#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Archive for January, 2012


It’s hard to believe I’ve written 1600 entries on this blog, but I reckon the counter doesn’t lie.  :)  Amazing.

Today’s Q&A:

Hilda asked if sections of my books are ever cut out, and told me some authors post the missing chapters on the web so the reader can fill in the blanks.  I’ve never experienced this, really.  My editor and I work very closely together throughout the process, and that keeps me on track.  If Joan asks me to change something, I generally agree with her, and make the changes.  If–and this is rare because we are very like-minded–I

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One Question

A special hello to Jennifer, who emailed to say she’s an aspiring writer.  Here’s her quesion: do you define your characters before you write, physical and character details, or let them develop as you write?

A: Both.  Usually, I’m getting to know a character for weeks, if not months or years, before I write about them.  When I begin the story, I have a fairly comprehensive but also generalized vision of the characters, the situation, etc., but my characters invariably develop as the book unfolds and they often surprise me–and I love it when that happens.

That’s my method, but I hasten

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