Author Interview – DC Miller – Jellyfish: A Novella (Baby Succubus Book 1) (Paranormal/Urban Fantasy)

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Tonight, we have another intriguing Author Interview with none other than author DC Miller, who has a debut novella “Jellyfish” for us to enjoy as part of a brand new palnned series of novels, as she tells us all about her passions, inspirations and writing experiences.

The best part is that from 29th January to 2nd February, her Jellyfish book is available free on Amazon Kindle, so go get it and don’t forget to leave her a review if you like it! You can find links where to get it at the end of the interview or click on any of the pictures throughout the interview to go there too.

Thanks for reading and enjoy yourselves folks.

 

Hi there DC, a real pleasure to have you over here to discuss your debut novella release and all of your creative writing experiences.

And thank you for having me here!

Let’s start with your debut novella release itself – “Jellyfish: A Novella (Baby Succubus Series)”, which is an urban fantasy novel series. Please tell us more about the plot/theme of this book, where and when it is set and what the nature of the book is about.

The protagonist of the book is a young succubus, and the plot follows her as she tries to balance various parts of her life while still sharing a physical form with its original owner, who she has essentially possessed. She certainly has complications in her own day to day, like accidentally killing people sometimes and being unable to shake a serenading stalker, but she also has to deal with the baggage that her vessel brings, such as a spouse. In addition, a lot of her own existence is a bit of a mystery to her, and she’s sort of coming of age, so to speak.

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What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?

An otter – playful yet very productive. A lot of my time writing is spent with a comedy in the background, or lip-synching to whatever happens to be on my iPod. But I do get it done.

If your novel was to be made into a film (or even a TV series), who would you cast in the lead roles?

Of the three main characters, I definitely think that Tessa Thompson would have to be Jellyfish/Shay, hands down. I had the pleasure of meeting her once, and she had a lot of the qualities that J takes from Shay.  I’m a big fan of the It reboot, so of course I could die happy if Bill Skarsgard could play Cam – he may not be an exact look-alike, but he has the build and that intense/creepy factor while still being intriguing and alluring. I could see someone like Tom Hardy or Chris Pratt portraying the husband – heartthrobs with personality.

What do you think most characterizes or defines your writing? Do you have any writing quirks or themes that constantly crop up in your stories?

I really enjoy creating characters who are morally complex and well developed at the same time. You won’t always agree with their actions or viewpoints, but you will (hopefully!) understand why they do or have them. Because of my early exposure to L.M. Montgomery, I tend to use a lot of imagery in my work as well.

What do you find the most difficult thing about writing? And what do you find the easiest?

I think the most difficult thing for me is the emotional aspect of it, because I’m right there in the characters minds as they’re in these situations that I’ve created. So I do sort of go on that journey with them, and that can be taxing at times. The easiest part actually used to be the hardest part for me, and that’s sharing the things I’ve written and understanding how to receive feedback.

Who are some of the authors, poets and/or historical figures that inspire you?

Edgar Allan Poe, Nicholson Baker, Frank McCourt, Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket and L.M. Montgomery, which I realize is a very eclectic mix, but all of them inform my writing style in their own unique way. I don’t read a lot of poetry, but “Spleen (Part II)” by Charles Baudelaire is something that always helps me focus, because I can translate it to the objects around my own workspace and get inspiration there as well.

Historically, I was very fascinated by King Henry VIII of England, and can still name all six of his wives, in order, and the manner in which he, ahem, “un-wifed” them. Sadly, I think a lot of the romances in my writing are probably somehow informed by that particular monarch.

What sort of research do you do to write your books?

For myself, I am a firm believer in writing what I know, so I go for long walks around my city. I study people; what do they wear, what do they say, who are they talking to, and what or who catches their attention? Character development is a huge part of the process for me, so being able to look at things around me from their point of view and imagining how they would react or feel to them really helps me understand how and why the plot would progress the way that it does. Once the characters have their voices, I find my vision is turned completely upside down – and I’m completely OK with that. It’s their story, I just tell it.

Why do you write? What inspired you to become a writer?

I honestly write because it was the first thing I was ever told that I could do. It gave me the ability to relate to people my age better as well, which was something that I really needed as a kid.

What keeps you motivated during creative slumps? How do you deal with Writers Block?

If ever I get really stuck in a plot, I assume I need to live a little more. So I take a week and do the maximum amount of socializing. So far, it’s done the trick.

You have access to a time machine. What advice would you give to your younger self?

Always back up your files (RIP to my first novel), and read more classic literature.

How do you spend your free time when you are not writing?

I really enjoy meeting new people, so you can probably catch me striking up a conversation with some stranger and asking an overwhelming number of questions. Otherwise, I’m probably watching YouTube videos, I will admit. If I’m not doing either of those things, I’m with my family.

