Biography, Bibliography, Filmography

For an independent biography, read one by The National Council of Teachers of English, which included me in their Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection Literary Map project.

Read another independent entry at Wikipedia.

Click here for an extended bibliography, filmography and c.v.

Watch an interview of me in my study conducted by my son, G. Calvin Miller, on Feb. 3, 2008:



Watch me at work at The Providence Journal on July 18, 2008, video by G. Calvin:





Or, you can read what I put together:

Born on June 12, 1954, the youngest of three children of a stern Irish-Catholic mother and a more gentle airplane mechanic who converted to Catholicism from the Methodist religion of his upbringing, I grew up in Wakefield, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. I spent eight years at St. Joseph parochial school, then went to St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., a wonderful, intellectually challenging school run by the Xaverian Brothers order that in many ways opened my eyes to the world. I loved it there. Hockey was an important part of my life, but I also had a strong interest in biology and medicine, and I simultaneously got ever-more deeply into writing, which had interested me since about third grade. I was co-editor of the St. John's Prep student paper and it was during that period that I developed a serious interest in short stories and allegedly humorous essays. I use the word "allegedly" quite deliberately. I also was responsible for some of the worst poems ever written in the English language, although they seemed profound at the time. Hey, I was 16.

After graduating cum laude from Harvard College in 1976 and doing the obligatory living-abroad find-yourself thing for several months, I worked as a baggage-smasher for Delta Airlines (the value of a Harvard degree!) while freelancing, including a cover piece for The Boston Globe magazine about the possibility of someone making an atomic bomb (and this was decades before 9/11). I then landed a job as a reporter at the North Adams Transcript, a small daily newspaper in North Adams, Mass. God knows why I was hired, for I had virtually zero experience and hadn't so much as stuck my nose inside a journalism classroom. Whipped into shape by a great editor, the legendary Rod Doherty, executive editor of the Dover, New Hampshire paper Foster's Daily Democrat, I learned the journalistic ropes and, in less than a year, took a staff writer position at the larger Cape Cod Times in Hyannis.

Two and a half years later, I went to The Providence Journal, which had won several Pulitzer Prizes and had a reputation as a "writer's paper." A reputation well-deserved, I discovered first-hand, especially under the guidance of my new mentor, Joel Rawson, who was metro managing editor when I arrived and was until his recent retirement executive editor. I have been chairman of the paper's writing committee, have won a bunch of awards (including an American Society of Newspaper Editors prize for feature writing), and for many years have specialized in long-term projects and series, several of which have been the basis for books. I like to think my forte is story-telling, tales in which interesting things happen to interesting people. I am also a regular book reviewer for our Sunday Books section (my tastes, as with my own work, are eclectic).

At one point, I became intrigued with online serial fiction, and wrote the first chapters of three short stories -- for Halloween and Christmas, 1999, and the summer of 2000 -- that Journal and projo.com readers have finished in writing contests.

My love of early Stephen King, of all people, inspired me to begin seriously writing fiction. I succeeded in having several horror/mystery stories published in magazines and hardcover and paperback collections, and, in 1988, sold my first book, a novel, THUNDER RISE (hardcover, 1989; paperback, 1992), to William Morrow. It got some good reviews and some bad; it's an entertaining book with several of my favorite fictional characters, and my daughters think it's cool, which is good enough for me. Meanwhile, through one of those weird twists of fate that keep life interesting, a young new editor at Random House out of the blue wrote me a letter asking if I had any non-fiction book ideas. This editor, Jon Karp, now publisher of Simon & Schuster, had worked briefly as a Journal reporter, but we were hardly friends; my only real contact with him was one day when he was a contributing reporter for a Page One story I wrote on deadline about a gruesome triple-murder/homicide involving a mother and her kids. Jon did a swell job watching the meat wagon remove dead Mom from her $20-a-night motel room. Anyway, I did have an idea: Hardy Hendren, chief of surgery at Boston's Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School professor, and protagonist of THE WORK OF HUMAN HANDS (hardcover, 1993; paperback, 1999), which received excellent reviews and pleased Jon enough that Random House bought two more titles. COMING OF AGE (1995) is a fast-moving tale. COMING OF AGE is set inside an ordinary American public high school... ordinary, that is, until the craziness starts.

