Patricia Miller grew up in a small town in Ohio and has worked as a mental health clinical counselor for the past 25 years. When not writing she enjoys hiking/biking weekend trips or indulging in British murder mystery marathons.
Here are some fun things about Patricia:
Do you have another job other than being a writer?
Mental Health Clinical Counselor Supervisor for over 25 years
Did you ever think you would be unable to finish your first novel/novella/short story?
If you would have asked me this several years ago when I was younger, I would say no. But as the years went on I became more and more passionate about writing and once I set my mind to something, there's no stopping me.
What inspired you to write?
I feel in love with murder mysteries, particular British Literature, and I have always loved science fiction tv shows involving space. I read and read and finally began coming up with story lines and characters. I began to write short stories and then a novella and then tried my hand at full length novels. I believe my years of experience as a counselor has resulted in my knowing how personalities are formed and how the mind works. This has lead to my being able to develop some interesting characters.
I attended writing conferences, read books on writing and dissected the writing I most enjoyed. Believe it or not, a British Literature class in high school planted a seed that over the years grew into a love for writing. What inspired me to write Joshua was a dream. I had heard that writers keep a pen and paper next to their bed for writing ideas they would have from dreams. I did that and that dream is found towards the end of the book. I took that dream and decided it had much potential and wrote a back story which became the basis for Joshua: Life After Theos.
Please checkout Patricia's Book Joshua: Life After Theos
The government of Theos prohibits contact with Earth, having deemed it a hostile and unevolved planet of inhabitants. Two of their leading scientists have worked for years to prove Theosians can successfully survive on Earth, but not before a deadly and fatal explosion takes their lives. Their son, a young, scientific phenom, vows to defend his parents' theories as he disobeys law and escapes his planet, plummeting his craft toward Earth's surface with his ex-girlfriend secretly stowed away.
On Earth, their personality differences erupt causing them to live separate lives. However, an unknown atmospheric anomaly, results in a break-down in body strength, requiring them to meet yearly to perform a regenerative ritual for survival. Despite each being 17 years of age, one chooses to regress to high school for fun, games and no responsibilities, while the other takes on the identity of a college freshman, for a life of logic and pure reason.
Despite their differences, they each struggle to acclimate and find themselves up against deadly illness and evil forces, aimed at exposing their secret existence. But nothing poses a greater threat than a battle against the heart.
What is your next/latest project?
I was so overjoyed when Booklocker offered to publish my novel last Fall so achieving that goal was a huge deal to me. Getting it out on the market and all that goes into it was a lot of work although Booklocker walked me through it with more ease than I could ever have imagined. So, my most important goal now is to promote and spread the word of my novel to as many states as possible. I have been asked if I am planning to write a sequel and the answer is yes, as I purposefully set up the ending of Joshua to lend itself well to the next book. But I also have begun to outline a paranormal novel which will eat at me until I get it all out on paper.
If you would like to follow Patricia and her work you can follow her at the links below:
Author Facebook page @patriciamiller.author
Author Website pmwritescom.wordpress.com