I have returned on this fine Tuesday with another meet the author, best and worst interview today, and I'm delighted to welcome back a lovely author who I've hosted before. She's such a sweetie!
CARRIE D. MILLER
In a former life, Carrie D. Miller was an executive in the software industry. Her career in the technology world included software product management, website design, training, and technical writing just to name a few. At the age of 45, she decided to chuck it all to become an author which had been a life-long dream.
When her nose is not in a book or in front of a monitor, she can be found inventing cocktails, hanging out at the dog park, or in the kitchen making dog and cat treats.
At present, she lives in a suburb of Tucson, Arizona, with her long-time boyfriend and two rescues, a semi-feral cat and derpy German Shepherd.
In her thirteenth life, Aven has settled into the now witchcraft-friendly Salem where she has found true happiness and friendship, maybe even love. Despite her contentment, the truth of Aven's existence haunts her. When she dies, her Spirit is forced from the Veil to live again in the body of a stranger.
Does the elusive white raven, who has shadowed Aven through each of her lives, hold the secret to her release--or is it the cause?
To make matters worse, an unrelenting, twisted evil lurks closely behind her. Sustained by his hatred of the witch, he won't give up until she's paid for what she did to him.
When the truth of Aven's connection to the white raven is revealed, it is more horrifying than she could ever have imagined.
Her freedom will come at a terrible price. And even then, will she truly be free?
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Carrie's Best and Worst
Best Book: That’s tough! I’m going to have to say The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe because it had such an impression on me as a child. And to this very day, I want a gigantic armoire!
Best Band: Again, I’ll harken back to my youth at the band who had such an impression on me as a teenager. Duran Duran.
Best Song: The best song, one that I want played at my funeral, is Metallica’s “No Leaf Clover”, the version done with the San Francisco Symphonic Orchestra. I have no idea why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZz1I46QuR4
Best Holiday: Hands down, Halloween!! Plus, it’s also my birthday. I get to be who I really am on that day, no questions asked.
Best Animal: I hope my cat isn’t watching me type. I gotta say a dog. If we’re talking fictitious animals, then I’m changing my answer to dragon. (Even though dragons are real.)
Best Item of Clothing: SWEAT PANTS
Best Food / Worst Food: Best: Good Tex Mex. Worst: Bad Tex Mex.
Best Drink / Worst Drink: Best: Coffee. Rich, dark delicious coffee. Worst: Weak coffee, aka brown water. Or iced coffee. Yuck!
Best Alcoholic Drink / Worst Alcoholic Drink: Best: Gin & Tonic. Worst: Beer & tomato juice. Good gods! Who thought that disgusting mixture up?!?
Best Friend: My boyfriend, Neal.
Best Writing Moment: When I watched my debut novel download on my Kindle at 12:01am on April 1, 2017. I cried like a baby!
Best Childhood Memory / Worst Childhood Memory: Best: Exploring an old ghost town in the mountains with my family. Worst: Too many.
Best Word / Worst Word: Best: Widdershins. Only a handful of people know what it means and it just sounds fun. Not a word you’d use every day, though. Worst: Cock (in reference to a man’s penis in romance novels). I hate that word.
Best Shop: Amazon. Yeah, I’m lazy, I know.
Best Sport: For me personally, hiking.
Best Job: Working for yourself. No matter what it is.
Best Saying: Fortune favors the bold.
Best Teacher: Best: I can’t remember her name, unfortunately. But it was my junior year and I missed the last few weeks of school because I had a horrible case of poison ivy. It was everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. She let me skip having to take the final in Advanced Biology and automatically gave me an 85 (because I was always a good student).
Best Time of Day / Worst Time of Day: Worst: Mornings before I’ve had my coffee. Best: Mornings after I’ve had my coffee.
Best Room: My home office.
Best Day Ever / Worst Day Ever: Best: When my biggest dream came true – publishing my first novel. Worst: When my house was struck by lightning and caught fire. I’d gotten the dog out but my cat was trapped. It was agony, not knowing if she was alive or dead, until a wonderful fire fighter saved her. (http://www.carriedmiller.com/2017/12/14/the-worst-hour-of-my-life/)
Best Smell / Worst Smell: Best: Cinnamon! I absolutely love that smell. Second favorite is clove. Worst: The smell of burning insulation, plastic, and electrical wiring. That smell is burnt, no pun intended, into my brain forever.
Best TV Show / Worst TV Show: Best: The Big Bang Theory. Worst: Way too many to be listed here. I would say any and all “reality” shows. *eye roll*
Best Gadget: The Bacon Boss! OMG! I love it sooooo much!
Best Sound / Worst Sound: Best: A cat purring. Worst: Snoring!
Best Restaurant: I really don’t have one.
Best Movie: Best: For me, it’s The Dark Knight because Heath Ledger did such an amazing job as the Joker. He was an incredible actor and the world is a little less with him not in it.
Best Time of Year / Worst Time of Year: Best: Spring and Fall, Worst: Any other time of the year when I’m either too hot or too told.
Best School Subject / Worst School Subject: Best: My favorite subject was first History and then English. Worst: PE. Who wants to sweat in the middle of the day and have to put real clothes back on again?
Best Body Part / Worst Body Part: Best: My hair. It took me many years, but I now love and appreciate my naturally curly hair. Worst: My eyebrows.
Sweat pants with purring car on your lap! Heavenly. And I am checking out the Bacon Boss right now!
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