About Thomas Quinn Miller:
Thomas Q. Miller grew up in a small rural town in Illinois. At the age of thirteen he read his first novel, Dune, by Frank Herbert. That was the spark that ignited his passion for reading. It was the popular fantasy Dragonlance novels by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis which cemented his love of fantasy. He grew up devouring those heroic tales of swords and sorcery and like so many others, always wanted to add a little of himself to the genre. He feels if even one person reads his work and experiences that seed of excitement he still experiences from a good science fiction or fantasy read, it will all have been worth it. Thomas currently resides with his lovely wife and children in northern England.
What inspires you to write?
The need to share a story and the challenge involved in doing it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an outliner. I like to have a clear path for my story, but I am not too religious about it once I start writing. If a new idea comes to me while writing, I use it. I find the ideas that come while in the midst of writing are some of the best. I tend to picture scenes in my mind and turn them into chapters. I start each chapter with a brief sentence about its purpose. Then add info like point of view characters, mood, and setting. Then, I start on the rough draft.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, not really. I’m more of an observer, like watching a film. I start the scene in my head and then write down what I see and hear.
What advice would you give other writers?
This one is simple. Write! I used to get frustrated when reading that advice in books, but it is true. You have to write, even if it is plotting, character cards, whatever. Find what works for you, music, special chair, whatever. Then write.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self published at first and then was approached by a publisher. Every author is different and has different needs when it comes to their story.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I wish I knew, I could better prepare. I’m just thankful it was at a place at the time I was ready, to help me share my work with others.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print