Miles Watson has had a helluva life. Actually, several of them.
Born in Illinois, the son of prominent Chicago journalists, he was largely raised just outside Washington, D.C., where his father covered the presidency during the Carter, Reagan and Bush (41) administrations. By the age of seventeen, he’d done things like attend Fourth of July celebrations on the White House lawn, get drunk with the man who killed Che Guevara, and listen to retired CIA men tell him things they undoubtedly shouldn’t have about John Kennedy and Vietnam.
His writing ability was first noticed in elementary school, where a tale about flying around the Beltway in an old WW2 bomber made him the most popular kid in second grade for one afternoon, and by the age of fourteen, he had been recognized by the Montgomery County, Maryland, school system for Excellence in Writing – although young Miles did notice the “award” they gave him was actually a photocopy. At seventeen, he published his first short story, “The Action,” in Green’s magazine, a Canadian literary quarterly, and by the age of twenty, his work had been read by such luminaries as Reynolds Price (Ragtime) and E.L. Doctorow (A Long and Happy Life).
Disappearing into a maelstrom of cheap beer and secondhand cigarette smoke in college, he eventually emerged with a degree in Criminal Justice and a misguided belief that carrying a badge and not sitting behind a typewriter was his true destiny. After about a decade in the profession, the truth clubbed him upside the head, and he went back to school to obtain an undergraduate degree in History and a double Masters in Writing Popular Fiction. Moving to Los Angeles in 2007, he began to work as a make-up effects artist on such television shows as HEROES, CSI: NEW YORK, TRUE BLOOD, THE ORVILLE, and THE WALKING DEAD while banging away on said typewriter and getting jerked around by the dying leviathan known as Traditional Publishing
Finally, in 2016, he released his debut novel, Cage Life, which combined his unwanted knowledge of criminals and his passion for mixed martial arts. The book collected its first accolade that year, when Shelf Unbound magazine named it a runner-up in their Best Indie Book contest. Larger laurels came in 2017, when Zealot Script magazine named it “Book of the Year,” and in 2018, it took its most noteworthy honor to date when it won the Best Indie Book Award in the category of Mystery & Suspense.
Since then, he has released a sequel, Knuckle Down, which he is only just now beginning to promote, and a collection of thirteen short stories in various genres entitled Devils You Know. So far in 2019, he has released another short story, “Killing Time,” which briefly took the #17 spot in Kindle’s “mystery, thriller & suspense” short reads, and the WW2 novelette, The Numbers Game.