Tell us about yourself.
Full-time mom, part-time IT professional, and a full-time writer. Coffee’s an essential part of my day. Busy, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love hearing from readers. I’m running a book giveaway on my website: http://www.cj-miller.com (Giveaways tab).
Share a bit about your latest book or what you’re currently working on.
My latest release is Shielding the Suspect and I have a book out in November, Protecting His Princess. I am working on a book that is tied into Protecting His Princess. At any given time, I usually have 2-3 books in various stages of completion.
What do you like the most about romantic suspense?
The strong, alpha heroes and brave heroines who must work together when lives – and love – are at stake.
Do you write other genres? If so, what are they?
I also write contemporary and paranormal romances and have plans to publish across genres in the future. I like to stretch my creative muscles by writing whatever comes to mind.
Who are some of your favorite romantic suspense authors?
The list changes and grows weekly, but recent reads I’ve enjoyed Include Cindy Gerard, Cindy Dees, Kylie Brant, Roxanne St. Claire, Marie Force, Laura Griffin, and Suzanna Brockmann.
Do you write series, standalones, or both? If you write both, which is your most favorite to write?
I write standalone books, but I love turning secondary characters from one book into main characters in the next book.
What three things make the perfect villain in a suspense novel?
Solid motivation, that is well-developed.
That he or she believes strongly in their cause.
Powerful enough to present a real threat.
How has your experience been working with Harlequin?
My editors have been amazing. They are insightful and make my stories stronger with every keystroke. When I had my daughter last year, the senior editor of my line, Harlequin Romantic Suspense, sent my daughter a hand-knitted blanket, hat and booties when she was born. That’s a good anecdote that show how editors treat their authors- we’re a team.
What method of promotion do you find most rewarding and why?
The best promotion is writing more books and word-of-mouth. Readers who connect to a story want to read more and a recommendation from a friend is the best way to learn about new authors.
What method do you prefer as a reader, ebooks, or print? Why?
I used to be solidly in the print camp, but after getting a Kindle Paperwhite, I love it and I now prefer e-books. I can adjust the font, read in the dark and have access to new releases within seconds of purchasing them. The size is perfect – not too heavy so it fits in all my handbags. I also love the notes and search feature, because it makes it a great tool for research.
What’s a genre that you’re intimidated by but would like to write in?
I love reading paranormal and while I have book ideas in this genre, I think there are many great books and finding a new, exciting angle is rare.
I am a big fan of cross promotion between authors. Do you utilize cross promotion and if so, what cross promotion have you done?
I love interacting with authors on my blog and facebook account. I haven’t reached out to other authors yet to write for my site, but I’d love to have other authors guest blog. Stacy-Deanne – you are welcome on my site anytime!
What can readers expect from you next?
Protecting His Princess will be available in November from Harlequin Romantic Suspense. I have a book coming out next May called Traitorous Attraction.
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