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Bernadette Miller was born in Newark, NJ, but grew up in Crisfield, Maryland, graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in drama, and moved to New York City where she later studied fiction writing at New York University and The New School.
Her first published story appeared in Firelands Arts Review (Firelands College, Ohio) in 1975. Since then her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, including, The University of Portland Review (1978), Reflect (1981), Calliope (Roger Williams College, Rhode Island, 1982), Skylark (Purdue University, 1983), Writer's International Forum (1996), Slugfest, Ltd. (1997), Jewish Currents (2000), The Binnacle (Univ. of Maine at Machias, fall 2005), and Enigma Literary Magazine (2003, 2004, and 2005). Her stories have been published online at Pulse, The Moonwort Review, The Pink Chameleon, and the Copperfield Review among others.
In 1998 she was interviewed and read one of her published stories on New York's Channel 34, Manhattan Neighborhood Network. She has also been a featured reader at the Beaux Arts Society and various Manhattan pubs and restaurants.
Domestic Blisters, a collection of her short stories, together with that of another writer, Janet Kuypers, was published by Scars Publications, Gurnee, Illinois, in December 2003.
She will soon complete her historical novel,The Beginning, set five thousand years ago in the Middle East. This is an epic tale spanning several generations that explores the possible origins of some Old Testament stories. The novel doesn't reproduce Bible stories, but focuses on the possible sources of those stories, based on archaeological findings. The Beginning would appeal to a broad range of readers. This is not a religious book although it does contain a bit of spirituality and guidance. Mainly it seeks to dramatize how religious stories begin, circulate, and over time become legendary and irrefutable. Bernadette is also working on a middle-grade novel, Absence, set in a small town on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore. In 1941 just before the start of World War II, seven-year-old Jenny is forced to live with elderly Jewish European grandparents. Having survived the separation from her adored mother in New Jersey and the horrors of foster homes, Jenny must rely on her courage and wits to adapt to the strange Southern environment where she is the only Jewish child. How she overcomes her initial dislike and learns to love the town is the essence of the story that offers poignancy and humor. Absence would appeal to three general markets: Southerners; Jewish families; and most girls between the ages of ten and fourteen.
Her website, www.bernadettemiller.com, offers a more complete biography, photographs, and reprints some of her published stories.