Meet Romantic Suspense Author Maureen A. Miller

Today I’m visited by Maureen A. Miller, a talented romantic suspense author who is currently killing it as one of the top 50 highest rated Indie authors on

Maureen, you and I reconnected this year when we both went Indie, but we’d met before. Would you care to tell our readers how we met?

I ‘met’ the beautiful and talented Norah Wilson when we co-finaled in RWA’s Golden Heart awards many years ago. One thing about being a Golden Heart finalist that not many people know about is the camaraderie that goes on amongst the group.

Tell me what finaling in the Golden Heart meant for you.

It was a status to get your foot in the door.  Silhouette’s Intimate Moments line was courting my book, but it was too long of a word count at the time.

WIDOW’S TALE, your first book, helped you land that awesome rating on Amazon. Do you think there’s a resurgence of interest in contemporary Gothics?

That’s an interesting question. I believe today people associate the Gothic romance as more of a “Twilight”, or vampire-series premise. To me the traditional Gothic was anything with a dark, desperate setting.  If there is resurgence, I surely would like to pioneer it!

Tell me a little bit about your decision to go Indie. What factors influenced your decision? And did you ever dream your books would be so successful?

When WIDOW’S TALE made its rounds of word-chopping to meet the requirements of different publishing lines, it was reduced to about the size of a two-word novella.  I felt that the romance was one that I wanted to share in its entirety so I released the original length on Amazon. To my amazement it started climbing up the ranking ladder and has hovered in and out of the top 100 Romantic Suspense list on Amazon for almost two years now.  I never dreamed it would be successful.  I think I might have first published it so that I had a Christmas present ready for my grandmother. 🙂

I see you are also writing for Carina, the epress imprint of romance giant Harlequin. How has that experience compared with your indie publishing efforts?

You can now officially call me a ‘mutt’ because I am both self and traditionally published.  There is a fraternity of self-published authors, where the support system is unlike anything you have experienced. But I was pleasantly surprised to experience the support and enthusiasm of my fellow Carina Press authors as well. One thing I have learned in this industry is that there is a lot of misconception going on. Self-publishing does not mean selfish. It means selfless. Traditional publishing does not mean aristocratic, it means heartening.

Well said, Maureen! Okay, for any fellow-writers in the audience, have you done anything special to get your books (especially the self-published ones) noticed?

I carry around a sign that says, “Will wash your car if you read my book.”

LOL! That should do it! Okay, being serious for a moment, as Indie authors, it’s easy for our books to get lost in the veritable ocean of self-published offerings. Is there another Indie author (or three) you’d like to give a shout-out to, whose books are worth searching for?

That is tough as there are so many talented Indie authors I know and have had the pleasure of reading their books…yourself included!

I enjoy the Red Cross of Gold series from Brendan Carroll.

I am currently reading the suspense novels of Vicky Tyley.

Maria E. Schneider’s mysteries are fun and Debra L. Martin’s science fiction is exciting.

But again, I could go on…

Thank you for being my guest today, Maureen. You’re every bit as charming in cyber-space as you are in … well, I guess I’ve only known you in cyber-space! Maybe we can remedy that in New York next month, at the RWA convention. In the meantime, happy writing!

Thank you, Miss Norah, for having me. You are a gracious hostess!

You can find Maureen on the web at Go visit her. And buy her books. They rock.

21 Responses to “Meet Romantic Suspense Author Maureen A. Miller”

  • Hi Norah, it is great to see Maureen here, she is a great person, I love her. She is a determined lady and prepared to help fellow Indie authors – me being one too!. Her latest book, Endless Night is on my reading list and I can’t wait to read it. I really wish Maureen great and greater success, so much desereved. Wishing you guys a fabby day! xx

  • Congratulations on your successes. I didn’t realize A Widow’s Tale was so highly ranked – that’s an amazing accomplishment, but not surprising for such a talented and gracious lady!

  • Thank you so much for having me here this morning, Norah. Sometimes this industry seems so overwhelming, yet it’s so good to run into old friends and make new friends.

  • I’ve come to wave at fellow Carina author and thoroughly lovely lady, Maureen. I have Endless Night loaded and ready to go … can’t wait to read it!

    Great interview, and good to ‘meet’ you, Norah.

  • Norah:

    Pauline, lovely to see you here. And I couldn’t agree more about Maureen being not only talented but gracious and generous to other indies. 🙂

  • Norah:

    Hey, Wynter! Hey, Shirley! You Carina gals sure have some nice covers! And they look like awesome books. I may have to fire up my Kindle and try some fresh new romantic suspense.

  • Ahh, ladies. You are all wonderful. Nothing like starting off the work week with a big smile! You have almost distracted me from the fact that I’m supposed to be dieting today. (Too many cookouts this weekend!)

  • It’s really true about the camaraderie and also about the amazing amount of help to be gotten from people at the forefront of the independent-publishing revolution. Congrats on your success!

  • Thank you so much, Esri. Reader or author, we’re all in this lovable industry together! 🙂

  • Norah:

    Hey, Esri! Esri is a fellow Noodler. That is to say, a Golden Heart finalist from the lucky class of 2003. We are largely all still together after more than 8 years. Esri might be one of the funniest people I know personally, and the first book in her new mystery series with St. Martin’s Press – Chihuahua of the Baskervilles – will be available July 5. And LOL! Even the title cracks me up!

  • Great interview. Always love meeting more Golden Heart finalists. Hi Maureen. Two years in the top 100 suspense books…that’s awesome! Congratulations on your success. I must go check out your book.

    Thanks for sharing the interview with us Norah. Definitely worth taking the time to come over here and meet Maureen.

  • I’m glad you clarified, Norah, because I watch way too many “HOOKED” episodes on HD and I thought ‘noodling’ was a method to catch catfish. Esri, aside from being a Golden Heart finalist, do you hunt catfish?! You ARE talented!

  • Hey, Theresa! Glad you came by. Theresa is another Noodler, and she’s also another one who is tearing up the Amazon lists with her historical time travels. We like those hunky medieval men!

  • Love the car wash comment! Great idea!!

  • Hi Theresa! Historical time travel is such a cool genre.

    I have to thank you, Norah, for having me. It has allowed me to meet some brethren and make new friends.

  • Norah:

    LOL, Barbara! I loved it, too.
    Maureen, you were a charming guest. Thank you for bringing so many of your friends to the party. 🙂

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