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Jason Jack Miller M.A.

Writing Popular Fiction Mentor and Instructor

Jason Jack Miller M.A.
Joined Seton Hill
2009
Hometown
Uniontown
Contact Info
jmiller@setonhill.edu

Jason Jack Miller knows it’s silly to hold onto the Bohemian ideals of literature, music, and love above all else. But he doesn’t care. His own adventures paddling wild mountain rivers and playing Nirvana covers for less-than-enthusiastic crowds inspired his Murder Ballads and Whiskey series. The first three books are currently available: The Devil and Preston Black, Hellbender, and The Revelations of Preston Black. The next installment, All Saints, is due out soon. Hellbender was Jason's thesis novel for Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction Graduate Program, where he is now adjunct faculty. The novel won the Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction and is a finalist for the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award. His career got its start when he co-authored an outdoor travel guide with his wife in 2006. Since then his work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, online, as part of a travel guide app for mobile phones, and in the award-winning writing guide Many Genres, One Craft. When Jason isn't writing, he's looking for his next guitar or traveling the world with his wife. So far, their 'research' trips have taken them to Mexico, Costa Rica, France, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria. They hope to add to that list soon. He is a member of The Authors Guild, Pennwriters, and International Thriller Writers. He lives just outside of Pittsburgh with his wife, Heidi, and a cat. His blog is http://jasonjackmiller.com. Tweet him @jasonjackmiller.

Education

  • Certificate in Secondary Earth and Space Science, California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA) 1997
  • B. S., Secondary Education, California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA) 1997
  • M.A., Writing Popular Fiction, Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA) 2007

Publications

  • MOON Pennsylvania Camping. Miller, Jason and Miller, Heidi Ruby. Ed. 1. Emeryville: Avalon Travel Publishing, May 2006. [More Information]
  • "Stirring tradition." Morgantown Dominion Post. 3 Oct. 2007: 1C. [More Information]
  • "A trip to Louisville just for the food." Morgantown Dominion Post. 9 Mar. 2008: 1C. [More Information]
  • ”Painting Your Setting with Concrete Nouns.” Many Genres, One Craft. Ed. Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller. Terra Alta, WV: Headline Books, Inc., April 2011. [More Information]
  • ”Setting Limits: Working in Small Spaces.” Many Genres, One Craft. Ed. Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller. Terra Alta, WV: Headline Books, Inc., April 2011. [More Information]
  • ”Magical Realism as Genre: Or Waiter, There’s an Angel in my Soup.” Many Genres, One Craft. Ed. Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller. Terra Alta, WV: Headline Books, Inc., April 2011. [More Information]
  • "Almost a New Year." Hazard Yet Forward. Ed. Matt Duvall, Natalie Duvall, and Deanna Lepsch. Evergreen Syndicate, August 2012. [More Information]
  • Hellbender. Bowie, MD: Raw Dog Screaming Press, September 2012. [More Information]
  • The Devil and Preston Black. Bowie, MD: Raw Dog Screaming Press, January 2013. [More Information]
  • The Revelations of Preston Black. Bowie, MD: Raw Dog Screaming Press, June 2013. [More Information]
  • “Rhythm of War.” Despumation. Ed. Kriscinda Lee Everitt. Pittsburgh, PA: Despumation Press, May 2014. [More Information]
  • “Bleu Plate Special.” Diner Stories: Off the Menu. Ed. Daniel McTaggart. Charleston, WV: Mountain State Press, March 2015. [More Information]

Awards

  • Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year finalist.
  • Arthur J. Rooney Award for Fiction recipient.

Organizations

Presentations

  • (banjo on “Dreamachinery”). Audiovile. Arnzen, Michael A. Bowie, MD: Raw Dog Screaming Press, August 2007. [More Information]
  • ”Essential Magical Realism.” Many Genres, One Craft. Ed. Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller. Terra Alta, WV: Headline Books, Inc., April 2011. [More Information]
  • Guest Presentation, "Your Digital Footprint." Pennwriters Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2013).
  • Guest Presentation, "Rural Noir." Pennwriters Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2015).
  • Featured Guest, "Writing Local." Mt. Pleasant Public Library, Mt. Pleasant, PA (2015).

Certifications

  • Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate: Secondary Earth and Space Science