Exclusive Interview with
Sam B. Miller II
Let’s start with your Career as a writer!
When did you start writing?
I have read countless paperback books in the Science Fiction, Adventure and Paranormal genres. I always found myself thinking I could have made a story a little different and maybe more exciting or plausible. The scientific views and technological devices had to have a realistic background. The story had to be believable. The story had to begin with a real event. With a real threat, I wanted a story that would span many years with actual historical events to bring the reader to the present. I hope I accomplished my goal.
What makes writing your passion?
Writing is a way of leaving something material in the World once you become immaterial.
How long have you been writing?
I published my first book in 2015.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
A sense of accomplishment and dogged determination. There are many more steps to publishing a book than simply writing. Cover selection, editing, re-editing, fighting the odds against you, advertising, reviews, and on and on.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
I try to relate many of my characters to close friends, family members and sometimes TV and movie actors. I can describe the characters in more detail and create subtle twists in their demeanor that make me smile. After all, writing needs to be fun.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
The cost of advertising versus the ability to know what is effective in the marketplace.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
When I feel the block coming on, I stop writing and thinking about my story and get involved with something that settles my mind. Mundane chores like mowing the lawn or washing the car work. Then a good night's sleep and I'm usually ready to hit the words again.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
You need a team of people you can bounce your story off of as you are building it. You need both young and old in the team. Family and friends. I can't tell you how many times my daughter or my son would say, Dad, this sounds like it was written by some old guy. It's not fresh. Or you need to describe this character better. Or this character needs more background so the reader can really understand why they act in a certain way. Your spouse will really not pull any punches and believe me I was punched plenty while writing my novels.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
Don't waste your time reading certain "classics". And I don't mean Science Fiction.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
I read them all. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I feel fortunate that a vast majority of my reviews have been positive.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
I appreciate a thoughtful review, especially from an experienced author who knows how difficult it is to write.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
I have not based a character on my physical self; however, there are many times when a character will respond to something in my sarcastic way.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
The book cover is important. It attracts the reader. I am happy to say I have received awards for my cover designs in 2 of my novels
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
Connection with my readers is most important. As my writing career has evolved, I have taken the opportunity to let several of my fans pre-read my books and critique the work. The results have always been favorable.
How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?
Recognition is gratifying. Writing is hard work and creating a story that myriads of people enjoy and tell you they enjoy is wonderful. I like the look of sincere anticipation in people's eyes when they insist on another book in a series.
Who is your favorite author? Why?
Authors John Campbell, Robert Heinlein, and E.E. 'Doc' Smith were the biggest influences on my story ideas. They could really take me to a whole new reality in my mind as I read their stories. The Skylark of Space series by E. E. Doc Smith is my favorite.
What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?
I dream but don't want to jinx myself.
Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?
I may add to my book, SMITH, to make it a novel rather than a novella. Adding another 30,000 words would do the trick.
If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?
I like who I am. Being a big believer in "the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence" saying, I would be hesitant to switch places and ultimately regret the change.
What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.
What would you say to your readers?
Your wait is almost over.
Thank you for sharing! Let’s talk about your Personal Life!
Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?
Sam B. Miller II holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, from the University of Tennessee. He has five children and lives with his wife, Susan, and their many dogs, in Northeast Tennessee. After writing a successful Science Fiction 3-book series, Miller turned his attention upon the mystery of the supernatural. SMITH was his fourth novel. He has now returned to his favorite genre, Science Fiction, for his fifth novel, U-10.
What is your day job if you have one?
I am retired.
What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?
I am a techno geek.
Did you have a happy childhood?
Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?
Retiring gave me the time to write.
Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?
I am currently writing the sequel to my last novel, U-10.
What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?
Appreciation of American History and how the US Constitution provides for checks and balances on the power of Government.
If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?
More wishes, period.
What is your favorite music?
60's, 70's an d80's.
Share a secret with us 🙂
Don't you wish! :-)