I’d like to introduce fellow indie author John Charles Miller. He’s a speculative fiction writer living in Florida. Let’s take a few minutes to get to know him:
John Charles Miller, groundwater geologist/speculative fiction writer, resides in Tampa, Florida. Citrus White Gold, an alternate history novel, is an intriguing walk into 1890s Citrus County, Florida. You Can’t Pick Up Raindrops is a collection of 24 varied short stories. His novella Dead Not Dead, a parallel universe story, contains an unusual twist. Las Ruedas was the #2 short story in 2012 Florida Writers Association annual collection, My Wheels. John was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic during John f. Kennedy’s presidency.
ENGLE: I’m so excited to learn more about you and your new book. What is your typical writing process like? Do you ever waver from it?
MILLER: I usually start with a short story, until it reaches a point where I am happy. Short stories are easiest for me. And I can tell a complete story in them. Now, not for all, but for quite a few, they can be expanded into novellas or novels. Otherwise, I develop a concept story through descriptive text, along with a sketch of what is going to happen, from the beginning to the end. Then I start writing, changing, and adding, often doing some editing as I go.
ENGLE: Tell me about your most recent publication. What’s it about? Where did the story idea come from?
MILLER: My novella, Dead Not Dead, which is a parallel-universe story, came out in July of 2013. The idea came from the first short story in my collection of 24 short stories, You Can’t Pick Up Raindrops.. The short story title is in Spanish, La Chispa, or ‘the spark.’
ENGLE: What’s the most difficult part of the writing process or anything unexpected you encountered while creating this book?
MILLER: I would say that the most difficult part is always POV (point of view). It wasn’t so difficult in Dead Not Dead, for I had resolved most of that in the original short story.
ENGLE: Now that you’ve wet our whistles, where can we find your book? Do you have a website/facebook/twitter you’d like to share?
MILLER: Dead Not Dead is available on Amazon as an eBook and paperback. However, when you search for it, Amazon seems to have it hidden. To resolve this, just type “Dead not Dead” into the search bar, including the quotation marks. I also sell the autographed book directly. Just send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll give you the details. My website, which is under serious modification, is http://www.quarkspacetravel.com. I am also on FaceBook.
ENGLE: Very cool book cover! Are your books self-published or traditionally published, and are you agented? Explain how that came about.
MILLER: All of my books, Dead Not Dead, Citrus White Gold (an alternate-history novel of Citrus County, Florida set in the 1890s), and my collection of 24 short stories, You Can’t Pick Up Raindrops, are self-published through CreateSpace and Amazon Kindle.
ENGLE: And finally, if you could be a Muppet, which would you be and why?
MILLER: As a long-time fan of Sesame Street, and having watched the show for hours with my kids, and then with my granddaughter …. hmmm … I would say that I identify most with Beaker, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew’s laboratory assistant. I often act wild and crazy like Beaker.
I hope you’ll take some time to check out John’s website, and his books on Amazon. Let’s support each other as we all write and publish from the heart.
Dead Not Dead is Jack O’Neill’s planned and unplanned retirement adventure in Mexico. Oblivious, he is caught up in a maelstrom of events and places in a WHEN and a WHERE beyond his control. Indecisiveness to timely confronting life and death almost causes him to lose his life-force.