Q & A with Ruth Miller

Why did you decide to write your book?

I had a heap of my own work experiences/stories to tell, and then my friends and family had more, so I simply became the vessel in which they accumulated and spilled out.

Who/what inspired you to write?

I have always loved words, reading and writing. An accomplished author, Don Meredith (who I met in Spain but who now lives in Africa), gave me the most amazing encouragement to write my book.

What was the most rewarding part of the process?

When I looked back at some of the things I had written and couldn’t believe that I had actually written them.

What are your top tips for writing a book?

Everyone has a story to tell, but be prepared for a long hard slog doing the preparation, the writing, and then the longer, harder slog of promoting and marketing your book. You really have to believe that you can do it! Which books/authors have inspired you? Many, but more recently (while I was writing) The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, All the Rivers Run by Nancy Cato, and Cleo by Helen Brown

Why did you decide to self publish?

Because I didn’t have an “in” into the publishing industry and felt that I didn’t have the time to wait until I found someone who “may” be willing to take it on. And, I didn’t like the idea of rejection.

What do you hope your readers get out of your books?

To discover that they are not the only ones who have found this thing called “work” a strange phenomena – primarily because we all have to interact with other human beings, whether we like it or not! Also, to have a laugh and not take life too seriously!