Jamie Lynn Miller talks GRL and We all get our start somewhere ~ Guest Blog, Giveaway

Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Jamie Lynn Miller for taking the time to talk with us today.

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Author: Jamie Lynn Miller

We all get our start somewhere

Thank you so much for hosting me here today, Brandilyn, I really appreciate it.

Today I’d like to talk about why I got into writing ebooks, back in 2008 and how it led me to where I am today. Unlike some opinions I’ve read over the years, I embrace my fan fiction roots. I started back in 1995, writing X-Files fiction and it just spiraled on from there. In fact I’m still writing fan fiction today and loving every minute of it.

There’s always been this general impression in the “professional world” that all fan fiction is garbage, written by 15 year old girls. Well sorry, hate to tell you, but I’ve known fan fiction writers who would put professional authors (and TV show writers) to shame. And there’s been plenty of professional paperback novels I’ve read that belong in the trash can.

I’d finally gotten so fed up with fan fiction writers being looked down upon that I set out to prove (to myself at least) that my writing was good enough to get published, despite my “roots”. And look at that, it was! Five times so far!

After my fourth book with the same publisher I challenged myself again – to submit to another publisher. Would I be good enough for someone else? And look at that, Dreamspinner accepted me on my first try! My next challenge is self-publication and I’m already well on my way. I should have that book out in the next month or so – my very first m/m sci-fi novella.

Bottom line – everyone’s got to start somewhere. And for me (and many of you) it was the fan fiction world. Everyone needs to hone their craft and there is no harsher critic than fandom. I took my bumps and bruises along the way and it made me a better writer, into what I am today.

In fact, if it hadn’t been for fan fiction I never would have discovered my love of hurt/comfort.  It was like the heavens opened up and a great light shined down upon me. I wasn’t strange for wanting my favorite characters to get shot or poisoned! LOL! There was a whole ton of people just like me! I can’t tell you what a relief it was. And that was the catalyst for me to actually start writing my own stories. Now I embrace my love of hurt/comfort. It’s the main theme in all of my books. 

I never would have guessed back in 1995 that my love of writing stories would lead me to where I am today – getting ready to attend my first professional writers conference – GRL. I am beyond excited for GRL. And nervous! So nervous! I’m signed up as a Supporting Author. Figured I should go big or go home!

But that’s where the nervousness comes in. I’ll be sitting there at a table during the author signing. Will anyone even approach me? That’s my biggest fear. That I sit there alone watching people line up at other tables and no one is interested in me at all. If so, well…I’ll just try and take it in stride. Hopefully this is just the pessimistic side of me talking and it will end up being a great experience for me.

And there’s certainly a lot more to GRL than the author signing! I’m so looking forward to meeting authors whose work I adore, plus friends I’ve made online. It will be great to finally put faces to names. Then there are all of the panels/workshops where I hope to learn tips and tricks to make me an even better writer. And the parties! I’ve already got my costume picked out for the Time Travel party. I hear there’s going to be a casino this year. I need to brush up on my blackjack! A Fun Faire, too? Sounds great! And thankfully there’s going to be a Newbie Meet & Greet where all us GRL virgins can hold hands. 🙂

Most of all I’m just looking to have fun surrounded by people who are as passionate about gay fiction as I am. It will be a first for me, in a group setting like this, talking freely about what I write and why I write it. That alone is worth the price of membership.

I will have for sale at my author table paperbacks of “Burnin’ for You”, “Darkness Falls”, “Out of the Shadows” and my upcoming new release “An Endless Sea of Stars”. The first 10 folks to purchase one get a FREE tote bag! Not familiar with my writing? I’ll also have a 40-page “eBook Sampler” with a chapter from each of my books for a $1.00 donation (or whatever amount you’d like) to the Humane Society.

So…is it October yet?

Prism recently reviewed Darkness Falls. You can find the review here.

About the Author:

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Jamie Lynn Miller has been writing fiction since childhood and decided to take the plunge and go pro in 2008, finding to her amazement that people truly enjoyed her love stories. She’s a romantic at heart, and her tales reflect the desire we all have to find “the one,” persevering through trials and heartache for that happy ending.

Jamie has a degree in fine arts and has spent the last twenty years working as a graphic designer, though she’d much rather be writing. She was born in Chicago and still lives there today with her husband and their two furry, four-footed children, er… cats.

If she’s not brainstorming story ideas, you can find Jamie at a sci-fi convention, in front of a furnace doing glass blowing, or on a mat twisted into a yoga pose.

Author Links:

jamielynnmiller@live.com

http://www.jamielynnm.wordpress.com

http://www.facebook.com/jamielynn.miller.3

Tour Stops:

Carol Lynne 15-Apr
Eden Winters 2-May
Rowan Speedwell 13-May
J. P. Barnaby 23-May
Toni Griffin 6-Jun
Kindle Alexander 20-Jun
Zathyn Priest 4-Jul
Diana Copland 18-Jul
Angel Martinez 23-Jul
Sara York 31-Jul
Jeff Adams 5-Aug
Brandon Witt 14-Aug
Deanna Wadsworth 21-Aug
Shira Anthony 28-Aug
Ethan Stone 1-Sep
Jamie Lynn Miller 11-Sep
Lori Toland 29-Sep
Freddy MacKay 2-Oct
Erica Pike 6-Oct

Buy Links:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

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Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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14 thoughts on “Jamie Lynn Miller talks GRL and We all get our start somewhere ~ Guest Blog, Giveaway

  1. Thank you for this post. I’m pretty new to Jamie’s work so thank you for giving me the chance to discover her. Thank you for the giveaway.

  2. I luv Jamie’s books and wish I could be at GRL to meet her and maybe get one of those tote bags. Unfortunately, I am home-bound and dont get to go to any of the author/reader conferences and there are so many I would luv to attend….most of all GRL. I hope you have a great time at your first conference and something tells me you wont be lonely at your table… 🙂 Good luck and keep up the great writing.

    hugs from your fan,
    jo
    johannasnodgrass(at)yahoo(dot)com

  3. Thank you for sharing how you got started with writing. It’s always interesting to find out how an author got pulled into something they’re passionate about. I hope you have a ton of fun at GRL =)

  4. Thank you for giving us the chance to know more about Jamie’s work. I’m a new reader of hers so thank you for the chance to win. Count me in, please.

  5. I used to read a lot of fan-fic. The first one I found was for the Professionals, but since I knew nothing about that TV show it took me a while to figure out what it was all about. A lot of those stories were wonderful.:-)

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