Jeffrey Miska has worked in the financial industry for most of his life and loves to write books and short stories in his spare time. When not glued to a computer screen, he enjoys writing music and spending time outdoors. Although educated in finance and science, Jeff spent many years learning about local U.S. and world history as well as native american culture. He frequently shared this cultural knowledge locally by giving presentations at local grammar schools in the Chicago area. The combination of these experiences has led him to write unique historical fiction, written for the purpose of entertaining his readers in the tradition of a story teller. The message that whether we experience happiness, tragedy or love in the time we have, the human experience that connects us will always be the same.
Authors Note: I make many of my stories free in hopes that it may bring joy to more readers. In the event you were touched in some way by my work, I only ask that you give me the gift of an honest review or email with your feedback. Thank you.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book that I recall reading and really making a difference in my life was called "A Wrinkle in Time". I suppose it's no wonder I maintain the topic of time as a key element in my own stories. I remember that it was the first book that truly made me feel disappointed every time I had to take a break from reading it. The characters seemed so real. It was a very memorable experience.
How do you approach cover design?
I suppose I try to either use key elements of the story or use a color scheme that matches the emotional qualities in the book. Photoshop has made such a difference in my ability to create exactly what I want.
The story begins with the chance encounter of Larry and Ginny. Their friendly casual greeting in a local restaurant conceals a hidden and deeply intimate past. Now it seems the improbability of this universe has offered them a once in a life time gift to bring closure to their shared pain of lost love. Still, as with any of us offered a gift, we may either accept it or not.
This short story is the third in a series. Unique to the others, the inspiration and story line follows Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung's theory of synchronicity. The story opens in a mental institution just as a group therapy session is about to begin. It is the moment when Daryl, an intelligent and eccentric young man finds the purpose behind a haunting voice speaking to him in his dreams.
A short story about a vivacious young physicist and mathematician named Kristine, who has devoted her life to science. Hallucinations cause her to seek help from a social worker named Paul and she's terrified when she hears a questionable diagnosis of schizophrenia. Her path leads her to a place where perspective is all that's real, and sanity is nothing more than the limit of what we believe.
Marie is a college student living in Laval Quebec. An unexpected tragedy brings her to a turning point in her love life. Little did she know that the voice of a young girl sharing her name and her pain, would give her the answer she was looking for.
"Deux Semaines" is the story of Jay, a middle aged man who decides to seek the advice of a therapist after losing the love of his life. The terror of falling into a mid-life psychosis compels him to reveal his story in it's most intimate detail. The passion that burns within the memories of his concealed pain will take him back to her, and to his friends as if he traveled back in time.