My name is Lindsay Marie Miller, and I am the author of Emerald Green, Me & Mr. Jones and Jungle Eyes.
Tell us about your latest book.
Jungle Eyes is the name of my latest book, which was released on November 20, 2015. It is a Romantic Action/Adventure novel set on a deserted tropical island in the year 1899.
What do you have coming out in the future?
There will be 3 more books in the Emerald Green series, a sequel to Me & Mr. Jones and 2 more books in the Jungle Eyes trilogy. I’ve also been working on a New Adult Contemporary Romance, which will be my first Stand Alone novel.
Is your book a stand-alone or a series?
Jungle Eyes, Me & Mr. Jones and Emerald Green are each the first installment in their own respective series.
Why romance and what makes your particular brand of romance special?
Romance is always the one element of a novel or film that I am most interested in. For me, it’s the best part of any story I am reading or writing. I have always described the way I write romance as a “tasteful sexiness.” Just because something is sensual or passionate doesn’t mean it can’t maintain a certain level of innocence. I believe in keeping that steam or heat between the characters alive, because that intimate connection is what love and romance are all about.
Is romance the only genre that you write in or do you write in other genres? If so what other genres do you write in?
While I only write romance, it is the sub-genres within romance that I like to experiment with. Emerald Green and Me & Mr. Jones pertain to the suspense/thriller category of romance. But Jungle Eyes falls under historical and action/adventure romance categories. They also apply to different age groups: Emerald Green is Young Adult, Me & Mr. Jones is New Adult and Jungle Eyes is Adult. I’ll probably experiment with other romance genres over time, because I really enjoy different ways of telling a love story.
A good book or movie. A special day. Time spent with family or friends. Really anything can inspire me to write. Mainly, it has to do with people. The ones I’m with and the ones I’m writing about.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Play the piano and guitar. Sing. I’ve been writing songs since I was a teen, so music is very near and dear to my heart. I love watching movies as well, especially those that have been adapted from novels. I’m also a TaeBo enthusiast.
How did you come up with the title of your book?
Certain titles just sound right to me. When it clicks, it clicks. I think Emerald Green probably had a lot to do with the fact that my birthstone is emerald, and Me & Mr. Jones was inspired by an old R&B song by Billy Paul. With Jungle Eyes, I have no earthly idea. It just came to me.
Do you read romance or do you prefer other genres?
Usually, I read romance or some subset of it. But I’m open to thrillers, mysteries, biographies, and a whole lot of other genres. As a writer, I think it’s important to keep an open mind.
What celebrity would you chose to play the main character(s) in the movie rendition of your book?
When I first thought of the idea for Jungle Eyes, I pictured a twenty-five-year-old Christian Bale as Henry and Katy Perry as Elaine. If Hollywood was able to pull that off, I would be very pleased.
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
Those days when the words just won’t come. Sometimes, it can be hard, and you really have to push yourself. But that makes you appreciate the days when the words flow like honey.
Getting to know my characters. They are so much fun to write, and I really enjoy the time I get to spend with each of them.
What is your preferred writing environment?
I’m not really partial to any one place. Indoors. Outdoors. Rain or shine. The story in my head goes with me everywhere.
Do you have a careful plan when plotting your stories or do you just go with the flow?
Go with the flow. Initially, I can see the map of a new story, where it begins and ends. It’s those moments between the main points in the plot that I don’t even know exist until I’ve written them.
When did you know you truly wanted to give writing a shot?
When I was a junior in high school. Twilight had a profound effect on me, because it left me wanting to write a novel of my own, which resulted in my first release, Emerald Green.
What is your favorite quote?
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -Theodore Roosevelt
Do you have any advice for other writers and what is it?
Stay hungry for new stories. Each time you write, you will only continue to get better at it. Also, enjoy the development of your characters and all of the unique things that make each of them important to you.
Wild Card Question.
As an author, what is the one question that you wish people would ask you, but no one ever has and what would your answer be to that question?
Why do you want to be a writer?
In my opinion, if you write, you are a writer. I never chose to write. It just happened naturally. I never wanted to be a writer. I am one.