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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Author Feature: Meredith Millen
We took some time to chat with the lovely Author Meredith Millen for a brief interview recently. Mere will be releasing her second suspense novel in July, so keep an eye out on this fantastic author!
1) Why did you decide to start writing?
I started writing because I needed an outlet for all of my emotions when I found my birth family.
2) Do you think authors can succeed in multiple genres or should they stick with a single genre?
I believe authors can succeed in multiple genres, but that they have one specific one that will out shine the rest.
3) What do you feel is the biggest reward to you with writing?
I feel the biggest reward to myself with writing is a safe and effective way of venting out my frustrations and mixed emotions.
4) Who are some of your favorite authors & why?
A few of my favorite authors are Cassandra Clare - I am a huge fan of the shadow hunter world and I love how she gets my emotions wrapped up in the story and makes me feel like I'm there. I also love JK Rowling for her imagination and drawing my attention into a series so much that I now will (time allowing) will sit and read for days at the time completely losing myself in the series I'm reading. Rick Riordan, Pittacus Lore, James Dashner, and James Patterson are also a few of my favorites.
5) What are the biggest hurdles to overcome as an author?
The biggest hurdle I've had to overcome is actually letting someone else read my work. Growing up I wrote, but to this day what I wrote is still locked up where no one else can read it. Until Searching for Blood no one read any of the short stories I wrote growing up. Once I finished the book I started with my best friend and then slowly branched out, getting a few opinions of people I trusted before even considering releasing it to strangers.
6) Is there any advice that you can offer for new writers?
Don't over think things, don't push yourself to write. Just let it come. Sit down with your idea and see what becomes of it.
7) Tell us a few random personal things about yourself, both personally & professionally!
I came up with the idea for my series while sitting on the couch talking to my birth father after my grandmothers funeral just 11 months after meeting her for the first time at 25 years old. I had no idea what I was going to do with the idea but it's evolved into one of the most amazing things I've ever done and I'm very proud of the work I've done and most importantly it was the best outlet I could have imagined for my feelings. It was much easier for me to write down my feelings and vent them out through my characters than it was to talk to someone, because no matter what I said they always "understood", but in reality everyone I talked to couldn't understand because they never went through it themselves. I love spending time with my daughter, cooking, playing pool, swimming, traveling, reading, and of course writing.
Thank you, Meredith! Best of luck on the upcoming release!
You can find Mere here on Facebook!
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