AN INTERVIEW WITH ARLINE LOTT MILLER

 

Welcome everyone to another worthy author, we say hi to the lovely Arline Lott Miller

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Harvey Jones
Hi Arline, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Arline
First, let me thank you for this interview. I love talking but usually not about myself. I work full time as a project manager and write as my escape. I am a romantic myself so romance comes easily for me but I am also a mystery fan and that adds the suspense in my writing. I thrive on challenges and goals. My goal when I was a young lady was to write a book one day. I have written a blog since 2012 and love to encourage others to dream and see if that dream can become a reality. Family is important to me and my sweet romance with my husband gives me inspiration.

Harvey Jones
Have you always enjoyed writing and who or what inspires you?

Arline
I have always loved reading and from reading a variety of authors I was inspired to write. Poetry was the first avenue I took along with short stories. One of my English teachers, Ms. Moorman, used one of my book reviews as an example of how it should be written and she inspired me to see the writing gift I have been given.

Harvey Jones
When you’re writing what does your work station look like ?

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Arline
I guess that is an example of my ‘out of the box’ personality. I have a beautiful desk which is a wonderful venue for writing but both of my books were written from my laptop propped on my legs while I sat on my bed. I have a nice stand which I do use for the long stints. I love being comfortable and this position is relaxing but functional.

Harvey Jones
I know you have two wonderful romance books out now, A Mistress A Wife and Tell Me Lies Love Me Still, is there a third?

Arline
I have begun writing the third and final book in this Reflections of Love series and it’s titled Riddle Me This, Love or Bliss? I title my books before I write, which may or may not be the norm for writing but I set the mood from the title.

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Harvey Jones
Could we have links to your books and any other links you use?
Arline
A Mistress, A Wife
by Arline Miller
Link: http://amzn.com/B00ZPT6VIG

Tell Me Lies; Love Me Still (Reflections of Love Book 2)
by Arline Miller
Link: http://a.co/1vmFP6m

A Mistress, A Wife by Arline Miller
Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00ZPT6VIG
FACEBOOK: @arlinemiller1author

Twitter: Arline Miller@arline_miller
Email: arlinemiller@bellsouth.net
My Blog: http://www.sippingcupsofinspiration.wordpress.com

My Website: http://arlinemiller7.wixsite.com/website
Harvey Jones
You also do a very interesting blog – what do you want to achieve through your posts?

Arline
My blog was inspired from my post messages on Facebook. Many people encouraged me to start a blog when I was unfamiliar with what a blog meant. It has developed from inspirational life lessons to a format of learning new ways to look at life’s issues, thought provoking focuses, and healthy eating pages. I have added pages to include a page of quotes I created. I want the readers to begin their thought process from a topic and develop their path of an enhanced life.

Harvey Jones
Would share an example of one of your blogs from your cups of inspiration?

Arline
The blog post which had the most views and is still one of my faves focused on the innocence and honesty of children. Here is the blog post:

TODAY THE WORDS are OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES. This topic is inspired by two of our five grandsons visiting us this weekend. We, as adults, try to express ourselves in a tactful way while children call it as they see it. There is a sense of innocent air when a child is in your presence and it is refreshing for a change. It is a lesson to all of us grown up kids, who some are more grown up than others to remember; innocence is a good thing. If a child likes something he or she is eating, the words yum or yummy; if they don’t they express that dislike as much. Adventures and new things are expressed with eyes wide open, smiles on their faces and they truly enjoy life at its best. They don’t have any trouble telling grown-ups if they are not ready to do things; they express when they are ready. Statements like Abram and Nolan were saying, “We don’t like spiders but we would go on spaceships” shows the broad spectrum of their imagination. It is easy for them to say I love Nana; I love Granddaddy but either of us may go up or down on the scale of love and we may score 100 or 500 at any given time. We work hard to get the 500 I can assure you and there is fierce competition between Nana and Granddaddy.
Now for the deeper thought. Innocence is sometimes lost in the adult world and I may not be advocating that we become children and say what always comes to our mind. Children can say things and it is looked at humorously, but what comes out of adult mouths should reflect others’ reaction to what we say. We should however be honest with our thoughts and intentions. Deceit is not healthy for young or old. Remember, children learn from adults and if they hear things that are not true or honest, they learn fast and therefore, innocence may be lost. God loves pureness, truthfulness, innocence, and most importantly, love. All parents, all grandparents, stop for a moment, and close your eyes…. think of one of the precious little ones who says openly and honestly, “I love you Nana Five Hundred.” Love is wonderful with life thrown in; Life is wonderful with love thrown in!
Harvey Jones
Do you write any other genre?
Arline
I haven’t written in another genre as yet, but I want to venture into non-fiction in the future. Several people have approached me with their stories of real life adventure, mystery and histories and this sparked an interest to tell their stories.

 

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Harvey Jones
What advice would you give to anyone thinking of writing a novel?

