*This year I wanted to provide a spotlight for a few writers who have decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month. Enjoy getting to know them and learn from their insights! If you’re doing NaNoWriMo and would like to be interviewed, go to the Contact page and drop me a message!
Tell us why do you participate in National Novel Writing Month.
Committing to finish something in one month gives me an extra incentive to write a few more words each day and to write something every day even if I only have a few minutes to write. Announcing my book commits me to keep writing even when the words don’t come.
How/When did you first learn about NaNoWriMo?
Back in 2011, I read about NaNoWriMo in one of the writing blogs. I don’t remember which blog it was now. I decided to give it a try. Even though I didn’t finish that first book, the experience made me a more productive writer. In 2016 I tried it again, and now, better prepared and was able to complete the first draft of a novel.
How many years have you participated in NaNoWriMo?
A total of five times now.
What is your NaNoWriMo project for this year?
The Story Bureau. Greatness through truer news. Not propaganda – progress through better stories.
A deep recession and a prolonged war have left most people struggling for survival. Baldwin Ferapont wants to help his country. Once he is turned down by the military, Baldwin takes a job as an editor at the government-run Story Bureau. Very quickly he comes to question whether the “True News” the government is dispensing is fabrications.
If you were to introduce yourself to a group of strangers, what would you say?
David Joel Miller is a 71-year young man who has had a great many life experiences and currently divides his time between being a writer and blogger, a licensed counselor, and therapist, and teaching at the local college.
Do you listen to music while you write? If so, what kind of music?
Absolutely, I listen to music. When writing, or which for me means dictating, I wear headphones and primarily listen to relaxing instrumental music. The music helps keep me from being distracted by voices and sounds in my environment.
Do dreams inspire your writing ideas?
Not really. I think of my inspiration as a large barrel that needs to be filled. I read widely, both fiction and nonfiction, and once the barrel of thoughts gets full and begins to overflow, my muse yells at me to “quick get it all down.” My muse does not like to repeat herself, and if I don’t write it when the thought is in my head it’s likely to escape.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
There are several I can’t say any one of them is my absolute favorite author. I enjoy Jody Picoult, Aldus Huxley, Sinclair Lewis, and a great many other authors.
Favorite time of year?
I love spring, enjoy summer, look forward to the fall, my favorite season is any season except winter. Here in the central part of California, the seasons are more aptly referred to as wet and dry, and I like them both so long as there is no snowfall.
What’s your favorite television show?
I rarely watch television, or movies. Currently, the only TV show I watch on a regular basis is Big Bang Theory.
How do you get into the minds of your characters?
I’m not sure I do. I think my characters get into my mind. I try to get to know the character by wondering what they would do in a variety of situations.
Please tell us about your celebrity crush.
What’s a celebrity?
What is your preferred genre to write in?
When it comes to genre, I am incurably promiscuous. I suppose my preferred genre would be an internal family story-mystery-action-adventure-dystopian-romance.
How much does music/movies/TV shows influence your stories?
I try to keep that sort of thing from seeping into my subconscious.
Anything else you’d like to share with us?
During my lifetime I’ve met a lot of people who said that they wanted to write a book. To the best of my knowledge, none of them ever did. In 2017, just before my 70th birthday, a friend asked me when I was going to finish “my book.” I told her I wasn’t sure. I was still working on it. She badgered me to promise I would finish that book by the end of 2017. I made her that promise, and as a result, I finished and published my first two books before my 70th birthday in 2018. Since then I’ve completed and self-published six books, one nonfiction self-help, and five novels. Don’t let that book you have in your go unwritten.
NaNoWriMo profile: https://nanowrimo.org/participants/david-joel-miller