Miller is also a lawyer. He has a state contract to represent indigent clients in criminal cases in virtually every judicial district in New Mexico.
“I’ve learned to tell a story to a jury, and the jury is just another audience,” Miller said in a phone interview. “And I am able to make my client a sympathetic person. In the courtroom, I try to make my clients recognizable as human beings, because sometimes people jump to conclusions about them.”
In his novels, Miller said, he focuses on universal details – peoples’ wants and needs.