How to Build a Fantasy World

Hey it’s Jonathan Miller II from First Piece Writing.

In case you missed it, here’s the video I promised you.
It’s called, Writer’s Training – Fantasy Worldbuilding.

In this video, I am going to show you…

– How to build a 3D fantasy world
– Creating complete characters
– The importance of defining the fantasy elements

We’ve taught you the difference between plot and story, now we want to teach you how to form your world around those elements. It helps enhance your book, which will bring you more money.

Over the next couple weeks, I have a couple more videos coming your way that will show you how to get more out of your writing.

Keep an eye on your email inbox as you’re not going to want to miss it!

Talk soon,

P.S. Next time I have a pretty cool story for you…

I’m going to show you how to build deeper, more relatable characters by simply adding a few easy elements.

More on that later.


The Journey vs. The March – Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter”?

After my writer’s group meeting today, one of my author friends had a question about his book. He jumped from one scene to another because he had the idea for where he wanted to lead his characters down the road. Still, he had no clue how they were going to get there, but the scene had come to him suddenly. Then he asked if we had experienced the same – scene jumping in the middle of the manuscript. That had me thinking. Different authors have different styles of writing, which work for them, but what is truly the difference between a person who plots the entire chapter or story, and a person who sits down and lets the characters do the talking? Being a “plotter” or a “pantser”?

“Plotters” begin by doing a quick brainstorm as to where the book or chapter needs to go. They normally outline – in one way or another – all the characters, their journeys and backstories, the purpose of the certain chapters, and the overall message in the book. Whatever their method, they plot out the chapter before they start writing. These authors are more likely to organize a time for their writing and stick to it. This keeps them focused and plucking away. Books are completed much faster this way, at least in the beginning, because there is a specific method. Because of their organization, plotters are more likely to get much writing done when they sit down to write.

“Pantsers”, on the other hand, just sit down and write. There is an overall picture of the character, the story, plot, and an ending, but how to get there is beyond them. These are authors who say they “hear the voices”. Pantsers are on a journey with their books just as much as the readers are. Many pantsers, when they go back and edit their work, don’t even remember putting certain sections down, or why. However, in the end, with enough diligence and dedication, everything comes full circle and the book is complete. Some say that it’s almost as if someone, or something, else is writing the book through the author.

Which method works best? That is subjective. The first step to figuring out which is best for you is finding out how you write. Do you like to plan out the chapter, or certain sections of it, or “jump write in”? Once you figure this out, that’s when the magic starts. Being a panster versus a plotter is a simple matter of being on a journey versus a march. Both ways get you to the end. The question is, how do you want to get there?

-J.K. Miller II


The Narrow Three Release Day Blog Tour

Hi everyone! Thank you all so much for joining me here. I appreciate all of the support you’ve shown in your journeys and am so excited to complete the story from Alleged Suspect. As of 5/17/2013, The Narrow Three is LIVE and available for purchase on Amazon.

For Nathan McLain, finding Emily Henderson has been the most difficult case. While he exposed his fiancé’s murderer, he knows the blood is really on Emily’s hands. So he devotes his keen investigative skills to finding her. If only he could. Her knack for disappearing without a trace leaves him kicking up dirt and chasing a shadow. Her victims never leave him so much as a flake of dried skin. So now, he’s on the hunt. She might be elusive, but she is still human. One day he’ll find her. He hopes.Image

In the midst of his search, Nathan receives a call from a friend at the Tenaple Police Department and goes to investigate the absurd reports coming from Comfort Lane. There, he meets Lydia Epson, a healthy, shy young girl who was bit by a mouse while playing in the yard. The bite is deep, but it doesn’t seem to bother her much. Through his investigation, Nathan comes across the first clue that might explain the reports and sends it off for identification. Everything seems normal enough.

Until the next day Lydia is found dead – decomposed beyond recognition. The evidence Nathan sent to Forensics has disappeared, and the town seems to be in the wake of a new epidemic. Determined to find the source for the chaos, Nathan dives deeper into the case. But the fight against time becomes a fight for his life as his prodding gets him captured. His time clock runs out when he comes face to face with the deadly killer.


The rush is on in the new crime/thriller, The Narrow Three. Now available on Amazon!

Message from the Author

Hi! Thanks for joining me here to celebrate my release! I’ve been anticipating this day for months, and I know many of you have, too.  Some of you have been threatening to strangle me because I left you hanging in Alleged Suspect. Your waiting is over! The Narrow Three was probably the most fun I’ve had writing a book. This is my second published work — the first, Reborn, is currently off the market, unfortunately.

Wait, there’s more!

In two weeks, on June 1, I will be releasing the Deluxe Edition of The Narrow Three. This features an extended ending, a fancier physical book, and a new cover! I have a new author website that will be updated with my future and current works. Links are included at the bottom of this post. Again, thank you all for everything you’ve done to support me in my author’s journey! Without you, the readers, none of this happens. I hope you enjoy my work, and I look forward to speaking with all of you in the near future!


Follow J. K. Miller II on Facebook, Twitter, and at his website!





