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first novel was published through an indie publishing house. The sequels to that book have also been contracted by the same indie publisher. However, I have also self published a number of books. I think it was better for me to start with a publisher, because of what it taught me about the process of editing and formatting and the business side of things.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Self publishing will continue to grow and become more of a dominant force in the industry. Publishing houses will find more and more of their new authors through the world of self publishing. At some point, however, there will be some sort of backlash in the self publishing world because of the lack of professional quality editing, grammar and spelling, which will require greater diligence on the part of authors.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
science fiction, fantasy, YA, urban fantasy
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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