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11 March 2011

Welcome special guests: the writing team AP Miller

Welcome to AP Miller, the multi-published, best selling, award winning husband/wife author team. They are published in many different genres that include: Paranormal, historical, fantasy, science fiction, romantic comedy, romantic suspense, YA, gaslight Victorian, urban fantasy, mystery, children’s, horror, bdsm, contemporary romance, mainstream. Patti is co-producer with Riwayat Films where their books will be turned into movies. She is also the novelist for the vampire movie script “Night Life”. They live with their three dogs in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Looking for some hot, sexy reads with likeable and identifiable characters? Try a book by this wonderful writing team!

What inspired you to become a writer?
Patti: At a young age I always wanted to write. I was most inspired by stories like Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Middlemarch and the Buccaneers. I was always writing at a young age and had my nose in a book, When I was older I was on the high school news paper and my college newspaper where I went on to write short stories for a local magazine.
Andrew: Growing up I always had my nose in a book. I used to go to public school and wait for the dreary day to end so I could go home and trade my boring textbooks for novels by Anne McAffrey, Harry Harrison, Piers Anthony, Robert Heinlein.  The worlds they evoked were so vivid and rich, and when I began to try my hand at telling my own stories, I found that people felt the same about my work, so I kept on going.
When did you attempt your first story?
Patti: I wrote my first REAL story back in the early 80’s where it was published as a trilogy and contracted with a small press in NYC.
Andrew: My first stories were in fact fan fiction, stories based on the works of others. Video games, mostly – after writing a novelization of Shining Force I, I felt my literary skills had been honed well enough to attempt professional writing of original creations.
What length was it?
Patti: They were full novel length in print.
Andrew: A series of short stories, one for each Chapter of the game, accumulated into a full novel.
What's become of it?
Patti: It has sat on the shelves collecting dust until now. I will be bringing it back out to revise and re-submit.
Andrew: It’s still there online, as far as I know. It’s hardly representative of my best skills, and I’m actually rather embarrassed by some of the author’s notes at the end of each chapter, but it’s the first thing I wrote that I’m not literally ashamed to have people know I’ve written.
How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
Patti: That was the first and only REAL story I ever wrote that actually was accepted the first time I submitted. As far as unpublished work I had probably written well over one hundred and fifty stories.
Andrew: I wrote a great deal of fiction before I attempted submitting anything, after meeting and joining my career with Patti’s. All of it fan fiction and therefore not something to publish for pay. It helped me tremendously in finding my own literary voice.
What genre(s) do you write in?
Patti: I write in paranormal romance, historical romance, (Medieval, westerns, regencies) romantic comedy, romantic suspense, mystery, horror, YA, children’s, gaslight Victorian, bdsm, steam punk, cyberpunk, contemporary, erotica, urban fantasy, Opera erotica.
Andrew: I mostly write in the science fiction and fantasy genres, as well as bdsm and erotica of various sorts. I appear to be one of the first to have written a story that might be classed as Biblical Erotica. I’m strongly contemplating diving into westerns, next.
What drew you to write in it/them?
Patti: I enjoyed entertaining people who were willing to read my stories. I have always loved writing and since I had the knowledge to write in many different genres that’s what I decided to do to become professional.
Andrew: Science Fiction is all about asking big questions: What If? About exploring the future, the outer limits of reality, the inner workings of the mind. Fantasy, good Fantasy, is much the same, spinning worlds of fancy in which deeper truths may be explored.
What’s your favorite genre of all to write in?
Patti: I really don’t have a favorite I have fun writing in all of them actually. But if I did have to choose right now? I’d say my horror books. I am writing one now titled “HUSH.”
Andrew: It depends on my mood, really. I just sit back and see what inspiration strikes.
What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
Patti: LOL! I’m usually the one giving the advice. I can honestly say I have never had any of my writing received in a negative manner.
Andrew: The best would be from my older brother Daniel, when he warned against making my characters too powerful in comparison to the challenges presented to them. Mary Sues are boring. The worst would be to give up writing.
How do you celebrate/deal with acceptance/rejection letters?
Patti: Well, of course we are thrilled when we receive a contract or an invite from a publisher, but we don’t celebrate. I honestly can’t remember when we had our last rejection letter.
Andrew: When we receive a contract we smile and then get back to work. When we receive rejection notices Patti attempts to talk me out of slitting my wrists.
In regard to the book you’re promoting, which actor and actress do you envision playing the roles of your hero and heroine?
Patti: Well at the moment since our books are in pre-production that’s hush hush…
Andrew: You’ll never get me to squeal! Do your worst, interrogators!
If there’s a villain or other characters who are pertinent to the story, who would play those parts?
Patti: We have many Villains in our books. The stories are stand alone films.
Andrew: Anyone suitably villainous onscreen. Since villains usually steal the show anyway.
In regard to the book you’re promoting, is it a stand-alone story or part of a series?
This is a series of romantic comedy Christmas stories.
What sparked the idea for the story/series?
Patti: I love Christmas! What would go better then Christmas and romance?
Andrew: It kept her from going overboard with the Christmas decorations! Is there anything better than an excuse to keep this woman from covering the entire house with enough decorations to be mistaken for a festive lighthouse?
If it’s part of a series, please list the order the books need to be read in for maximum reading enjoyment.
Patti: Book Two is: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy; Book Three is: It’s a Wonderful Life
Now for some fun information…
Are you a cat, dog or both kind of person?
Patti: I prefer dogs. As a child I had both dogs and cats, along with birds, rabbits, tropical fish including Pirrana, guinea pigs, hamsters and a skunk…yes you read that right…
Andrew: I prefer… both, really. Each have their own merits. I will note this: if you treat a dog the way a cat expects to be treated, the dog becomes insanely loyal. Then again, both deserve such treatment anyway.
Would you/have you own(ed) a snake or some other exotic pet?
Patti: Yes I actually owned a skunk when I was very young HIS name was Wilma…my mother swore he was a female…
Andrew: My brother Ed was encouraged to keep tropical fish, since he was said to be more responsible than I was. It was morbidly fascinating, watching the angel fish swim through green water with its tail being devoured by its hungry fellow prisoners…
If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?
Patti: I’d have a fishing pole, knife, tooth brush, bikini, and a good book. Believe me I would be able to make shelter, fire and survive in peace and quiet.
Andrew: A working cell phone, a fully fueled motorboat, a GPS, a map, and a radio.
About their book…
Under the Mistletoe is the prequel to Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It’s a story about a woman who is down on her luck with men and they usually dump her right around Christmas time. All she wants is someone who is loyal, honest and who will love her.
EXCERPT for UNDER THE MISTLETOE
Rain pelted the streets of Manhattan. The wind blew hazardous gusts, taking several umbrellas with it while people scurried for places to hide inside storefronts and under awnings, anywhere that would shield them long enough for the wind to die down.
Miranda Harris was no different from the bustling NY crowds who more often than not found themselves stranded in the current situation.
She held firm to her overly large umbrella, its size akin to that of a patio umbrella… she wasn't taking any chances this time.
The umbrella wobbled in her grip, but she turned it just a bit against the wind. She wasn't about to get wet… no sir… and she would remember to shoot the weatherman once she left the office. Typical Christmas weather, she thought. The streets were decorated, the Rockefeller tree was up and Macy's storefront was decked and ready. Yet she wasn't, seemed she never was. Christmas always left her lonely, and she was never able to hold on to a solid relationship with a man.
So once again she'd been dumped right before the holiday.
Wishing the rain would have been snow instead, Miranda stood anxiously at the curb on West 52nd Street. Bundled up in her best coat with a few layers under that to try and beat the frigid air of the Northeast climate, she watched as the cars drove past her in an unorderly frenzy. She glanced at the light several times in sheer frustration then counted… "One, two, three." As she began to step off the curb, a New York cabbie flew past her, sending a shower of water that soaked her to the skin.
There she stood, drenched from head to toe. "You stupid moron!" she bellowed after him, but he just kept driving. She began to cry. "Why is it always me?" She trudged through the puddles in her new weatherproof rain boots. The streets always flooded, which was a huge problem for anyone who had no choice but to walk the long street from the subway.
Her mousey brown, neatly coiffed curls were now wet dirty tangles hanging over her eyes. She slapped at her hair, pushing it away from her face. Holding the umbrella, realizing it now served her no purpose at all, she handed it to a homeless man who was sheltered inside of a cardboard box under the awning of a small store. "Here, you need this more than I do," she suggested as she stomped away in a sopping wet mess.
Four long blocks to go, that's all… "Bah Humbug!"
"Merry Christmas and ho, ho, ho my ass!" She spoke through clenched teeth that chattered more from the cold. Miranda was freezing and wanted nothing more than to get into the building where she would find warmth and her devoted friend and secretary, Chelsea, who would undoubtedly be waiting with a nice cup of hot chocolate for her and the morning's messages.
* * * *
"Good morning, Miss Harr…" George the doorman paused. "What happened to you? Oh my, come inside quickly before you catch cold." He shielded her with his own body against the rain then opened the door.
"Can I get you anything?" he asked.
"No, George, thanks. I'll be fine once I get to my office."
"All right then, good day." He tipped his hat.
She reached the elevator and pressed the button. The door didn't respond. She pressed it again, still nothing. She pressed it several more times in succession before finally kicking the door and walking toward the stairwell.
"Dammit!"
Twelve flights of stairs… Looking up, she screamed, "Son of a bitch!"