The Return is Sometimes Worth The Wait

Hoooo man! It’s been so long since I’ve posted up one. Too long. I am here, alive, still writing, and have big, BIG news. There’s just so much going on.  So many things that I neglected you all to helped put me there. For that I do apologize, but I’ll update you all on what’s been happening!

First, and most importantly, I’m going to be a (biological) father! We found out it’s a boy! Yes, I am happy! Yes I’m scared, excited, insertyouranxiousemotionhere. And yes we have a name picked: Elijah Keith Miller. Good, right? We thought so, too!




Secondly, I am now a business owner! My company, II Piece Blue Productions, provides editing services for all of you who are up and coming best-selling novelists and short story authors.  I’ll include all of the links, Facebook and Twitter labels, etc. If you have a piece you’d like us to take a look at, mention that you follow my blog and I’ll give you a discount! We are constantly adding content to the website. Every week we post up the Weekly Pieces – a weekly writing prompt, question of the week, and word of the week. Check back often and always. We might have several contests for various prizes going on! =]


Facebook: www.facebook.com/IIPieceBlue

Twitter: @IIPieceBlue


Aaaand finally! I’d like to say thank you to all of you who have stuck it out this long. I am currently working on The Hunt for Emily Henderson. You can read Alleged Suspect, the short story I wrote a while ago, and get a feel for the characters. Stay tuned for updates and such, and don’t forget to check out a peek at the new, highly rated Reborn!

New Reborn!



Feel free to comment. Give us something to talk about!


– J. K.


Q&A With Published Author J.K.Miller II

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Hello! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

Hello! Of course I can. I’m an author, first off. I write mostly fantasy, but I do go into mystery from time to time. I also started an editing/review company for all authors and it’s kicking off very well. Better than I expected it to. Aside from writing, I’m a huge 49ers fan. I like the Golden State Warriors, the Tampa Bay Rays, and the San Francisco Giants. Video games are my weakness, well good ones, and I have a Husky who has more energy than I thought possible! 

When did you decide you wanted to become a writer? 

When I was about ten. I used to read The Boxcar Children when I was younger and thought, “I can do that.” Of course, I didn’t understand then what I do now; writing a book is not as easy as it looks. At least, not for…

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Family: The Ties That Kill – #BeNotorious Blog Tour Day One

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Family: The Ties That Kill – #BeNotorious Blog Tour Day One

Welcome to Day One of the #BeNotorious Blog Tour! We are revving up to the release of the highly anticipated sequel of Katie Jennings’ family drama When Empires Fall, aptly named Rise of the Notorious!

Follow along on this notorious blog tour from April 2nd till release day on April 23rd, and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win some AMAZING prizes!

Today’s stop is an introduction to the Vasser Hotel family and the killer tale detailing both their fall from grace and their daring rise to infamy. Enjoy!

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“Family may be the ties that bind, but When Empires Fall, they are the ties that kill…”

Truer words have never been spoken…especially if you’re a member of the prestigious Vasser Hotel family. For them, murder runs in the blood; ambitious and cold, and oh so cruel.

Step inside a world where champagne flows freely, luxury comes standard, and glorious Manhattan pulsates all around you with the rich, the famous, and the damned. Amidst it all, the illustrious Vasser Hotel stands as a beacon of extravagance, a century old and a staple to the UWhen Empires Fallpper East Side.

In When Empires Fall, meet the Vasser family. On the outside, they appear untouchable. Nothing and no one can tarnish the prestige they have spent over a hundred years cementing into the very fabric of their infamous name.

That is, until a horrific event from their past, a suspected suicide of one of their own, is revealed to have been cold-blooded murder. What’s a family to do but get justice?

Alas, rarely is such a thing so easy.

They will have to fight tooth and nail against accusations that the killer is one of their own, not some outsider intent on hurting the family. And when they find out that this isn’t the killer’s first murder, things really get interesting.

But who are the Vassers, and what makes their story, one of fiery passion, scandal, and deception, so unique?

The three main characters are siblings, Grant, Linc, and Madison, who run the New York Vasser Hotel. Meet them, and the rest of the family, below:


 “Finish, good lady; the bright day is done, and we are for the dark.”

The Vasser family’s story continues on in the sequel, Rise of the Notorious. Theirs was a story much too elaborate to confine to just one novel…and the killer drama only heats up ten-fold in the sequel.

Rise of the NotoriousAfter dealing with attacks on their good name, business, and personal reputations, Grant, Linc, and Madison now find themselves in a war against not only the hungry and insatiable press, but several key enemies hell bent on ruining the family.

Only, the enemies they know about are nothing compared to the enemies waiting in the shadows. What will become of the Vasser family as they struggle to rise from the ashes of their own destruction? They may just learn some valuable lessons on who to trust, and who to destroy.

Madison takes the forefront, placing herself in the public eye in an attempt to showcase the Vasser family’s graciousness and strength. It’ll take every last innovative and courageous bone in her body to make sure her family’s legacy survives.

That is, if she and her family members can survive themselves, first.

