Chris Miller is a new author. He has a self published book called A Murder of Saints. It is an amazing read and one that you don’t want to pass up. I have had the honor of reading his next novel that he is working on and trust me when I say it is even better than the first one. He has an awesome sense of humor that you will love. He is married and has 3 Adorable kids that are the sparkle in his eye. Chris also is a very good guitar player and singer. He even has a YouTube channel. Look him up! Make sure that you get to know him and read his book you won’t regret it!!!
Please welcome Chris Miller to Roadie Notes……………….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
—I was about 10 or so. I thought I was going to write some new Narnia books, though I’d only read the first one at the time. I had Mr. Tumnus in it and everything. It was terrible, and I didn’t get very far, but I found I really liked telling stories.
2. How many books have you written?
—Only one published at the moment, but I’ve got a total of three novels completed in various drafts, two novellas, and an epic-length book almost finished. Plus a short-story or two.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
—Probably wouldn’t write anything about a world overrun by spiders. I’m not a romance writer either. Or Zombies. Unless I could stumble upon a super original way to do a Zombie story. But I doubt it.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
—I’m 35 years old, happily married to a gorgeous and sexy woman, three children, and I work at my family owned water-well company, C. Miller Drilling as Service Superintendent, but I also oversee other departments. Just whatever’s needed.
5. What’s your favorite book you have written?
—Probably The Damned Place, which is the epic-length one that’s still unfinished. It’s a lot of fun, and it’s the only time I’ve written about kids, which I’ve found great.
6. Who or what inspired you to write?
—Oh, lots of people and things inspire me. Stephen King is my biggest inspiration. Favorite author, and I’ve read most of his work. I’m also a big fan of Robert McCammon, Dean Koontz, Jack Ketchum, Clive Barker, Lee Child, Michael Connelly, and a hundred others. Inspiration comes from all over the place, be it the news, interactions with people, ect. You just have to keep your eyes open and keep the creative engine running. The ideas will just come.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
—I enjoy going to the movies, a nice dinner out—especially sushi—seeing a live band, playing guitar. But writing is actually a lot of fun for me as well.
8. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
—Aside from grinning widely and pouring a gin and soda, not much. I geek all over myself and text a few friends to tell them like an excited school-girl.
9. Where do you write? Quiet or music?
—two main places I write are at my desk in the front living room of my house, or at my desk at work when things aren’t busy (which is rare). I can’t work to music. There can be background noise, like kids playing in the other room or something, but I just can’t focus on the writing with music. Probably because I’m a musician myself, I’ll start focusing on the lyrics and writing them in my WIP or I’ll start air-guitaring to a great riff. No, quiet is best for me.
10. Anything you would change about your writing?
—I’d like to be a little more literary if I could. Like the level of the writing in something like The Shining. That book isn’t just a ghost story or a fun novel, it’s genuine literature. I’d like to rise to that level one day. But the fast and fun stuff is also absolutely great to write.
11. What is your dream? Famous writer?
—My dream is to be able to make a comfortable living doing what I love: writing. I wouldn’t mind being a ‘famous writer’ persay, but I also don’t want to be someone who’s hassled on the streets or at the grocery store. “Hey, you’re that famous writer!” But that’s the good thing about authors, even famous ones (with a few exceptions), most people don’t have a clue what we look like. They may love our words, but our mugs are irrelevant. Which is nice.
12. Where do you live?
—Little town in East Texas called Winnsboro. Grew up near there, and ended up settling there as an adult.
—We have two dogs, a French Bulldog named Socrates (Socs) and a Yorkie named Shoe Shoe Fontana.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
—The escape of it all. It’s like inter-dimensional travel. We go into another universe and get to explore there, see what it’s like, how different or similar it is to our own world. And on top of exploring it, we get to build it…and sometimes destroy.
15. What is coming next for you?
—I just finished up a novel and a short-story, so I’m working on polishing those, but next I’ll probably go back to The Damned Place and finish it. I’ve been working on it for two years now, and it’s so close to done (first draft of course) and I’m ready to cross the finish line with that one. Then I need to figure out if we can sell it as a single book or if it needs to be two…I’m telling you, when I say epic-length, I mean it. It’s huge.
16. Where do you get your ideas?
—You name it. Conversations with friends, with my wife, my kids. News. Sometimes I’ll be inspired by someone else’s work. Like the inspiration for The Damned Place, I had just reread ‘IT’ by Stephen King, and also had recently watched the first season of Stranger Things on Netflix. Those two things had my head swirling and this idea was birthed from them, with nods to both, but also something uniquely its own. Those are sometimes my favorite forms of inspiration.
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