Tell us more about your upcoming projects. Are you working on anything specific or have plans in the pipeline?

I do post short stories to my blog on a weekly basis, so that’s an ongoing thing. Jellyfish is also the first of a quartet, and I’m editing the second installment now, which will be released on April 1, 2018. Hopefully the other two installments will be published this year as well – but I guess we’ll just have to see what happens!

Finally, are there any nuggets of wisdom that you can impart to other aspiring writers?

No man is an island (read the work of others), and you haven’t failed until you give up (never stop writing).

And that’s a wrap! We appreciate your time DC, good luck with your series and we look forward to reading more of your work soon 🙂

Bio:-

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DC Miller was born and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Raised by a matriarchal band of storytellers, she began writing at age ten. She began keeping a blog of original short fiction in August of 2017, and makes posts there on a weekly basis. Jellyfish is her first published work.

You can connect with her via the following Social Media channels:-

Instagram:- @DCthewriter (Instagram)
Website:- LIVING DIRECTION – Writings and Stylings of DC Miller

You can buy her book here:-

Buy Jellyfish: A Novella (Baby Succubus Book 1) in the UK

Buy Buy Jellyfish: A Novella (Baby Succubus Book 1) in the US/Rest of the World

If you too would like to be interviewed on my blog at TooFullToWrite and you have a book or a series of books that you would like us to chat about then fill out the Contact Me form here with your details and we can arrange a future interview slot.

Still want more reading material? Of course you do! One of underlying themes of DC Miller’s book is about coming of age. For more articles relating to the theme of ‘Age’ then check out the links to posts by my fellow bloggers below:-

