Chatting with CS Miller
My pleasure today to introduce you to a prolific crime fiction writer from Mexico – Charles S Miller - who writes as CS Miller.
Welcome to my home in cyber-space. Thanks for dropping in to see us.
Tell me, whereabouts do you live, Charles?
A. I live in San Miguel de Allende, a 500-year old Spanish Colonial city located in central Mexico.
Q. Are you a full time writer or do you have a day job?
A. I have been a full time writer for several years.
Q. What kind of work did you do before you became a writer?
A. I was a reporter in Washington, DC, but did my mystery writing in my off hours.
Q. What inspired you to become a writer?
A. I always wanted to be a writer, and have been out it a very long time.
Q. Do you use experiences from work to build plot and character in your crime fiction?
A. I’m sure I do, but subconsciously. I was at one time a criminal court reporter. In Washington, I covered the Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court, as well as being correspondent for the Department of Justice.
Q. How long have you been writing? Central Mexico
A. In that we have had our house in San Miguel for nearly a decade, I’ve been writing in Mexico for a period of almost 10 years, even though I would mostly be there on holiday.
Q. Do you base your characters on real people you have met or are they a product of the imagination.
A. I would say imagination.
Q. What is your favourite genre to write in and why?
Q. Are you a reader yourself and if so what kind of books do you enjoy?
A. I enjoy mysteries, mostly police procedurals, etc.
Q. Do you have a particular writing discipline that you can share with us?
A. I try to write several hours a day. My rule has been that even on the worst of days that I spend at least a half hour at the keyboard.
Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge to being a writer today?
A. The writing market, especially the mystery genre, is saturated.
Q. If there is one thing you could change in the world, what would it be?
A. Not sure. We would all say have peace among nations.
Q. Are you currently published or do you have a ‘work in progress’ you can tell us about?
A. I am currently published (seven books published), and am in the midst of another book (have about 30,000 words plus.)
Q. Did you design the book covers or did someone do it for you?
A. I have a cover designer.
Q. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A. I live where I want to be.
Q. What hobbies do you have?
A. Besides writing, I love reading mysteries, and watching mysteries, especially British, Nordic mysteries.
Q. Where can we find out more about your work?
A. Besides Amazon Kindle, my books are available on Kobo, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook format.
Q. And where can we follow and support you on social media sites?
A. I have a blog – www.csmillerbs.blogspot.com, and people can email me at email@example.com
Thank you for chatting today and good luck with your work.
Thanks for the opportunity.