AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: MT MILES
Author MT Miles has stopped by to chat with us this month…
Tell us a little about Beyond the Purple Ash.
Beyond the Purple Ash is a dysfunctional erotic romance. The heroine, Claire, seeks to escape her unhappy small town roots. She strikes out on her own to get away from her warring parents. She falls on her feet working for a Realtor who gives her an education in property. When her past again catches up with her she decides to move from the USA to Australia.
The hero, Glen, is a former Footballer invalided off the park before his prime. He too carries the scars of an unusual upbringing.
Claire ends up working for a Property Developer. The business goes bust, but the her boss, Nathaniel Murray, squirrels away some assets. When the dust settles, he sets up his own business and employs Claire. There’s chemistry between them but deep down they both want different things from life and relationships.
After a chance meeting with Glen, Claire decides that he’s the man for her and sets about getting him.
Thereafter the story follows the highs and lows of their relationship.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
My writing style starts with having a rough outline of the plot and letting the voices of my characters dictate the details.
What inspired you to write in your genre? Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?
I have only ever written in the erotic romance genre. It is where I feel at home. Like many writers in that genre I have been inspired by E.L. James and Fifty Shades of Grey. But I must warn your readers that what I write is nothing like Fifty Shades.
Do you have a favorite character you have written?
Claire is my favorite character she is so very complex and what romance writer doesn’t have a soft spot for the heroine?
Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far?
Glen’s mother, Vicki, was the hardest character to write. I am afraid that I don’t have a particularly puritanical mindset.
Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share?
I think all authors of romantic fiction draw inspiration from real life characters and situations. I am not sure if I would call it fun, but when I was midway through the editing process my two cats decided to engage in a domestic dispute which resulted in them shredding the manuscript.
What do you find the hardest part of writing?
Marketing and editing are the hardest things about writing.
Name one thing that your readers would be surprised to know about you.
I once contemplated entering the priesthood.
Do you have a guilty pleasure?
I love both chocolate and ice cream.
What TV Shows are you addicted to?
Big Bang Theory
What do you need before you start writing? Anything that is just a must have or the creative juice don’t flow?
Lots of coffee and my two cats.
Does music influence your writing? If so, do any of your stories have a theme song?
No, but it is a thought worth considering.
If your story was optioned for a movie, who would play your characters?
I can’t act so I would have to say no, but it would be cool to walk a mile in the shoes of Nathaniel Murray. To be rich and bit sneaky would be fun.
Where were you when you got your first contract? Who did you tell first?
As a self published author, I don’t have a contract, but if I did, My wife would be the first to know.
How old were you when you read your first romance book?
I was about 12 years old when I grabbed my first Mills & Boon off the shelf.
What author causes you to “go fan girl”/ squeal over/anticipate upcoming books?
I am a big fan of Lucy Felthouse. She is a girl with a naughty mindset.
If you still have one of those pesky non writing jobs what is it?
I actually write for a living. Sadly, however, I write speeches rather than novels.
Do you have a favorite movie you have seen in the last few months and/or an all time favorite?
My favorite movie of all time is Casablanca. I have a big crush on Ingrid Bergman and who doesn’t love Humphrey Bogart?
What are you currently working on, and what else is in the wings?
Right now I am back working hard to earn a living but I am looking forward writing another novella. I am just waiting for the right idea spring out at me.
If you could co-write with another author who would it be?
Harper Lee. Too Kill a Mocking Bird is a fantastic piece of fiction.
How do you pick your characters names?
My characters usually pick their own names, names that suit their own distinctive voices.
Do you prefer the love at first sight approach or a steady growth throughout?
I am sucker for love at first sight.
What is your reaction to people who say one of the following…”Oh you write romance, I thought you were a real writer”, “Romance isn’t a real writing career” or the ever popular “Oh, one of those books”.
I usually start by asking them if they have ever read a romance novel and if so which one. I find that most of the people who pour scorn on the romance genre either haven’t read any romance novels or have read the wrong ones.
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And for the silly side – What is your favorite type of chocolate?
Ranger or Morelli?
Ranger, who wouldn’t want that element of danger in their lives?