PDB: Can you pitch THE IMMORTAL GAME in 25 words or less?
A private detective is hired to find a missing boy and gets caught up in a mob war in the North End of Boston.
PDB: Which music, books, films or television shows have floated your boat recently?
I’m usually stuck in the past on most things, but here’s some recent stuff:
Music – First Aid Kit, Lydia Loveless, White Denim.
Books – I read Don Winslow’s The Power of the Dog recently and it blew me away. The Hard Way by William Hastings is a great little collection of essays. Pike by Ben Whitmer, Mountain Home by Bracken MacLeod, Volt by Alan Heathcock. These are just the most recent. I’ve been on a good streak lately.
Films – I’m definitely stuck in the past with movies. Give me a black and white Bogie and Bacall or Cagney movie every night of the week. I’ll settle for Peckinpah or Tarantino. Watched the original Getaway with McQueen and McGraw the other night. Still great.
Television – This year was all about True Detective and Hannibal. I suspect next year won’t be much different.
PDB: Is it possible for a writer to be an objective reader?
Not for this writer. I get angry if the writing’s bad. I get jealous if the writing’s good. Like a magician, I always want to know how a good writer performs his tricks.
PDB: Do you have any interest in writing for films, theatre or television?
I spent some time in LA as a studio exec for 20th Century Fox. It is a really collaborative undertaking and I came to the realization that I don’t work well with others, creatively speaking.
PDB: How much research goes into each book?
Very little goes into the first draft. Julia Glass once told me, do as little as you can because it will distract you from the point of the story. The first few books I wrote came largely out of my own experiences so not much was needed. I recently completed a manuscript that deals with war veterans and I did do quite a bit of research for that one.
PDB: How useful or important are social media for you as a writer?
So far almost everything I’ve published has somehow come out of a social media connection. And it certainly helps sell books.
PDB: What’s on the cards for the rest of 2014?
It’s been a good year. A collection of linked stories, Everything She Knows was released. A story in Thuglit 12. After The Immortal Game, I have a novel, Prodigal Sons slated for November/December from All Due Respect Books.
Bio: Mike Miner lives and writes in Connecticut. He is the author of Prodigal Sons (All Due Respect Books), The Immortal Game (Gutter Books) and Everything She Knows (SolsticeLit Books). His stories can be found in the anthologies, Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT and Pulp Ink 2 as well as in places like Thuglit, Beat To a Pulp, All Due Respect, Burnt Bridge, Narrative, PANK, The Flash Fiction Offensive, Shotgun Honey and others.