Christa Miller

Dark Fiction & Children's Fiction

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Looking back, looking ahead

I’ve been spending the last few days in end-of-year reflection and coming-year planning, not that planning ever really works out the way we think — 2017 being a great example of that — but more to get my head screwed on straight about what’s come before and what to expect. […]

A new novella for the grown-ups

With Raccoon Rescue now happily out in the world, I’m pleased to announce that my new novella, “Sodom and Gomorrah on a Saturday Night,” has been published in the first-ever Running Wild Novella Anthology! I haven’t written too much about this story for two reasons. First, because it represents the […]

Raccoon Rescue cover reveal (and a sneak peek)!

I’m so pleased and excited to show off some of the brilliant artwork done for Raccoon Rescue — its cover image! Illustrator Christian Barratt lives in Perth, Western Australia. He did such a great job capturing the characters of Mama, Roxy, Rufus, and Renae not just on the cover, but […]

The marathon of authorpreneurship

I was always a long-distance person. Whether running, biking, or swimming, I found I lacked stamina, interest, and/or fast-twitch muscles for sprints. My favorite exercise was to spend hours on the side of the road or in the pool, getting into “the zone,” meditating on my own rhythm. Perhaps because […]

A second look at an unfinished story

When I first started to write Possum Kingdom, I admit that racial issues were not a big part of the story that was forming. My focus was on economic and class issues, and the allegories I was constructing, as well as honoring the different cultural and historical influences on Boston […]

Notes from the NaNo Sausage Factory: Week 3

I ran into a brick wall this week. Things went great Saturday, but Sunday morning, I started to feel like something wasn’t quite right. My progress toward the climax I’d envisioned had slowed, not because I’d overplanned and my plot didn’t match (which has happened before!), but because the story […]

Notes from the NaNo Sausage Factory: Week 2

It’s been an interesting week, to say the least. I found I struggled to write, in part because I’ve been tracking reactions to the US election and in part because heading towards the end of Streets of Abaddon, I’ve struggled with tying all the different ends together. I’m not really […]