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Derek B. Miller
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Derek B. Miller

Derek B. Miller Biography

Derek B. Miller is an American novelist, who worked in international affairs before turning to writing full-time. He is the author of five previous novels, all highly acclaimed: Norwegian by Night, The Girl in Green, American by Day, Radio Life and Quiet Time (an Audible Original). His work has been shortlisted for many awards, with Norwegian by Night winning the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award for best first crime novel, an eDunnit Award and the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award. How to Find Your Way in the Dark was a Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and a New York Times best mystery of 2021.

Derek B. Miller is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (BA), Georgetown (MA) and he earned his Ph.D. summa cum laude in international relations from The Graduate Institute in Geneva with post-graduate work at Oxford. He is currently connected to numerous peace and security research and policy centers in North America, Europe and Africa, and he worked with the United Nations for over a decade. He has lived abroad for over twenty-five years in Israel, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Switzerland, Norway and Spain.



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Derek B. Miller discusses The Curse of Pietro Houdini. Please note that this interview contains spoilers.

The author's note (the protagonist's), states "I am now certain ... that we are a part of something larger; something mystical and beyond the realm of human understanding that impinges on our stories and our lives." As the author of this text, having construed this story from a blend of history, research, and imagination, what does this mean to you?

I think we're all wondering if there's More, with a capital M. And I think we're wondering it because in some very fundamental way, this life is not believable. To be this aware, this conscious, this beautiful, this intelligent, this empathetic and connected to everything around us and then ... it just stops? That is the essence of the anxiety of being human.

When we wonder if there's More, I act generally carries within it a sense of possibility that is optimistic. If there is More, it will give us meaning and clarity. Questions will be answered, and everything worthy will somehow continue even if in ways we can't imagine.

And yet.

The quote from above goes on and the thought is not complete without it. "But I also know that being part of something larger does not mean we are part of something good; something just, fair, or virtuous. I cannot reconcile these truths. ...

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