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Interview with Writer Heidi Ruby Miller

Updated on February 7, 2013
Heidi Ruby Miller
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.

Heidi Ruby Miller on Kentuck Knob's Southern Terrace enjoying the play of light from the skylights. Photo by Darlene Martin.
Heidi Ruby Miller on Kentuck Knob's Southern Terrace enjoying the play of light from the skylights. Photo by Darlene Martin.

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Are you a writer or artist of any kind, who would like to be featured in Adele Cosgrove-Bray's series of interviews here on Hubpages? Then contact Adele by email at ACBwrites@aol.com and put AUTHOR INTERVIEWS in the subject line.

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.

Ad for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program featuring Heidi Ruby Miller.
Ad for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program featuring Heidi Ruby Miller.
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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.

Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller after a rain storm on Charles Bridge in Prague.
Heidi Ruby Miller and Jason Jack Miller after a rain storm on Charles Bridge in Prague.
Jason Jack Miller and Heidi Ruby Miller at Zion National Park.
Jason Jack Miller and Heidi Ruby Miller at Zion National Park.

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.

© 2010 Adele Cosgrove-Bray

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 4 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this author interview, Ruby. There are more interviews in the series, if you're interested.

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      What an interesting interview. That was awesome, thank you!

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      Lainey!

      So good to "see" you. Thank you for stopping by.

      I miss you, too. Not sure if we'll make it to the retreat this year either, but I know what you mean about the recharge.

      You may not be under contract right now, but I'm betting your laptop is still warm with the next book.

      ;) Heidi

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      SAR and Lainey, thank you for visiting Heidi's page here. I'm glad you both enjoyed reading through her interview.

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      Lainey 7 years ago

      Heidi, what a great interview. I love it! You have had such a winding journey as a writer, and you have so much insight and wisdom...plus, you are the poster child for persistence!

      I soooo miss seeing you and hubby and chitty chatting...maybe it'll work out to come to the retreat this year...I'm not under any contracts right now, and I sure could use the recharge!

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      Thank you, SAR.

      That sounds like a good house!

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      SAR 7 years ago

      Heidi,

      This interview was truly a great read. It sounds as though you are very busy but still haven't given up your dream. Good for you! We, here at our house, only hope and wish the best for you always. You deserve it.

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      Tricia:

      Thank you stopping by!

      It's good to have a community like Seton Hill to help when the despair threatens.

      I really couldn't keep the momentum without a support group.

      :) Heidi

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      And thanks for dropping by, Tricia.

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      Tricia Tighe 7 years ago

      Great interview. We in-betweeners need to be reminded to fight off the despair and live well. Thanks, Heidi!

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      It's lovely to see so many writers visiting this page.

      Maintaining enthusiasm for writing in the face of rejections slips and relative indifference can be disheartening. But so many successful writers have passed through a similar stage; the greater majority of writers, in fact.

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      Ceres!

      So good to see you.

      Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you in person again soon!

      Best,

      Heidi

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      K. Ceres Wright 7 years ago

      Your book project sounds awesome, Heidi. You always were and continue to be an inspiration to SHU WPFers. :)

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      That means a lot coming from you, Laurie Alice, considering your wonderful success.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      Cheers,

      Heidi

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      Laurie Alice Eakes 7 years ago

      Great interview, HRM. And you're right. If you focus on being published, you lose your true focus, which is the art of creating grat story.

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      Adele:

      I honestly believe the in-between stage is the most difficult for writers because we must remain enthusiastic, even though we've had multiple rejections and put in so much time at this point. Plus, we've seen through the magic to the reality and that can dampen any writer's spirit.

      You are so right that we must support one another until we can finally grab the industry's attention.

      ~Heidi

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      cameciob:

      I hope you can pick this book off the shelf one day too!

      Thank you for your encouragement.

      Best,

      Heidi

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      I'd like to thank everyone for visiting this page, and Heidi especially for taking part.

      I hope to develop more similar Hubpages, in addition to those already published here. We "in-betweeners" can extend a helping hand to each other in this way.

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      cameciob 7 years ago

      Great hub Adele, I like to meet new writers and i like thrilers too. I hope I can read her one of her book one day. The one she's working on sounds very interesting.

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      Thank you, Henry.

      And, I agree about us in-betweeners. We already know how to write and about the business, so it becomes a waiting game. But, meanwhile, we stockpile all of those novels so our backlist is incredible!

      Good luck to you,

      Heidi

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      Henry Collins 7 years ago

      Great interview! So much of what's written about writing concerns itself with new writers and published writers with little to support those of us in between. Good luck with your project. Sounds like an amazing concept.

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      Thank you for the interview, Adele. It was a great exercise in looking at myself and my career.

      I hope I can come back soon to announce good things!

      Cheers,

      Heidi

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      Heidi Ruby Miller 7 years ago

      We miss you at Kentuck, Cassie!!

      Hope you'll stop to visit when classes are finished for the semester.

      :) Heidi

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      Adele Cosgrove-Bray 7 years ago from Wirral, Cheshire, England.

      Thank you for dropping by; I'm glad you both enjoyed reading Heidi's interview.

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      Cassie Wallace 7 years ago

      Great interview, and very cool what you're doing at Kentuck Knob now!

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      amazing excellent hub work thanks