Interview with Writer Heidi Ruby Miller
Hello. I'm Heidi Ruby Miller, the Educational Marketing Coordinator at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob and adjunct creative writing faculty at Seton Hill University. I'm also a published writer.
Could you describe your work?
At Kentuck Knob, I developed a continuing education program for teachers where I assist in creating lesson plans and am building a curriculum based on Frank Lloyd Wright, the Kentuck Knob house, its collections, and the Sculpture Meadow. All of the research I do on a daily basis for my job led me to my current project.
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What project is that?
A thriller about a Wright Apprentice who encoded secret messages in his blueprints for the US government during WWII. It follows the Apprentice's grandson, among others, as he uncovers the truth and attempts to find two lost atomic bombs. The novel has a Navajo Code Talker, polygamous compounders, and a woman with grapheme color synesthesia, which in my book means she can see other people's emotions as colors.
You mentioned teaching at Seton Hill. Isn't that where you did your undergraduate work?
Yes, I graduated in 2007 from their Writing Popular Fiction Program. I'm also the face you see in those magazine ads for the WPF Program.
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They have an incredible Alumnae Association, and I'm happy to be an active member, including helping to plan the Annual WPF In Your Wright Mind Conference and Retreat held each June. So many amazing writers are associated with Seton Hill, and I hope to carry on in that tradition with my writing.
Do you belong to any other writers' organizations?
Yes, The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, and the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
What is your personal philosophy about writing?
Fight off the despair. It's not only a career killer, it's a soul killer.
There was a time when I felt that getting my novel published would allow me to live the life I dreamed of, the life I saw many of the writers around me living. When my first two novels didn't make it past the agent stage, I panicked, flirting with ideas that might have brought a quick ego boost, but that would eventually set a tone for my career that was not what I wanted and might make it even harder to climb that publishing success ladder.
I needed to reevaluate. What I found was that I was already living pretty well, doing those things I love best like traveling, eating great food, doing yoga, reading other people's books, and playing video games with my husband.
I know now that publishing isn't the key to happiness, living well while pursuing my dream is. It means a lot of extra hours by week's end, but it's time well-spent. And, if it takes me another three years and as many rejected novels to launch my career, I'll still be able to look back at that time and remember it as full of good experiences. Like when I was on Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
- Heidi Ruby Miller's Blog
Heidi Ruby Miller travels to enrich her life and her writing.
- Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob
News, photos, and memories about the Kentuck Knob cultural experience, including features on tours, artists, education, authors and food.
- Seton Hill University
Heidi Ruby Miller's work on Creative Writing courses at this American University.
- Official Site of the Navajo Code Talkers
Young Navajo men who transmitted secret communications on the battlefields of WWII.
- Grapheme Colour synthesia
...In which an individual's perception of numbers and letters is associated with the experience of colors.
- The Authors Guild
...Has been the published writer's advocate for effective copyright, fair contracts, and free expression since 1912.
Pennwriters, a multi-genre writer's organization based in Pennsylvania and beyond.
- The Science Fiction Poetry Association
...Founded in 1978 to bring together poets and readers interested in science fiction poetry.
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