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John W. Miller was born in Memphis Tennessee. He grew up in that part of Memphis, Hollywood and Chelsea, know as “North Memphis Hell’s Kitchen.” Following service in the U.S. Marine Corps (S/Sergeant) and later a Lt/Colonel in the National Guard, he graduated from the University Of Tennessee School Of Dentistry. In addition to the practice of General Dentistry he became a Professional Custom Golf Club maker. In 1998 the GCA awarded him as Custom Club-maker, of the Year in the Southern Region. In 1999 the PCS awarded him as Atlantic Regional Custom Club-maker of the Year. He makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Joan Seigenthaler-Miller.
At present, he enjoys writing fiction novels and short stories with the dialogue written in a soft mountain dialect. His first novel, The Curse of Satan’s Collar, now published by Xlibris, won the prestigious award, the CLARK COX AWARD for historical fiction at the 67th Annual North Carolina Society of Historians. October 13 2008. The novel spans from 1775 to 1920 and is about his g g g great ancestor Captain Messer, hung by the British, his Dad growing up in the Smoky Mountain, their customs, and the making of moonshine. It also includes stolen British payroll gold coins called half-ass George III, a one of a kind trace coins.
on March 13, 2012 :
Admittedly, when I started this book I wondered, "What have I gotten into?" There's a required adjustment because the talk is written in a dialect related to that area where the story takes place. It calls for a little patience. You have to let yourself, as a reader, become part of the story, as if you're actually there among these colorful characters, listening and watching. It's indeed a unique experience... and worth it. I've now been to a place I've never known, inhabited by people I knew nothing about. And because of this reading encounter, I may not be a better person, but I'm certainly a more experienced one. And after all, that's what reading is all about. This is an adventure in words. This story would make a great movie, better than sci-fi, because these characters are from our history, not our future. Talented actors and a skilled director could bring this fascinating tale to life. Read this ebook and allow yourself to enter a completely different world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)