The Author Spotlight series featured on this blog showcases writers and their work. Writing can be a fulfilling but lonely journey - so why not have some fun and make a few friends along the way? Let’s get to know Diana Miller (@dianagmiller):
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve been a voracious reader since third grade, so making the leap to my own stories didn’t seem too crazy. I started with fanfiction in high school, including a creative writing class I took in tenth grade. The teacher wanted a five-page short story, and I gave her twenty-page LOTR fanfic!
What are common traps/mistakes for aspiring writers?
People say to pay an editor. Please, please do this. This makes me a bit of a hypocrite because I didn’t, but I knew enough that my publisher admitted she assumed I’d already had one go over my work. On the opposite end, many indie books I have read I just had to put down due to the amount of errors. My book absolutely had errors when I first self-published, but I continued to tweak and tweak and work hard to make it better every time. If you are struggling to get traction with your book, hire the editor.
What is something you loved but had to edit out of this book that was like sawing off a limb (isn’t writing fun)?
I had wanted to write more romantic, physical scenes between my characters, but my main editor - as well as my beta reader (my bf from high school) - was firm that the story didn’t need it and would take away from the rich world the story was operating in. Almost every time she suggests something, she’s right!
Tell us a little bit about your story and what inspired you to write "Descent: The Demon Chronicles".
I grew up Catholic, so I’ve grown up hearing all the stories from the Bible. It seems so much is left out, and I always wondered about the Fallen Angels, demons, and things like that. This specific story has been in my head in some form for about a decade.
If you had to describe the main character in three words, what would those three words be?
Unyielding, naive, catalyst.
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