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Bernadette Miller was born in Newark, New Jersey, but grew up in Crisfield, Maryland, a small town on the Lower Eastern Shore. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama intending to become an actress and moved to New York City. She studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and with private acting coaches, appeared in some off-Broadway productions and Summer Stock, and finally obtained an Actor's Equity card, permitting her to join the actors union.
During her early twenties, she met and eventually married an artist who convinced her to give up the theater and become a professional writer. She'd written stories, poetry, and novels since childhood. They moved to a New York suburb and lived there for over a year. Unhappy with her marriage and the suburbs, Bernadette moved back to Manhattan and studied fiction writing at New York University and the New School for Social Research.
Her first published story, "Crumbling," about her stepfather's mother in a nursing home, appeared in Firelands Review, Firelands College (Ohio, September 1975). Since then, her stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines including, The University of Portland Review (Oregon, 1978); Reflect (1981); Calliope (Roger Williams College, Rhode Island, 1982); Skylark (Purdue University, 1983); Blister & Burn, (Scars Publications anthology, 1997); The Advocate (2000); and The Binnacle (University of Maine at Machias, 2006). Some of her stories published online: Pulse, November 2001; The Copperfield Review, Summer 2002; The Moonwort Review, Edition #8, September 2004; and The Pink Chameleon, June 2006 and 2007.
She is currently working on an historical novel set five thousand years ago in the Middle East before the three great religions were established. An epic tale, the novel traces the possible origins of Old Testament stories, spanning several generations. It explores two radically-different cultures: the primitive Bedouins of ancient Saudi Arabia and the sophisticated, non-Arab Sumerians in ancient Southern Iraq and their momentous encounter that ultimately led to the foundation of Judaism.
Bernadette has been interviewed on New York's Channel 34 and read her story, "The Perfect Relationship," published by Slugfest, Ltd., 1997. She has been a featured reader at the Beaux Arts Society and various Manhattan pubs and restaurants.
Domestic Blisters, the first collection of her short stories together with those of Janet Kuypers, was published in December 2003 by Scars Publications.
Bernadette still resides in New York--the city she loves.