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Bernadette Miller was born in Newark, New Jersey, but grew up in a small town on Maryland's 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 short story, "Crumbling," about her stepfather's mother in a nursing home, appeared in Firelands Arts Review (Bowling Green State University, Huron, Ohio). Since then, her short stories have appeared in over forty literary magazines including, The University of Portland Review, Calliope (Roger Williams College, Rhode Island); Skylark, (Purdue University); Jewish Currents, and The Binnacle (University of Maine at Machias.) Some of her short stories published online: Pulse, The Copperfield Review, The Moonwort Review, and The Pink Chameleon. Bernadette is a member of the Authors Guild and the Women's National Book Association. She's been interviewed on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York's Channel 34, and read her story, "A Perfect Relationship," published by Slugfest Ltd. She's been a featured reader at the Beaux Arts Society, The Orange Bear pub, and various Manhattan pubs, and still resides in New York--the city she loves.
Her novel, A House in the Land of Shinar, was published in January 2021 by Archway Publishing, a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster. It's available at amazon.com. Click on the cover to read a few pages. Set during 3500 B.C. in the Middle East before the three great religions were established, it's an epic tale spanning several generations that offers an entirely new concept about the Bible. It's historical, not religious, in that it probes the source of some stories in The Old Testament, rather than reproduce them, based on archaeological discoveries mostly unknown to the public. It dramatizes how a chance encounter between a primitive Bedouin Arab from Saudi Arabia and a sophisticated, non-Arab Sumerian in southern Iraq might have created the roots of Judaism. It also explores some biblical themes, such as the concept of justice, the search for a meaningful life, and a people's yearning for their own land, still relevant today. Bernadette is currently completing her fifth historical novel: an unusual romance set in Brooklyn, New York, during the Second World War.