Thank you so much for agreeing to be interviewed today for my blog, Catherine!
My pleasure and thank you for having me, Leigh!
Leigh: Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been writing and editing professionally for over ten years. My passion for the creative pen began as a creative crayon scribbling stories in colored wax. I am Canadian and live with my husband and three rescue cats. I also have a basement troll I get along with relatively well. Occasionally, I take in strays. I hate brussels sprouts.
Leigh: How do you select the names for your characters?
Usually the characters appear in the story with a name, often spoken by another character. It isn’t uncommon, however, for me to use random name generators or find the right name for a character in the oddest places. As an example, for one story which is not published, I found the name carved into a public bathroom stall.
Leigh: What were you like in school? Were you always good at writing? When did you know you wanted to write professionally?
School and I have a love-hate relationship. I was a decent student, but I found school got in the way of real learning, and took to darn long.
Good is such a relative term. I guess I could say I was always good at writing; I did have some natural talent. However, I had to learn to be better, still have to. Good writing comes from practice and dedication. I also love editing, which I think helped keep me in the business.
I have wanted to be a professional writer for as long as I can remember, but since that wasn’t a ‘real’ job, I let other things get in the way. In spite of trying to be a million other things, I kept writing and even turned it into a business. The best thing about writing, I get to be in every job I’ve ever wanted. I hate the idea of having one career for the rest of my life, but I like a bit of security too. Writing allows me to research and do whatever I need to for a manuscript. If a character is an ecologist, like Madison in Demons and Destiny, I get to follow ecologists around, and, get to be an ecologist for a day or a week.
Leigh: Do you outline your books first or just see where the ideas take you?
As a discovery writer, most of my work is done letting the story take me where it needs to go, but to keep me focused, I do a high-level outline of the plot. Sometimes, when I’m really struggling with a character or chapter, I will outline more in-depth to get things right. While the creative process can be intensely rewarding with this discovery method, it’s not uncommon to have to re-write a lot of the book. Once, I had to rewrite 50,000 words (30,000 words in 4 days) of a book that was 65,000 words.
Leigh: Tell us a little bit about the series this book (Demons and Destiny) belongs to.
Angels and Avalon is a paranormal fantasy series set in present day Canadian prairies. Each book is divided into two parts. The first part of each book tells the tale of a past-life of the main character (MC). For Elizabeth, that’s Avalon, for Tyrel in Demons and Destiny that is a Viking settlement on a Celtic land. The past-life drives some of the motivations the MC’s present life which makes up part two. The series follows a group of friends as they battle their demons (literally and psychological). Meddling gods don’t help the situation. Nor does the fact that most of the characters used to be Angels or Nephilim. Each book focuses on one or two characters.
The next installment is slated for 2018, and I’m also working on a mini-series spin off.
Leigh: Who designed your book covers?
Streetlight Graphics designed the covers – I was actually referred by another amazing author Becca Andre.
Vivienne Gucwa, one of the most talented photographers I know, provided a background photo for Angels and Avalon.
Leigh: What’s your favorite motivational saying?
“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.” James T. Kirk
Leigh: How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Readers can visit any of the below sites, or contact me directly through my website or social media. My books are sold at most online book retailers and some select retail locations.
Website/ Blog: http://catherinemilos.com/ (author)
http://inglenook.catherinemilos.com/ (for writers and readers)
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Catherine-Milos/e/B01509L1P8
Angels and Avalon
Demons and Destiny
Thank you very much, Catherine, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
Thank you Leigh for having me!