Happy Monday, Friends! Hope July is treating you all well. I’m delighted to introduce you all to an author I admire and whose work I greatly enjoy. MRN shines the spotlight on Author Harper Miller this month. Let’s jump right in to get to know Harper and her work…
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What is your favorite word or phrase in the English language?
Ostentatious. It sounds brassy, ludicrous, and fabulous all at the same time.
Describe your latest release, Complexity, in six words
Crude, heart-warming, authentic, bold, queer, sexy.
Who/what inspires you/your stories?
New York City. It’s my constant source of inspiration. I was born and raised in Brooklyn. I’ve come across all different types of people, and I like to have a few of those people show up in the stories I write. The material is endless.
What author living or dead would you like to have a night on the town with?
Stephen King. He looks like he has some fucked up stories to tell. And he’s probably pretty decent at beer pong. Dead? Audre Lorde. I’m sure she had an arsenal of amazing stories to tell. A little wine and she’d spill.
Who is your favorite character from one of your books and why?
I’d have to say, Manny. I was just talking with a friend about the stories I’ve written, and if you had asked me this question before I wrote Complexity
, I would’ve said Rick Thomas from The Sweetest Taboo
, but now it’s Manny.
That guy is real. He keeps it 100. I know many men like Manny, they present with a tough exterior but with the right person, they completely melt. You also know not to cross any boundaries because they’ll put you down in a heartbeat. It’s amusing when you see guys who are such badasses turn into saps. Two guys in particular inspired Manny’s personality. If they knew that little factoid, they’d probably kill me.
If your life were a book, in what genre would it be? And what would the title be?
Romantic comedy. Fuck the Pain Away. Clearly, it’s an X-rated romantic comedy, LOL. Straight to DVD if it were ever turned into a movie. But of course, it’d be in the erotic romance genre.
If you were written about in the newspaper, on the front page, what would the headline say? Depends on the newspaper. If it were the NY Post, it would probably say something like, “Romance Novelist Twerks Her Way Onto the NY Times Bestseller List: She backed that thang up the charts.” Now, the NY Times? “A Local Smut Novelist Shows a Different Side of Erotic Romance.”
Morning person or night owl?
Morning person. Ridiculously pleasant most days.
If you could only take only one book on a trip, what book would you take? Why?
The Pocket Dalai Lama. I carry it with me everywhere. It keeps me grounded. The Dalai Lama is incredibly insightful, and I find his words to be very encouraging.
You’ve just published publish your 5th book, what was the hardest thing about writing your latest novel?
This a tough question but I’ll be really raw with my response. Focusing was the most difficult thing about penning this tale. Writing Complexity
was the only time I ever let outside influences interfere with my writing process. Usually, I think of a story line, and I sit down to write it. This time, I sat down to write it and smack dab in the middle, I got thrown off balance, and it took me a long time to get back on track. I got caught up in what someone else was doing, and it totally messed with my creative process. I’ve never been one to care about crap like that, but I guess it happened at a vulnerable time. Perhaps Mercury was in retrograde or something, but doubt was able to sneak in and kick my ass for a little bit. Lots of pep talks with my editor and my cover artist helped me get over the hurdle. They understood why I was having a hard time and tried to smack some sense into me. Eventually, it worked.
Now that I’ve endured that battle, I know how to move past it so it won’t ever happen again. The oddest things can trigger mayhem, but you’re never too old to learn from downfalls. Obstacles happen for a reason.