Thursday, December 13, 2012
All in the Family: Mark Miller talks about writing with his daughter
Tell us more about Sons of the Kings?
Who do you see as your audience?
I think Sons of the King does well at spanning the age groups. It is clean with a positive message for younger people, but mature enough for an adult audience. There is a Christian message to it, but it is not heavy-handed or “preachy,” so anybody who enjoys a good adventure will like this. I would say it falls somewhere between Star Wars and Chronicles of Narnia.
Why do you write?
Why? I have a passion for it. Like a baseball player gets in the zone, I can spend hours at the keyboard. My imagination is on 24 hours a day. I have done quite a few different things in my life. Aside from being a husband and father, nothing else gives me the joy and satisfaction of writing. A close second is working with kids. The time I spent in the classroom was some of my best spent time. I love the response I get from kids when I share my stories. So, I guess I write for them mostly. I write for my own children. I try to have a positive message and create good role models. When I say I write for kids, I am also including the kid-at-heart variety, too!
What is the most important piece of advice you'd give other writers, particularly those who might just be starting to write?
I used to tell people to keep writing. I feel that practice every day, like the athlete or musician, is important. Now, I also say learn patience. Everything takes time and you will only improve with age and experience. So, keep at it, but don’t rush it.
Thank you for having me on your blog today! I appreciate the opportunity and would love to hear any feedback from your readers.
Julie's note: You can connect with Mark on Facebook or visit his website to learn more: www.MillerWords.com