TOY WARS brought me to yet another place normally closed to journalists, never mind the public at large: deep inside a Fortune 500 company, Hasbro Inc., manufacturer of G.I. Joe, Mr. Potato Head, Batman, Star Wars and many other toys. I have never spent so much time on a project -- almost five years, when all was said and done. That's because what I envisioned as a fairly straightforward story about the creation of a toy became, once I'd found my bearings, a saga in which jobs, reputations and billions and billions of dollars were at stake. Of all my books, Toy Wars has the strongest narrative and many of my most compelling characters, starting with CEO Alan Hassenfeld, a complicated and unconventional but admirable man who is unlike anyone I know. I wrote Toy Wars as I would a novel, with the hope that readers would get drawn in deeply at the opening scene and not let go until the very last word. You, of course, will be the judge of whether I succeeded.

My fifth book was KING OF HEARTS: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery, an account of the astonishingly unconventional guys who created open-heart surgery, notably the colorfully eccentric Dr. C. Walton Lillehei. Random House published it in February, 2000.

I followed King of Hearts with a six-part Providence Journal look into a rarely-visited world of old money: namely, the high-society world of Newport, Rhode Island, home of mansions, millionaires, and fascinating people who rarely, if ever, make their way into print. Click here to read A NEARLY PERFECT SUMMER: Travels Through Old-Money Newport.

My sixth book was MEN AND SPEED: A Wild Ride Through NASCAR's Breakout Season, a chronicle of the 2001 Nextel Cup season through the focus of Roush Racing, largest team in motorsports. My new publisher PublicAffairs, brought out the hardcover of MEN AND SPEED in May 2002 (paperback in 2003), after the Journal published an eight-part series. My editor was the esteemed Paul Golob, and my publisher was Peter Osnos -- great guys both, and big supporters of my work. Paul has since left PublicAffairs to edit the Times Books imprint at Henry Holt. Please visit the official MEN AND SPEED book site!

My seventh book, a look at pioneering medicine, THE XENO CHRONICLES, got nice reviews after it was published in June 2005.

My 2006 non-fiction project was ``The Growing Season,'' the story of Frank Beazley, a remarkable man, that ran 12 consecutive days (September 24, 2006, through October 5, 2006) in The Providence Journal. The reader response was overwhelming.

The fall of 2007 brought an unprecedented behind-the-scenes journey through the life and world of a prominent American Catholic bishop, the Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin. This is a story of a man, born to humble circumstances, who became one of the youngest American bishops ever - and now leads one of the country's major dioceses. AN AMERICAN BISHOP: Inside the World of One Cathedral Square started Sunday, October 21, 2007, and continued the next four Sundays, concluding with an epilogue on Monday, November 19, 2007. Check out the extensive online presentation.

And the fall of 2011 brought my 16th major newspaper series: THE WAR ON TERROR: Coming Home,a seven-part series about returning veterans of the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, starting Sunday, October 2, 2011, continuing on Monday, Oct. 3, and then five successive Sundays, concluding Sunday, November 6, 2011.

My eighth book, published in September 2011 by University Press of New England, AN UNCOMMON MAN: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell is about the late Pell, the Newport, R.I. politician, born into great wealth, whose distinguished 36-year career in Washington included creation of the Pell Grants education-assistance program, establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

I am engaged to marry Yolanda T. Gabrielle, an extraordinary woman who keeps a lower public profile than I do, a true love and best friend -- I feel lucky and blessed.

I have three children: the oldest of whom, Rachel Miller Bernier, a registered nurse, is a mother of two beautiful daughters, Isabella Katherine Bernier, my first grandchild, and Olivia Grace Bernier, my second; the middle of whom, Katherine Linwood Miller, graduated in June 2009 from Harvard College and is now Communications Coordinator for Rhode Island Kids Count, and has her own website; and the youngest of whom, Cal, is 19.

