Meet the Author... AEM
AEM is the pen name of Amy Miller, mother of four and creator of magical realms. I like Amy a lot because she has a practical side and doesn’t like laundry either. And she writes about dragons. Did I tell you I like dragons? 😀 Let’s find out more about Amy’s books. They’re magical!
Amy Miller, who uses the nickname AEM to sign her books, is the author of the Endeavor Series and other random literature. While it’s rumored that she’s a homeschooling mama of 4 and wife of some dude who works with computers, most of the time she’s spotted with her nose in a book or clicking away on a laptop. Her main fantasy series, based in Oklahoma, blends old and new magical creatures and themes. Because seriously, the kind of bra worn while riding a dragon is important, ya’ll. Currently she’s working on book 5, Fervent Desolation.
Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book?
My Endeavor Series books, Phoenix Incandescent, Malignant Transfiguration, Apex Transcendence, Opalescent Immersion, and more to come, are about magic in the U.S.A. I wanted to bring the magic I experienced in children’s books to adult books. The first book introduces the magical world I’ve imagined, and is based in my home state, Oklahoma. Afterwards, the books hop about the United States and tell the stories of varies types of magical creatures.
The most recent book in my series, Fervent Desolation, is in the final round of getting ready to be released. The entire series is a reverse fairy tale, so it starts out with light and goes darker as the books go along. Book 5 is a turning point in the 9 book arc (there will be stand alones afterwards because as a reader I always want to know what happens after!). My main heroine, Charlotte, faces a new battle and makes a hard choice that will impact her for the rest of her life.
What’s the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
For my latest book, I needed to know how long it took for a character to bleed out from an injury in a specific spot so I could have a good idea of how to pace the paragraphs. I’m still waiting for a search engine just for writers. Please and Thank You.
Do you have any difficulty writing characters of the opposite sex?
Nope, but I’m an odd gal, and I have a desire to have all kinds of guys and gals in my books. I always felt left out as a person, and so it’s my goal in literature to have guys who are tender hearted, for example, as well as guys who are rocks. And then there are guys who are various mixtures of both. I’m the same way with the gals. I don’t think that the only way to be a tough female is to feel close to nothing. I love girls who can wear a dress and wield a weapon, cry about it later, and still get up and fight again.
What would the main character in your book have to say about you?
I’m hoping she wouldn’t talk about that time I locked her and most of the rest of the cast up in the castle attic while I made plans for the future of the series. She hasn’t quite forgiven me for my choices, and she kinda took it out on one of the other characters when she found out what we had done. Not that he didn’t deserve it…
What character in your book are you least likely to get along with?
My primary villain. He’s a manipulator and I really can’t stand when people harm other people through manipulation.
What did you edit out of this book?
All the stuff that I thought was brilliant when I wrote it, and then realized that there wasn’t room for it in the story line, or that it really didn’t contribute to the story line, or that it was a bit more garbage than brilliance. But that’s okay. Generally the pain of editing is nothing compared to the awesomeness of the stuff I write when I rewrite. I’m a huge fan of rewriting.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I have details in my books that probably nobody cares about but me. For example, when I have a dwarf den, I decorate it with plants and animals from the region of the United States in which it is located. I love those kind of details. I don’t know if they matter to the readers or not, but it’s my geeky fun. There are also some secrets hanging about in my books, but I don’t know how hidden they are.
If you had to write yourself as a villain, what kind of villain would you be? What would you be named?
I actually think it would be interesting to have a villain named Amy. Amy is generally not a good villain name, and that’s why it would be great. I would be all the things I’m not in real life. Gorgeous and mean and I’d have all the cutting remarks to reply with. And a boat. I’d have a villainous boat and a villainous bikini. And henchmen. Hunky henchmen.
Speaking of, I actually have a short story on my website about a villain. It’s called the Overlord, and I had a blast writing it. Maybe I’ll expand it someday! Here’s a link to the short stories I’m writing on my blog to practice my writing skills: https://magicalworldweb.wordpress.com/random-literature/
What did you find most useful in learning to write? What was least useful or most destructive?
I found that writing was the best way to learn to write. I’m a slow burn kind of writer, getting better as I go. The least useful thing for me was to read books about writing. Of course, I had written four or five books by the time I tried that, so most of the lessons I had already learned. (I still read those books now and then to pick up new skills and learn new things.) The most destructive thing about learning to write was feeling like I had to fit some kind of mold to be a writer. In the end, I just was and I just did, and that’s how my story went.
How do author friends help you become a better writer?
I cannot brag enough on my author friends. When I didn’t have author friends, I was terribly lonely. Now I know I’m not alone or weird and I have people I can ask for advice. Author friends have been where you’ve been, and can be a huge emotional support in the weak moments. Everybody needs somebody to tell them to Chin Up now and then, and I’m grateful for the writers in my life. Thank you!
Thank you so much, Amy, for sharing with us about your books, the character in your books, and about your writing experience. I totally agree that it is awesome to have writer friends. They understand us and help us through the tough times.
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