Please welcome Lindsay Marie Miller to Genuine Jenn's Spotlight Saturday! Lindsay has a new release out March 31st and we have the scoop! Read on to see what Lindsay has to say about S.I.N.G.L.E
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why/what inspired you to write? When did you start writing?
When I was sixteen, Twilight opened my eyes to a style of fiction that could be both romantic and suspenseful. Stephenie Meyer’s book series appealed to me, because I had only been reading books for school—the ones you are forced to read and thus can’t wait to finish. I never knew reading could actually be fun, but from the moment I picked up Twilight, I was a story addict and remain one to this day. Inspired by Meyer’s work, I decided to play with the idea of writing a novel of my own that year. Ultimately, my teenage writing experiment resulted in my debut novel, Emerald Green, a Young Adult Romantic Thriller. In my eyes, I was writing my own version of Twilight, just without the vampires and werewolves. It was more fun than I ever could have imagined, and I have been writing novels ever since.
What was your inspiration for S.I.N.G.L.E.?
I am a huge Beyoncé fan, because she is such a strong female role model, talented, hard-working, and inspiring. I have always looked up to her for the empowering message of songs like “Single Ladies” and “If I Were a Boy,” as well as “Independent Women” and “Survivor” during her time with Destiny’s Child. The book idea for S.I.N.G.L.E. was strongly tied to these ideas of being your own person, having the faith to stand on your own two feet as a strong, independent woman, and then viewing the idea of finding a man in terms of seeking out your equivalent, someone who loves, respects, and treats you as an equal. With the themes of those songs in my head, I sat down and figured out what the word “single” meant to me. How did I feel about it? How did I define it? And why did it always seem to be given a negative connotation? At some point in every individual’s life, everyone is going to be single. But instead of that being perceived as such a bad thing, I wanted to explore the idea of embracing the single life for what it truly is. A time to decide what you really want in life, so when the right guy arrives, you’ll be ready for him.
What three words would you use to best describe S.I.N.G.L.E.?
S.I.N.G.L.E. is a Modern Complicated Fairytale.
Can you tell us if you’re working on anything else at the moment?
Absolutely. I’m always working on something, but right now it is the sequel to my debut novel, Emerald Green, as well as the sequel to my New Adult Romantic Thriller, Me & Mr. Jones.
What was your very first book that you wrote?
Emerald Green. I rewrote the original manuscript several years later, because I was sixteen when I wrote the first draft and had yet to hone my craft. But I did my best to preserve as much of the original story as possible in the rewrite.
Other than your own, what are your favourite books?
The Alchemist, The Outsiders, Tuck Everlasting, The Guardian & Twilight, of course : )
When you are writing do you like to listen to music? What is on your playlist?
Sometimes. When I wrote Me & Mr. Jones, I listened to nothing but Ed Sheeran on repeat. For S.I.N.G.L.E., I listened to Beyoncé and Destiny’s Child while writing the first half, and then Maroon 5 during the second. The former explained so many things that Jessie was feeling, while the latter helped me understand love and relationships from a man’s perspective, as well as how Graham would feel and react to certain situations.
Who is your favorite character in your books?
For S.I.N.G.L.E., the protagonist, Jessie Jacobs, because I feel like I can relate to her so much, and many other young women out there probably can too. I love how guarded and protective she is of her heart and feelings. She can be very extreme in her convictions and is undoubtedly stubborn, but that head strong nature attracts someone like Graham to her. As a writer, I can see how a similar scenario might unfold in real life. For that reason, I wanted to make the story as realistic and believable as possible.
Do you ever take characteristics or nuances from close friends or family when working on character development and if so has that friend or family member noticed and what was their response to it?
In S.I.N.G.L.E., there is a scene with a dysfunctional washing machine. That was pretty much taken straight out of real life from a weekend sleepover at my grandmother’s house with my cousins. Our grandmother was having a bit of a disagreement with her new washing machine at the time. It was one of those high tech washers with a digital touch screen and locking lid feature. She hasn’t read S.I.N.G.L.E. yet, but I’m sure when she gets to that part she’ll know ; )
What’s your favorite treat?
I really love raspberries. I’m a health nut, so just throw some of those in a glass of almond milk, and I’ll be happy as a lark.
What’s your Favorite place to read/write?
Sometimes I like to write outside in the sun. It was something I did a lot in college in between classes. But I’m not opposed to writing indoors either. I’ll write anywhere.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I’m not sure of a particular town or city, but some place by the water would be nice. Maybe somewhere warm, where I can sit outside and admire the view while I write. I wouldn’t mind living in the woods either.
Title: S.I.N.G.L.E. (Still In Need of a Good Loving Equivalent)
Author: Lindsay Marie Miller
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 31, 2016
About the Author
LINDSAY MARIE MILLER was born and raised in Tallahassee, FL, where she graduated from high school as Valedictorian. Afterwards, Lindsay attended Florida State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with an English Literature major, Psychology minor, and Specialized Studies in Markets and Institutions. Lindsay is the author of S.I.N.G.L.E., Jungle Eyes, Me & Mr. Jones, and Emerald Green. An incurable romantic at heart, she enjoys writing about strong heroines and the honorable gentleman who claim their hearts, often utilizing elements of suspense, adventure, or even comedy. While the context of her writing is diverse, one factor always remains at the center of every novel: Love. In her free time, Lindsay enjoys singing, playing the piano and guitar, and writing songs. The author resides in her hometown of Tallahassee, FL, where she is currently working on her next novel.
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