My community passion is libraries. From 1997 until June 2009, when I moved to Warwick, R.I., I was the chairman of the board of trustees of Burrillville's principal library, the Jesse Smith Memorial Library. I joined the board as a regular member in 1995. The library we ran all those early years was badly overcrowded, and so after joining the town's new library building committee we began construction in 2006 on a new $9 million library that is a comfortable and exciting place for reading, viewing and performing. The new library opened on March 31, 2008 -- a place where arts, entertainment, and writing is celebrated. It is also the centerpiece of the Stillwater Mills revitalization project, transformed a blighted area in the heart of Burrillville into a vibrant civic, commercial and residential area. We had our Grand Opening on Sunday, April 27, 2008. The summer of 2008 saw the debut of Riverwalk Times, an annual outdoor theater, music, and arts series that I founded. I am now a trustee emeritus of the Smith Library.

I wrote and co-produced two independent documentary movies. The first, ON THE LAKE: Life and Love in a Distant Place, , tells the story of the late Frank Beazley's home, Zambarano State Hospital, which began as the Rhode Island State Sanatorium -- and also the larger international story of TB, the number-one killer in the early 1900s and still a global threat today. Please visit the official site to watch the trailer and read the OTL blog. The movie premiered on Feb. 13, 2009, at the beautifully restored Stadium theatre in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. PBS brodcast and a New England Emmy nomination followed. The second was Behind the Hedgerow: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society, which premiered in 2010 and was broadcast on PBS in 2011. It was based on the central character of The Providence Journal series A Nearly Perfect Summer. I now make documentary movies on staff at The Providence Journal.

In 2011, I co-produced and wrote Coming Home, The Providence Journal's first feature-length documentary. It premiered online December 29, 2011, and was broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on March 26, 2012, and later dates. Photographed by my Journal colleague John Freidah and edited by The Journal's Cecilia Prestamo, COMING HOME won a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and is nominated as oustanding documentary in the 35th annual New England Emmy Awards.

In 2012, I became visiting fellow at Salve Regina University's Pell Center, where I am co-director of Story in the Public Square, a year-round initiative to study and celebrate public story telling. Our maiden event, a day-long conference on April 12, 2013, featured a keynote address by Gary Hart and the awarding of the first Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square to Dana Priest, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post staff writer.




G. WAYNE MILLER: Bibliography, filmography and c.v.


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PERSONAL

Born: June 12, 1954, Melrose, Mass.

Fiancee: Yolanda T. Gabrielle.

Children: Rachel Miller Bernier; Katherine Linwood Miller; and G. Calvin Miller.

Grandchildren: Isabella Katherine Bernier and Olivia Grace Bernier.


EDUCATION

St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers, Mass., graduated 1972.

Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., bachelor of arts, cum laude, 1976.


BOOKS

Thunder Rise, William Morrow, hardcover novel, 1989.

Thunder Rise, Macdonald (London, England), 1990.

Thunder Rise, Berkley, paperback, 1992.

The Work of Human Hands: Hardy Hendren and Surgical Wonder at Children's Hospital, Random House, March 1993 (also a Chinese edition).

Coming of Age: The True Adventures of Two American Teens, Random House, hardcover, June 1995.

Coming of Age, Random House, paperback, June 1995.

Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe, Barbie and the Companies That Make Them, Random House/Times Books, February 1998 (also a Chinese edition).

Toy Wars, Adams, paperback, January 1999.

The Work of Human Hands, Borderlands, paperback, October 1999.

King of Hearts: The True Story of the Maverick Who Pioneered Open Heart Surgery, Random House/Times Books, February 2000 (also a Chinese edition).

King of Hearts, Random House/Crown, trade paperback, February 2000.

King of Hearts, Blackstone/Audible.com, audiobook, February 2001.

Thunder Rise, iUniverse, trade paperback, 2001.

Men and Speed: A Wild Ride Through NASCAR's Breakout Season, PublicAffairs, hardcover, April 2002.

Men and Speed, PublicAffairs, trade paperback, June 2003.

The Xeno Chronicles: Two Years on the Frontier of Medicine Inside Harvard's Transplant Research Lab, PublicAffairs, June 2005.

An Uncommon Man: The Life and Times of Senator Claiborne Pell, University Press of New England, October 2011.

Since the Sky Blew Off: The Essential G. Wayne Miller Fiction, Vol. 1, Crossroad Press, April 2012.

The THUNDER RISE Trilogy, in e-editions:

-- Thunder Rise, Crossroad Press, December 2012.