The book can be purchased through Silver Publishing at: http://silverpublishing.info/product_book_info/new-release-c-1/under-the-mistletoe-p-118    On Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=under+the+mistletoe%2C+ap+miller&x=0&y=0    On Barnes and Noble Nook: http://productsearch.barnesandnoble.com/search/results.aspx?store=BOOK&WRD=under+the+mistletoe%2c+ap+miller&page=index&prod=univ&choice=book&query=under+the+mistletoe%2c+ap+miller&flag=False&hgg=y&hgg=Y&ugrp=1

Find AP Miller at:
Website: www.apmiller.weebly.com
Film site: http://www.produceronamission.weebly.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=142016292523287&set=a.106341132757470.3906.100001447525319#!/AP.Millerauthor

Thank you to CR Moss, who by the way happens to be one of my own favorite authors…you can find her books at “eXtasy Books.”

Thanks for doing the interview and being a fan of my work! It was a pleasure having you both here and learning about you and your work.
 
Giveaway! 1 digital copy of Under the Mistletoe. Please leave a comment telling AP Miller what you enjoyed about their interview and/or stories. Contest will run for 1 week from blog appearance, and winner will be chosen via drawing by C.R. Moss. Please leave your email with your comment or email contact@crmoss.net with your email, this way the winner can be contacted.

2 comments:

AP Miller said...

Thanks again CR we had a blast doing this interview!

Jennifer said...

Love the book, it was just yummy and can't wait to see more.