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.
It is such a pleasure to sit down with you! Thank you Milli. Okay, let’s start with the most important question of all time… what’s your favorite movie and why?
I have a few go-to movies – Down Periscope, Evolution, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.. Why? Because they’re light and fun. I really don’t know why I like them. Possibly because they’re movies I can watch with the kids – who, by the way, can quote Men in Tights better than they can quote any kids’ movie – but they’re not freaking animated. Nothing against cartoons, but I’m kind of over Disney.
Ahhh, I do love Men in Tights. I’m not sure why but there’s something about the ridiculousness that always holds me captive. I guess we should talk about writing though at some point. What’s your process like? Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to edit it?
Your readers can have no idea how hard I’m laughing right now. I have on novel sitting on the back burner – it’s been turned off now – since 2007 when I started and finished writing it. The problems with it are many – including the fact that it’s the first of The Series That Got Away. (It started as 1, then 6, and I’ve put a stop to it with something like 30 different couples in 24 stories.) Now that Matt Muse has cleared most of those out of his work-order (and now that I know of at least a few different things that I need to improve upon after being on a critique site for 2 years) I can get back to it, and pull out the highlighter for edit ideas.
So you’re saying you let it stew for years somethings… ha! Me too. I’ve got some that I haven’t looked at in two or three years. I think about them late in the night. And they’ll be there when I’m ready. How about the rest of your writing process. Do you brainstorm?
I just write. Sometimes it starts with a character, other times, with a plot idea. I’m not typically a plotter, so when I write, it usually starts with a plot idea, and then I have to figure out what kind of character would that story work for. That’s about the extent of my plotting though, until I make it through my first draft, which kind of becomes an outline of sorts. I go through and pick out the events that are going to stay, organize them so they make sense, and then revise like crazy to get it shaped into the story I was trying to tell in the first place.
As far as brainstorming goes, I have a great group of friends and a husband who rolls his eyes when I ask him hypothetical questions. Sometimes he’s entertained by my randomness, and other times, he tunes me out because I’m just talking to myself. I tend to work out dialogue issues out loud, so my husband knows to mostly ignore me when I’m doing the dishes. Otherwise, I belong to an online writing community comprised of people from all over the world with all sorts of expertise, so I can ask anything I want to in the forums there.
Ah, two important things. A supportive partner and a supportive group of writers. Essential for me. What’s the easiest thing about writing for you?
Dialogue. I tend to end up with pages of dialogue with no action or narrative to guide me along the way, so I have to go back and add in the finer things in life – like who said what. I feel like I’m bragging, but I was once told that just by the dialogue alone, the tone of the voice and the scene was easy to follow, it was natural and not forced. Narrative description on the other hand is my mortal enemy.
You’ve been writing and publishing for some time. What is that like, having fans? What do your they mean to you?
Fans are fantastic – they keep the air flowing and cool in my house. Oh, you mean the people who buy/read my books, don’t you. They’re pretty awesome too, and I write for them. I know they’re after something new to read, and I have the honor of being the person who does that for them. Even if I do only have three stories out there right now.
Ahhhh! That’s wonderful.
Thank you again Milli! Such a pleasure!