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Writing With Music: We All Do It

You know that song. That one song that created vivid thoughts and ideas in your head. Did it contribute to a story? It happens all the time, we writers find inspiration everywhere. Some while mediating after Yoga or breaking into their own house after you forgot your keys. “That would make a great story.” Most of the time it’s almost uncontrollable, but if you manipulate your surroundings I believe you can set yourself in the right mind set. It’s like a rockstar listening to music before the go out on stage. That’s what you are a writing rockstar. Besides a little exercise the right music is also essential to clearing the mind and focusing.

What I listen To.

Depending on the genre I find different music useful. For example, a good sci-fi story with the ambiance of some techno perhaps some dubstep really let’s my dive into those scenes, especially those cyber punk clubs with the insane dj’s and rockstars. The UK makes the best dubstep and I’m also a huge Dillion Francis fan.

Now speculative fiction seems easier to write with some poppy punk music for me. Throw me some MXPX, The Offspring or even some Ramones. Why? I have no clue.

Horror, is usually heavy or violent. Combichrist, Three Days Grace or The Misfits.

I started writing noir. Seems like everyone is doing it and everyone keeps sending my pulp fic and noir books to read. So now I’m there, typing about a man who’s a total jerk, but he’s gotta win, well very few people win in my stories. Anyways, Alkaline Trio or Tom Waits.

Why It Helps.

That constant mood, it’s not always there. I’ll write 1/3 of my story in the john and another while I watch television. Days later it’s finished throughout the day, either between waiting for someone or something, eating, or doing who knows what. But every time the mood is different. I always regret not writing in one sitting. It’s not always possible, but if you started an album or genre of music and used it every time you began to write again, it has a better grip on that mood you were in.

Everyone is different, but I think you should try it and let me know. Perhaps give me a tip on writing other genres.

-L. Vera

An Interview With Phyllis “Marketing Ninja / Thriller Writer” Zimbler Miller

Author: Phyllis Zimbler Miller

Interviewer: L. Vera

L. Vera: Phyllis Zimbler Miller, writer of CIA Fall Guy, it’s nice to have you on AKAQ.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: I am very pleased to be here.

L. Vera: How does it feel to be a writer?

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: I have been a writer from the time I was in elementary school. I love the ability to share stories with others.

L. Vera: How does it feel to be in marketing?

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: I also love being in marketing. In marketing you are basically sharing the stories of the business, brand, cause or book you are promoting.

L. Vera: How does it feel to be working with your daughter?

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: It’s great to be working with Yael. Besides working together on marketing, she does the covers for my books and the design elements for our company’s social media outreach. Her interest in code led me to decide to do my own ebook conversion in html for “CIA Fall Guy.”

L. Vera: How can you help other writers with your company?

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: Yael and I believe that the foundation of any author platform is a user-friendly author website that the author can make changes on himself or herself. We build these websites for our clients as well as coach them on social media strategy specific to their abilities, interests and marketing goals.

L. Vera: And since, I can’t, could you explain to my readers why they need a social media presence.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: With the vast number of books and ebooks traditionally published and self-published every day, it is difficult for authors to stand out. Using social media to create relationships with potential readers — if done as part of a strategic marketing plan — can help authors to promote their books without spending money on advertising.

L. Vera: What could we expect to read in CIA Fall Guy?

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: I call “CIA Fall Guy” a gentle thriller because I’m not a big fan of graphic blood and guts. And while the book is a novel, the bombing in May 1972 of the U.S. Army’s Officers Club in Frankfurt, Germany, is true. In fact, my husband Mitch and I took the train from Munich to Frankfurt that day and then immediately left on a U.S. Army chartered plane back to the U.S. without stopping in first at the Officers Club. I read about the bombing in the front page news items of The Wall Street Journal when we were back in the U.S. More of the backstory of this novel is at

L. Vera: What should we be keeping an eye out for in the future? And when can we see a family anthology coming out?

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: I’d like to write a sequel to “CIA Fall Guy” and I have already gotten the domain name in case I want to use that for the title of the sequel. I am particularly interested in exploring the East Germany-West Germany dynamics before Germany was re-united. In fact, Mitch and I wrote the screenplay “The Widow Springer” about the fall of the Berlin Wall.

And I like your idea of a family anthology! I’ll have to think about this.

L. Vera: You have written other books. Can you tell us what these are?

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: I have written two other fiction books — “Mrs. Lieutenant” which was a 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist — and the technothriller “Lt. Commander Mollie Sanders” (Currently FREE on Amazon) which I wrote with Mitch. We also published four of our comedy screenplays in the book “Four Comedy Screenplays.”

On the nonfiction side, I am just now releasing the three-book series HOW TO SUCCEED IN HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE AND BEYOND COLLEGE for teens and young adults.

L. Vera: Thank you for the splendid interview.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller: And, again, thank you for this opportunity; I really appreciate it.

Find Phyllis Zimbler Miller on her blog at

on Amazon at her Author Page at

on her marketing website at

and on Twitter at

99 cent Chillers, Thrillers, Killers

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter $2.99

Bookcloseout has Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, paperback, for $2.99. I buy a lot of my books from here, especially when I was into manga. You can’t beat the prices at this site, not even at Amazon. Hurry they only have 500 books at that price.

-L. Vera

99 cent Chillers, Thrillers, Killers

99 cent Thrillers, Chillers and Killers

What The Free Book Friday or WTFBF

Every Friday, well have a list of free kindle books. If you have a book that will be free on any given friday, let me know.

$0.99 Ebooks You Should Buy

Got $0.99 lying around? Try one of these books.

Burning Bridges: A Renegade Fiction Anthology : Okay, I’m biased on this one because I’m in it. But it’s a great read. Just read Heath Lowrance’s “A Freeway on Earth” first, that story alone is worth $0.99. So just consider the other stories free. Also all profit’s are for charity, and not Charity the stripper. Well at least that’s what Ben Sobieck told me. j/k



Deer by George Gesinger : This man is just awesome. He’s gone through so much in his life and that drama turns into good story telling. Deer is about a man who is working out things in his head driving home one night. Whats real? What isn’t?





Snake Skin: A Lucy Guardino FBI Thriller (Lucy Guardino FBI Thrillers, Book #1) :
by CJ Lyons: A good book by such a good author. Her name should be CJ “Action Packed” Lyons. For a limited time it’s $0.99 so grab it now.




The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft : Okay. All these stories are found online for free. It’s just the way H.P. Lovecraft left it, because well . . . I don’t know. Maybe it was unintentional but now no one owns his great pieces. And there are a lot of pieces in here. If you look at the summary, they offer a free version as well. So I say if you got $0.99 give it to Amazon and The Cthulhu Chick, who also sells crochet chulhu’s on etsy.


Updates: Some late addition suggested by readers:


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