My guest today is Miles Halcomb, member of the Enid Writers Club. Miles entered one piece in the anthology, Prose Colored Glasses, https://www.amazon.com/Prose-Colored-Glasses-Enid-Writers/dp/B0BD2BK1T9/ref=sr_1_1?crid=ZHQZQSK9AQIM&keywords=prose+colored+glasses+book+enid+writers+club&qid=1670442570&sprefix=Prose+Colored%2Caps%2C209&sr=8-1 and it was a good one. Check it out! But first, get to know him a little better.
PC: What drives you to write?
MH: In high school I enjoyed being in the Jr. and Sr. Plays and playing the piano. I chose to major in Radio, T.V. and Films for my undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University. While attending Oklahoma State, I worked at KVRO, the college radio station, writing and selling ads for businesses like Hideaway Pizza, Eskimo Joe’s, and Subway sandwich shops. I also did voices for the commercials occasionally. At the time, those businesses had just started their growth to become what they are today. I decided to pursue law school after my father became sick with cancer to further my education and so I could stay close to home.
As you can tell, I have always enjoyed the creative process. I had the idea for my first book in 2000 and wrote the first forty pages and then had to set it aside because I was busy with work and family obligations. However, I love to create something new, and I hate to leave something unfinished. With the encouragement of Enid Writer’s Club, I was able to refocus on the idea for the book I had started and finished the book.
There is nothing I have found so rewarding as creating something that another person can enjoy. Although my first book did not become a commercial success, I had people tell me they enjoyed reading it. That is why I write. I find it very satisfying to know that someone can take my work and escape into another world for a while and that they enjoyed the time they spent reading my work.
PC: What genre(s) do you write, and why?
MH: I write mainly dystopian/apocalyptic science fiction or fantasy/magical realism. I say that because my first book was dystopian/apocalyptic science fiction and the second one I’m working on is fantasy/magical realism (as best I can tell right now). The second book is about sixty percent finished.
The piece I wrote for Prose Colored Glasses is a dystopian view of Russian based upon the current situation there if it continues along the same course it is following right now.
PC: Do you listen to music while you write, and if so, what kind? If not, why not?
MH: I write in absolute quiet. Noises of any kind disturb me.
PC: Tell us one unusual thing about yourself – not related to writing!
MH: I’m an oil and gas investor on a small scale.
PC: Who would you want to be for 1 day and why? (It can be anyone living or dead)
MH: Wow! That’s a tricky question and it would depend on what day in their lives, right? I only get one day. I think I would like to be Winston Churchill on the day he found out that World War II was over. I have always admired him for his leadership, creativity, and wit. He has quite a number of quotes that are useful sources of inspiration. He was a writer, and his skills of persuasion and encouragement assisted him in leading England during that trying time. I believe that day would have been one of the best days of his life after him watching all the hardships that his people endured during the war.
Thank you for talking to us and letting us get to know you better. Pick up a copy of the anthology and see what all these authors have to say.
What are you reading/writing this week?