Praise for The Vasser Legacy:

A modern day epic in the tradition of Gone With The Wind…” -J.L. Firestone, author

Exhilarating and fresh… Jennings masterfully weaves an intricate web of deception and lies…When Empires Fall is not as much a story about the rich as it is a story about human character.” -Cristian Mihai, author/blogger

Deliciously distracting! A complex tale of family betrayal and false appearances.” -Elizabeth Wright, reviewer with BestChickLit.com

The story is well developed and moves at a great pace but Katie Jennings’ real talent lies in her ability to develop fascinating and compelling characters.” -Martha Bryce, book blogger

Rise of the Notorious

By International Bestselling Author

Katie Jennings

Coming April 23, 2013


Click HERE to Enter the Giveaway!

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Meet Katie Jennings…


300profilepic1International bestselling Author Katie Jennings is the author of six full length novels, including the popular fantasy series The Dryad Quartet as well as the bestselling family drama series The Vasser Legacy.

She lives in sunny Southern California with her husband and cat, who both think she’s the biggest nerd ever. She’s a firm believer in happy endings and loves nothing more than a great romance novel.

You can find out more about Katie on her official website, www.katieajennings.com.


Hi, my name is…

I’m back! Yes, it has been far far too long since my last post. It’s been so long I forgot my password to get onto wordpress. Thank god for the Remember Me checkbox. There’s been a lot going on. I changed jobs, finished a new book, decided on combining my novella with the new book, so now it’s even BIGGER. Went through a mild depression because after my first book I’m still not the best-selling author I expected myself to be. Because it’s all supposed to happen on your first book, right? =]

A lot of lessons learned and things overcome, but I’m back. I’m reformatting the blog to making it more about the readers and less about myself because, let’s face it, I’m pretty boring. It’s you all who have the wild lifestyles that I want to interact with. I’m an author, my life is mostly spent inside my head playing out OTHER people’s lives who DON’T EXIST. I want to hear about your lives so I can shake my head and say, “I couldn’t even think up a character like THAT.”

To those of you who have been following me from the very beginning, I want to say thank you, first of all. I hope this new direction that I’m taking doesn’t turn you off and make you  hate me. If it does, sorry I lost you. But thank you to all those who have been with me from day one. You don’t know how much I needed it, and how much it’s appreciated. I wish there was a way for me to implant my thoughts into your heads so you could know how special you each are to me. Science has only come so far, unfortunately.

So for those of you who don’t know me, I’m J. K. Miller II. Yes, I’m an author. My first book is titled Reborn, published by Black Rose Writing. If you care enough to take a look at it, it’s available on Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and the Black Rose website, along with tens of other venues I’m too lazy to look up. If you type in Reborn J K in any search engine, you’ll probably find it. It’s got a blue hexagonal cover with mountains. Very cool (another thank you to the Black Rose staff). A little about me: I love writing, I can sing pretty well, I have a husky that I named Saffra (I’ll post pics up if anyone’s interested), I’m unmarried, but not single. The woman I’m with has a beautiful little girl who we’re trying to raise “right” in a world of chaos. Let me tell you, raising a husky and a little girl at the same time is enough to make anyone want to tranquilize everything with a pulse. I don’t even see them together most of the time, and as much as I love playing with both of them, after a while it gets to the point where I just want them to lay the hell down. I’m 25 and I live in Florida. It’s starting to get hot again in JANUARY, which I hate. Well, I can’t say that. It’s not too bad right now because there’s no humidity. The best time in Florida is Winter, though. No snow, no ice, no ice storms, no cold period, no dead cars in the parking lot, no old ladies who don’t know HOW to drive in the snow (but there are plenty of old ladies who don’t know how to drive in the SUN out here. Very infuriating. Just saying.). It’s great.

Okay, I think I’ve rambled on enough, so time to get you all involved. I was sitting at my desk at work today and had a couple of those Laffy Taffy thingies. The ones with the cheesy jokes on them. Here are the jokes I can remember:

What do you call Lassie with a rose in her mouth? A collieflower.

Why did the man bring a hammer to bed? He wanted to hit the sack.

Not terrible, but they hardly produce more than a giggle. So, my twisted mind took this to another level. I think it’s unfair that the company has jokes that only some people would understand. “Hit the sack” isn’t a term used much anymore, and anyone who never saw Lassie, which is probably EVERYONE who’s now in high school, wouldn’t understand the cauliflauer joke. And I can guarantee that the only people eating Laffy Taffy isn’t upper-middle income suburbia. It’s a new age, why not use new jokes. Hell, why not even put up jokes that bring awareness to our current problems? Then Laffy Taffy would be the new News only better; you get a piece of sweet taffy, too. What kind of jokes do you mean? Glad you’ve asked. My mind came up with a couple that managed to stay in there until I came home from work. CAUTION: not suitable for all ages and mindsets.

Why did the brother wash his car? He didn’t want to be caught ridin’ dirty.

Why did the criminal vote for Obama? He loved the idea of gun control.

What does ADHD stand for? Another Damned Healthcare Donation.

Those are my three. Good? Bad? In bad taste? Too early? Have a better one? Tell me what you think?