Interview with Milo James Fowler

When did you first start writing?
I was 12 when I grew tired of The Hardy Boys and decided to start writing my own stories. Most of them were terrible, but I had a lot of fun. Novels, short stories, comics. I took a break from writing between college and the first few years of my career, but thanks to my wife's encouragement, I've been back at it in a big way for the past 8 years.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy my characters, and I enjoy sharing them with the world. Every time one of my stories is accepted for publication, I see it as validation that there is an audience for my work. Smashwords has made it possible, once the rights revert to me, to share these tales with a wider audience via their eReaders.
What are you working on next?
I'm in the process of finding publishers for 6 of my novels. One is currently under consideration by a small press, and another is being considered by an agent. I'm also revising a weird/horror novella I wrote earlier this year.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, and China Mieville
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I've got to check my email for acceptances/rejections! Acceptances make my day, of course; rejections are permission slips to send my work where it really belongs. As a teacher, every day is another chance to try to inspire my students to love writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not teaching or writing, I like to read, surf, swim, mountain bike, play guitar, eat Mexican food, and watch science fiction in all its forms.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes indeed: It was about a violinist who played for his village as they drifted off to sleep. In the morning, he asked for tips, but they all slammed their doors in his face. I typed it up on a manual typewriter, and I still have it. But I'm not sure what it was really about.
What is your writing process?
I try to write 1,000+ words of new material every day that I'm working on a project, and the rest of the time, I'm revising. Or I'm writing flash-sized tales in spontaneous bursts. Write1Sub1 has been a great motivator to keep writing, and it's a supportive community of fellow writers honing their craft.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Gizmo is a 2009 Kindle, and he's definitely my eReader of choice. Sometimes I'll read on my iPad, but nothing beats Gizmo's glare-free screen.
How do you approach cover design?
I have almost as much fun with my covers as I do writing the stories. I look for free, commercial-use images that remind me of an element from one of my stories; I resize the images and choose the right free, commercial-use font, and I tinker until I'm content. I don't spend anything on republishing my reprints; I take care of all the formatting and covers myself. They're not the best I've ever seen, but they're definitely not the worst.
What do you read for pleasure?
Right now, I'm reading WOOL by Hugh Howey. Up next will be either JOYLAND by Stephen King or IRON COUNCIL by China Mieville. I also have RAILSEA by Mieville on Gizmo, so that's another option. I always try to be in the middle of a good book while I'm writing. It inspires me to get my stories out there where they belong.
Published 2013-09-02.
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Books by This Author

Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the So-Called Emperor of the Universe
By Milo James Fowler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,190. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Category: Fiction
Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the crew of the Effervescent Magnitude have located the villain responsible for Earth's demise, but bringing him to justice may prove to be more dangerous than anticipated. Short Story - Space Opera/Comedy Originally appeared in Ray Gun Revival Magazine
Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Insurmountable Barrier of Space Junk
By Milo James Fowler
Price: Free! Words: 3,080. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Category: Fiction
Returning to Earth after years of gallivanting around the galaxy, Captain Quasar and the crew of the Effervescent Magnitude find that all is not well on their home planet. So of course it will be up to Quasar and Company to save the day despite overwhelming odds and unexpected setbacks. Short Story - Space Opera / Humor Originally appeared in Ray Gun Revival Magazine
1 Dozen - Short Tales of the Strange and Spectacular
By Milo James Fowler
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,720. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2014. Category: Fiction
1 Dozen collects 12 flash-sized tales in the slipstream, horror, and science fiction genres. On the surface, they might appear to have nothing in common; but there is a thematic thread that weaves them all together: Ties that bind. Each of these tales is about a relationship of some kind: family members, friends, enemies, or something in between.
The Last Laugh
By Milo James Fowler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,340. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
Coyote Cal and Big Yap are on the trail of an escaped criminal convicted of scaring over a dozen honest folks to death. Will our heroes be able to bring this killer to justice? Or will they fall prey to his bewitching laugh? -Short Story - Weird Western / Humor - Originally published in The Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes
Unseen Things
By Milo James Fowler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,240. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2013. Category: Fiction
Unseen Things collects 7 flash-sized tales in the slipstream, horror, and science fiction genres. These stories originally appeared in Silver Blade, Liquid Imagination, Misfit Magazine, Triangulation: Last Contact, Every Day Fiction, and Bards and Sages Quarterly.
Alienated
By Milo James Fowler
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,610. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Category: Fiction
Alienated collects six dark speculative fiction stories that originally appeared in AE Science Fiction, the Shelter of Daylight anthology, Kzine, The Gloaming Magazine, Residential Aliens, and Fried Fiction.
Beneath the Surface
By Milo James Fowler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,810. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2013. Category: Fiction
Twenty years after the world's end, the earth is a desolate place. For Willard and his people, their bunker has provided everything they've needed over the past decades; but now it's time to strike out into the unknown and rebuild civilization. The problem: Willard doesn't want to risk contamination on the surface, and everyone who's left the bunker on a scouting mission has returned...changed.
Captain Bartholomew Quasar and the Fastest Thumbs on Zeta Colony Four
By Milo James Fowler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,250. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2013. Category: Fiction
Captain Quasar's heroic services are requested by the governor of a backward moon colony terrorized by a local bully. After brushing up on his westerns and practicing a smooth quick-draw with his Cody 52 Special, Quasar transports to the surface to find out he was told only half the story. - Short Story - Space Opera / Humor - Originally published by Ray Gun Revival Magazine