A huge HELLO to the fire cracking J.D Miller… Why not start by telling us about yourself.
Hi Ingrid, well originally I come from Texas, lived there all my life. When I was much younger, I had dreams of becoming a journalist, but my life took a different turn. I ended up getting married and raising a beautiful family of three kids – two daughters and a son – along with a long line of various critters that my second daughter insisted we have. But it was all good. Later on, my life took a dramatic turn and after a lot of heartache and soul searching, I have at last, found my Prince Charming, my White Knight. Well, not White Knight – he prefers Jedi Knight, which is fine with me. I now live in England with my handsome Englishman. All my family is still in Texas and I miss them tons but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do – for herself.
I know what you mean. I have lived in London and Ireland – Not quite as dramatic a move as the one you have made but still incredibly difficult for my parents at the time. Is writing your full time career?
I wish it were but no. At the moment, I’m an underwriter in the commercial insurance industry.
That’s as sensible as sensible gets. I have worked in a busy claims department and I know how crazy it can get. What Genre is your work – Do you have any plans to work outside of it?
Blood of Kaos is a contemporary fantasy adventure. I don’t have any immediate plans to move to another genre but you never know what mood may strike in the future.
For those of you who have missed it you can check out Lenora’s review of Blood of Kaos here.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Blood of Kaos is loosely based on an online gaming community I was a part of which closed down in 2008. Members created their own super hero characters. You could download an image of your choice (family friendly, of course) onto a specially made card that was a representation of your character. We became a tight knit cyber family. We still keep in touch via Facebook. I’ve met some incredible people and am happy to say that we’re still friends. Some I’ve met in person and others I’ve yet to meet but they all mean a lot to me. It’s how I met my amazing husband!
WOW!!! A virtual romance turned real. How cool.
Do you ever get ideas at random moments, and if so how do you hang onto them?
Who doesn’t? I have a medium sized notebook with me at all times and when something hits – it goes into the notebook. I may not use it right away but, in time, it will find its way into my writing.
Do you have a structure when you are writing, and if so what?
I should learn how to be structured. I think it would save me a lot of time and rewrites. But then again, I tend to write in layers. Lay the foundation and build up from there.
I am not sure that structure is something you can learn – Although I am sure there are plenty of authors out there who would disagree with me. I am very unstructured in my style. Well at least I have been up until now. Maybe it is something which just “comes” with time. Which was your favourite character to write, and why?
I guess my favorite is Dar although I do enjoy Dar with Etain. I like the dynamics between the two.
What are you reading at the moment, and why?
I just purchased Infinity, The Fallen by Glen Shipherd, because I like the sound of the story. Fallen angels and swords – I couldn’t resist!
Sounds great, I might have to check that one out! Meat eater or vegetarian?
I love my veggies but nothing takes the place of a burger done right.
Snow or ice and why?
Snow – it’s soft and light. The world becomes peaceful and serene in its pristine beauty.
What is your favourite movie and why?
Robin Hood (2010) – aside from Russell Crowe – I’m a sucker for anything from the England of old. I love the story of the downtrodden rising up in the face of tyranny to fight back. I also enjoy the humor weaved into the fabric of the tale; it balances out the serious bits.
Do you have an opinion on life after death, and if so what?
When I was a kid, I believed in life after death. Now, I sit on the fence.
I’d be interested to hear what changed your mind… When you eat out would you choose Chinese, Indian or Italian, or other, if so what?
Were I at home in Texas, it would be Tex-Mex – my absolute favorite. But here in England, eh, eating out is not the same.
Hey you cannot come on my blog and start knocking good old bangers and mash..jellied eels and pickled eggs.. I’ll not stand for it LOL Okay moving on before we start with the fisty cuffs London, Paris or New York and why?
Right now, my priority is Dallas, Texas, to see my family. I hope to do London and Paris before moving back home because I’d be crazy not to – I mean, both cities are right here.
Well, London may well be here in the U.K however I am sure the French might have something to say if we start laying claim to their capital city… Let me guess Paris is just in our BACK YARD!!! I am so enjoying this interview so come on then, what do you have in the pipeline?
My second book in the Blood of Kaos Series, DreamReaper, is in the works. I hope to release later this year but it could run into the new year. I’m not in any rush right now.
What inspired you to be a writer?
I can’t really say. It’s just something I feel I need to do.
Ditto. Do you write poetry or short stories as well? If so what?
I have written some poetry. I’m not so good with short stories. I don’t know when to stop.
I MUST see your poetry then… What is your earliest childhood memory?
Ah yes, good old barbie with the big boobies and Ken. Lenora had Sindy, the more conservative British version and I had my crayons and stickle bricks… How do you overcome writers block?
I step away from the computer, take a walk, watch a movie, do something that gets my mind going in a different direction.
Where would you like to be in 5 year time?
Top of the NY Times Best Sellers list, living in Texas, and working with Ridley Scott or Steven Spielberg on the TV series adaptation of Blood of Kaos.
How’s that for vision??? I really hope you get to return to Texas. The only thing worse than being homesick is being lovesick. If you only had 60 seconds remaining on this planet, what would you say, and who would you say it to?
To my friends and family – you have been my inspiration and I love you all to bits.
Do you have any pets – If so what?
Not at the moment but if I did, it would be a dog – not a small one either – a big one.
Can you write on demand and under pressure, or do you need time and space before the creativity starts to flow?
I definitely need time and space – lots of time and opportunities to rewrite.
What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Go to college, get that degree in journalism, and don’t worry about falling in love – jeez, it will happen soon enough!
Give it up for the hilarious J.D Miller and show some love by checking out her links.
Blog: https://ladyofkaos.wordpress.com/Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6925890.J_D_MillerFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-of-Kaos-Series/437320433017912Twitter: https://twitter.com/LadyofKaos or @LadyofKaosYoutube: http://youtu.be/Ce7VCJT_ilE
Posted on June 11, 2013 by Author Ingrid Hall in Author Ingrid Hall, Author Interviews, Uncategorized • Tagged Author Ingrid Hall, Author interviews, Blood of Kaos, J.D Miller • Leave a comment