Category Archives: Writing Related

Book-Love in Any Language


A-Shot-of-RedIt’s hard not be romantic about books. From antique tomes to e-books, paperbacks to hard covers, books have a way of sneaking into your heart and settling there. I get the book-love rush every time I step into a library, a big brick-and-mortar bookstore, or a quirky indie shop. The air just feels different, as if countless tales are holding their breath, waiting to be told.

Why I Love Historicals


One of the things I love about historical romances is the differences between now and then. When I discovered my fourth book would be set in Europe I felt confident writing about areas I’d either visited or lived in. After all, even now, Europe hasn’t changed as much as the US has. Yet, even with my masters in international relations, I’d forgotten the damage the Napoleonic wars caused, not only in physical damage, but in political re-alignments.

The World of The Cantati


One of the things I adore about paranormal worlds is the chance to create a new universe often where the normal law of physics may not necessarily apply. When the concept for the Cantati Chronicles first arose, I knew I wanted to develop a new world that hopefully had not been done before. How was I able to come up with my version of a post-apocalyptic world?



Where do I get the inspirations for my stories? Inspiration for my stories comes from all over. Sometimes from the news, or something that has happened to someone I know. Usually I don’t know the whole story going in, just the main drivers and motivations. How it’s all going to happen usually unfolds as I get to know my characters better in the first draft. I do like to include familiar things in my stories that just about anyone can connect with. If I tickle one memory that tugs on your heart while you’re reading one of my books, then I feel like I’ve accomplished a great thing.

Cooking For A Country Singer


So, hi there! I’m Ava Miles, the new contemporary romance writer who burst onto the scene with her book NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off my acclaimed Dare Valley series. Now, I’m delighted to announce the first book in a connected series called Dare River, set in the deep South, titled COUNTRY HEAVEN. Thanks to Romance Divas for hosting me!

Jumping into Korean Mythology: Mystical Monsters in Repossessed


This is my first time here on Romance Divas with a blog post and I’m excited to talk about one of my favorite parts of writing: research, research, and research.

In my latest paranormal romance release, REPOSSESSED, my hero Rob Shin is a Korean warlock with an arsenal of magical tools in his magical satchel. For Rob’s story, I wanted to jump in headfirst into Korean mythology and research the mythological creatures told in tales. I’d already performed this kind of research for COVETED and KEPT, two other books in the same universe. For those I explored Russian mythological creatures, in particular the vodyanoy and rusalka. The vodyanoy is a water spirit and the rusalka is water nymph. For REPOSSESSED I wanted to take things a step further since my story this time has a Korean spellcaster as the protagonist and not a werewolf like in COVETED.

What Makes THE TOWN SQUARE like Mad Men?


Happy holidays! I’m Ava Miles, a contemporary romance writer of The Dare Valley series, which kicked off this summer with NORA ROBERTS LAND. I’d like to thank Romance Divas for hosting me during this holiday season.

I’m excited to be here today, talking about my newest release, THE TOWN SQUARE, which came about because readers have adored Arthur Hale, the wonderful grandpa character and journalistic legend in my series, and wanted to know his story. Well, I did too, and Arthur really likes to tell stories, so I pulled up my rocking chair and my laptop and pretty much wrote down what he told me.

Where Do You Get Your Ideas?


OnceARakeThis is probably the most frequently asked question a writer gets. I’m always tempted to answer that there’s a little idea shop on 52nd Street in New York. But the truth is that it’s much easier—and much harder—than that.

Ideas are easy. Or, should I say, become easy. Getting ideas is as simple as training yourself to observe. Be it watching news or overhearing conversations, seeing an interesting person at the coffee shop or relaying interesting details from your job, there is always something to use. Life, after all, is endlessly varied and fascinating. The trick is to notice. To automatically question. To play a game I first learned from Mary Higgings Clark. “What if?”

Dispatches from My Life in Russia: Culture Shock, Cigarettes and Surveillance


russiantemptationIf you happened to catch my “Behind the Scenes” article in the November issue of Romantic Times, you already know I’m a former diplomat with weapons of mass destruction expertise who was stationed in Russia for several intriguing years.  Although I worked for the U.S. Embassy, I lived in the open in a spacious city apartment in downtown Moscow.  There, my two Siberian cats, my modern art collection and I shared many strange and exotic adventures.

Real Heroines Wear Lingerie—or Should I Say Divas?


Hi there, I’m Ava Miles, the author of the newly released small-town contemporary romance called FRENCH ROAST, which has the additional fun of a New Adult and foodie flavor to it.

I really do believe real heroines wear lingerie—or divas since Romance Divas has been so wonderful to host me on their blog. Since Jax and Kristen love the term “diva” like I do—who doesn’t like the a word that means divine goddess?—it seemed totally appropriate to talk about a diva’s feminine accessory, lingerie, and the role it plays in romance and female-bonding.

Perhaps it’s because I have three sisters, but shopping for lingerie is a staple in our family. We do like to claim our divine goddess. :) Of course, a mall outing can be fun, but going into that special store filled with exotic items was always way cooler growing up. And still is.

As I writer, I’ve created heroines who like to wear lingerie. I mean, don’t we all have a secret obsession with “dressing” up for those special occasions? Ladies, you know what I’m talking about.