I want to welcome Rebel Miller. First I’d love you to introduce yourself.
Hi! I’m a romance author with two books under my belt, Awakening and Promising, both part of my New Adult romance trilogy. I was born in Jamaica, but have lived in Canada for most of my life. I reside in the outskirts of Toronto with my two boys and hubby, and am enjoying an unexpectedly warm winter up here in the North!
Tell us about your latest release.
Promising is the second novel in my futuristic New Adult romance trilogy, which tells the story of Kira Metallurgist, a young woman starting out on her own at the age of twenty-one. This novel places Kira in even more complex and so challenging situations, in particular, the love triangle she finds herself in with Gannon and Tai, navigating the politics around her career ambitions and coming to terms with her family’s many secrets. Promising is an angst-filled romance set against a dramatic backdrop that resonates with readers – whether lovers of stories in contemporary or futuristic settings.
Now I have a few questions for you – I have found readers do like to know fun things about us writers.
1.) Who is your favorite villain – it can be from a book (even one of yours), movie or TV show. And why?
Ooh. Good question! I love movies as much as I love books, so let’s start with my movie choice. I adore Joan Crawford played by Faye Dunaway in the movie Mommie Dearest. It’s becoming a tradition for my mother and I to watch it with a glass of wine and a good laugh on Mother’s Day.
As for books, I love Layla Sovereign, one of Kira’s adversaries in my books Awakening and Promising. She’s enigmatic, complicated and unpredictable. I enjoy a villain or adversary who’s unexpected in every way!
2.) Who is your favorite character out of your books? Why?
I’m pretty keen on Kira Metallurgist. I guess I would have to be to write three books focused on her and the challenges she faces! Kira’s dauntless in her efforts to protect those she loves. Despite her young age, she’s ambitious, very strong and confident. Growing up, I was always drawn to girls who thumbed their noses at authority and what others thought about them. Kira is that type of girlfriend but who still shows those moments of vulnerability that are expected for someone starting out in a new career and falling in love.
3.) What do genre do you write? What made you pick that one?
I write romance, currently in the futuristic setting, but I plan on writing contemporary as well. I chose romance because that’s what I have loved reading ever since I was a little girl. (Shh! I stole my mother’s romance novels and read them in the closet. Don’t tell her!)
I decided to write a futuristic romance for my first novel and series because I wanted to develop a whole new world and culture where I could really push the boundaries of a lot of belief systems and create high-stakes political drama between the main characters and those around them.
4.) What are you working on now?
I’m working on the final book in the trilogy. It’s going to be one where Kira faces all her demons and has to make decisions on what type of path she wants to take – not only in terms of her love interest, but her career as well. After that, I’ll head right into writing a standalone contemporary romance.
5.) What got you to start writing?
Hmm. I have to say, I always knew that I would write a novel, but I had assumed that writing would be a career I took on maybe in another ten years or so. When I considered whether to become a writer in 2014, I had two kids under the age of seven and was well-underway establishing myself as a corporate communicator. I couldn’t really envision starting a writing career.
Then it occurred to me that I had always been a writer. As a communications professional, that’s what you do – write! It’s a different sort of writing, but the profession flexes your creative skills all the same. I had an idea for this story bouncing around in my head for months and said to myself, Why not? Why wait any longer? Write that darn book, Rebel!
I’m so glad I did. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it – even those moments of panic when I wonder how in the world I’m going to get that scene out the right way!
6.) Where do you get your ideas from?
I love the idea of going against the status quo. The truth is, despite my name, I’m probably one of the most diplomatic, practical and orderly people you would ever meet, so the chance to challenge systems and beliefs is very appealing to me, and is a recurring theme in my writing. In my trilogy, I take on the idea of being able to love more than one person and the idea of pre-determined social position. I simply think of what’s considered the mainstream and challenge myself to create a story that goes against it, but will still resonate with readers today.
7.) What would people who read your work be surprised to find out about you?
I was a beauty queen contestant in my former life *bashful face*. I won one cultural competition representing Jamaica and entered another to win Most Photogenic and Best Talent.
8.) Do you have any special talents?
I studied modern languages for my undergraduate degree, so I speak a little (very little!) Japanese, reasonable Spanish and a dash of French. I can cook a mean Jamaican jerk chicken and will challenge any do-it-yourself home decorator to a mosaic tile competition any day of the week ;).
