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Friday, March 18, 2016

Author Rebel Miller on Why She Writes #RB4U @rebelmillerboox

On Why I Write by Rebel Miller

I’ve always been a writer. From my earliest days weaving tales about torrid affairs with members of New Kids on the Block to doodling my every thought in notebooks, storytelling has always been a part of my life. When I think on it now, it’s why I started out in corporate communications.
Of course, like any writer, I wanted to write a novel, but I have always been a very practical woman and so did the math. I mean, really, to be a writer meant enduring years of rejection by agents, publishers, editors and then possibly even by the readers themselves … didn’t it?
The funny thing is as I got older, the less fearful of those things I became. Perhaps it was the fact that I had already done everything I thought I was supposed to do.
  • Advanced education – check!
  • Married to a great man – check!
  • Two awesome kids – check!
  • Burgeoning and solid career – check!
  • Fulfilled passion … radio silence.
That silence was a loud call to action.
I tell my two boys that they should reach for their dreams and not let fear set you on your ass. Well, not quite in that language.
There will always be fear and anxiety about venturing into something new. I’m an independent author, which means I bypassed the agent and publisher submission phase, but it doesn’t mean the anxiety around my editor critiques and reader reviews don’t exist. Believe me, those can be the most nerve-wracking. I’m not getting away with anything by shortening my path to publication.
As I said, I’ve always been a writer, but I wasn’t doing the writing that I had always wanted to, the type of writing that creatively fed my soul.   At the end of the day, why I write goes beyond fulfilling a childhood dream. I write because I have stories to tell and a compulsion to tell it, because it’s a challenge and it’s exciting. I write because I love it, and we should all be so lucky to have the chance to do what we love.
Are you a writer? Why did you start to write?

Promising: Book Two of Kira’s Story

PROMISING, the riveting follow-up to AWAKENING by Rebel Miller.

Faced with diverging loyalties — between those she loves and her responsibility to the Realm — Kira has to make heartrending and strategic decisions that threaten to jeopardize her future.
As her connection to Tai deepens and turmoil in the Realm builds, so does Gannon’s frustration at being unable to call Kira his own.

Worlds at War ... A Heart in Conflict

While the Realm stands defiant amidst rising unrest, Kira is thrust into a role that puts her at the forefront of her system’s governance and law, supporting a landmark position. Following a devastating turn of events, she turns to Tai for a shoulder to lean on after making a painful choice to ensure Gannon fulfils the role he was meant for.

As she becomes a reluctant - yet inspiring - voice for her caste, Kira learns about one of the Realm’s most well-kept secrets and how far leadership will go to prevent it from being revealed. What she doesn’t know is how much the decisions of her past have the power to bring enemies into her path, threatening to destroy everyone she holds close to her heart.

This novel is for mature audiences (18+) and includes committed relationships with multiple partners.

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Worlds at War…A Heart in Conflict. Kira’s Story continues. #romance #newadult #TheRealmSeries

The Hunger Games meets the Crossfire Series in Promising. #romance #newadult #TheRealmSeries

About Rebel Miller

Rebel Miller is an author who overindulges in Pinot Grigio, caramel popcorn and an eclectic mix of movies, music and angst-filled romance novels.

Rebel earned a graduate degree in Communications and Culture from Ryerson University and an undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies.

Rebel lives in the outskirts of Toronto, Canada with her husband and two sons.

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Cara Marsi said...

Enjoyed your post, Rebel. I, too, took a long route to writing, but becoming a published author was something I'd always wanted. I'm glad I finally took the plunge. You're right that sometimes the older you get, the less fearful you are of taking a chance. Your book sounds excellent. Beautiful cover too.

Melissa Keir said...

I took the path to writing by way of poetry. I've always written poetry and wrote down my own thoughts. The computer and internet put me out there with other people who thought what I wrote was thought provoking...soon others were interested in me.

Finally this year, I've stepped down from teaching full time (I still do it part time) in order to write. It's my passion and a part of me that I can't stop. :)

What a beautiful cover! What a fun sounding story too! I wish you all the best!

Rebel Miller said...

Hi Cara - It's funny, isn't it? You think that it's those in the 20s who are the fearless and brave. Maybe it's the way things nowadays that you figure there are too many options, why not take the plunge. Thank you for the compliments about my book and leaving a comment :)!

Rebel Miller said...

Thank you for your comments, Melissa! Congratulations on taking the plunge like I do to focus on what you love, rather than what you have to. It gets scary sometimes, but at the end of the day, I can't say I would want to live any other way!

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