Ask the Author: Lux Miller
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m a Southern girl through and through. I was raised just outside of New Orleans and the city speaks to me in ways no other does. Its rich history is the perfect settings for my books and I just want everyone to see the beauty in its history. A Southern Belle doesn’t tell her secrets, but all of the locations mentioned in the Barresi series really do exist, as does the mafia if you know where to look. I’ve been writing books since I was a little girl, but these are the first of my creations that I’ve ever shared with the world. I hope you will love them as much as I do.
What is Eyes of Stone about for those who haven’t read it?
Overcoming impossible odds. When life throws you lemons, you make like a proper Southerner and make lemonade. But really, it’s about a Mafia kingpin meeting his match in a street criminal. Neither of them had pleasant teen years and both have overcome numerous obstacles to bring them to the time and place where they can save each other.
What has been your inspiration for writing Eyes of Stone?
The real life mafia that once ruled New Orleans. Everyone knows about the mafia in New York and Italy, but at one time, the New Orleans mafia domineered the gambling and entertainment industries. There’s such a rich history in the city and most non-New Orleanians only know about Mardi Gras and Jazz. While this series explores those in the fabric of the storytelling, it delves into so much more and serves as a rich background for the story to take place.
What was your favorite scene or part of Eyes of Stone to write?
Honestly, my favorite part was their initial meeting. This book underwent numerous drafts and many things changed along the way, but one thing that never changed was how they met. It’s terrifying and passionate and kicks things into high-gear from the outset.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Truthfully? J.R.R. Tolkien taught me how to create a world. J.K. Rowling taught me how to live within a world. And Nora Roberts taught me to see the romance in everything – even a bitter, hardened man whose sole focus is protecting his family’s empire.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Do it. Write it down and revise, revise, revise. Then throw half of it out and rewrite it again. But write. You can always clean up lousy writing later, but you can’t create something from nothing.
The sequel, In The Shadows, releases on May 17, 2019 and will be available on Amazon.com.