Monday, October 10, 2011

An Interview with Ap Miller

I was very fortunate to get a chance to talk to Patti, half of the talented husband and wife team who write under the name AP Miller.  They’ve got so many books upcoming that getting any time from them was a real break.  I think you’ll like them as much as I did.

Okay, first things first…You’re a husband and wife team.  How in the heck do you do it?  (I mean without killing each other.)

We get along well, probably better then most couples do in fact. We have a lot in common. We are also very active and disciplined in our career and can easily feed off of each other.

You have multiple genres and audiences.  Do you find yourself slipping into YA writing for your more mature projects, or the reverse?

Nope. Surprisingly I can write in many genres at once now without skipping a beat. Andrew is the science fiction/fantasy king.

Why do kids love horror?

Children love being scared, it’s a common fact. The more they don’t see coming, the better.

Do you write full time or part time, and how do you manage it?

We don’t have a set schedule. We write when we decide the bug is biting and how active the muse is.

Tell us about your latest book.

We actually have eleven new books coming out in Adult, YA and children’s picture books so right now Mum’s the word.

How did you come up with titles?

We base our titles on the content of the story. Andrew chooses his titles after he has written, I choose mine before the book has begun.

You’ve got half a million projects in the works.  First off, tell us how crazy it’s making you two.

You’d think it would? I’m a dinosaur. Been published since 1989, have a thirty-four year background in fiction, publishing, newspaper and magazine writing. I’m used to it. Andrew has been at it now for twenty years.

Now, focus on one of the upcoming projects and give us a taste.

We don’t kiss and tell…our projects are kept secret right up until a week before release. Sorry!  [I did get a taste of their newest, The Boogedyman, but it took a lot of arm twisting!]

What inspired you to be writers?  Were you both writers before you wrote together?

Yes we were. We both knew since we were young we would be writers.

Who is your favorite character in your books? Why?

Andrew’s would have to be Lisa Huntress--it's from our scifi series Lone Huntress. I really don’t have a favorite.

Tell us about the hardest challenge you had to overcome in writing?


What advice would you give to a writer just starting out?

Practice and write what you know. Also to do your homework on the craft before you think about writing any book. It takes years to become a prolific writer but in order to do that you have to study the craft.

What advice would you give to writers working together as a team?

To write to the best of your ability and try to get along.

Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?

For Andrew it’s been Robert Heinlein, for me it’s always been Dianna Gabaldon for many reasons.

I guess it hasn’t happened in a while, but how did you deal with rejection letters?

We took them with a grain of salt and chalked them up as a good tool. I never accept them on a personal level. If the book isn’t right for one publisher it will work for another…you just move on.

What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

A good working computer, and reference books on how to write.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever done in the name of research?

Our research is done online. We don’t do anything off the wall.

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