About Jeffrey Aaron Miller:
Jeffrey Aaron Miller is a graduate of the Creative Writing program at the University of Arkansas and author of numerous novels and short stories. He has held a wide variety of jobs over the years, including but not limited to social worker, bus driver, postal carrier, tire salesman, pastor, and content writer, but through it all, he has remained a storyteller. He is a resident of Rogers, Arkansas, with his wife and kids.
What inspires you to write?
I have an overactive imagination, which has made me prone to daydreaming throughout my life. This was a particular problem when I was a student, as I had trouble paying attention to teachers and schoolwork. Writing gives my imagination an useful outlet, but I also find it cathartic. It’s a great way to work through ideas, emotions, beliefs, doubts, frustrations.
Tell us about your writing process.
Typically, the germ of an idea that leads to a specific novel floats around in my mind for a long time before I finally sit down to write it. I don’t work out the whole plot first. I often have a clear theme, but as for the particulars, I rarely have more than a few key scenes, a general sense of direction, and maybe a few characters worked out when I begin. I sort of discover the rest along the way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I don’t talk to my characters. I view them internally rather than externally when I’m writing them. So it’s more about trying to get into their mind and understand how they think and feel and react to things.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t expect sudden success. Commit yourself to this writing thing for the long haul. Pursue it for the love of writing above all else. And be willing to work hard, hard, hard to perfect your craft. A healthy dose of humility can also help when dealing with criticism or bad reviews. Nobody is obligated to like your book, no matter how hard you worked on it.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have used both indie publishing houses and self-publishing. I’m not sure which is better. I turned to self-publishing simply because I wanted to have greater access to my novel during and after publication. But I do enjoy having some editorial oversight, and a publishing house lends a degree of legitimacy in the eyes of readers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I assume we will continue to see a flood of self-published novels of varying quality, making it difficult for any one particular writer to stand out from the crowd. Larger publishing houses will probably figure out more effective ways to work within the digital ebook space. But ultimately, who knows?
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, young adult, paranormal
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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