Welcome to another installment of Writer Wednesdays! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and learn about another author.
Last time, we presented modern fantasy author Jason Jack Miller to you. This time, we present his wife. Please welcome Heidy Ruby Miller!
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I am a dreamer who has been fortunate enough to follow my dreams and make a life doing what I love with the person I love. When we were trying to get published ten years ago, my husband, Jason, and I decided we couldn’t let the industry and its whims decide our happiness—we had to live the lives we wanted to live now. We still hold that philosophy, so we write…but we also travel, hike, bike, frequent museums, go to shows and to the movies, enjoy lots of good food and sometimes just sit on the porch and drink tea.
When did you start writing, and who or what inspired you to do so?
I’m not sure why I wanted to write, but my first story was in second grade. It was “The Copper Kitty Mystery.”
Why did you choose the genre in which you write?
Arthur C. Clarke, George Lucas, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Rockne S. O’Bannon, Luc Besson, Madeleine L’Engle
If you had to choose a different genre in which to write, which would you pick and why?
Magical realism because I love reading it, but it would be a challenge for me to write.
Do you have any new books coming out?
Ambasadora-verse fans will be happy to know that Starrie is due out in August from Dog Star Books. On the timeline, it comes after Greenshift and runs concurrent with Marked by Light, though new readers to the linked series won’t need to have read the other two to enjoy Starrie.
What was your favorite part about writing it? What was your least favorite?
I love to plot and outline! Then once that’s done, I love to write that quick first draft. Then once that’s done, I love to polish the story. I really do love the entire process. In fact, Jason and I have a pact that when writing is no longer fun, we’ll walk away from it forever. Life’s too short not to love what you do.
Not counting your main character, which character from your book is your favorite?
It used to be David Anlow (from both Marked by Light and Greenshift), but his brother, Ben, has moved into the favored position since I’ve been working on Starrie, which features Ben and a new love interest. I kind of think of Ben as a foul-mouthed Pete Latimer (see the questions on TV series and celebrity crushes), so that probably says a lot.
Is there anything you would like to add about your book (i.e.: behind-the-scenes factoids, character influences, etc.)?
Bestselling author Cary Caffrey of The Girls from Alcyone fame is writing the foreword for Starrie. He understands there is more to good science fiction adventure than space ships and ray guns, so I was honored to have him introduce this book.
And, of course, the amazing Bradley Sharp dreamed up a gorgeous cover that rivals those he did for my other Ambasadora books.
Where can readers find you on the internet (i.e.: Facebook, Twitter, etc.)?
If you want to contact me, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you just want to catch up on what I’ve been doing:
And now for a few more personal questions. Are there any television shows you have to catch each week? Which ones?
Well, I binge season on Netflix, so there will be Saturdays and Sundays when I cozy in with some good food and tea to watch a marathon of House of Cards, Downton Abbey, Warehouse 13, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Farscape, Sherlock, and White Collar. I also love TedTalks.
If you had to move to any other place on Earth, where would you go and why?
Every time we travel, I ask myself by the end of the trip if I could live here. Five places have received a resounding yes: NYC, DC, Paris, Munich, and Walt Disney World. Jason and I worked at WDW when we first got married after college, and my family has taken a trip there every year since I was three. Plus I did the Disney College Program as an undergrad so the place is definitely a part of me.
Who is your Hollywood crush?
Jason and I have had our crush lists since that episode of Friends! Here’s mine, in no particular order: Colin Farrell, David Boreanaz, Eddie McClintock, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey, Jr., Jason Statham, and Bruce Willis.
Have you attended any conventions? Which one(s)?
We usually attend 10 – 15 events each year. There are old favorites that we wouldn’t miss like Seton Hill (Greensburg), Confluence (Pittsburgh), DogCon (traveling), and Pennwriters (traveling); recent favorites like Share the Spirit (Uniontown), Capclave (DC), and Baltimore Book Festival; and first time events like AWP this March in Seattle.
To see if we’ll be at some of the same conferences and conventions, check out my 2014 schedule so far here:
There’s more than one way to eat a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Which way do you like to eat it?
Slowly eat a circle around the peanut butter center just to build up the anticipation, then devour the rest with total abandon.
Mrs. Miller’s works can be found on Amazon and Dog Star Books.
To learn more about Heidi, visit her website at heidirubymiller.blogspot.com.
Thanks again for stopping by, Mrs. Miller!