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Now on with the show!
Today new author T.S. Millheim steps in the spotlight to share a bit about his first novel, Night Breaks Into Day.
In the Spotlight with T.S. Millheim
Welcome to Second Run Reviews, T.S.! Thank you for being In the Spotlight. I appreciate you stopping by and answering a few questions. So let’s get things started
In a tweet (140 characters or less), tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a lover of good stories & good storytelling. 1 of the best feelings is creating story & characters. Writing is a joy. #Indie #AmWriting
I certainly agree with you that writing is a joy. I look forward to my early Saturday morning writing sessions. It’s focused me time.
Please tell a bit about your journey to becoming a published author. What’s been the best things about it and the worst?
I’ve always loved great stories. Before I was a writer, I was definitely a reader. Night Breaks Into Day has in many ways been the culmination of a renewed determination on my part to take a project from start to finish. To see the work pay off this way has been very rewarding. The best part has been seeing people react so well to the story. There hasn’t really been a ‘worst’ part. I wish more people knew about my book, but at the same time, I knew writing fiction and exposing it to the world was about a process.
Well, I’m happy you picked Second Run Reviews to help you promote your book. It’s been great working with you and I hope more people learn about it due to your feature here!
Speaking of your book, please share a bit about your novel, Night Breaks Into Day. What makes it unique? Why should a fan of Second Run Reviews read it?
Night Breaks Into Day is the story of Becky Silverberg, a blogger for a celebrity style guru, who meets a charming multi-billionaire business leader and gets far more than just a career-making story.
When Becky has a chance encounter with Darrell Beals at an airport bar, she thinks she’s landed a groundbreaking interview that will catapult her into journalism’s elite ranks. Instead, she learns a dark secret that puts her career, her husband and her life in peril.
What I think Second Run Reviews Fans will like the most about Night Breaks Into Day is Becky. She’s a feisty and opinionated narrator, but she’s also carrying some deeper emotions than just caustic snark. At the start of the tale, she’s feeling very confident about her circumstances, but she just might’ve gotten into something far greater than she understands. As she gets pulled further down a dark path, the audience is taken along with Becky on a very tumultuous and exciting ride. Add to that a whiplash plot and kinetic action, and you’ve got a pretty rousing yarn.
I think what sets Night Breaks Into Day apart from other thrillers is the joy of the unexpected. I think one of the more underrated feelings an author can generate in an audience is the excitement that comes from unpredictability. A little thwarting of expectations goes a long way. As I wrote the novel, I could feel the whiplash plot taking shape. I must say, it felt really good to have it all come together so well. I think the readers will appreciate that they can’t quite pin down what’s coming next.
Oo, I love books with a good twist. I’ll definitely need to add this to my TBR list.
What types of books do you enjoy reading the most? What three books do you find yourself recommending to your fans over and over?
I love histories. Ancient Roman and Greek history is really amazing, especially in the hands of a strong knowledgeable writer. The men and women of the classical world have rich stories and lessons for us if we take the time to read about them.
As far as fiction goes, I’m not so attached to genre as I was when I was a younger reader. If it’s a good thriller, I’ll read it. If it’s a good horror story, I’m there. If it’s a good cozy romance, I’ll give it a shot. I love craft more than anything else. A good story well told, regardless of the type of novel it’s supposed to be, is pretty hard to beat.
Now, when it comes to the three books…I think very highly of Tom Wolfe. His entire catalogue is interesting. A Man In Full and Back to Blood are both very well done, but I still think Bonfire of the Vanities might be his best work. It’s Manhattan, high finance and the 80’s, what’s not to love there?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is another favorite; I’ve talked up One Hundred Years of Solitude to everyone who will listen. By the end of it, I didn’t know if I was supposed to laugh or cry. Now there’s a book that you can’t readily predict the plot.
As far as a recent book goes, I love Greetings From Gravipause by Brian Bradford. Bradford puts together this off-kilter non-linear narrative with passages that are go from poignant to hilarious and back…sometimes within the same paragraph.
My senior year in high school my Spanish teacher introduced us to Spanish literature and music. We watched Disney movies in Spanish, and listened to John Secada. But her lasting influence was introducing me to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Laura Esquival. While I have not read One Hundred Years of Solitude, I have read Marquez’s Of Love and Other Demons. My understanding is that many of his works leave you feeling the way you describe—at a crossroads. But that’s life, y’know, some days we are happy and others not so much.
What is your current obsession? Any secret obsessions you would like to share?
Hahaha, any secret obsessions I may have are my own, but I’ve been really digging on Tycho’s last two albums. Dive is a really strong disc. If I have a lot of free time–which has been tough to come by lately—I’ll put on “The Campfire Headphase” by Boards of Canada and really get some good work in. Right around a quarter of Night Breaks Into Day was written with that album purring away in the background.
On the other hand, as I’ve been writing the sequel to Night Breaks Into Day, the chaotic nature of the opening chapter seems to mirror the tone of “Brought To The Water” by Deafheaven and Luminiferous by High on Fire.
I’ve learned than many authors write to music. I thought I was the odd duck for a long time. I love having music on in the background while I write and while I read.
Any last thoughts or wise words you want to pass along?
First of all, thanks for thinking I’d have any wise words to share! 😉
Most importantly, I want to thank you and Second Run Reviews for allowing me to share “Night Breaks Into Day” with your audience. It’s been a pleasure to talk to you. Please keep supporting independent writers and artists. Thank you so much.
Thank you, T.S., for taking a chance and promoting your book here at Second Run Reviews. Good luck with the sequel and I hope you’ll stop back when it has been published and let us know what you are up to.
Synopsis: Night Breaks Into Day is the story of Becky Silverberg, a blogger for a celebrity style guru, who meets a charming multi-billionaire business leader and gets far more than just a career-making story.
When Becky Silverberg has a chance encounter with Darrell Beals at an airport bar, she thinks she’s landed a groundbreaking interview that will catapult her into journalism’s elite ranks. Instead, she learns a dark secret about Beals that puts her career, her husband and her life in peril.