Interview with PeterDMiller

What are you working on next?
I just published the first of my science-fiction series, "Second Summers." I am now editing the next book in the 'Differential' series. I hope to have it out by late September.
In your bio, it's mentioned that recent events motivated you to publish some of your work. Can you elaborate?
Many of us who grew up in the 60's are seeing some familiar themes. Issues we thought were resolved seem to be coming back around, for another pass.
In "Differential," I briefly mention how religion was misused 50 years ago, to justify denying people the right to marry whom they chose. Now we see it being misused again, for another group of people.
The Voting Rights Act has been gutted. Women are still not treated equally in the workplace, and they are still subject to a double-standard with regard to sex. Their right to control their own bodies is again under attack.
Religious instruction/indoctrination is trying to creep back into public schools.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work for a small corporation located in Indianapolis. Most of my time there is spent writing and negotiating contracts.
Describe your desk
On a good day, I can see over the piles.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing as a hobby, about 15 years ago. It began as something for my own entertainment.
Is there a reason for the scenes of sensuality in your books?
The glib answer would be "To sell books."
The truth is that I'm trying to address a real issue. Unwanted teen pregnancies are much too common. Marriages end in divorce almost half the time. I believe that we are overdue for a rational discussion on how outdated our sex taboos are. More than merely causing frustration, I believe that they cause real harm.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I remember when I was fresh out of school, it was difficult to get a job without experience. It appears to be much the same, for getting into traditional publishing. With the rapid growth of e-books, this looked like a great opportunity.
Who are your favorite authors?
William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Eugene Burdick, Ian Fleming, John D. MacDonald
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am fortunate enough to have some very good friends, with whom I talk almost every morning. Thanks to the Internet, all I have to do is get out of bed a little early, and I can talk with some very fun people, who live in many different parts of the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is having someone tell me that something I wrote made them think. Second-greatest is being told someone enjoyed reading something I wrote.
Published 2014-08-01.
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Books by This Author

Second Summers
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 114,830. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(5.00)
Patrick Summers was on his way to making a difference, solve some to the world’s thorniest problems. Then his life was taken. Those who worked with Patrick could not accept his loss. They cloned him. Perry Summers is Patrick’s clone, who carries his memories. He has the potential to carry on Patrick’s work, achieve his goals. First, however, he must resolve the conflict raging inside him.
Differential
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 128,960. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00)
Patrick Summers goes from being a sullen, confused teenager, to becoming a mover-and-shaker in a few short years. He learns discipline, and he learns how to apply his considerable potential. He resolves to address pressing social issues in the turbulent sixties, even if he has to risk everything. Along the way, he falls in love - once or twice.