Why do you write comedic
horror/urban fantasy/ghost horror?
like my scares with laughter. I like
escapist fiction that I can enjoy, that will teach me something new, and
will provide suspense without a lot of gore. That’s why I try to
bits of occult lore, practical witchcraft and humor in my stories. I
strong female protagonists, who keep their wits about them instead of
dissolving into a puddle of goo when a romantic love interest shows up.
as ghosts go, I like the idea that death isn’t an end, it’s just a
transition — and it’s a transition that can be manipulated, although
that action brings its own set of consequences.
fiction more physical or psychological in nature (ie, gore/slasher or mind
It’s definitely more psychological /
supernatural. Sometimes the scariest things are the things that go bump in the
night – the ones that straddle the border between dimensions, and invade your
reality, instead of safely staying within their own boundaries.
fictional characters (not your own) have resonated with you, and why?
Characters like Frankenstein and Creature
from the Black Lagoon. I loved those monsters who just wanted to be loved or
understood, and didn’t understand the hatred they were surrounded by. I related
to that desire for connection with another human being, in the midst of a
whirlwind of madness.
Which of your
own characters intrigues you the most, and why?
It’s a character that will be showing up in
the sequel. His true identity is part of the mystery though, so I can’t reveal
too much. But what intrigues me, is what does he really want? What’s his true
end game? He’s very powerful, but his truth is buried deep within layers of
lies. I have a feeling he’s ultimately going to be the engine that powers the
series – even when he’s not present.
typical Halloween like for you?
We usually have a community ritual/party for the dead.
It’s gotten really popular. There’s a large ancestor altar that takes up one
entire side of the room, where people can put up pictures of their loved ones
who have passed, along with candles to light their way, and plates of food and
drink. It’s like a giant party, where the guests of honor are the dead. We also
have mediums/seers in the center of the room, who bring through messages for
the living. The focus of the night is to honor the departed, and to bring
closure and peace to the living.
Miller is a novelist, screenwriter and mom who’s led an unusual life. In
addition to writing for General Hospital: Night Shift and General Hospital,
she’s had her DNA shot into space (where she’s currently cohabiting in a drawer
with Stephen Colbert and Stephen Hawking), she’s been serenaded by Klingons,
and she’s been the voices of all the female warriors in Mortal Kombat II and
III. If her life was a TV show, it would be a wacky dramedy filled with
eccentric characters who get themselves into bizarre situations.
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