Today’s Author interview is Margaret Millmore. She’s also a part of the Blog-A-Licious Book launch held by Pandora at Peace from Pieces. I tend to delve into a little paranormal/horror and it being near Halloween, I took a peek at her work and scheduled her for an interview.
Margaret Millmore: It’s a psychological thriller/suspense with a paranormal twist based in San Francisco.
Terry C. Simpson: What inspired you to write this particular story?
Margaret Millmore: The basic idea had been with me for a long time, so I started with that (a person waking up without any memory of their recent life), but it expanded and turned into what it is today due to something my father-in-law said (my website recites the story of that incident).
Terry C. Simpson: What writer influenced you the most?
Margaret Millmore: That’s a tough one. My earliest love was CS Lewis’ Narnia books, but I’ve been a die-hard Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Dean Koontz fan for as long as I can remember. I read a great deal, and almost every author I read inspires me.
Terry C. Simpson: Tell us a little about your main characters. Who was your favorite? Why?
Margaret Millmore: Jane is my protagonist, then her husband Michael, a mysterious man she doesn’t know and then her friends Brett and Kira, who she relies on to help her through her tragic memory loss. Jane is my favorite, I wanted to make her a strong, pragmatic person, who was faced with an impossible situation, but uses her positive and practical sensibilities to get through it, and of course she had to show a little vulnerability too (after all, no one is that strong….).
Terry C. Simpson: How long did it take you to write your book?
Margaret Millmore: It took about 4 months to write the first draft and with revisions and edits, I probably spent a little over a year on it.
Terry C. Simpson: How much of a story do you have in mind before you start writing it?
Margaret Millmore: That’s hard to define, in the case of Doppelganger Experiment it was an old idea that got me started, but it wasn’t really going anywhere until my father-in-law made a mysterious comment, which spurred my imagination into overdrive and got the story going again. Usually it’s a small thing that gets my imagination going, once that small thing triggers something I write it down and hope it grows.
Terry C. Simpson: What is your goal for the book, ie: what do you want people to take with them after they finish reading the story?
Margaret Millmore: Mostly I want to entertain them, take them away from their daily lives for a while, give them something they can’t put down, a character they can feel something about.
Terry C. Simpson: What was the most difficult part about writing the book?
Margaret Millmore: Waking up in the middle of the night with an idea for the book and knowing you have no choice but to get up and start writing.
Terry C. Simpson: What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
Margaret Millmore: My goal is to get up at 6, coffee, shower and at my desk by 7. I try to address promotional issues for about an hour and then get to writing for 4 to 6 hours, I don’t really strive for word or chapter counts. This only works out about half the time, but at least it’s a goal…
Terry C. Simpson: What’s been the most surprising part of being a writer?
Margaret Millmore: How much I love doing it, it’s hard work, but I never thought I’d love working like this.
Terry C. Simpson: What advice you would give to an aspiring author?
Margaret Millmore: Don’t give up! Write your book, edit and revise as many times as needed until its perfect. Use all the resources around, the internet can provide you with so much advice from how to write, to how to find an agent or publisher. Don’t let the frustration and rejections get you down, it will take a while, but you can do it!
Terry C. Simpson: What advice would you give other novelists about book promotion?
Margaret Millmore: I think the promoting part is harder than the writing part. Use social media, join writing groups, friends and family are a great way to spread the word for your new book, basically be shameless, tell everyone and ask them to tell their friends!
Terry C. Simpson: How have you marketed and promoted your work?
Margaret Millmore: All of the things I mentioned in 12 above, honestly I know there are more ways to promote, but I’m pretty new at this, so I’m still learning.
Terry C. Simpson: What words would you like to leave the world when you are gone?
Margaret Millmore: Books are doorways to the imagination, they teach you new things, take you to new cities, countries and worlds, they introduce you to a never ending supply of characters and they entertain you far beyond what TV and video games can do. Never stop reading!
Terry C. Simpson: Have you written any other books?
Margaret Millmore: I have a completed novel that I wrote 3 years ago, after trying for a while to get it published, I decided it needed to fester for a while and I had other ideas that wanted out of my head, so I moved on to the Doppelganger Experiment. I’m hoping to revisit that book someday soon, it just might be time.
Terry C. Simpson: Where can people learn more about your books?
Margaret Millmore: My website www.margaretmillmore.com, also major on-line retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, etc. You can also visit my publishers website at www.worldcastlepublishing.com
Amazon for Kindle
Barnes & Noble for Nook
Smashwords for epub for other apps Ipad etc.