What’s your genre?
Are you Published?
What inspired you to become a writer?
I had an experience in my teens that I later decided would make an interesting story if I spruced up a few of the details and added a little pizzazz. A few months later, I had the first draft of my debut novel, The Collins House. I had started with the goal of self-publishing one novel, just for fun. The feeling I got from finishing that book was something I couldn’t leave behind, though. I started The Warning Woods podcast as a means of publishing short, fictional stories and continue to work on novels in the meantime.
What author do you admire and how have they inspired your writing?
I could try to skate around the obvious, but Stephen King’s work has had a profound impact on me and my writing. I was introduced to horror and sci-fi by Poe and Bradbury, but once I started reading King my perspective on writing changed. I realized the power of great dialogue, uncomfortably relatable characters, and raw language while reading Bag of Bones. The way he can translate outlandish ideas into believable narratives that draw the reader in encourages me to explore even my most absurd ideas.
Name three of your favorite books and their authors
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
What’s on thing readers should know about you?
I’ve been a fan of horror far longer than I’ve been creating it. I see myself first and foremost as a fan of the genre and wish nothing more than to be a part of its future.
What one piece of advice would you give a budding writer?
Read as much as possible from as many authors as you can. However, if you start reading something that feels poorly written put it down and get it out of your head. What you read will inevitably affect what you write. This can be both a blessing and a curse to an author trying to find their voice.
Miles Tritle lives in Ames, IA with his wife and daughter. He has released over one hundred short horror stories on his podcast, The Warning Woods. In 2021, he released his debut novel The Collins House. Visit him here.