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Kim Miller

answers the Usual Questions

According to Kim Miller, "I wrote in my younger days to help process tough parts of my life. I would burn it immediately in case somebody else read it. As an adult I started writing short stories for my own pleasure. A friend read some and recommended I contact her publisher. They took my work seriously and so I started to take it a bit more serious myself. My current novel started itself and I was very surprised at it's genesis."

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

I don't have fans, just the normal friends and family who read my stuff and sometimes say nice things.

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

The memorable thing for me about attending a writer's convention was meeting a significant author who became my mentor for the book I was/am working on.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

I love the work of William Golding. He writes such spare prose at times and can sometimes say so much with so few words. My writing is mostly about people going through life crises, which is something I see in Golding's characters.

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

In a lift, Marcel Marceau. Nobody ever talks in a lift, anyway. In a spaceship, Yoda. A fun guy, somewhere, in there, there is.

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

In a lift, the inventor of the lift. In a spaceship, Hal Spacejock - Australia's most inept spaceship pilot.

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

I like a good red. A long journey needs a well stocked cellar.

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?

That I've made a difference to somebody out there.

What is the special satisfaction of your work?

When I write it's like I'm inventing something new.

submitted by Kim Miller

January, 2009

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