Mother Warned You

Tantrum, Cottonmouth, Mike's Place

by Erick W. Miller



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/29/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781456760496
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781456760489
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 152
ISBN : 9781456760502

About the Book

“Mother Warned You” is a violent dose of reality with a Christian message throughout. Adult content, just enough to make it real, also make it interesting. Before you ever get to read it, I want to say that I never had any formal training as a writer. I have heard that a little of the author goes into every character. I’m sure that is natural. Teachers also tell you to write about what you know. I did just that. Those are dismal thoughts for me to digest, but, oh well, if you knew me better, you’d see me throughout the book. I managed to move about the country so much, that I’d be gone from an area before too many got to know me well. Lots of good people only knew me as a roofer or a carpenter. Some only knew me as “Snakeman”. That was all they needed to know. I kept snakes for many years and still have three.

Of course, I like to think of my self as the good guy, basically I am and usually I was. Today, I am for sure. Still, it was too easy to draw on personal thoughts and experience to develop even the most horrible of the bad guys. Every single character in all the stories was patterened after someone I’ve crossed paths with in the 55 years I’d lived prior to publishing this the first time. I’d gotten to know (or be) some of the bad guys too well.

Tantrum is a departure from writing norms. The line between good guys and bad guys is only clear due to the truly evil nature of the villians. Cottonmouth and Mike’s Place deal with a flexible style of police work that most cops only dream of. Liberal courts stymie the best efforts of good cops. These tales are about how they’d like to operate.

About the Author

Erick was born in Chicago in 1948. His last home in The Windy City was a housing project at Sacremento and Harrison. He went to high school in Fox Lake, Illinois before completing one semester as a Biology major at Whitewater, Wisconsin. Prior to serving in the Army, Erick completed a course titled “Modern Construction Techniques” at IIT in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Night school in Grayslake, Illinois added to his knowledge of Carpentry and general construction after his honorable discharge. He furthered his education as an Infantryman for two years in the US Army. As a Pointman in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne, he earned a Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star, an Air Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and other awards. He spent his adult life alternating between Carpentry and Roofing having worked as a foreman and superintendant respectively. The writer in him was never formally educated nor encouraged. Rather, it was something he’d always wanted to do as he felt that he had a natural talent. Married and living in Apache Junction, Arizona with his wife Mikki, he has four dogs and many friends. The father of two natural children and four step-children, he claims kinship to 15 grandchildren and hopes to live long enough to be a great grandfather. Baptized Catholic as a child, he drifted away from The Lord for too many years. Erick is now a born again Christian and was re-baptized at Bear Spring Baptist Church in Dover, Tennessee. Erick states, “I consider my most important responsibility to be raising my children as Christians.”