Selected Works

Fiction/9-11 year olds
Accompanied by an irrepressible eight-year-old girl, two twelve-year-old boys are hurled unexpectedly into the future and get a glimpse of a world they want no part of. Will they be able to overcome their dislike of each other and find a way back to the present? Will they be able to make the future "come out better"? And what if one of them is left behind...?
Accused of a murder he did not commit, fifteen-year old Matt McKendrick struggles to prove his innocence to a city full of strangers and to two police detectives assigned to his case. Now available as a e-Book from B&N and Amazon.
Re-entering the world of school and strangers and dreading the unaswerable question, "Aren't you the one who killed a little girl and got away with it?", sixteen-year-old Matt McKendrick finds friendship and hostility in unexpected places.
To show strangers who still hate him that they can't make him quit, Matt is determined to win the Runner of the Year award. His strongest rival is a black runner as good as he is. Only one of them can win the award, and only one does.
Steeling himself against the agonies of returning to his home town where memories of his lost family can no longer be buried, Matt spends a tumultuous summer working on a guest ranch with four of his closest friends and one of his oldest enemies.
Fiction/YA/Short Story
An old murder and the people involved in it reappear suddenly in the present, forcing 16-year-old Zach and his father to try to right an old wrong. The consequences are both unforeseen and disastrous. Printed in the collection SHORT CIRCUITS edited by Donald Gallo, November 1992.
Article written for the ALAN Review on why I write, where I get my ideas, and why reading and books are so vitally important in today's world.

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Australia 1977-1983

New South Wales Adult Literacy Council and volunteer tutor 1979-83


California again

Author in the schools 1984 on (photo by John A. Ramos, Jr)

Christmas 1985

Innkeeping, North Carolina 1994-1999



...with his Hobie 16

...with his first grandchild

...with me

discussing sports, politics, the stock market, world affairs...or maybe lunch plans

John D. Miller

...after twelve years of courageously, uncomplainingly, and successfully battling a recurring cancer,
he died of pneumonia on May 5, 2000.

DAVID... 17

Princeton Graduation--1989--with brother John

David and Colleen--married 1995 the thick of things

with Jack

with Jonah--October 2001

David W. Miller

...brilliant, tender, goofy; on the verge of an outstanding career in journalism;
married to a beautiful young woman he respected and loved;
adoring father of two funny, affectionate, creative little boys;
full of love and laughter...

killed by a drunk driver on January 6, 2002.


promise yourself and David, and all of us who share the roads with you,
that from now on, whenever you drink, you will not get behind the wheel of a car. Period.
No excuses. No "just this once won't hurt."
Your promise won't give David back the fifty plus years of laughter and learning and love he should have had, but it could save your life...or someone else's.