Arline
I think the best advice is to dedicate oneself to the novel completion. It requires dedication and sacrifice to see a book through to the finished product. It is a work of art and an individual masterpiece and whatever the product becomes, this will have one’s name on it. The thrill of seeing my name on my books is worth all the time invested in each one. When you read the finished book, stop and think, “Would I be able to put this book down if I chose to read it?”

Harvey Jones
Well I have to say it’s been a pleasure to speak to you and we wish you much success for the future and thank you for taking the time to chat to us.

 

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ROSE CHANNING

 

Welcome back to our monthly interview. This month we are welcoming Rose Channing.

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Harvey Jones
Hi Rose, please tell us a bit about yourself.

Rose Channing
Why is it that authors can write hundreds of pages about the worlds inside our heads, and yet when we’re asked, “tell me about yourself,” we completely freeze? Probably because you already know the most important thing about me: I’m an author. I live for chasing magic and dreams, so questions people ask about my “real” life seem irrelevant. But, for anyone who wants to know, I grew up in Oregon, graduated with a degree in psychology, now I work in a grocery store, and… Who cares? Let’s get real.

I’m in love with Jenna Marbles. I can’t go a day without acapella music. I’m a hardcore, stereotypical introvert, and enjoy staying indoors on rainy days with a cup of tea and a book. My introversion can turn to a cynical attitude at times, but I’m also an optimist at heart. More than anything else, I want to share Crossworlds with this world—actually, to be honest, that was a secondary dream. The real dream is to actually live in a magical world, so bringing one to life here was only the next best thing. I also have a tendency to go off on tangents that can turn into rants. I also have an intense fear of running out of time, and I don’t know why because I’m only 27 years old. But, time seems to move exponentially faster as we grow older, and there’s so much I want to do and become before it’s over. I could go on, but you only asked for “a bit” so I should wrap this up. If you really want to know who I am, read The Mansion’s Twins. You’ll know me better than my own parents.

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Harvey Jones
What is your inspiration for writing and what genre do you focus on?

Rose Channing
I’ve always been in love with magic and fantasy, and anything that lifted me out of the real world. My desire to capture that led me to a lot of places, from childhood games and backyard exploration, to practicing lucid dreaming so I could capture and control an unreal world. I’ve been inspired by every part of the search. Dreams, games, books, it all played a part, and I discovered I could make something about of nothing. That, to me, is real magic. Once I discovered what daydreaming and playing around could lead me to create, I gave myself permission to go further, even though others considered it childish or lazy. Permission to play was my most powerful tool for inspiration. Obviously, my genre of choice was fantasy. I also wanted to stay in the young adult realm to capture both the magic of childhood, and the discovery and adventure of growing up.

Harvey Jones
How do you get into your characters to make them real and who is your favorite character?

Rose Channing
My sister used to make fun of me for having imaginary friends, thinking it was “just a phase.” I defiantly responded with “I’ll still have imaginary friends when I’m a teenager!” Guess who was right? I still have them as an adult. I would pretend Ellie and Savannah would talk to me through the mirror in my room, like they were talking to me from the other world, and that’s how I got to know them.

Character development has always been one of my favorite parts of writing, combining my love of studying people’s minds with my love of creating stories. When people ask me what I’m going to “do” with my psychology degree, sometimes I’ll laugh and say “character development?” like it’s a joke. Truthfully, it’s been very helpful to put myself into their shoes and really explore their perspectives.

I found the twins easier to form because of my many “conversations” with them, and because they have almost opposite personalities. I learned who they were by contrasting them against each other.

But, I think my favorite character is Eva. A dancer with purple hair, strong magic, and a dark secret? What’s not to love? She was one of those characters who always drew my attention back to her, who said, “hey, I’ve got something incredible going on! It’s even better than Ellie and Savannah! You need to tell my story too!”
Harvey Jones
Have you been influenced by any authors, and which author do you read most?

Rose Channing
I’m sure I was influenced by JK Rowling, as the Harry Potter series was the beginning of my love of fantasy. Another influential author is Cornelia Funke. I loved the idea of characters from a book coming to life in the real world, like in “Inkheart.”

But my all time favorite series is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. It’s what first opened my eyes to the existence of other worlds. Wow, that sounded weird, but it’s the truth. These books stuck with me most for several reasons: They made other worlds seem perfectly real and plausible (I’ve believed ever since), I fell absolutely in love with hot air balloons and people who fly them because of Lee Scoresby, and these books smashed my heart to pieces in ways I didn’t even think possible. Really. That thing that happened toward the end of The Amber Spyglass was the most devastating thing I’ve ever read, and nothing has even come close to topping it. I’ve actually had to hide the books for years to avoid re-reading, simply because I know I can’t handle it emotionally. Also, these were the books that inspired over half of Crossworlds: I was reading The Golden Compass when I paused and thought, “I want to meet these people.” I then stared into space for about twenty minutes, and the second half of the Crossworlds series was born, where Rose meets her characters, and tries to figure out whether or not she has real power over their lives.
Harvey Jones
Do you have any hobbies and do they inspire any of your writings?

