Interview with Young Adult Author Jeffrey Aaron Miller

My name is Jeffrey Aaron Miller, and I’m a full-time writer. Although I mostly do ghostwriting and professional editing, I churn out science fiction and fantasy novels in my free time.

Join me at my website, Twitter and Facebook.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes, I have been writing stories since I first learned how to scribble a few words. I’ve still got notebooks full of stories I wrote as a kid. I always had an overactive imagination.

Tell us about your book, and the story behind writing it

The Ribbon Tree is set in an Oklahoma town in the summer of 1991. That is a time and place I remember well. In fact, I had just graduated high school that summer, so I have some very specific memories of it. I combined my experiences with some characters and ideas I had always wanted to convert into a novel, threw in a creepy interdimensional being, some destructive mysterious powers, and The Ribbon Tree is the end result.

What’s the biggest challenge about being a writer?

Nowadays, writers have to do most or all of their own marketing, which means managing ads, social media, a website, and blog posts. I’m not so good at any of that, and it can be, quite frankly, exhausting trying to keep up with all of the platforms. I miss the olden days where book signings were the key.

Do you have a specific writing space?

A junk-covered wooden desk sitting in a far corner of the dining room. I keep windows out of my line of sight. It’s best to avoid distractions.

What’s your number one piece of writing advice?

Set a daily word count and hit it no matter what. Eventually, after years of doing that, writing will become second nature to you, and you’ll be spewing out tens of thousands of words a day.

What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

Stephen King’s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams is currently sitting on the nightstand. I haven’t even read it yet. I’m Kindling my way through Dune at the moment.

Who have been your biggest writing influences and why?

Writers who have influenced me the most over the years include Stephen King, J.R.R. Tolkien, Orson Scott Card, and J.K. Rowling.

How do you market your writing?

Not well. I run some ads and promotions, try to keep up with various social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, write occasional blog posts, and participate in forums.

Lastly, something fun. What’s something our readers might not know about you?

I once ate a boiled sheep’s eye during a fancy banquet in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It wasn’t delicious.

The Ribbon Tree

By Jeffrey Aaron Miller

A destructive force has been set loose in the woods behind Tuxedo Trailer Park. It’s the summer of 1991, and Navin Noe only wants to retrieve his prized baseball before stray dogs chew it up. But his foolish venture into the woods brings him to the hollow tree full of light and the terrible thing that dwells inside. Soon the little town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma is threatened by mysterious forces and strange creatures. Before the end of summer, Navin and his friends, Hao and Jane, will have to delve into their own secrets in order to save the world from the most dangerous power in existence.

About the Author

Scott Mullins is a freelance writer and digital content manager. When he’s not finding ways to distract himself from writing his novel he writes killer copy for companies all over the world. Connect with Scott on Twitter @ScottMullins86 or LinkedIn. He’s always looking to connect with other writers.