Author: K.D. Miller
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
It took me a while to realize that I did. I was distracted for years by my theatre ambitions. Finally, I realized that while I was not getting parts in plays, I was starting to get published. So it took some time, but I’m glad things worked out the way they did.
Why did this particular book demand to be written?
It started as two stories, “Still Dark” and “Ecce Cor Meum,” that were strongly linked. Then Dan Wells, publisher of Biblioasis, asked for “more Anglican stories.” So I started to think about the people who might rub shoulders, however lightly, with a small, struggling urban church. The characters started to show up after that — Simon the rector, Kelly the long-time parishioner, Alice the mass murderess who used to teach Sunday School…
What is your favourite book of all time?
You’ve got to be kidding! How can I pick just one? OK. I’m going to name the first “big girl” book I ever read all by myself all the way through (I think I was eight). Ready? Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. A lifetime of reading came of that experience.
What's the best piece of advice you've ever gotten?
The word “sorry” is a waste of breath. The trick is not to do or say the thing in the first place.
What is your hidden talent?
I make the best martini on earth. My friends refer to it as The Silver Bullet.
Who do you admire most?
It would have to be my father, Robert Edgar Miller. He had a very hard life, one disaster after another, yet he never complained or put anybody down.
What song do you sing when nobody's listening?
“Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer.”
K.D. Miller, All Saints, $20.