I’ve tried out a variety of creative hobbies, because they all help to keep my brain active and ready for new ideas and inspiration. I grew up with ballet classes, and soon included tap and jazz. I played the violin, and took some acting classes. I joined the dance team in high school, and sang in the choir. It’s a secondary dream of mine to be in an acapella group, but despite auditioning multiple times in college, I never made it in. But, maybe someday I’ll sing in my very own Summer’s Angels. Anyway… I also love trying to draw my characters, despite having zero talent for it. Whenever I find myself putting off my writing, I try to ease back into my world in another way, which is usually drawing or singing.

Harvey Jones
What are you currently writing and can we have a sneaky peek?

Rose Channing
Right now I am working on the prequel to The Mansion’s Twins, which will take us way back in time, all the way to the days of Claire and Dimitri. Stories of the Early Days will reveal what really happened between Claire, Lidia, and Dimitri, not to mention, you know, the entire start of existence in this magical world. I’ll go ahead and give a little glimpse:

“What has he been telling you?” Lidia said.
“What? Who?”
“Dimitri, of course. I heard all the strange questions your little twins asked, wondering why we even wanted immortality in the first place. Who wouldn’t? Aren’t I right, Claire? Don’t you still want everything we dreamed about?”
“I…” She paused. Lidia could see right through a lie. “I do, but…”
“But what?”
“If we go to the mansion, we can’t hurt anyone who lives there. It the center of the world’s magic, we don’t have the right—”
“The right? Don’t you think we’ve earned the right? I see what he’s doing to you. You think you love him, don’t you? But would you hold on to that for nothing in return? No one’s going to remember your name if you stay with him. He’s holding you back! I’m not asking you to hurt him—I’m not asking you to hurt anyone, all I want is to get inside the mansion. Why haven’t you even taken me there?”
“Lidia, I—I’m sorry.”
“You promised me no more secrets.”
“I didn’t want to put my twins in danger, I—”
“I know, Claire, I know. But now they’re gone. You’ve been to the center of magic, you can lead us there too!”
“I didn’t go alone,” Claire said. “I don’t know the way, not by myself.”
“Then we’ll find a way. But first, just between us… What was it like?”
“I… I don’t have words for it…”
“You don’t have to. I can see it in your eyes. Don’t you want that feeling back? What if you could have it all the time?”
Claire was silent. She couldn’t deny she wanted what Lidia described, but that didn’t matter. Dimitri was worth more. Wasn’t he?

Can we have links to your Facebook Twitter Amazon etc?

Rose Channing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/crossworldsauthor
Twitter: @RoseMChanning
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Rose-M.-Channing/e/B00L796XI6/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
Blog: http://www.crossworldsbooks.com/

Harvey Jones
What do you find frustrating about publishing, and what advice would you give authors?

Rose Channing
I think the most frustrating parts have been learning to format my books and covers. Other parts of the process, the writing, editing, even the marketing, can certainly be frustrating, but they’re far more fun because I can still live inside the world of the story. Formatting and struggling to learn the weird techy side of it sometimes feels tedious and like a waste of time. Which of course, drives me up the wall because I’m terrified of running out of time. I should be building my world…

Anyway, I think the advice I’d give authors is to remember why we started. Remember the joy of it. If you set out to publish, and your first priority is fame and fortune, you’re doing it wrong. Of course we all want that, and anyone who says they don’t care about it is straight up lying. So, if that’s high on what you want, well, of course it is! That’s not really going to help or hinder you—actually, it might help if it drives you to keep going. But if there’s no joy, you won’t get far. Of course you want the fame and fortune, but I’ll bet that’s not why you started writing.

I’ll bet you set out because of something deeper. You fell in love with the magic of books. You fell in love with this magical ability to create something out of nothing, taking people to new worlds using only 26 letters. Isn’t that crazy? Doesn’t that make you believe in magic again? Whenever you feel that frustration, remember why you started, and what you’ve already accomplished. You have an actual magical ability. Be proud, and don’t give up.

Harvey Jones
What was your first attempt at writing, did you publish it or file it?

That’s hard to say, because when I first began “writing” I was only trying to capture a secret world so I could remember it later in life. I wanted to remember the magic of my childhood, and carry it with me. I thought I was terrible at “writing” because I was always limited to school work, I didn’t even realize I was already doing it! But eventually I realized scribbling in my notebook to keep these dreams and memories was my favorite part of every day. I loved talking to my imaginary friends through the mirror, pretending they were really coming from another world. I watched a story form, which turned into a book, which turned into two, and so on. Ellie and Savannah’s world was always my home, that’s where I began and that’s where I’ll stay. I think The Mansion’s Twins was my first attempt at writing, and many years later I did publish it.

Harvey Jones
Rose we thank you for this insight into your writing world and wish you success with all your books.

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