Christa Miller

Dark Fiction & Children's Fiction

The story behind the story: Tayaran

The idea for this story is fairly straightforward. The local Islamic Center offered a screening of the documentary, “Salam Neighbor,” and I was curious, so I went. Watching the film, I began to wonder: how would my son, then 10, cope with living in a refugee camp?

How #metoo drove my second novella

I posted this to Instagram on Monday, September 24, my brief contribution to the #BelieveSurvivors walkout organized by the #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke: Later that week, listening to Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, I became unexpectedly enraged. I found so many memories dredged up in a way no testimony had […]

Revisiting some old (fictional) friends

In April I blogged about going with the flow of some time-worn astrological advice to revise some fiction that had been rejected. With Mercury again in retrograde this month, while I got back to work on another dystopia that I’d started but never finished, I found myself thinking about an […]

A(nother) sneak peek at “The Kings of Babylon”

If you read Sodom & Gomorrah on a Saturday Night, you know that it takes place in a United States where most of the government has been privatized and crimes like human trafficking have been legalized. (Think this is ludicrous? You may want to read articles about the trucking industry and […]

roadway leading toward or away from a sunrise

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 […]