Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Author Interview: Miv Evans
I'm Welsh and relocated to Los Angeles in 2005. I'm a film critic for Yahoo! and Entertainment Magazine and a member of the Motion Picture Association of America. I have previously sold comedy drama to BBC TV and a film to REN Media International, Beverly Hills. How I Exiled My Inner Bitch is my debut novel.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I spend a lot of time on structuring the story before I begin. First, there's a short treatment, with all the plot points marked, and then it begins to grow until it's a book.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Not the plot, as that's already in place, but reactions come from then.
What is your favourite food?
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Neither or both, whichever way you look at it!
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I dreamed of travelling to Los Angeles, and I'm here.
Do distant places feature in your books?
No. They're all familiar.
Do you listen to music while writing?
No. I have to have complete silence.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
It's a story about an anti-social woman who tries to hide her imaginary friend from her boyfriend and his anti-social daughters.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I learn something new every time I go on a forum, which is every day.
Is there anything you would do differently?
I would have started writing earlier in my life.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
Only people I meet influence my writing.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Bury your ego and take criticism from people who know what they're talking about.
What are three words that describe you?
Determined, independent and reckless
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
I haven't got an all-time favourite book, or an all time favourite film. They come and they go!
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
Dionne is 36, and still hooked on the imaginary twin she invented to get you through her desolate childhood. With such an odd companion, long-term relationships are impossible and she is doomed to live her life as a serial monogamist, until the Go Along Guy shows up. Greg has denial on intravenous, so Dionne's quirks simply pass him by and, pretty soon, shallow love blossoms. Unfortunately, however, what are also blossoming are Greg's teenage daughters. They don't like Dionne and their hormones are raging.
List of previous books if any -
this is my debut novel and will be published at the beginning of July
Any websites/places readers can find you on the web -
I'm going to be releasing a series of 'Inner Bitchisms' on Twitter and Facebook starting in July
Chapter 1 is here.
Opening paragraph -
In the gloomy house, in the gloomy room, a gloomy ten-year-old girl is watching an ‘R’ rated movie on her own. Her dark hair is dragged back from her pale face and the ends of her ponytail are tangled. She's sitting on a light blue couch that's resting on a dark blue carpet, and perhaps it's the reflection of those colors that's making her eyes look so blue. If she were, by chance, to smile, her new braces would show, which are yet another burden in her encumbered life.