Evie Yoder Miller< Back to author list
I grew up in a small town, Kalona, in southeastern Iowa in the 1940s and 1950s, immersed in a family unit of parents and three older siblings, a Mennonite church, and a rural community. In 1962 I graduated from Iowa Mennonite School, and four years later I earned a college degree from Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, with a major in English and a minor in physical education. After living a rather conventional life, albeit nineteen years in Appalachia, I went back to grad school in mid-life and received an M.A. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1998) from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.
I’ve published stories, poems, and essays in small presses, but the novel form is my writing preference. After working with historical material in Eyes at the Window, I enjoyed the shift to a contemporary setting in Everyday Mercies. For the past ten years plus, I’ve focused on a historical novel set during the Civil War in the U.S. Book I, Shadows, of my trilogy is now available. Book II, Loyalties, is coming this fall.
My interests in education continue, even though I’m now retired from teaching. I’ve worked in high school, community college, and university settings, most recently teaching composition and creative writing/fiction writing classes for ten years at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In addition, my two daughters and four grandchildren keep me young. Relaxation comes by reading, gardening, listening to music, watching movies and sports on TV, and traveling when there isn’t a pandemic.