9.) What was the one piece of advice you received when you were an aspiring author that has stuck with you? Why?
Don’t over think it. As an author, you delve deep into the world of your characters and sometimes, for me at least, it’s hard to pull yourself out and see the bigger picture. I love sub-plot and adding conflict at every turn. When I get panicky over the tangled web I’m weaving, I tell myself not to overthink it. That usually means focusing the scene on one particular goal or plot point. Works like a charm ever time!
10.) If you could talk to any famous figure (present, past or fictional) who would it be and what would you talk about?
I have to say, I have a thing for TV writer and producer, Shonda Rhimes. I would be over the moon if I could sit down to talk to her about her creative process, her journey to success and advice on next steps in my writing career.
11.) What song would you say describes your life?
There are too many to list here! The song totally depends on the mood I’m in and what’s going on in my life at the moment. I’m feeling pretty darned good at the moment, so the song that comes to mind is “Happy” by Pharell.
12.) If you could come back as any animal – what would it be?
Goodness! Hmm. How about a fox. They’re so stealth, smart and unexpected!
Promising: Book Two of Kira’s Story
PROMISING, the riveting follow-up to AWAKENING by Rebel Miller.
Faced with diverging loyalties — between those she loves and her responsibility to the Realm — Kira has to make heartrending and strategic decisions that threaten to jeopardize her future.
As her connection to Tai deepens and turmoil in the Realm builds, so does Gannon’s frustration at being unable to call Kira his own.
Worlds at War ... A Heart in Conflict
While the Realm stands defiant amidst rising unrest, Kira is thrust into a role that puts her at the forefront of her system’s governance and law, supporting a landmark position. Following a devastating turn of events, she turns to Tai for a shoulder to lean on after making a painful choice to ensure Gannon fulfils the role he was meant for.
As she becomes a reluctant - yet inspiring - voice for her caste, Kira learns about one of the Realm’s most well-kept secrets and how far leadership will go to prevent it from being revealed. What she doesn’t know is how much the decisions of her past have the power to bring enemies into her path, threatening to destroy everyone she holds close to her heart.
This novel is for mature audiences (18+) and includes committed relationships with multiple partners.
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I snorted, but my lips tilted up at the corners nevertheless. “I’m sure the Protectorate has some sort of virtual reality device that could be refashioned just for that purpose,” I offered, rearranging the wool blanket on my lap.
I was curled up in bed, facing my monitor and resting against a pile of pillows. It had become a familiar position over the last few weeks, one from which I would relay the day’s activities during my nightly call with Gannon. Well, it was a nightly call for me. The sun had already risen where Gannon lived, on Dignitas One.
Suddenly, Gannon seemed to be deep in concentration. “No, on second thought, there’s no technology that could ever measure up to the real thing.” He grinned.
I smiled, heat rising to my cheeks.
“There’s the smile I was looking for,” Gannon said, leaning closer to his monitor, and so closer to me.
He was sitting in his office. He had been holding our calls from there more frequently over the last month. From what I could see, his office was a large, well-lit space. A wall of floor-to-ceiling glass ran its expanse directly behind him. Through it, I could see citizens of every caste striding by in obvious haste to get things done, more than likely at Gannon’s bidding. During these nighttime conversations with Gannon, and within the intimate surroundings of my bedroom, it was easy to forget who he was and his status. As chancellor, he surely had, every day, a checklist as long as my arm, filled with tasks.
I frowned as I noted the time. “I should let you go,” I said, sitting up.
I glanced pointedly behind him, fiddling with the thin strap of my top. “Your office looks incredibly busy.”
He blinked then swiveled in his chair to look at the steady stream of people behind him.
“Oh, my support always look like that,” he said, mischief glittering in his clear blue eyes as he turned back to me. “They think it’ll prevent me asking them to do anything else.” He winked, and I laughed, loving his cheekiness.
About Rebel Miller
Rebel Miller is an author who overindulges in Pinot Grigio, caramel popcorn and an eclectic mix of movies, music and angst-filled romance novels.
Rebel earned a graduate degree in Communications and Culture from Ryerson University and an undergraduate degree from the University of the West Indies.
Rebel lives in the outskirts of Toronto, Canada with her husband and two sons.
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