“While writing may seem a solo activity, there is a huge, generous community of knowledgeable writers in the WLT that are happy to help.”
A member of the Writers’ League since 2004, Martha Miller lives in San Antonio, TX.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
MM: Solely non-fiction including essays and a travel memoir about the 21-months my husband and I lived in Rome.
Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?
MM: Nora Ephron. Shall we just go ahead and order a bottle?
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
MM: A huge blank journal so I could write about what I was feeling, discovering and doing. I’ve kept a grateful journal for nearly 20 years; it is one of the keys to my happiness. No matter how tired I am, every night I note five things (different things) that I’m happy or grateful for from the day. It keeps me focused on the positive. Flipping through these books brings back a ton of details, special memories that would have been forgotten forever.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
MM: While writing may seem a solo activity, there is a huge, generous community of knowledgeable writers in the WLT that are happy to help.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
MM: I just published my first book, Times New Roman: How We Quit Our Jobs, Gave Away Our Stuff & Moved to Italy, and am thinking about a sequel. I’ve always wanted to live in New York, so how does Times New York sound?
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
MM: Running on Empty: The Irreverent Guru’s Guide to Filling up with Mindfulness by Shelley Pernot (Austin). Pernot mentions Austin and Houston throughout with her hilarious writing style. Not too “woo woo,” she makes mindfulness accessible and actually fun.
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
MM: I’ll be doing a short talk and signing copies of Times New Roman at Barnes & Noble (San Antonio, San Pedro, across from Northstar Mall) on Saturday, May 27 from 2 to 4. Please come and bring friends! TNR is also available from Amazon and it’s on the shelf at Book People, travel section, first floor, near the cafe. Last time I looked it was between Under a Tuscan Sun and Wild. Pretty sweet place to be.
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