Posts Tagged ‘modern gothic’
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 Amazon.com.
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.
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.
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 www.maureenamiller.com. Go visit her. And buy her books. They rock.