Sunday, June 22, 2008
Author Jonathan Miller Multipublished Author/Attorney Jonathan Miller Author of: Volcano Verdict *****Review It is an honor & with Great Pleasure to Interview Jonathan Miller 1. Geri: When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? Jon: I started writing when I was in the eighth grade. I wrote a science fiction novel. I still have it. I re-read it, and unfortunately I was not a brilliant eighth grader. 2. Geri: What type of books do you enjoy writing? Jon: I like writing legal thrillers right now, but I like to mix-and-match my genres. I have elements of everything, from Woody Allen to westerns. 3. Geri: Did a special person in your life inspire you to become a writer? Jon: Yes! I met the perfect woman when I was a Public defender in Roswell. She broke my heart, and since my weekends were suddenly free, I figured I might as well as write. 4. Geri: Have you written any books based on a true life story? Jon: I'll take the fifth on that one! 5. Geri: Who is your favorite author? Jon: I love Nichol's Milagro Beanfield War, Douglas Adams, and Kurt Vonnegut. 6. Geri: Are your characters created from people you've known in real life, or are they from the imagination? Jon: I am inspired by everything around me. 7. Geri: How many books have you written? Jon: I have four books published: Rattlesnake Lawyer, Amarillo In August, Crater County, Volcano Verdict, and La Bajada is due out this summer. 8. Geri: Where can your books be purchased? Jon: All my books can be ordered at Amazon, Barnesandnoble, and Borders 9. Geri: Describe how you felt the first time you were published? Jon: My first published story was in Washington City Paper. I was on the Metro and I saw someone reading it, and I said, "That's me!" 10. Geri: Do you have any current work in progress for a new release? Jon: La Bajada Lawyer comes out this year. But, I already have the next few done. 11. Geri: What are some links to your websites? Jon: http://www.rattlesnakelawyer.com/ www.myspace.com/154485663 12. Geri: Do you have goals set for the future in your journey of writing? Jon: I want to get a TV , or movie project 13. Geri: At this point and time in your life, are you exactly where you want to be in your writing endeavors? Jon: To be honest, No! I had a TV project just last fall, though I'm currently working on a new project, and an emmy winning producer is interested in it. 14. Geri: In your opinion, what are some factors that can help authors reach their dream of accomplishment? Jon: Your audience is not yourself. You want to invite people into your world as if your inviting them into your living room. You have to make them feel comfortable. That doesn't mean you can't have a surprise party! 15. Geri: Have you ever experienced writer's block? Jon: I can only write in darkness, early in the morning. I have trouble writing in summer. 16. Geri: What advice can you give to authors to prevent writer's block? Jon: Keep writing, even if it's only a haiku. Who knows? You might find something in a haiku that you can use in your novel! 17. Geri: As a child, did you any favorite books? Jon: I loved reading novels, especially science fiction. 18. Geri: As a child, did you enjoy reading? Jon: I often read one book everyday. 19. Geri: If you had the opportunity for one day to live the life of a famous author, who would it be? Jon: I would have loved to have been Arthur Miller. He was married to Marilyn Monroe. I do sometimes wonder what it would be like to be a writer on the run, with bodyguards, and a beautiful, mysterious wife? 20. Geri: Many authors feel a sense of self-satisfaction, after writing a book. Some feel a sense of achievement, can you relate to such feelings? Jon: Finishing something is a great feeling! 21. Geri: How do you balance your current occupation with your goals for writing? Jon: I am a lawyer during the day. Sometimes I write, until the phone starts ringing. 22. Geri: How did you feel at your first book-signing? Jon: One of my first signings was after September 11th. I was just happy that people bought anything at all. 23. Geri: If you won the lottery tomorrow, would that change your plans in your writing career? Jon: I would buy a better computer, and a more comfortable chair. I would also hire a Publicist. The main goal would be to give something back. I would endow a scholarship, somewhere for young, and not so young writers. 24. Geri: As writers, we begin with a manuscript that becomes published, then we learn all about promotions. What was your most difficult task? Jon: I traveled a lot to promote my book. I was so tired once, that I drove off the road in Arizona. I've learned that it's better to have another driver with you. 25. Geri: Some writer's need to listen to soft music to help them write. Some prefer looking at the ocean, or flowers, do you have a particular scenery, or object to focus on when writing? Jon: I have a picture of a famous actress who posed with my book. 26. Geri: If you had books published in one genre, and became daring to write in a different genre, what would it be? Jon: I am a legal thriller writer, but I've started incorporating other genres. I'm curious to see how my western is received. Geri: Thank you very much for giving your time to today's Interview. I wish you much success in all your writing endeavors!