Miles A. Maxwell, out of Cheyenne, Wyoming, is an IFR certified private pilot and student of Traditional Chinese Medicine for more than ten years, speaks bits and pieces of ten languages, surfs, skis, sails, and scuba dives.
He is the author of the State Of Reason mystery – technothrillers including Loss Of Reason, Search For Reason, Drone (Prequel) and Finding Reason in the State Of Reason mystery series, and the Naomi Soul mystery – technothrillers Die By The Pen and Vibrate. His stories all have just one goal: the enhancement of human life.
What inspires you to write?
Reading a good book, combined with the stories I have waiting in my head. Especially the main plot line and characters who are all waiting to go to work in the State Of Reason mystery series.
Tell us about your writing process.
Though I always have a few partly-written novels on the shelf, I quickly settle down to work on one main novel at a time. I keep one or two 4-by-6 sheets of foam core hanging on the wall by my bed. They're covered with evenly applied strips of packing tape. Stuck to the tape are a chapter-by- chapter outline I develop of the book as it grows, including chapter number/title/description, colored bars depicting characters in that chapter, and the latest version of several type-written chapters.
Some years ago, overwhelmed by frustration with trying to make epubs in InDesign, at the suggestion of best-selling novelist Andrea Pearson, I switched to Jutoh and haven't looked back. Jutoh makes creating ebooks a breeze.
While editing a manuscript I bind on a velobind machine, I read each of my novels outloud, start to finish over and over. I read Vibrate outloud more than eighteen times. When I can't take any more I publish. I've rewritten second editions of Loss Of Reason, Die By The Pen, and Drone since initial publication to incorporate the things I've learned.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I hallucinate being each of the people in my stories, one at a time.
Who are your favorite authors?
I recently reread Robert A. Heinlein's masterpiece The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. I'm a long-time Ayn Rand fan. I like SW Southwick's "The Untethered". He's a big fan of Rand's "The Fountainhead". I love Rowling's Harry Potter — mostly for prose style. Nobody has done it better. Of course the buildups in the first book were awesome, especially regarding friendship on Halloween. Also flying against the Dragon in the Triwizard Tournament. I've read and studied the Harry Potter series and all of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee books far too many times to really enjoy them much anymore. Merwin-Webster's Calumet K is a wonderful book. I'm looking for some more great books.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My Publisher Broadington does a good job.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
More and more small publishers, possibly selling direct.
What genres do you write?
Mystery, Thriller, Scifi, Political, Philsophical, Technothriller, Apocalyptic, Motivational, Scientific, Hopeful, Medical
What formats are your books in?
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