Monday, May 22, 2017

Author Interview: Catherine Milos

Today I am thrilled to welcome Catherine Milos, author of the Angels and Avalon series to the Howling Turtle. She was gracious enough to answer some questions for me.

What do you like about writing in the New Adult genre?

Almost anything goes. New Adult still has the echoes of unlimited possibilities, but I am able to touch on more complex issues that the Young Adult and Middle Grade genres flagrantly avoid. I can delve into themes and concepts surrounding identity, sexuality, philosophy, psychology, belief, and more. I can spotlight the darkness and complexity within humanity in ways that other genres don’t like to. As a general rule, New Adult has less limitations and expectations from readers and the industry.

How did you get your start as a writer?

I’ve been a professional writer since seventeen. I’ve published articles, poems, essays, but most of them have been as a ghost writer. Before that, I read. I read every minute of every day that I could steal away. Reading was a lifeline, a place of security, safety, and majesty. I also wrote short stories, poems, and novels for the sake of writing stories. It’s a terribly beautiful compulsion. If I don’t write, I feel unsettled, like I’m not doing what I am supposed to be doing.

What's your favorite part about being a writer?

You mean aside from the writing process? Being my own boss and the solitude. I thrive on solitude. I love being able to create a project and guide it from start to finish, where stories become a physical book that you can hold in your hands. I love being my own boss, but it can also be really difficult. In reality, writing is a business, and putting that business hat on can be torture sometimes, especially when all I want to do is write.

What's the hardest part about writing fantasy?
The hardest part about writing fantasy is editing fantasy. Or is it writing fantasy? Hmm… When it comes to fantasy, I’m a discovery writer (and editor by trade). I constantly battle between the creative flow and the critical edit. I’ve written 80,000 words, only to delete and rewrite 50,000 of them. I once had to rewrite 30,000 words in 14 days. Since I work during the day, this stint almost killed me. The only person who understood was my best friend, who was writing her PhD at the time. It’s getting the story right so the reader can enjoy it. 

If you could go on vacation to any fictional world, which would it be and why?
Oh darn, that’s tough. Do I go to the academic inspired, intellectual and romantic world of Deborah Harkness’ A Discovery of Witches? Or, do I end up at Hogwarts (I’m a Gryffindor by the way, if anyone was curious)? Maybe Angela Roquet’s world in Graveyard Shift… Oh! Or maybe my childhood favorite Patricia C. Wrede’s Enchanted Forest world… uh.. I think I might need a travel guide.

What is your favorite book that you've read in the last six months?
Lilith Saintcrow’s supernatural-like series Jill Kismet

If readers or other writers are interested in contacting me they can find me:
Twitter @CatherineMilos
Facebook @CatherineMilosOfficial
and contact me directly at

About Angels and Avalon:
Fed up with the antics of gods and their wars, the Archangel Gabriel takes refuge in a secret paradise. The only condition, he must protect Goddess’ treasure. 

Driven by pride and darkness, Lucifer aims to dethrone God. Avalon is the perfect place of power and Adamina is the key.

Reincarnated, Adamina and Gabriel desperately try to find each other and stop Lucifer. But a soul can only take so much. 

Elizabeth McAllistar wants a new life free of Angels and Avalon. Will she be able to overcome the tragedy and the past that haunts her?

Check it out on Amazon

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