What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
That’s easy: marketing. I love marketing. I own more than one business, and marketing is the most challenging aspect of any of my businesses. (Unless you’re talking about accounting which I hate, but understand is a necessary evil.)
What marketing works for you?
This really depends on the business. For example, in our tea business, attending live events does more for us than anything else, followed by radio. With books, it’s still live events, but not the standard book signing/reading. I like to get creative.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
Sometimes, yes. It depends on the circumstance.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
My family is supportive. In fact, I bounce ideas off of them. They even help me work through troubling scenes. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by several amazing collaborators.
Do you plan to publish more books?
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
My husband and I own four businesses: Neskcire Systems, The Tea Trove, Back Porch Writer, and Kori Miller Writes. Our primary businesses are the first two.
What other jobs have you had in your life?
My first jobs were: paper route, babysitting, and walking beans in a bean field (that’s a requirement before you leave Nebraska. You must walk beans in Iowa.) I’ve had a few other jobs since then.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
I’d probably continue with Psychology and languages.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Ireland, England, and France, but I’m open to other possibilities.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I use my laptop (Scrivener, mainly) and my phone (S Notes and recording app).
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
All I need is five uninterrupted hours, and I’m good to go!
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
Two-fold: Becoming a hybrid author whose work is selling, and helping other people through my non-fiction work, websites, and radio program.
Private investigator Dezeray Jackson hates Florida; she hated it 24 hours after she arrived 5 years ago. Not for any particular reason, really, just a whole lot of little ones — bugs, alligators, snakes, and rude, obnoxious people. Dez thinks a break is in order, then she gets the Millicent James case. All she has to do is follow Millicent’s gamer grandson for a month, which could be as exciting as waiting for water to boil, Dez thinks. But a boring, routine assignment suddenly takes some interesting twists when a much-anticipated pre-release game disappears. It’s a hot commodity that could make somebody millions of dollars. But who?
After two years in the Big Apple, Dez is fed up with cheating spouses and embezzling employees. Convinced that she needs a change, Dez tells her boss that she’s ready to move on. He gives her a farewell gift — one last case, involving a missing artifact. Dez and her partner hit the streets, and soon learn that the missing artifact is something more. To recover it, Dez will enter a world that few know about. Dez thought she’d seen it all … she hadn’t.
When Dez left New York, she didn’t think she’d end up back in Omaha, NE, her home town. But here she is three months later. After stints in Florida and the Big Apple, Omaha was an unexpected, but welcome change. But the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. One evening, after hearing Dez speak to her female self-defense class, a student is killed in a hit-and-run. Dez gets the case, which leads to an unpleasant stroll down memory lane, with a character she’d rather forget, and involvement with some deadly corporate shenanigans.
Eccentric Mayville Toussaint hires Dez to find two men who stole a box from her. Toussaint’s instructions are simple — find the thieves, recover the box, and return it unopened. A dangerous game of cat and mouse, double-dealing and lying place Dez in harm’s way. Dez recovers the box — case closed. But when returning the treasured item, Dez learns that Toussaint has been playing her own game of cat and mouse … with Dez. Toussaint clearly is not who she seems. But who is she?
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Genre - Mystery
Rating – PG-13
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