Q&A with John Miles
1. Please tell us a little bit about Assula
Well, Assula as an idea can be attributed to too much beer. Well alright perhaps a little more explanation is needed.
While watching a Dracula movie one day---the Francis Ford Coppola version---someone made a joke about a vampire that bites butts instead of necks which, perhaps unsurprisingly led to many more jokes along the same line.
The next day the idea stayed with me and so I started writing, to explain the unusual proclivity Assula has of biting butts instead of necks I developed the premise that only the evil become vampires when they are attacked, the rest just die.
Assula isn’t evil, but because he was bitten by a very powerful vampire, perhaps Dracula himself he becomes what he is, a butt biting vampire.
2. What sets this book apart from other vampire books?
Well of course there is the fact that Assula bites butts instead of necks, but aside from that there is the fact that Assula is a rather more sympathetic figure than most vampires.
3. Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
Actually I think that Assula is my favorite character perhaps because he is a lot like me. Well alright I haven’t bitten many butts, not too often anyway and certainly not without an immediate and heartfelt, profuse apology.
Nevertheless, I can in many ways relate to Assula’s feelings of being an outsider and being unable to adequately explain situations in his life even when he knows he’s in the right.
4. What do you hope to say to people about your writing?
Well first and foremost I hope that they will be entertained by my writing.
I try to keep messages of any kind to a minimum. I believe that a book or a film or for that matter a television show can come across as boring and pretentious if they start to get too preachy.
5. What made you choose to write in this genre?
Really, in this particular case I really feel that this genre or at least this particular book chose me. As I said, the day after watching the Dracula film I just couldn’t get the butt biting idea out of my head and so I decided to sit down and write about it.
At the time I thought it might make a good short story that I might, perhaps share with those who watched the film with me. I never would have dreamed that it would end up as a novel.
6. What is the most interesting thing on your desk?
Actually there are two things on my desk that I think are pretty interesting. I have a set of bookends that a young lady gave me a few years ago that depict a dragon coming through the gates of a castle.
They’re pretty cool I think, and I have no idea where she got them.
Also, I have a Bamboo plant that was given to me on my birthday in 2008.The young lady gave me the plant in a flower vase that was filled with just water and some rocks.
The plant sat on my desk unattended until July, 4th 2011---I never even bothered to change the water.
A few days before July 4th 2011 someone gave me some flowerpots—who knows why. Well it just so happens that on July 4th I was in a store and they had potting soil on sale for $1.99 and I just knew---without even thinking of the Bamboo plant-- that I needed the potting soil because, well after all it was on sale for just $1.99.
When I got home I saw the bamboo plant and thought hey, I do have a use for that potting soil. I cut the algae off of the bottom of the roots and planted the plant in one of the flower pots.
Now a little more than one year later it will soon have to be planted in an even larger flower pot. For the Bamboo plant to have survived this long after all it has been through, well I think that’s pretty cool.
7. What is your favorite movie?
I actually have a couple of favorites. I love the Steve McQueen film, “The Great Escape,” I think my favorite comedy of all time is “It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world,” with an all star cast that includes Jonathan Winters you can’t go wrong---and yes I did sign the petition on facebook for Mr. Winters to host SNL and I really hope it happens.
8. Coffee or tea?
I am a tea drinker only. I just never cared for the taste of coffee, and I do mean real tea, not herbal.
9. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I should go to bed earlier but I am rarely in bed before midnight.
10. What projects do you have planned for the future?
Right now I am thinking about a story about a private detective or one about a 19th century adventurer, but I haven’t decided which one to go with yet.
Where you can buy the book:
For amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1/186-2207685-6782948?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=assula
For smashwords.com: http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=assula&adult=on
For bookiejar.com: http://www.bookiejar.com/Home/Browse?term=assula&type=Books