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Barbara Miller M.L.S.
Joined Seton Hill
Mount Pleasant, PA
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Barbara Miller is mentor of many genres in the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction program. After decades in the technical writing field, Barbara built a career as a writer of Regency-set historicals under the name Laurel Ames. Oddly enough, much of her material is drawn from her experiences with horses and sheep on her farm in Western PA. The series of twelve Falls Bend mysteries and four Georgie YA stories also draws heavily on farm memories. Barb has just reissued her Falls Bend series of twelve locally-set mysteries on Amazon under Barbara Jean Miller. She is also experimenting with serializing novellas and stories on Kindl Vella under the same name. Barb volunteers at the Mount Pleasant Free Public Library and the Mount Pleasant cat TNR group. She is a long-standing member of the Greensburg Writers Group, which assists Ligonier Valley Writers with their programs.


  • M.L.S., University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Information Science
  • B.A., University of Pittsburgh College of Arts and Sciences


  • HARLEQUIN writing as Laurel Ames: Teller of Tales (1993), Castaway (1993), Homeplace (1994), Playing to Win (1995), Besieged (1995), Tempted (1996), Nancy Whiskey (1997), Infamous (1998). ____POCKET BOOKS: Dearest Max (2000), My Phillipe (2000), Guardian (2001), Pretender (2002). ____WOS PRESS: Proxy Wedding Knight (2005), Trill and Flutter (2005) ____CERRIDWEN PRESS: Music Master (2007), Two Hearts (2008), Eye Walker (2009), Governess for a Week (2009), Reluctant Heir (2009), Viscount for Hire (2011). Knights Errant (2011), Fortune's Folly (2012). ____eTREASURES: Mew (2012), Rolltop Relic (2012). ____OLD STAND PRESS as Barbara Jean Miller: Impostors (2015), Georgie's Flock 4 novellas (2016), Regency Christmases 1 (2017), Regency Christmases 2 (2018), Kelly's Rules (2019), Romance in Season (2020). ____OLD STAND PRESS Reprints as Barbara Jean Miller in 2021: FALLS BEND SERIES - Barn Burner, Rendezvous, Relics, Regrets, Enough Rope, Dead Air, Legacy, Painted Lady, Shallow Graves, Festival Week, Surface Tension, Falls Bend Christmas.


  • Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist - Castaway (1994). Heart of the West Regency, honorable mention - Dearest Max (1995). RWA Kiss of Death Awards, finalist - Dearest Max (1998). RWA Kiss of Death Awards, fourth - Infamous (1998). RWA Smoky Mountain Contest, third - The Pretender (2001) Colorado Writers Award of Excellence finalist - Dearest Max (2001). RWA Write Touch Readers Award, third - Enough Rope (2001)


  • Greensburg Writers Group, Ligonier Valley Writers


  • Most Recently "How to Write Ghost Stories," part of the Y Writers' Voice Workshop series being presented at the Ligonier YMCA by the Ligonier Valley Writers and Greensburg Writers Group.


  • Stage presentation of original play "Regrets" as one of the winners of the 2009 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Stage presentation of original play "The Horse We Rode In On" as one of the winners of the 2011 Pittsburgh New Works Festival.