Wendy Miller is the author of romance and romantic suspense novels. She began writing as a child, and with the encouragement of her grandmother, as well as other family and friends, she eventually independently published her first novel, Tangled Deceit. She is often working on more than one project at a time, because her brain refuses to focus on only one.
Wendy is also a single mother of two sons, both of whom have ADHD. She homeschools both of them, as it allows them to be educated without being medicated.
When she isn’t teaching her sons, researching or writing on her latest project(s), she enjoys reading, watching television and movies, listening to a huge variety of music, swimming, camping, and even fishing now and then (though she does not bait her own hook or remove her catch from the hook. Why do you think she had sons?).
You can learn more about Wendy on her website, http://www.wendy-miller.com. She also loves to hear from her readers, and you can email her through her website or at firstname.lastname@example.org
What inspires you to write?
I get inspired by so much. I can find inspiration for story in a news headline, a movie, a TV show – even another book.
The question of who inspires me to write is much more complicated. I always enjoyed writing, but it was my grandmother who persistently pushed me to actually do it. The thought of how proud she is that I’ve finally done it keeps me going at it every day.
But my kids also play a part in that as well. I’m raising two boys, and telling them that they can and should dream big and follow those dreams. But as a parent, it’s my job to be the example, to be the model they look to about how to live their lives and what to do. I can’t very well tell them they should chase their dreams, if I don’t chase my own, right?
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process? Sit down, pick up laptop, put fingers to keyboard and type. That’s basically it.
I outline to a very limited point. I make a general outline of what’s going to happen in the book: characters, crime, who/how/where/when, solve/don’t solve, fall in love/don’t fall in love, end of story.
I keep basic notes on things such as what my characters look like, sound like, how they dress, where they live, what they eat, quirky habits, important past history that pertains to the plot, stuff like that. Aside from that, however, I do everything by the seat of my pants.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. They often tell me that something I want them to do just isn’t them. Or that they don’t want to do it. I don’t talk to them much, though, because most of the time, it actually ends up being more me yelling at them because I want them to do something and they’d rather sit in a chair, arms stubbornly crossed, refusing to do it. So instead, I yell, they ignore, I say, “Fine, tell me what you want to do” and then I listen.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up. There are plenty of frustrating moments – your characters won’t cooperate, your plot won’t come together, you’ll get a bad review, you’ll feel like you’ve been working on those edits for years instead of weeks. You’ll feel like you just want to give up and walk away. But don’t do it. Keep working at it. Keep trying, keep writing, even when you think it’s not worth it. It is worth it, and if you keep going, you’ll get to the point where you can see that.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to self-publish mainly because it was faster. I’d tried to traditional publishing route, and gotten rejections, like anyone else. But that was years ago, and I felt like waiting around on that again was just going to be a waste of time. Self-publishing allowed me to skip all that and get right to it, so my grandmother could see that I’d done what I promised her I would do, so my sons could see that I could live the words I spoke.
As i got more involved in it, however, I found multiple other benefits. I found that I really appreciate having complete control over my cover art, my book title, and the content of the story itself. I also get more of the profits of my sales, which is also nice.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is beginning to rest in the hands of the people it should have been resting in all along: the authors and the readers. Authors now have the power to publish what they think should be published – whether a traditional publisher would agree with that or not. And readers have the power to read anything they want, rather than just what a traditional publisher thinks they want to read.
But readers also now have the power to shape what’s published. By leaving reviews of the books they read, both good and bad, they can show authors what they want to read. And authors can take it for what it’s worth, incorporating the useful bits of those reviews to create a book that they not only love and feel proud to publish, but that a reader is excited to read and give a glowing review to.
I think in the future, book publishing is going to become much more varied than it has in the past. Particularly with digital publishing now, authors have the ability to publish anything they’ve ever thought was worth publishing, giving readers the choice of novels, novellas, short stories, poems, serials – the world is wide open!
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print