How We Learned to Lie
"Miller's tale offers a stunning portrayal of platonic love, the forces that push people apart and the pains of growing out into the world. The plot unravels slowly, woven in beautiful prose."
- Kirkus Reviews
"Miller's vivd, haunting writing is filled with prose gems."
- Publisher's Weekly
"the leisurely pace and lyrical prose of this poignant literary novel invite readers to drift in the wake of the losses Joan and Daisy are just realizing . . . intimately recognizable on a profound level by sensitive readers"
- Karen Coats, BCCB
You can order How We Learned to Lie on all major websites, but why not be a good egg and do it here?
This coming-of-age tale is crafted in a New American Gothic style that is impeccable in its execution. The reader is thrust into the inner worlds of breathless anticipation, giddy reeling, blurred reality, drawn-out ennui, and unstaunchable rages with which teens are blessed and afflicted.. . . any reader interested in the inner world of girls on the brink of womanhood in a man’s world will be spellbound.
- Liz Sundermann, VOYA
a buildup reminiscent of Joyce Carol Oates' Foxfire
- Ilana Lucas, Brit.co
Darkly thought-provoking reflections on modern gender politics.
- Kirkus Reviews
Not from an Astronomer
A story in which I imagine into the gaps in what we know about Caroline Herschel, recently published by the wonderful Fairlight Books. The italicised lines are from a letter Lina Herschel wrote to Joseph Banks on the discovery of one of her (eight) comets.
You can read it here.
Close in Time, Space or Order
This story was shortlisted for the 2022 Rhys Davies Story Prize. You can read it here in the prize anthology, published by Parthian Books. If you buy or borrow it, don't miss Daniel Strogen's story 'Cracked/Duck', which is the star of the shortlist for me. I assign that story in my classes now.
I remember that at the time I wrote 'Close in Time, Space or Order' I was reading Joyce Carol Oates' novel Blonde (which disappointed me in the end) and wanted to write a story about the fantasmatic mother. I'd also read Brenda Chamberlain's amazing short story, 'The Return' and admired it's dramatic structure.
1977, or so
This was my first published short story. It was published in the journal Short Fiction, which was a fine venue during its brief print run supported by Plymouth University. I remember getting my author copy and feeling proud to be published alongside all the other really strong work in this issue. You can read the story in the online archive here.