I’m back with the final interview in the Meet the Men interview series! I can’t believe November is over and I hope that you enjoyed this series as much as I have!! Today I have my interview with Mickey Miller! Mickey Miller has a ton of stuff going on, from writing to starting a podcast!
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What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t wearing your author hat?
My favorite thing to do when I’m not wearing my author hat wow this is pretty interesting because I do have a full-time job that I work everyday 9 to 5. So right now I don’t have a ton of time outside of writing books. however, I I do like to play sports like basketball and baseball and watch sports. now that I’m thinking about it I feel really boring like I have to have a hobby. But I also like to travel I haven’t been able to travel a lot in the last year just cuz of work constraints but I’ve traveled around to South America a lot and similar places to.
What is the first book to make you cry?
Old Yeller. Why did the dog have to die?
What would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Probably a jaguar.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Since I’m a guy I feel like my female point of view is going to be scrutinized maybe more than a girl so I put a lot of effort into that and I also asked for a lot of different point of views and feedback from women
How do you select the names of your characters?
Oh man I don’t even have like a science really behind this sometimes I let my group choose the name and I’ll do like a survey and just ask for suggestions. I need to make sure that the name hasn’t been used before in one of my stories now and other than that I just try to make sure it’s a cool sounding name and I try not to use the names of my friends just in case they ever read the book and they’re like hey what the hell?
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
Yes definitely. There is a reference in almost every book of mine to a certain fruit and I usually make it small but it’s definitely there.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
It varies a lot. Sometimes I might start a book and write like the first 10 pages, and then get distracted and have to come back to it in a while. That’s what happened with mechanic with benefits for example. That book started out as a novella and then I decided when I went back to it why not make it a full story.
The fastest I can write a book is about 6 weeks and right now I am writing a story with my Facebook group which is pretty cool so you can kind of see the pace at which I right and it’s pretty accurate I mean I usually try to write like a couple thousand words a day or a chapter a day and if I do that that’s a good pace.
Have you ever participated in Movember?
From the no shaving side sure. Currently I am rocking a pretty stick beard I have some Viking beard oil and the winter is coming so I’m enjoying the beard. However I haven’t really done the activist side I guess you could say. It’s more just for fun.
What are you currently reading?
If you could go back and give your younger self advice, what would it be?
I would definitely tell myself not to give up on what you want so fast. I look back and I knew I wanted to be a writer for a long time and I loved writing stories and I almost majored in journalism in college. But somewhere along the way I lost a little bit of confidence for a few years or thought that I wasn’t going to be able to “make it.” The fact is when you are starting something out you have to be ready to be bad at that thing, but that doesn’t mean you will always be bad at it. And in fact being bad at something is a normal stage in the learning process. About 2 or 3 years ago now, I decided that I was going to give novel and romance writing a go, And I started reading this book. It took a really long time to write about 10 months. I eventually finished it and I didn’t even like it. so I just put it away and then I wrote playing dirty in about six weeks. So it was kind of one of those Steve Miller Band situations where you had to go through hell to get to heaven. Okay that’s just an exaggeration but you get the drift.