Thursday, April 24, 2008
Interview With Don Miles
INTERVIEW FOR VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR DE NET (Karina)
Don Miles has been News Director for radio stations in New York City, (WPAT,) Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska and finally Texas. He has won “Best Newscast” award from the Nebraska A.P. Broadcasters and his news teams in Florida and Nebraska have won numerous statewide awards. Don has served on the Board of Directors for Florida’s AP Broadcasters and has judged broadcast news contests for UPI Rhode Island. Don has taught at the Universities of Florida and Nebraska, at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and at elementary schools in New York, Connecticut, and Texas.
He is the author of two books in the field of broadcast news, (Broadcast News Handbook and Broadcast Newswriting Stylebook.) He has a Bachelors in Education from State University of New York and a Masters in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida.
Don’s inspiration for the book came mainly from his late wife, Dr. Minerva González-Angulo Miles. Minerva grew up in the neighborhood at the base of Chapultepec Hill in Mexico City, where the Emperor Maximilian’s castle still stands. She would often visit the castle and view the portrait of the emperor and empress whose story is featured in this book.
Don and Minerva traveled extensively throughout Mexico, and over the past few years visited many libraries and bookstores there in the research for this book. They also spent many hours in the stacks at the Benson Latin American Library at the University of Texas in Austin, which is widely recognized as the premier source for information on this topic. They also paid several visits to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. to photocopy various U.S. government documents pertaining to the Mexican situation during the 1860’s.
Don wrote and produced plays and slide shows about Cinco de Mayo for elementary students, teachers and parents.
Why did you write this book? To dispel misunderstandings about the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo.
What was your favorite part of writing this book? Researching & writing it.
What was most difficult? The two years spent trying to sell the manuscript.
What is the one thing you’d like folks to know about this book or your work? I’d like them to know the real meaning of Cinco de Mayo, especially since it influenced the history of the US & Texas.
What’s next for you? A Spanish translation of the book