I’m honored to have fellow author from the Allegories of the Tarot anthology, MeiLin Miranda join me today. She’s a prolific writer, and a woman I admire for her strength and perseverance.
An author of multiple series, she has a slick platform and writers can learn from her.
Please help me welcome the ethereal, MeiLin Miranda.
Who is MeiLin?
MeiLin Miranda writes Victorianesque fantasy and science fiction from her 130-year-old house in Portland, Oregon. Her love of all things 19th century (except for the pesky parts like cholera, child labor, slavery and no rights for women) has consumed her since childhood, when she fell in a stack of Louisa May Alcott and never got up.
MeiLin has been a professional writer for most of the last 35 years, focusing on nonfiction until a cardiac arrest and near death experience in 2006 convinced her she’d better get moving if she meant to write fiction.
Prince Temmin Antremont has been sheltered from assassins and women for eighteen years. Now at his father Harsin’s court, forces he can neither control nor understand pull at him from all sides. But none pull harder than the Lovers, the twin gods of love and sex. King Harsin believes an old prophecy: if Temmin joins the Lovers’ Temple the monarchy will end.
The gods are irresistible, and the King is implacable. With Teacher’s help, Temmin must decide which is more dangerous–defying his father or defying the gods. But does Teacher intend to continue the Antremonts’ rule, or end it?
Inside MeiLin’s Mind
[eden] Welcome MeiLin! I’m so happy to have you here. Please tell readers your idea of perfect happiness.
[MeiLin] Health. Everything else is secondary. I’ve been struggling with illness for more than eleven years. Health is happiness; if you have it, treasure it.
[eden] As someone who has not always had mine, I could not agree with you more.
What turns you on creatively? Music, especially if the lyricist is good (but not when I’m writing); reading; Wikipedia! That place is a trove of awesomeness.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? In writing, it used to be “swept”–people were always sweeping out of rooms. Now it seems they’re doing a lot of turning. My editor nearly killed herself because I used the word “then” too much. I have a list of crutch words and default actions for search and destroy missions.
In life, it rotates. Right now I seem to be using “nice” as an all-round response. “Hey! I won a million bucks!” (Excited voice) Nice!! “My boss is making me work overtime.” (Sarcastic voice) Nice. See? All-purpose. “Awesome” sometimes creeps into that rotation.
[eden] “Nice” and “Awesome” are two words I try to avoid too.
What quality do you most admire in men and women? In both it’s the same: empathy. So many people have trouble recognizing the struggles and suffering of others.
What is your greatest regret? That I wasn’t brave enough to write fiction until my late forties. I chose a journalistic path because I was afraid of writing fiction but still wanted to write. It was for me a poor second.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My health. I’m working on it.
[eden] I hope doing what you love brings both happiness and health to you for many, many years, MeiLin.
What is your greatest fear? That I’ll die before I’m finished with my main series, or before my daughters are settled in the world.
Which living person do you most admire? Probably Neil Gaiman. He handles his fame very gracefully and is genuine in his contact with fans. He’s also a fucking amazing writer. J.K. Rowling is a close second for her generosity.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Acting. I sometimes regret not following my other great passion, voice acting.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? One of my sister’s spoiled rotten cats.
[eden] Another cat person! This is definitely the most common response from authors.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? My two daughters, both up-and-coming comics creators and amazing, beautiful teenagers.
What trait do you most deplore in others? Willful ignorance, tied with lack of empathy. “Pull up the ladder, I’m saved.”
What is your greatest extravagance? Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume. *thud*
[eden] I had to look this up. Very cool.
What is one thing you want to do before you die? Besides finishing my main series? I want to take my husband and daughters to Disneyland and do it up.
Who is your favorite writer/musician/film director?
Writer: Anthony Trollope tied with Patrick O’Brian.
Musician: WAY too many to list, but let’s say…no, let’s not. Too many.
Film director: I love Wes Anderson. Judge me if you must. Also the Coen Brothers.
[eden] I love the Coen brothers! I saw their first film, Blood Simple, and have been a fan ever since.
What are some of your favorite curse words? I’m a traditionalist: fuck. Fuckity fuck fuck. Also bollocks.
Do you have a motto? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, that’s what we do we swim swim swim…
[eden] Swimming is good. Thanks MeiLin for sharing about yourself. It was a pleasure to learn more about you.
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