Today I’m doing another author interview with Milli Gilbert. I met Milli on Scribophile.com a little while ago. She impressed me with her insights, talent, and knowledge. A little about Milli-
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 smut. Don’t forget the smut. And can usually be found trying to find interesting ways to combine them. She has several short stories published and hopes to have her first full-length novel out in late Summer 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. Or, you can find her on her blog, Hairballs of Genius, and follow her on Twitter. Her books are available on Amazon.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
The things you’ll regret the most are the things you didn’t do. Just remember that you’ll only regret them for a little while because something will come along that wouldn’t have happened if not for those regrets. And happiness is no guarantee, no matter what you do. Just remember to stay positive through all of it.
How often do you write, and do you have time set aside to write?
I write most days. Some days, I make it look like I’m writing, but I’m really not. The trick is to still be thinking about writing stuff, even when you’re not. Once it’s all said and done, though, I’ve usually still written something. I tend to write best either right away in the morning or after everyone else has gone to bed or the night. And Tuesday nights are write-in night.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I have a few places I love to write – out on my back deck while the kids play in the backyard is one, but I also love writing at the game shop my weekly write in is at, and at my desk. That is the most comfy chair I’ve ever sat in. And my husband keeps messing with all my precise adjustments (fortunately, that’s all the way down and not locked into a stationary position.)
Have you written works in collaboration with other writers, and if so: why did you decide to collaborate, and did it affect your sales?
Aside from a team challenge prompt a couple months ago for fun (it’s posted on my blog page, and when hers is ready, it will be posted there as well). I have not done any collaborations. I would absolutely write with Misty Carlisle again on a larger project – and we do have something planned for next summer – though it’s more like two stories that happen to interweave in the same world with the same characters while telling two different stories. It’s been fun discussing our plots and hashing out a timeline of events so that things work out and we don’t have one of our characters in two places at the same time.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I don’t know that I really “decided” to become a writer, it’s just something that’s always been in me, something I’ve always needed – and wanted – to do. I’ve always enjoyed it, and wanted to go to Iowa for a degree in writing, but parents convinced me to go to a different school that didn’t have a good writing program at all.