Disclaimer: I love Milli Gilbert as a friend, a writer, an adviser, and a truly entertaining individual. We share similar interests in shifters and Tom Hiddleston and she has shown me the delight in cowboys. It is my pleasure to present an interview with this talented lady.
An eclectic writer, Milli Gilbert is a stay-at-home mom who loves to play with words almost as much as she loves to play with her kids. All of her stories involve romance, and maybe a little bit of mystery. Milli loves to write about cowboys and shifters, and can usually be found trying to find interesting ways to combine them. She also writes smut under a different name. She has several short stories published and will have her first full-length novel out in November 2017. She just took off after one of her couples to follow them around for a few months – but don’t worry, she’ll be back. If not, you can find her on Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest, or follow her on Twitter. You can get her stories on Amazon. And of course, she’s at her blog, Hairballs of Genius.
Come on, how can you not love the title of her blog? Genius, indeed. I had a good time chatting with her recently.
DH – Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing as far as content?
MG – It’s weird, but that actually depends on the story and the characters. Sometimes, I find the sex hard to write, other times it could be a fight scene. Most consistently difficult for me, though, is the descriptive narrative. What’s the world look like? I know I need to add more detail to the spaces my characters inhabit, but it’s really hard for me, on a regular basis. My strength is the dialogue and the action beats. But painting the world? It’s just stupid, because I know I can do it – I do it all the time in writing prompts and such, but I can’t ever seem to apply it to my stories. Probably because I can see it in my head, and when I read my words, I see it, so I don’t need the words. But… my readers do. So I try to at least get some details in there – like the fact they’re in the kitchen.
DH – Never easy to know what the reader can fill in on their own. Next question, What are your feelings on NaNoWriMo?
MG – I love it! 2016 was my third, and I’ve done the April camp twice, and July camp twice. I think? I’d have to double-check. But I’ve made some great friends through NaNo – one of whom I see almost every week!
DH – Getting writers together, face to face, is awesome! I just discovered a local NaNo group myself. So. What are you currently working on, and what is it about?
MG – Nerdgasm is my current project. It’s a full-length novel about Judy, a waitress-slash-PhD student working her way through college. She is all things geeky and nerdy. Then one day along comes a Benedict Cumberbatch Doppelganger. He’s a video game programmer from London. So oh, my goodness, he even sounds like him! It’s a bit slow-going at first, but he keeps coming back to the restaurant and asking to be seated in her section because he’s “distracted” by the blond hair and blue eyes. So they’re both geeky/nerdy types who just mesh. It’s a romance, but I still won’t tell you how it ends.
DH – Darn, I thought I had you there! What are your ambitions for your writing career?
MG – I’d love to be able to write full-time instead of going to a “real” job! I’d rather write than do any other job, with maybe the exception of children’s photography again. I’d love to have this be my sole income. Mostly, I just want to write.
DH – What was the hardest thing about writing Nerdgasm?
MG – Oh, goodness. Staying focused on it. I’ve gone weeks without working on it, but I’m currently working on edits for Nerdgasm, and it’s still on track for being published on Black Friday this year. I’ve also started another book, and have plans for a short story in the same universe.
That about wraps it up for today. Great talking to you, Milli. Thanks for reading, I’ll be back on Sunday with another author introduction.