Interview with Wayne Miller

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Nook. It was given to me as a gift, and I love it. But any e-reader is good with me.
Describe your desk
Cluttered--but it's an organized clutter. Everything in its place. All my action figures and collection of oddities are arranged around my computer. The books I use most frequently are standing at attention behind my official KISS desk lamp--which I never find it necessary to turn on. I might be wearing my Ed Wood fuzzy pink women's sweater while I write--but only if it's chilly. Otherwise I'm just in my boxers.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a country boy, through and through, as Southern as fried catfish. Growing up, the woods were a magical place, and my childhood years were steeped in story. I absorbed genuine and potent Southern folklore at my grandparents' feet. I especially loved the ghost stories, and the true ones (my Mamaw and Papaw each had experienced paranormal encounters) were the best of all!
When did you first start writing?
Before starting school. I couldn't read or write, but I loved to follow the pictures in comic books. I would try to draw my own. I was writing scary stories as far back as I can remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Doing some research for an entirely different project, I chanced upon the biography of Saint Christopher. The fact that he was legitimately considered to be a werewolf just struck a chord with me. A holy man who was cursed with Lycanthropy? There was a story there, begging to be told!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've seen the industry from the inside-out. I used to work as a submissions editor for a literary agency. I know all too well the hoops one has to jump through to go the traditional route, the red tape and the politics. The wondrous ol' Internet has made it possible to follow the road less traveled where publishing is concerned. It's streamlined, it's painless; you answer to nobody but yourself and your readers. I dig on that.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The initial creative process, when it just takes you and pulls you along. The Muses taking you on a Nantucket Sleigh-ride, where even YOU don't know where the story is going. And where a play is concerned--I've written and directed over a dozen original works--seeing it brought to life, the story come to life, the words you wrote being spoken aloud by characters who have been made real by your actors, that's pretty sweet, too.
What do your fans mean to you?
I always make it a point to thank my readers and supporters. After one of my shows, I'll stand at the head of the line with my actors as the audience files out, and thank every person individually for coming. I tell them they are the reason for what we do. What an audience is to a showman, a reader is to a writer. The audience is everything.
What are you working on next?
I can never talk about a project before it's finished, or I'll jinx myself and never finish it. I'm always working on SOMEthing, though.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien. Edgar Rice Burroughs; I grew up on the Tarzan novels. Robert E. Howard. Poe. And I am forever indebted to Bram Stoker for giving the world Count Dracula. Where writing for the screen is concerned, I worship at the altar of Wood. Val Lewton, Curt Siodmak, Coleman Francis, guys like that. And of course William Castle, although he was more of the carnival barker than the writer. If we're talking about non-fiction, there isn't anybody anywhere who compares to Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life's a journey; not a destination. The grand adventure of seeing where it leads. And being able to create. Chasing life down like a lion running down a gazelle. Life is a precious gift meant to be savored.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Behind the curtain or on the stage. There is no rest for the wicked.
What is your writing process?
It's easy, as Hemingway once said. You just sit down and open a vein.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nah. I'm sure it had monsters in it.
Published 2017-06-02.
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Books by This Author

The Confessions of Saint Christopher: Werewolf
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,780. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Millions of Christians the world over pray to him every day. Few of those, however, know the true history of the patron saint of travelers. Few know that he was, in fact, a Werewolf. Now at last the story will be told.