Miv Evans left her home in Wales in 2005 to relocate to Los Angeles, and she is proud to say that she can now write in American. Currently, Miv works as an entertainment journalist and is a film critic for Yahoo! and Entertainment Magazine. She also writes screenplays, and her collection of ‘nearly made it’ stories has convinced her that Hollywood is the only place in the world where you can actually die of encouragement!
What inspires you to write?
A passion for phrases
Tell us about your writing process.
I have an obsessive personality, so there really is no process. I begin writing and keep going until I am forced to stop. I start with a blank page and sketch out a road map, setting out each plot point until a structure is created from the beginning to the end of the story. I start with a few sentences for each section, develop it, add dialogue as I go, and I just keep growing this document until it’s a few hundred words, then a few thousand, and finally a book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Before I start writing I spend a lot of time with each character, giving them all a complete back story until I know them inside out. I think it’s essential for all characters to have a flaw, and it is through this flaw that readers can connect. I don’t talk to my characters but I understand them all.
What advice would you give other writers?
However you do it, just get a first draft down. Don’t worry about the grammar, or spelling, just create your story.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After waiting around for years for my screenplays to get made, I decided not to do the same with my book and didn’t submit it to any agents or publishers. I researched online and found Create Space. My advice to new authors is never to pay to get published.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don’t think authors should ever publish a book without using a professional editor, and I would like to see companies like Amazon higher their standards. There are so many books on sale that are practically unreadable, and that includes the synopsis.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Humor, everything else is secondary
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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