Miranda Stowe Interview

Today I'd like to welcome author Miranda Stowe to Fallen Angel Reviews. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for us today Miranda.

To start, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you so much for having me here. I write short erotic romance stories that vary from ménage to shapeshifter to romantic suspense/horror. On the personal note, I live in Midwestern USA with my husband and daughter, and work my day job in an academic library.

Tell us about your latest book Saved From a Killer.
Saved From a Killer is book two in my Snatcher Series. The series is about a serial killer who kidnaps, tortures and kills women in the small-town area of Miners Bend. Jenna Daggert is the seventh women taken by their infamous lady snatcher, and she's the first to escape him. But now he wants her back, and Sheriff Deputy Joseph Morgan is intent to keep her from harm…and help her heal from her traumatic captivity.

When writing, do you adhere to a strict writing schedule or wait until the muse hits you?
I'm a total muse-struck writer. I've tried and tried to the schedule thing, but if the words aren't flowing, nothing productive gets done. And when they are flowing, I can't concentrate on real life until I type them out and extract them from my head.

How did you celebrate selling your first book?
I made my husband take me out to supper!! I totally love eating out. No cooking, so dishes. Seriously, who wouldn't love that?!

Where would you say that you get your most creative ideas?
The muse fairy. I dunno. After seeing or hearing about something in real life, or reading someone else's story, I just start playing the 'what if' game in my head, and the ideas start popping out.

What was the hardest aspect of writing Saved From a Killer? How did you overcome it?
The hardest part of writing Saved was fitting everything in. Since it's a shorter story, you don't have a lot of space to dig too far into a person's psyche, and Jenna had a lot to recover from. It was difficult to juggle the plot, the serial killer's next plans, her blooming relationship with Joseph, AND help her deal with her trauma all in small space of time, all while making sure there was sufficient character development and a beginning, middle, and end of the story. I felt like the genie off Aladdin. I was trying to accomplish "phenomenal cosmic powers in an itty-bitty living space."

What is a typical day like for you?
Up at five or so (whenever the two-year-old wakes up, ugh). Shower. Breakfast. Take kid to baby-sitters. Go to work. Try to actually work at work, but end up writing stories at work. Off at four pm. Pick up kid. Try to get supper and some cleaning done but end up reading and checking emails. Tuck kid in by eight…or later. Then try to stay awake long enough to get a couple more chores in, or spend snuggly, cuddly time with hubby. I know, it sounds too exciting, huh?

Is it hard for you to balance your life as a writer? How do you manage it?
Oh yeah, it's difficult. I usually let a lot of stuff slip until it absolutely needs to be done. Honestly, I'm waiting for the big disaster to arrive when I just can't do it anymore and end up having a nervous breakdown.

What exotic location could you see becoming your home away from home if cost wasn't an issue?
A cozy, warm cabin in the mountain, and by cabin I mean, huge redwood-sided mansion with a cook…and maids!

If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?
Ummm…gee, I don't know. Maybe something like, "Isn't she that one author who wrote the Snatcher series?"

What song would be the perfect theme song to your life?
At this era in my life, my theme song is probably "Some Beach." I'm not really into county music, but this one seems so fitting!!

What's your favorite invention?
The iPad!! I didn't invent it, of course, but I'm so glad Apple did!!

What can your fans look forward to in the next twelve months from you?
More stories!! The next two in the Snatchers series are finished! I'm working on the grand finale. I'm also working on the next Half-Breed Shifter book (book three in my shapeshifter series). Then I have another ménage coming out soon called Safe in their Arms. That was fun to write. I'm working on a fantasy series, but it's slow going. Might have to wait thirteen or fourteen months for that one!!

Is there anything else you would like to add today?
Thank you so much for letting me visit. I loved your questions. And for everyone who actually stuck with my interview long enough to read down this far, Bless you! You're too sweet. Have a great Christmas!

Thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us today Miranda.

Interviewed by: Tammy