Who are you and why are you here?
Hi, Maryann Miller here, waving hello to everyone. J.M., I’m so pleased you invited me to be your guest today. I really didn’t want to just stay home and have the same old boring Friday. Usually, I spend Friday’s doing a bit of clean up around my office, go grocery shopping, and not much else that’s any fun. Hanging out with writer folks and meeting new friends has so much more appeal.
I’m really excited about my latest release, Stalking Season. That is the second book in the Seasons Mystery Series, and I just released it as an e-book. It was published in hardback by Five Star Cengage/Gale, and with the growing popularity of e-books, a lot of people were asking when Stalking Season would be available. The series has been described as "Lethal Weapon" set in Dallas with female leads, and I love working with the two central characters, Sarah and Angel. The mystery series has been very popular and received great reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal, and I am so thrilled about that.
Oh, my gosh. High school days were horrid. I didn’t belong to any of the “groups” in school, so a few other outcasts and I sat at a table in the cafeteria that was off in one corner, not even close to other tables lest we contaminate those more popular folks. We were teased mercilessly, or simply ignored, and I think I liked being ignored better. I remember running into one of my former classmates a few years after graduation and he said, “No, you can’t be THAT Maryann Miller. Why she was….” Luckily he didn’t finish that sentence.
It’s hard to name just one favorite meal, but there was a time when I was on a quest to find THE BEST hamburger. We’re not talking McDonald's or Burger King here. The hamburger had to come from some diner that made the juiciest, grease running down your arm, home-made burger. Any time we traveled we would look for little cafes that showed promise in the hamburger department. Needless to say, now that I have to be concerned about fat, both on my body and in my body, I don’t seek out those burgers like I used to, and I have come to enjoy a really good nutritional stir fry. But sometimes a burger beckons.
Do you prefer to read in ebook format or traditional print?
Right now, I don't have a strong preference between the two and read both almost equally. I started reading ebooks over ten years ago when I was one of the ebook reviewers for Foreword Magazine. I had one of the first Rocket E-Readers, and I liked some of the convenience of propping the device up at the table to read while I ate. My husband was an avid reader, too, and we always read at breakfast. I still like to read with my Kindle during breakfast and really like the fact that I don't have to juggle a book and my spoon. On the other hand, there are times that I do love to hold a print book, especially one that has been beautifully produced. I just received a book to review that was printed on fine paper and has lovely renderings throughout. It reminds me of the very old book of Grimm's Fairy Tales that I have in which the illustrations are works of art. I truly love stories, so in many ways I don't care in which format they come, but I also love books. I have a small collection of antique books, and I enjoy looking at them now and then to appreciate the feel of the paper and marvel at the ink drawings in some of them.
Favorite book when you were a child?
One of my earliest favorite books was The Black Stallion, and I wrote my first short story when I was about eleven about a horse. I was a horse fanatic, and still am. In fact, I have a horse here on “Grandma’s Ranch”, which is a little bit of acreage in the Piney Woods of East Texas. When I wrote that short story about a horse that wanted to be free, I showed it to my English teacher and she entered it in the Scholastic Writing Awards contest. I didn’t know she had done that until I got a letter saying the story had won, and I was invited to attend an award’s ceremony at a fancy theatre in downtown Detroit. That’s when I first started to dream of being a writer. When I progressed from stories about animals, I fell in love with the work of John Steinbeck. I still cry when I read the ending of Of Mice and Men.
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Buy Link for Stalking Season: http://www.amazon.com/Stalking-Season-Seasons-Mystery-Maryann-ebook/dp/B00IKSCKR0/
Buy Link for Open Season: http://www.amazon.com/Open-Season-Maryann-Miller-ebook/dp/B008D37B58/