IndieView with Mariuccia Milla, author of Meet Me in Milano

Where did you get the idea from? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? It is the same with my writing: every day I set up a scenario, and plant some seeds within it. The small publishers lack agility and the big ones are, well, big. I just wanted to have control over the whole process. Look, the publishing business is still trying to regain its footing since the emergence of eBooks. No I didn’t even try. I am taking it step by step, using as many different channels as I can. Not in the writing of it, but in the editing and refinement. The type of music I like makes me want to dance. I usually plow right through, but some days I start by reading what I wrote the day before. This is a book about the discovery of life and self, through connection with place and other people. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? “It’s really true that if you take a chance, the world supports you. But her ex is not giving up so easily, and follows her there. The people they meet, the places they visit, and the things they learn about themselves during their separate adventures will bring you right there with them as they navigate the Milanese scene. If so can you please describe it? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? My target reader is anyone who wants to “get behind the wheel” of a young person setting out to have an adventure. Then the story took on a life of its own. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Absolutely not. End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Meet Me in Milano from Amazon US or Amazon UK. Love is lost, found, and lost (in some cases again), against an inspiring and beautiful Italian landscape. It is about taking a chance and learning something about yourself in the process. About You
Where did you grow up? That I am fiercely independent, considered strong by others, but really vulnerable. I grew up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. Do you outline? My imagination would always tell me what was going to happen next. Do you listen to music while you write? I don’t want someone who is too market-driven, that is a lagging indicator of what people want. Of course a writer’s characters come from real people. Meet Me in Milano weaves Italian culture, food, language, and personalities into a delightful mosaic. The boyfriend she left behind follows, and finds a gig in a photography studio. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) I expect to put all my earnings back into advertising for the first year. Read, and write. Weekend trips for work and play in the beautiful Italian landscape provide deeper dives into the conflicts and opportunities that bring the characters together…or make them change direction. It’s for expats or wannabe expats everywhere. But this is not always a conscious process. What are you working on now? Then the story took on a life of its own. If   I see something a little off, I change it right away. I am back in the Finger Lakes now, after a long absence. February 2017. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? I will admit that I love Victorian novels, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, the whole gamut of English writers. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? I used to tell my little brothers stories at night, about the same made-up characters. Where do you live now? Melinda, a young New York City architect gets out of her comfort zone by traveling to Italy to look for a job in Milan. I did it myself. Mariuccia Milla – 23 January 2018
The Back Flap
Meet Me in Milano is about a young architect who leaves her boyfirend and New York to look for a job and a new life in Milan, Italy. So I started my life in the same way the book starts. And I am writing my next book. No checking email first. They travel in separate circles, meeting seasoned Italians and expats alike, and the characters eventually merge. Do you have a target reader? At least, that’s what Mel believed.” –Meet Me in Milano
About the book
What is the book about? I had four readers, but no professional editor. Build up your social media presence with good, focused content and loyal followers while you are writing, so you’ll have them when you launch. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I would love to work with an editor, but it would have to be the right one. And I love Isabel Allende. So far, I don’t particularly like what I see. I had to invent the tales as I went along. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? What would you like readers to know about you? After I stop, I keep thinking about what has happened in the story, until I close my eyes at night. I lived in Italy for 18 years, then in New England for another eight years. I love writers who understand life and humor as well. Those are two very different things, though they require the same kind of insight. Get up and write, every day, 5-6 days per week, before I do anything else. But especially Amercians who dream of Europe. The reader will meet successful and charming Milanese men like Alberto and Pierpaolo, the wise Lella, the beautiful Elena, and aspiring creative types who, like Melinda and Jonathan, have come to Milan to realize their dreams. What came easily? You have to read it over and over until you can’t look at it any more! So I started my life in the same way the book starts. Did you hire a professional editor? Four months for the first draft. It will move among charming little towns with an interesting mixture of characters. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? And you cherry-pick. How long did it take you to write it? Do you mean what is the book really about? I enjoy that, I am a designer after all. I let them figure it out while I’m sleeping! Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Besides, I am writing for myself, and for the people who connect with me through the reading of my book. I’d rather not listen to music while I write, because it is emotionally distracting. My next novel is set in the Finger Lakes. We all know how important it is for writers to read. That is a trick question! When did you start writing the book? I myself left New York at age 25 to spend eighteen years in Italy, with no clear plan except to look for work. You are going to love it! And after that, I am going to spend some time in Italy to write my third novel. The next morning I know what my characters will do next. They will gravitate around one of my Italian characters who has come to visit. I myself left New York at age 25 to spend eighteen years in Italy, with no clear plan except to look for work. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you?