Indie Author Q&A with John Miles
I like science fiction, action/military books and some comedy. As for non-fiction, I like history and politics.
Did you write as a child?
I did write quite a bit as a child. I always kept a journal, and I soon learned that writing things down helped me to work through problems.
What do you feel are your earliest influences on your writing?
I was influenced greatly by Bram Stoker, Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury and really by the whole NASA space program.
My recent influences are, Kurt Vonnegut, Dave Barry, and really just this whole mad scene that the USA has become.
Tell me about your recent writing? Do you prefer short stories, novels,
I actually prefer short stories more than anything. I learned along time ago that when one is giving a speech the speech should not last more than twenty minutes. This is largely because the human attention span doesn't really last any longer than that, but also because one can easily run out of things to say. The same can be said about writing. I have read books where the author obviously ran out of things to say long before the book ended.
Do you find the writing community online to be helpful?
It depends on the context. The writing community can be helpful when it comes to some things. But really, in the end only you know what you’re trying to do, at least to the extent that that is even true.
What would you most like to do, which you haven't already, that would help
with your writing?
Well I would love to meet a person, a kindred spirit if you will, who would see the world in general and writing in particular as I do. I would think that such a person would be a great help to me, but it’s probably too much to ask.
Any great lines you would love to have written?
Oh yes, “Here’s looking at you kid,” “Never give a sucker an even break,” and of course, “If it bleeds you can kill it,” among others.
Do you have any blogs or websites that you think are great and want to
A while back I had a blog, but I gave it up. It didn't get a whole lot of hits and I soon discovered that if I failed to update it almost daily, well then, it didn't take long for the blog to look old and dated.
I am on Facebook though and on Twitter.