Kristen: Thank you so much for answering some questions for me. With the changes in reading materials over the years, it seems a popular question/debate is ebooks vs. paperbacks. Both have their pros and cons, but for your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?
Milli: Pretty much whatever I can get my hands on. I have a tablet, and I have physical books. I love being able to read in bed with the tablet without having the light on and disturbing my husband, but there’s still something to be said about the way a book feels in my hands, or the way an old book’s pages are worn soft, and the way it smells. I love the smell of old books.
Kristen: I so agree! I love the ability to read at night without bothering my husband and usually choose my Kindle at night for that reason. But there's something special about a paperback.
When you develop characters do you already know who they are before you begin writing or do you let them develop as you go?
Milli: Uh… yes. It depends on the character. Sometimes, we’re old friends just catching up, and other times, I’m still getting to know them. It’s like meeting anyone the first time. They’re fully developed, whether we see it or not, it’s a matter of being observant and finding what makes them tick. If you pay attention to the character, like you do when you’re talking to a friend, you start to pick up on their little quirks and personalities. Sometimes it takes a while. I’m still scratching my head over a couple of them.
Kristen: Wow, I love your way of describing that. Everyone's fully developed, but we need time to learn who they are.
Can you give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?
Milli: Oh, my… Um… Well, Jordy is very driven. Her goal in life, as a NASCAR driver, is to get out on the track and race even one season against her father before he retires. She refuses to give up, even when people tell her she can’t do something -- usually her twin brother, and she doesn’t care what others say about her. She is her own creature, and doesn’t have time for petty crap. Chris (the love interest) refuses to let Jordy give up, even when she doubts herself, and even though he gives odd birthday presents (for her 18th, he gave her a hammer, so she could break through the glass ceiling with it), he knows what buttons to push and when. Then again, when someone has been your best friend since they day you were born, thanks to their dads being best friends, it’s hard not to know someone.
Kristen: Sounds like fun! I love characters who have a goal and are determine to not give up, and to achieve their dreams.
To switch subjects a little, when it comes to publishing, what do you choose as a path and why?
Milli: I publish independently. There’s less for me to do that way - I’d be doing all the same marketing stuff I already do, even if I published traditionally, but I’m in complete control of the finished product.
Kristen: I'm so with you on the control thing. I want all the power!
When you're putting a book together, how much research do you do?
Milli: That depends on the project. Some books, there’s very little research, others, there’s a lot more because I don’t know the subject matter. Sometimes, I just apply my own life to a situation I put a character in, and other times, I have to reach out to the world at large for
Kristen: I hate research and thought fantasy would be the perfect way to just make up my own stuff. But it's amazing how many things still weasel their way in that need me researching something.
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