Author Interview with William Bryan Miller

Hello everyone! Today we have a very special guest. Please welcome proofreader,  professional clinical counselor, and self-published author William Bryan Miller! Bryan is the author of his debut novel ‘Kyrathaba Rising’.kyra

The book is a mixture of science-fiction & post-apocalypse and it has very positive book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Taken from Goodreads, here is the first paragraph of the book’s synopsis: “170 years from now, aliens decimate Earth. A relative handful of humans survive, hidden in deep subterranean enclaves that offer some protection from surface radiation. Although the main attack is now seven years in the past, one alien ship remains in orbit, and the conquerors are not content merely to let humanity lick its wounds.”

Without any further ado, let us dive into the interview!

I’m interested in learning about your self-publishing journey, can you tell us a bit about it?
Hi Fatima, and thanks for agreeing to interview me. My self-publishing journey began in 2013, when I had an unplanned and undesired leave from work for several consecutive months. I was going stir-crazy, and needed something to occupy my mind and time. I’d been an avid Kindle reader for quite some time, and I thought to myself, “Why not write a book? I can do that!” And so, I did. It took me about six weeks to write the novel.

Wow, what an accomplishment!

How did you come up with the title ‘Kyrathaba Rising’?
“Kyrathaba” was the name of a setting I created in college when I refereed a game of Dungeons & Dragons with some fellow students. The name stuck in my psyche, and naturally came to mind when I began thinking of a potential title for a fantasy-scifi hybrid novel.

‘Kyrathaba’ sure is an eye-catching name!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
As a teenager, a friend and I wrote survivalist/dystopian short stories. I can remember us backing away on old electric typewriters on summer. Then, in college, I took a creative writing class, where I got a little more experience writing. But I’ve been interested in fiction since childhood. I’m sure that by the time I reached adulthood, I’d already read several hundred novels.

Do you view writing as a long or short-term career?
Admittedly, I haven’t published anything since debuting with Kyrathaba Rising in July of 2013. Since then, I’ve been really busy with my proofreading business. I do frequent work for other Indie authors, and I have a webpage devoted to this side business. My motto is “Great work at a great price”. Here’s the link:

Was there any reason you chose to write in the genres of fantasy and science fiction?
Those two genres were my source of entertainment and imagination while I was growing up. I loved classics, such as Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and Authur C. Clarke’s “Rama” series. I made the conscious choice before I began writing the book to try to blend the two genres in a way that hadn’t really been done before. Based on feedback in numerous reviews, I think I succeeded.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about your book?
I would make it slightly longer, and I would probably make the cliffhanger ending a bit less nail-biting. I really aggravated a couple of readers with that, although I know they want the sequel, so the cliffhanger achieved its purpose.

This makes me want to go read the book right now and see the cliffhanger myself! 🙂 

What was the hardest part of writing this book? How did you cope with it?
The most difficult thing was setting daily word-count goals and meeting them. It’s really challenging to pound out three to five thousand words a day, consistently, that you are happy enough with to keep in your novel. Although, like most authors, I experienced portions of the book where I got caught up in a scene or an idea, and the writing just seemed to flow effortlessly.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
It was a real pleasure working with my cover designer, Mr. Perry Mowbray. He’s an Australian bloke I met years ago through our mutual interest of software and programming. We’re both members of the DonationCoder website. Perry was a real pleasure to work with in coming up with cover art that reflected the theme and feel of the story. He absolutely refused to charge me a cent for his work. I wound up mailing him an autographed hard copy of the novel as a “thank you”. The other aspect I’ve really enjoyed is the afterglow you get to bask in after finishing a project the magnitude of a novel. I’ve become very active in the Facebook group called “Book Review Depot”. Most of my reviews have come from members there.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I had to do some research about geothermal heating, robotics, and other such topics, in order to flesh out details in the novel. But the biggest lesson learned, I think, is that something worth doing is worth doing well. That book will be in my family for generations to come. I can also now put “published author” on my resume. I learned, too, that when working on such a big project, it’s so very helpful to connect with like-minded people via the internet. I’ve made so many dozens of author friends in the past year or two.

Do you have any helpful tips or advice for other writers who want to self-publish?
Get a proofreader! Preferably me, but get a proofreader. Don’t neglect this step in your eagerness to rush to publication. Also, your book’s cover is quite important. It must be eye catching, atmospheric. There’s nothing worse than an amateur hack job of a book cover.

Is there anything additional you would like to share with your readers?
I’m also interested in martial arts, hiking, camping, and woodworking. I’d love for your readers to look me up on Book Review Depot. We’re always welcoming new authors, there.

Where can readers contact you?
You can contact me via Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or my website. I provide hyperlinks below:

I’d like to thank William Bryan Miller for being my first guest on this blog and for taking the time to answer my questions. It’s been a delight getting to know you and I’m sure my readers would agree. I wish you the best of luck in your writing ventures and with your book!