Interview with Jeffrey Miller

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was around 13 years old. It was called the myth of El Dorado.
What is your writing process?
my writing process has changed since I first started. In the beginning I enjoyed writing late at night. Now, I wake up around 5am grab a cup of coffee from the Keurig, and plant myself down in front of my laptop. I do work full time with an employer, so for two hours the solitude that comes with being the only one up is refreshing for the craft.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I never was interested in reading until the Star Wars franchise arrived. After I read Star Wars A New Hope I began to read more and imagined more of my own existing ideas.
How do you approach cover design?
I am interested in the older aspects of Science Fiction. The Conceptual Artist Ralph Mcquarrie influenced me to also try my hand at art. His style and imaginative designs for those who know became the main scenes in most of the Star Wars movies. Also, I love the old Science Fiction covers from the 1940's and 50's.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The First three Star Wars books, Star Wars A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi. I have an eclectic collection of favorite books. The fourth would be "The Ninja" by Eric Lustbader, the 5th would be "One day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"
Each book allowed me to visualize and sense what the characters went through.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I read a wide assortment of books. I enjoy Lee Child, James Patterson, and Eric Lustbader, for thrillers. If I read science fiction it will be Ben Bova. I enjoy the hard science fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have Nook tablets
Describe your desk
My desk is fire engine red, average size with one large monitor and my laptop. It is typically organized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Chicago. I lived their for the first 7 years of my life. I remember the very tall buildings and loud planes. I love planes. I recall going to the Lake a lot and being mesmerized by the size, I thought it was an ocean. Then my family moved to Central City Kentucky for almost two years. It was a big change from Chicago, not many people, and I felt like an outcast even at that age. Finally, my family moved to southern Indiana, Evansville. I grew up in Evansville living their until 11 years ago. Now I live in central Texas just outside Austin. Having exposer to many areas and different types of people I think helped me with character development.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have always been suspicious of how ancient cultures had such advanced astronomy embedded deep within their cultures. I love the show Ancient Aliens because it addresses these suspicions. Were we previously contacted and helped along by advanced alien race? This is a part and a big part of my books background.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was never motivated for money that's for sure. I am more motivated to get my story out. If it makes money, great, if not, fine. I love the craft and art of story telling.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am sure Smashwords will help me in ways that I haven't imagined
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing my story appear and watching the characters grow.
What do your fans mean to you?
Honest feed back. I am far from perfect.
What are you working on next?
I have already started the sequel to Far out of Range. I actually enjoy this story idea and cant wait to get it done.
Published 2014-02-20.
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