Today I had a chat with Paul D. Miller about his latest book and some of his writing habits.
Hi, Paul! Thanks for talking with me today. Tell us about your newest book release.
It’s called Albrecht Drue, ghostpuncher. When a washed-up bar-room brawler gets jumped by the ghost of a jive-turkey 1970s pimp, he discovers a handy knack for beating the everloving &$#@ out of the undead. After that, &$#@ gets weird.
Sounds fascinating! I see you already have some positive reviews, which is great. Tell me, that’s the first book you ever remember reading?
A man of culture! Can I ask, what inspired you to start writing?
I always expected I’d end up an author; there wasn’t ever any question in my mind. Doing the writing was a good way to make that happen.
That’s lovely you always knew it was what you wanted to do. Who is your main inspiration?
It’s pretentious, but: me. I’ve bet a lot on making this author thing work, and I have to prove myself right. My wife keeps me going day to day, and my daughter helps, but my biggest inspiration is the need to say “I did it my way.”
Confidence is so important, especially in this industry. Aside from writing, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Movies, TV, comics when I can afford them. I consume them all aggressively and with a frightening abandon. I’m also a huge fan of the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals. Then there’s art, which in my case has devolved into photoshopping celebrity heads onto things other than their bodies; think Quentin Tarantaco and Samuel Owl Jackson. But I have a 22-month old daughter, so she sets the rules and laughs at the idea of free time.
Hahaha, that’s brilliant. I’d love to see them! And congratulations on your baby girl as well! Tell me about your writing space. Where do you usually write?
It used to be any and everywhere. I’d take yellow legal pads, fill them up, and eventually transcribe them into a laptop. Now, tho, I have a desk instead of a dining room so I can write while watching my daughter destroy the apartment.
Aw, bless her! That is children’s jobs, after all. Would you say you’re a morning or night person? What time of day do you prefer to sit and write?
I get my best work done in the morning, before the sun comes up. By the time night rolls around, I’m shot for anything but drinking in front of the TV. Still, if I’m following a burst of inspiration, it doesn’t matter what time it is.
Morning gang! Do you plan out your stories or are you a pantser (making it up as you go along)?
I plan in broadstrokes, then fill in the details. Every now and again, I’ll just write without a plan, but most of that stuff ends up being cannibalized for a more constructed story.
Excellent. What’s your favourite book genre? Do you write in that genre?
I’m a fantasy guy, but not necessarily sword-and-sorcery, though I do enjoy it. For me, fantasy is anything grounded in a reality different from what we consider the accepted one. I like mine tinged with horror, and that’s generally what I write.
Fantasy horror is what I write too, so I think we’ll be good friends! Tell me your top three favourite books of all time.
Play the Piano Drunk Like a Percussion Instrument Until the Fingers Begin to Bleed a Bit by Charles Bukowski, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail by Hunter S. Thompson, and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Have you ever read a book that changed your life?
All of them did.
Awesome! Who is your favourite book character who you’ve created?
Diallo. He’s the most repulsive, awful, disgusting person to ever appear in any of my works. The only way to describe him without using expressive profanity is an ogre. Not a Shrek ogre, but the kind of ogre they censor out of medieval fairy tales for being too obscene. He is also possessed of an infinite affection for his master, the Wildgrave Chudoviste, not to mention a quick wit and a level of self-awareness that belies his menial status. He’s terrible, but just so damn alive. He makes his first appearance in Albrecht Drue, Paranormal Dick, which is not yet available.
He sounds amazing. I can’t wait to check out your work! What about the book you have available now? What’s it book about?
That’d be Albrecht Drue, ghostpuncher, a paranormal fantasy/horror about a drunk who rebuilds his life by beating the &$#@ out of ghosts.
Thank you! Where can we find out more about you?
My LinkTree has all the details. I usually follow people back!
Thank you for chatting with us today, I had a lot of fun!
Get Albrecht Drue, ghostpuncher on Amazon