I’ve recently had the pleasure to speak one-on-one with the talented author, Milli Gilbert. Milli has four publications out already, and has been quite busy working on several more upcoming releases. Yes, I said several.
Like I said, she’s been busy.
Milli’s books are fun and sexy, and a little bit naughty. Her writing flows effortlessly, and you can’t help but to fall in love with the characters. Check out the links below in Milli’s biography to learn more.
Let’s get on with the interview, shall we?
Where do you see publishing going in the future?
That’s a good question. I think that there will always be traditionally published and independently published authors out there, but I think that with as many people indie-publishing, the way publishing houses do their thing is going to change. They’re already keeping an eye on the hot authors on all the lists anyway, and I think that’s going to end up being the way of the future – though I think once you’re in, you’re probably in, at least for a while, until what you write has gone out of style, anyway.
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
When I can’t get new words out onto the page for a first draft WIP, I have a few options. I can a) go to my other first draft WIP, or one of my two WIPs in the revision process. I can always write a bit of poetry, find a prompt to write to (I have a pinterest board full of them, but I also belong to an online writing group where there is an endless supply of them as well) and often that will summon Matt Muse back to his desk inside my brain, instead of being off on his travels. (I don’t know where he goes, but he always comes back. Sometimes a little worse for wear, and with a dragon or a shape-shifter in tow, but it’s all good.)
If none of those work for me, there’s always pulling out the LEGOs or coloring books or watch a movie, or color code a spreadsheet or something brainless.
Do you prefer writing on a computer, or do you write it all out with pen and paper?
I’ll use whatever medium is appropriate for the situation. Usually, the tablet is more conducive to writing on the go, but if I forget, there is always the phone or pen and paper. But I prefer my laptop. Bigger screen means I can have multiple windows up at the same time, and it’s a lot easier to move between them. Plus, I can type a lot faster than I can hand-write anything. It sometimes also depends on what I’m doing. Sometimes I need to see the whole thing laid out before me, but that’s more of a revisions thing – I print it all out and can look at it and see the thing as a whole. Which reminds me – I need more ink for my printer; I’m at that stage with a section of one of my novels.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
I am a stay-at-home-mom first, and when the kids are being good, I can squeeze words in. I guess that means I’m a part-time writer. When my daughter goes to kindergarten fall 2017, then I’ll have to look for a part time job, but I’m not going to let that get in the way of writing. It’ll take some adjustments, but I’m not giving up on writing.
What’s your view on social media for marketing, and which of them have worked best for you?
For marketing? I have no problem with people putting ads up on their social media feeds. I’ll even occasionally re-tweet or share posts. But I’m only on Facebook and Twitter. I find Twitter easier to reach a larger audience because of hashtags, so I tend to do my advertising that way, but anything I put up on my blog automatically goes to Twitter and to my author Facebook page so it’s pretty much all the same.
Milli Gilbert is a stay-at-home mom who loves to play with words almost as much as she loves to play with her kids. All of her stories involve romance, and maybe a little bit of mystery. Milli loves to write about cowboys and shifters. And smut. Don’t forget the smut. And can usually be found trying to find interesting ways to combine them. She has several short stories published, and hopes to have her first full length novel out in late Summer 2017. She just took off after one of her couples to follow them around for a few months – but don’t worry, she’ll be back. Or, you can find her on her blog, Hairballs of Genius, and follow her on Twitter. Her books are available on Amazon.