Meet Dev Miles:
Hi, my name is Dev Miles and I’m the author of the novel Shadeland, the first book in The Ethereal Crossings series.
It’s a supernatural murder mystery that takes place a year after all the otherworldly creatures expose themselves to the world, and most places are still having difficulty with the changes. The main character, Liv, is on a journey to prove her best friend is innocent of multiple murders after he’s thrown into jail on the sole reason he isn’t human; and her investigation puts her on a bounty hunters radar.
What is your favorite place to write?
I love to write in the backyard when it isn’t cold! That way I don’t feel as tempted to procrastinate by watching television or playing on Tumblr!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Honestly, I’m still having trouble considering myself a writer! I’ve always loved it, but I never tried very hard at it until a couple years ago. I guess it really hit me that I could call myself a writer when I first published Shadeland.
How did you get the idea for Shadeland?
Constant daydreaming! I always ask myself “what if” questions during completely normal circumstances. I find it’s the best way to get ideas, and when I thought of Shadeland I was just thinking, “What if this person wasn’t human?”. I think that a lot when I get bored…
How did you choose the title and the main character’s name?
The title, Shadeland, came from a street name I drive by on my way to work. It always reminded me of a place that maybe people couldn’t go, an alternate dimension. As for Liv Burnett, he name changed a couple times! Originally she was Gwen, but I felt that was too feminine for her, and I ended up finding Liv while searching names online. I liked it because it was still a little girly, and it wasn’t short for anything; it’s just Liv.
How do you overcome “writer’s block” ?
I write…? If that makes any sense! I usually try and write out point form notes on chapters, or even just future scenes to help me get through certain points. Sometimes though I just have to take a week to step back from the story and think about everything.
Are you a full time writer…why/why not?
LOL no, I’m too poor for that! I’m only 20, and my hope is that one day I can be a full time writer, but for now I work in retail while writing on my time off. I know it takes time to get to being a full time writer (usually), so I’m just going to keep going at it! If anything, working in retail gives me a lot of rage to fuel into the murders in my books! Oh, that sounds kind of bad…
What was your writing & publishing process for Shadeland like, from start to finish?
I was writing Shadeland during the summer, just after I graduated college to keep my mind off of the fact I couldn’t find a job! I was working part time, so I had a lot of time to just sit down and write. After about four months, I had my first draft done, and almost a year later I decided to publish it on Smashwords thanks to the encouragement I got from my boss. It was weird deciding to self-publish, I had always thought if I did that, it meant I wasn’t good enough because no agents or publishers would want me! But really, that isn’t true at all. I looked at a few different places that claimed they would help you self-publish your novel as an eBook, but Smashwords seemed the best fit because they send out to a lot of retailers, and the creator of the site even had his own books on tips for marketing, formatting and everything! All I had to do was change the formatting of my file, click a couple of buttons, and it was up and ready to be sold!
What is some advice you would impart to aspiring authors?
Don’t give up! I’m probably not the right person to give advice to aspiring authors, because I’m still learning everything myself, but seriously, don’t stop writing! I know it can be hard, especially if you have people looking at you telling you it isn’t possible, but it’s so worth it! If you really love writing, just keep doing it, and never stop trying.
If you could have breakfast with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and what would you eat?
John Barrowman! I would have to bring one of my friends along, because she loves him so much, but I would love to have breakfast with him! He’s always so fun in his panels at conventions. I think I would have crepes, with a ton of different fruits on the side.
What is your favorite movie…why?
Tangled! I absolutely love that movie! I think it’s Flynn that really gets me >_< if you can’t tell from my books, I really love the rebel with a heart of gold type! Really, what girl doesn’t love a good bad boy??
What is the next book you want to write?
I’m actually writing the second book in The Ethereal Crossings series right now, but I have another series I’ve been working on as well. It’s only just starting out, and I actually included the first two chapters in the back of my second novel, The Warden in the Gates, but I can’t wait to publish it! It doesn’t even have a name yet, but I’m really loving writing it.
–Thanks for having me!
Thank you Dev!
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