Author Spotlight: Mila Waters

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First tell us a little bit about yourself, and who you are:
I am a single mom, a writer, a reader, a dreamer, and a lover of music, art, whisky, and cheese. Guess being from Wisconsin has its perks.

What are your ambitions for your writing career?
To be famous one day. HAHA! But seriously, my 16 year old son read a rough copy of the next story I’m going to release and told me he thinks I’m going to be famous. Honestly, I just want to get the stories in my head out. If people read them and like them, all the better.

Which writers inspire you?
I am inspired by some of the greats. Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Laurell K Hamilton, as well as my good friends Gwyn McNamee and Verlene Landon. Both of them write some of the steamiest romances I’ve ever read.

14947551_155478884919133_7518364130643956595_nSo, what have you written?
I currently have one novella out. It’s called Rhapsody in Red and it’s a part of the Dark of Midnight box set.

Where can we buy or see them?
It’s available on Amazon. amazon.com/Dark-Midnight-Complete-Novellas-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B01M8LYFVC

Who is your favorite character, and why?
Currently, my favorite character is Quinn from Rhapsody in Red. As for why, let’s just say, she does what she wants, when she wants.

What is your current project about, and when do you think it will be ready for the public?
My current project is about a woman who is slowly descending into madness and trying to figure out why. I am planning a mid-December release.

What genre do you write in?
I write erotic science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and dark romance.

How much research do you do?
As much as is needed. One can never do too much research. And it helps that I love it.

Have you ever co-written any of your work?
I am currently co-writing book one of a seven deadly sins series.

When did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve been a writer most of my life. It wasn’t until almost four years ago that I decided to publish my work.

Why do you write?
I write both therapeutically and because I need to get the ideas out of my head. I’ve suffered many traumas in my life and writing is my way of releasing those demons.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
I write full-time as much as a six year old will allow.

Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
I write every day, 7 days a week, whenever time allows.

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I don’t usually set a goal for myself as much as just getting the words out. One word is better than no words.

Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I write on my laptop and sometimes longhand.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
My dreams spawn most of my plots though I have been known to come up with them by seeing a great picture or hearing a song on the radio.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants and see what happens.

What do you think is the biggest challenge about writing, or that writers face?
I can’t speak for every writer but, for me, the biggest challenge is hitting publish. I fear as much as I want the publicity.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
That depends on the story. I have one that I’ve been writing for more than ten years and I’ve written one in less than a month.

How do you handle Writer’s Block?
I put the story I’m working on away and move on to something else for awhile. If that doesn’t work, I blast the tunes and start research on a new project. This usually gets the words flowing.

Do you have any techniques, or tips you would like to share on tackling Writer’s Block?
As I said to the previous question, if you struggle with Writer’s Block, find something else to work on. Don’t quit writing altogether. Words, even if they’re a part of a blog post or a journal, are better than none at all.

For your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hard back books?

I prefer books! LOL!! I have too many to count on my Kindle and I’m rebuilding a physical book collection that once contained more than 3000 books.

What book/s are you reading at present?
I am reading The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker.

Do you proofread/edit all your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I proof my books first and then have someone else do it for me.
Tell us a little bit about your book covers: Did you design them, or have them designed?
I do a little of both.

Do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
I do think a good cover catches people’s attention, however I don’t let a bad cover deter my buying a book that has a strong blurb.

How are you publishing this book and why?
Indie. I’ve been published by indie publishers up until now. The next book will be self published.

How do you market your books?
I have the most wonderful PA a girl could ask for. She helps me when I need it as well as Book Haven Promotions. They are a godsend promoting in groups.

Would you or do you use a PR agency?
I currently use Book Haven Promotions. Amanda and Nicole are wonderful to work with.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Share your books with like minded people. Not everyone is going to like your stories but if you just keep plugging away, someone will like your words so much, they’ll share them. It can and will snowball from there.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
A reader will review a story any way they see fit. It’s her or his opinion and I respect that.

14440983_100878907045798_5246275198237913087_nWhich social network works best for you?
Facebook

Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
Don’t fret over a bad review. Learn from it. Write every day. Even one sentence is better than none. Keep your head up and remember everyone has a bad day once in awhile.

Did you do a press release, Goodreads book launch or anything else to promote your work and did it work?
A release event was held for the release of the Dark of Midnight box set. It seemed to garner some attention.

Did you get interviewed by local press/radio for your book launch?
This is my first interview. 😉

What do you think of “trailers” for books?
They can be a great marketing tool if done tastefully.

Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s?
No, I currently don’t have one nor do I have any future plans to create one.

Do you ever do giveaways, or free download days?
I do giveaways all the time.

What is your favourite motivational phrase.
Just keep swimming.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write! There is an audience for anything these days. Write what you want and continue to learn and grow.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Website:

(currently under construction)

Mila Waters’ Author Website

Facebook:

Mila Waters’ Facebook Author Page

and

Mila’s Black Boudoir on Facebook
Twitter:

Amelia Waters’ Erotica on Twitter
Amazon Author Page:

Mila Waters’ Amazon Author Page
Book Links:

Dark Midnight Complete Novella Series on Amazon
Goodreads:

Mila Waters on Goodreads

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