About Roy Miller:
Roy Miller is a Midwestern cinema lover and book fiend residing in Michigan. His work has appeared in Potluck Magazine, Down in the Dirt and Through The Gaps, among others. He also is a contributing editorial writer for his local newspaper.
What inspires you to write?
Not to sound cliche, but just life in general. I don’t have any specific rituals for gaining insight into my own process, I just go day by day and let things come to me as they will.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I’m out and about and get an idea, I’ll leave a note for myself with Pushbullet (a smartphone app that you can use to push notifications to/from your phone/computer) and flesh it out a little more when I get home. I get something to drink, usually water or hot chocolate, and throw on some music. Spotify Premium is a great tool to invest in for aspiring authors. I’ll put on some piano music or something ambient for background noise, then close all the open windows on my computer except for Sigil (ebook creation software) and start working out some of the buzzing in my head.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If I have a good idea for a character, I usually fill out some “paperwork” on the character’s basics, then try to compare them to a character on a TV show or in a movie. If I can say, “hey, this guy reminds me of Dylan O’Brien’s character from The Maze Runner,” I can visualize some of his traits and use them as a potential building ground for my own character.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t force it. That’s such a big mistake that some people make when they feel pressured to hit deadlines or just get something out. If you’re not feeling it, let it go. Do something else for a while. Explore other hobbies, take a nap, watch a movie. The inspiration will come at some point, and you’ll be glad you waited.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-published my first book since it’s a great way to get your platform off the ground and really grasp some of the basics of the publishing industry. You learn a lot when you’re going through the process of finding a company to do the legwork for you, or better yet learning how to do it yourself. I personally formatted my book myself and designed the cover myself as well, so when it came to the end of the process and my book was in print waiting to be bought, I hadn’t spent a dime.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Books waiver in popularity just as much as anything else does. The recent technological burst of ereaders has changed the way we look at reading in a big way, but that will never fully take print away. There’s no substitute for the look, feel and smell of an actual book, which I’m sure will keep presses in business for as long as there are people to read.
What genres do you write?: Literary Fiction, Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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