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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 21 February 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – NAOMI MILLER

 

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – NAOMI MILLER

“My relationship with my Savior is the most important part of my life!”

 

“Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, English & Irish characters (so far), adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!”

 

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Naomi Miller.

 

FAST FAVES

Cake or Cookies — cake (I love pudding cakes)

Call or Text — texting works best, especially when I’m working.

Facebook or Twitter — Facebook

 

rem:  Hullo Naomi! Welcome! Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

NAOMI:  I was born and raised in East Tennessee. My parents had three daughters (I’m the youngest), and they’ve all passed on. My family now consists of my two children and my two grandchildren. I worked for the State of Tennessee until 2017, when I took early retirement and moved back to East Tennessee. Now my days are filled with homeschooling, writing, editing, and reading.

rem:  You’re not so far from me, then. Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

NAOMI:
1) I’m homeschooling my grandchildren.
2) I am one of those rare people who listens more to the TV than I actually watch. I often put in a favorite show, just to listen to it while I clean or work on my computer.
3) I can’t sleep without a fan running (even in the winter).

rem:  I’m totally the opposite with fans—only have it running while I’m sleeping because I need it. (I don’t like air blowing directly on me.) What is your favourite color and why?

NAOMI:  If I have to choose one, I’ll say purple, but I’ve never really been able to choose a favorite color. I love them all.

rem:  I’m all about purple—not only is it my birthstone (amethyst) but it’s the color of royalty.

What’s the most random thing in your bag or on your desk?

NAOMI:  A little pack of post-it notes.

rem:  Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

NAOMI:  I love the 14th chapter of John; it has so many wonderful verses. One of my favorite verses is John 14:27 — Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid.
I’m always asking for peace when troubles come… and HE always gives me peace. That’s a wonderful thing.

rem:  That’s so significant, one of the greatest things that separates us from the world—peace in the middle of the storm! What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being a novelist impacted your relationship with Christ?

NAOMI:  Sometimes it’s difficult to find a book (or a movie) that doesn’t have cuss words (especially the F-bomb and those words dishonoring God) — even in Christian fiction. I am blessed to write books that honor God and won’t offend readers… and I hope I’m a blessing to readers.

rem:  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

NAOMI:  Bad language, bad attitude, and bad behaviors are the worst, but a badly written story or one that’s 100K just for the sake of being wordy is also a turn-off.

rem:  I’ve started a few that I just can’t finish because the writing or the story is lame. And I feel like I’m betraying the author when I do! What would you do if you weren’t writing?

NAOMI:  Since I’m happily retired, I’d spend my time reading, knitting/crocheting, and hanging out at the beach as often as possible.

rem:  I used to knit and crochet, haven’t in years… What are you reading right now?

NAOMI:  I just finished a series by Kelly Irvin (Every Amish Season) and I’m reading a new series by Vannetta Chapman (The Amish Bishop).

rem:  What do you munch on while you write?

NAOMI:  Pretzel sticks, cheese cubes, and Dove chocolates.

rem:  Dove chocolates! Now you’re talking! You write Amish Fiction. How did you become interested in the Amish?

NAOMI:  I’ve always been impressed by the diligence, the determination, and the reverence they have for their families, faith, and way of life. When I decided to write a clean, wholesome story, Amish fiction was the perfect choice.

rem:  Sometimes, the old ways truly are best. What are some fun or interesting things about the Amish that you’ve discovered?

NAOMI:  They’re a lot more like us (Englischers) than we think, but they truly enjoy being a family and part of a community. On the down side, they ARE a lot like us, with their failures and imperfect lives.

rem:  Such a simple observation, that they’re still people, same as us Englischers. What was the inspiration for your Sweet Shop Mystery Series?

NAOMI:  The idea to create stories with a little mystery and romance, yet maintain my goal of writing stories that would always uplift, encourage, and entertain readers.

rem:  Your stories look delightful. I love your titles. You have some titles you have written with your daughter, Rachel L. Miller—how fun is that! How do you gals make that work? What’s your routine when co-authoring?

NAOMI:  My daughter often jokes that she and I share a brain, which is likely how this happened in the first place. We brainstorm together so often, and when one of us comes up with an idea we both fall in love with, we know that needs to be a collaboration. We take turns writing the story, each adding our own little touches and going through a lot of drafts.

rem:  Not at all in regards to writing, but my best friend and I used to say that about sharing a brain. I love that you get to work so closely with her, and how collaboration comes together for you. What is your Writing Routine? Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

NAOMI:  I’ve found that I can write most anywhere. During the day, I’ll sit at my desk and write. At night, I prefer the couch, especially wrapped in a warm blanket these cold, winter days.

rem:  What makes you struggle as an author? How do you handle it?

NAOMI:  My biggest struggle is writing what God leads me to write… and hoping that readers will be blessed by what they read. I found myself enjoying shorter reads the past few years, so many of my stories are shorter reads (novella length).

rem:  Writing is a calling, isn’t it? And as Christian writers it is an honor and privilege to write what He leads. What do you enjoy most about being a writer?

NAOMI:  I really do love getting a story down on paper and sharing it with others. I’ve also stepped out of my introvert ways and pushed myself to sign up for several local author and craft events… I meet a lot of wonderful people there.

rem:  Ouch! I feel ya, stretching outside of the comfort zone. Good on you, gurl! How do you choose your characters’ names?

NAOMI:  My characters usually name themselves. Even when I try to change a name, it never seems to fit, so I go back to the original name.

rem:  Mine are mostly the same way—like meeting a new friend, they tell me their name! Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

NAOMI:  Oh no. Most of the time I only have a beginning… and a possible ending. Once I have a good idea of the first few paragraphs, I begin writing — and I let the story play out.

rem:  Same here! 100% pantzer! Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

NAOMI:  I’ve stepped away from cozy mysteries for now. My next book will also be located in Abbott Creek, with many of the same characters, but it will be a romance.

rem:  Sounds intriguing, Naomi. Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

 

 

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“I can’t change the past, but I can live for Jesus now, and I know what the future holds for me… that one day I will be with Him. Forever.”

 

 

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