1. How Do You Study A Foreign Language? – The Bellissimamma
2. Silk Road Museum, Jeddah
3. Tiny Fawns – judgmental measure
4. Bonkers Away! – Age
5. Learning to Love Me – wholeheartyhappy blog
6. 15 Things you will regret in life. – MHZADA
7. Hindsight is good for faith – thereforegodamaris
8. What about Age? – Run and Travel
9. Prompt of the day: Age – Collective Couture
10. Together in Time w/Burnette – LiveFree & LoveOnPurpose
11. Age Is Just A Number – SWEET SUMMER ONLINE
12. Things I learn… – Positively Un-broken
13. Age – TheUnequivocalEquivocal
14. Transformation – The Chicken Grandma
15. I Was The Queen of Worry ! – Branching Out
16. Bottoms Up! – Mum’s the Word Blog
17. Dream Big, Dream Often – screw the patina, I want young skin again ⋆ Obsolete Childhood
18. screw the patina, I want young skin again ⋆ Obsolete Childhood
19. TRANSFLATION OF A SCREENPLAY – Between the World and Me
20. Walk in the woods… – The Mistful Mind
21. Melinda J. Irvine – Starting the Day Right
22. I Like! I Like! I Like …. – Success Strategies
23. Research on my New House Reveals its Secrets Part 2 – Paul Cox Writer
24. A Texan’s View of Upstate New York – Baby Shower Weekend
25. Success Inspirers World – Adage on age
26. Adulthood – Fall Musings
27. NeverStops! – Silly Shruti – A door to my thoughts…
28. whimsical mayhem – serenus
29. theblackwallblog – Fallinter of Nature & Life
30. Success Inspirers World – Wisdom for a man
31. Age is just a number – Story Niblettes
32. I Want To Be A Mage – Leigha Robbins
33. The View From My Window – The Gift of Age
34. Age of Eternity – The Icognito Writer
35. It’s the Little Things – Ã la Jaime
36. Comeback: A Change of Heart – The Sensible Madcap
37. Above & Beyond – Your Next Best Self
38. Huma, the bird of fortune ! – Imagineering
39. Scott Andrew Bailey – Age
40. Age – thehouseofbailey
41. Friendship – Wind Kisses
42. Relax– – Joined at the wood..
43. Ma – Knowing Heart
44. Sorry, age is not just a number. – ideas and culture
45. As I See It – Survivor
46. iPhotography – Things that make me feel old
47. Walk With Me – Old Hat
48. Way Back When – Stuff and Nonsense
49. Tenterhook – Daily Prompt – MindEscapes
50. Being 15 – JanChari
51. INSPIRING MAX – The Ageless Paul McCartney
52. A bubbling up of ‘I should’ve know better’ – Quaint Revival
53. Like a Broken Glass – The Bonny Cat
54. As time goes by, – The Chaos Within
55. La Tour Abolie – On Brain Art, Brownspeak, the Curate’s Egg and Various Lengthy Conversations with the Fairies
56. Old In Years, Young In Spirit – Curious Cat
57. I have learnt with Age that.. – GETSETWRITE
58. logicaldreams – Short Story: Through the Ages
59. ageing , a haiku – chaitanya
60. LynDurante.com – What Do You Really Want? Get It.
61. Age. – myworldview721
62. copypower – Age
63. You’re As Old As You Are – pretzelsandicecream
64. Newborn Ancestor – Beach Books
65. Never to Young to Grow Up – Site Title Until I think of Something Witty and Clever
66. You lost me Ages ago… – kshitija
67. What One Age Will You Pick For The Rest Of Your Life And Why? – Live It Up
68. Love Coach Laura Harju – Beginning where I am
69. As I See It – Young and Old
70. What is Age to Me? – My Heart’s Treasures
71. Are You Complicit? – Stories and more
72. Age – booksnlanguages
73. Snippets of Life – Positively Un-broken
74. “Sparkling at any age.” – Expedition Overlanding Nomadic Adventures
75. Walk with God – Always Longing
76. Shamelessly Self-Involved – Age
77. 35 – deep breath, close your eyes
78. Age-The Daily Post – ReconnectedMind
79. juantetcts – Daily Post/Age
80. Age – wordsareallihavesite
81. A fiction – The Moving Finger Writes
82. My Slightly Twisted Life – It’s Just You and Me
83. Age (By Woofy ) – My Inner Voice
84. SAND DOLLAR SEASON – Age, a Paint Palette
85. #ISeeYourLight – A little stronger, a little longer…
86. An empty part of me – Musings
87. { Toilets Didn’t Flush Themselves } – My Word Soup
88. Is Intergalactic travel possible? – Easy Reading
89. Ashtamisprime – Daily prompt – age
90. My Lovely Moon – My World With Words
91. Saving the Blogger in Me… – Keep Calm and Just Blog On
92. yi-ching lin photography – landing
93. Weathered with Age, a poem – Sumyanna Writes
94. Saturday six-word story: Age – writingiswonderful
95. Sparkle, Age–Daily Prompts – Fearless
96. Life On The Skinny Branches – On Agelessness*
97. Forest Pyres – authoranonblog
98. Age – Abelia May
99. Frank Prem – a sea above
100. The World Outside the Window – New Age
101. A RAIN-DRIED NOTION – The Footballer’s Wife
102. Stim the Line – Out of Order
103. ACT YOUR AGE – lovenlosses
104. Another Wandering Soul – Far Off Shore
105. Troubled with Aging Up – Sui generis
106. Bajezen – The Daily Prompt : Live Agelessly
107. GOP Tax Plan Passes Senate and the Wealth Gap Widens – A lot from Lydia
108. Weird and Wonderful – Debbie Gravett
109. Daanbantayan – I am a paradox.
110. Scott Andrew Bailey – The Age of Reason
111. Resident Alien — Being Dutch in America – When I was a Kid : Showing my Age
112. Dancing Echoes – Wanderlust
113. The Home Of DJ Sung Mo Koo – Sparkle while you can, die trying Part 2
114. Word Play … Work in Progress. – World War III: Icarus Allsorts
115. Fluffy Pool – Running with Friends
116. Winter 2017 – Much To Tell About Nothing
117. My Mental Life – Limitless
118. Rock Hard: Inconvenience Fee – Redux Of Rex
119. Cage Dunn: Writer, Author, Teller-of-tall-tales – The Inevitable Age
120. Age – The Bag Lady
121. Charlie’s Numb-er – The Abject Muse
122. Check Note Publish – What does age mean to you?
123. The Age of Reason – thehouseofbailey
124. The Soulful Writings – Live Limitless!
125. Miss Pelican’s Perch – Tools
126. The Seminary of Praying Mantis – Age a Gift to us…
127. Age is just a number! – Doreen’s World
128. Has the Age of our Era been reversed? – Unspoken Words
129. Words of Wisdom – Wandering Worlds
130. MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO – Age
131. The Hockey Mom Fit Life – Snippet of My Saturday
132. Contemplating mortality – Random thoughts of a transient being
133. Echo of What’s – Thoughts of Words
134. ABC of Age – On a mission
135. Grown-ups always need explanations – Vignettes from a Writer’s Den
136. Age – Covert Novelist
137. Word Play … Work in Progress. – The Zoo: Conservancy- Identity almost lost 2350
138. How libraries stay current in the digital age – Wells Baum
139. The Holly Tree Tales – A Mindful Advent 2017
140. No Nothin’ – a moment teller’s
141. Making it write – Chain
142. Na’ama Yehuda – Set in Stone
143. Age (dreaming of the past) – themanbehindtheglass
144. Karen Lynne Beads – Age
145. Let it Be – Around the World
146. Age – Image & Word
147. Old Fuddy Duddy – This, That, and The Other
148. Age. Recycling Beauty. – Venezia e il Veneto
149. Just Me And My Music – It’s All Fun & Games
150. Zombie Flamingos – No comment – Caturday instead!
151. Autumn – Mistyroads
152. Parenting, #MeToo and Family Values – Sisters of Christ
153. Zalig Kerstmis en Gelukkig 2018// Merry Christmas Happy 2018 – Theo Herbots Foto Video Blog
154. You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die – raynotbradbury
155. sparksfromacombustiblemind – Antique
156. flashlight batteries – Replenishment
157. If I’m gone tomorrow – Dear Florence,
158. The age of the new robber barons – Teresa Berkowitz
159. Notes to Women – Bundles of Joy
160. Everything changes – cruserbladezz
161. Advent calendar Box 2 – In my world
162. It’s pushing me into premature old age… – Mindflight
163. The Examined Life – Something For Nothing
164. SERENDIPITY – WHAT IF YOU CAN’T MARRY AN ARCHAEOLOGIST?
165. Authentically 50 ~ Embracing Life’s Changes – Pretty In Pink
166. there’s space on my grave for your flowers now – vertical combustion
167. Gone Are Days… Now I’m Here. – Dream Desire Achieve
168. Kindness Has No Age – Armed With A Keyboard
169. The Compass within us – Oh, border!
170. Musings of a Random Mind – Do the Math: Secret to Staying Young
171. Beasts of Kaas – Don’t hold your breath
172. Finding Hope Ness – Paying the nuclear price of plans gone askew
173. AGE… – Aline Moe
174. Muse of the Day – Everyday Strange
175. G.I.R.L – Age? too cliche!
176. Narutomath96 – Vulnerable souls
177. Aging with Grace – Roaming Urban Gypsy
178. Out of My Write Mind – Upside And Downside
179. Pagviews in deze landen // Pageviews in these countries – Theo Herbots Foto Video Blog
180. Elders – This Girl’s Got Curves
181. Dear Age! – Wings Of Poetry
182. Glasses – Life is great
183. Writer’s block – In a Long While
184. middle-aged – jotNrot
185. The Cat Chronicles – Daily Feline Prompt: Age and the Feline
186. Scrambled, Not Fried – Later
187. Where Does The Time Go? – Sgeoil
188. Years passing with the haze of the christmas lights – Sarahs Crazy Mind
189. DP- Age – Sprawly
190. Paul Cox Writer – Research on my New House Reveals its Secrets Part 2
191. With Age Comes Responsibility – Angelin Veronica
192. Joyce Kostakis feeling inspired and brave enough to write. – Age-Old Question
193. My Success Journey in 3 Minutes… – Success Strategies
194. I Would Like to Withdraw Some Entitlement. Where’s the Nearest ATM? – Keep Your Nose In The Books
195. Age – stoneronarollercoaster
196. The Dark Side’s FYI – Wandering Worlds
197. The Erring (Wo)Man – A Writer’s Cauldron
198. More Makeup, Please – Unpredictable Affairs
199. The Truth Bites Like a Ratt’ler – Author Flawed to Perfection
200. Time Travel in Dubai – Journeys of Len
201. Change with age – Revolving Around Life
202. I’m human – Megha’s World
203. Do Not Read This One. – Sketches By Nitesh
204. Myammy! Moving in together at 50… – A Gift: 45’s Tax Plan for his best friends
205. Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss – You are as old as you feel
206. Scott Andrew Bailey – Ages
207. Ages – thehouseofbailey
208. Interview with Lamont and Dude on the Subject of Age – I’m a Writer, Yes, I Am!
209. Revolution Age?! – emotionsoflife2016
210. Auntie Booby’s Solutions… – Chronicles of an Orange-Haired Woman!
211. Becoming Sage – cocoa2
212. Age – Living Direction
213. The Red Box of Dreams – Dream: A Rock and a Laver
214. Someone… Somewhere… – Zeckrombryan
215. A Cloud over Age – Beautiflee
216. Dronstad – Age of stone men
217. Curious Thoughts VI – Wandering Worlds
218. Cimmerian Sentiment – Welcome To Evermont – (Part – 1) Verena In Evermont
219. Restaurant Couple – Jajabor, The Nomad
220. Break The Ice – Jajabor, The Nomad
221. Age – It’s a Funny Thing… – Unsolicited Life
222. the15thday – his oh-my-goodness-i-want-to-visit-for-a-while place!
223. The Pradita Chronicles – Doodling Again
224. lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown – How Old Are You?
225. Tequila math – Church Sweet Home
226. What is age? – Nefertiti’s Sweeties
227. Exploring The Unknown – SheynCala
228. sonja benskin mesher – .the critic .
229. She went with a smile…. – My weird, crazy and mundane life Journal
230. Burning The Midnight Oil – binneyblog
231. Designer Sophisticate – Bring out the candles.

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