-- Asylum, Crossroad Press, March 2013.

-- Summer Place, Crossroad Press, April 2013.


FILM

King of Hearts, the screen adaptation, screenplay by Drew Smith, WGA registration #1062014, in development, 2011.

Since the Sky Blew Off, the screen adaptation, writer with Drew Smith, WGA registration #1182424, Winter 2011.

On the Lake: Love and Life in a Distant Place, premiered in February 2009, followed by PBS broadcasts in major national markets, co-producer and writer.

Behind the Hedgerow: Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society, premiered summer 2010 and broadcast broadcast in 2011, co-producer and writer. Based on the central character of The Providence Journal series A Nearly Perfect Summer.

Coming Home, premiered online December 29, 2011, and broadcast on Rhode Island PBS on March 26, 2012 and later dates, The Providence Journal's first feature-length documentary, co-producer and writer. Photographed by my Journal colleague John Freidah and edited by The Journal's Cecilia Prestamo, COMING HOME won a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association and is nominated as oustanding documentary in the 35th annual New England Emmy Awards.


MAJOR NEWSPAPER SERIES

All published in The Providence Journal:

``Building New Lives,'' six-part series on deinstitutionalization, November 25 to November 30, 1984.

``Building the Bridge,'' a continuing series on the construction of the new Jamestown, R.I., bridge, 1985-1987.

``Fatherhood: Where Fear Meets Joy,'' three-part series, June 15 to June 17, 1986.

``Living Longer: The Quiet Revolution,'' six-part series, November 16 to November 21, 1986.

``Children of Poverty,'' five-part series, November 26 to November 30, 1989.

``Working Wonders,'' six-part series on children's surgery, November 17 to November 22, 1991. Winner of Distinguished Writing Award, American Society of Newspaper Editors, non-deadline writing, 1992.

``Coming of Age,'' six-part series on adolescence in suburban America, September 26 - October 1, 1993.

``Toy Soldiers,'' seven-part series on the toy industry and Hollywood, December 17 - December 23, 1995.

Into the Heart: A Medical Odyssey, nine-part series on the invention of open-heart surgery, January 10 - January 18, 1999.

A NEARLY PERFECT SUMMER: Travels Through Old-Money Newport, six-part series on American aristocracy, July 2 - July 7, 2000.

Speed: A Year Inside NASCAR's Biggest Racing Team, an eight-part series, April 7 - April 15, 2002.

Looking for The Fountain of Youth, occasional series, began August 11, 2002, continuing into 2004.

Fatal Foam, with the late Peter B. Lord, a four-part series on the dangers of polyurethane foam in household furniture and beds, September 28 - October 1, 2003. The series was part of an effort by several Journal journalists that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist Public Service in 2004.

The Growing Season, September 24 - October 5, 2006, 12 consecutive days.

AN AMERICAN BISHOP: Inside the World of One Cathedral Square, about Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, starting Sunday, October 21, 2007, continuing on four successive Sundays, through November 18, with an epilogue on Monday, November 19, 2007.

THE WAR ON TERROR: Coming Home, an eight-part series about returning veterans of the post-9/11 wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, starting Sunday, October 2, 2011, concluding Sunday, November 6, 2011.

Reinvent Rhode Island, about the Rhode Island economy, March 18 - December 2012, member of a team of Journal colleagues.

#eWave: The Digital Revolution, about the impact of technology on people where they live, work and plays, began April 28, 2013, member of a team of Journal colleagues.


BLOGS

My author's blog.

The ON THE LAKE movie blog.

The BEHIND THE HEDGEROW blog, chronicling the making of the documentary movie about high-society Newport, R.I., set for world premiere in August 2010.

The UNCOMMON MAN blog, about the exclusive biography of Claiborne Pell due in October 2011.


SHORT FICTION

(Abbreviated list. Longer bibliography at Locus Magazine index.)

My first major sale, ``The Warden,'' Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine, May, 1985.

Since the Sky Blew Off, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Mid-December, 1985.

``Monster,'' Sunday Journal Magazine, January 5, 1986.

``The Devil at Bay,'' Sunday Journal Magazine, October 26, 1986.

``To be Cold, Like Trees,'' Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, July, 1987.

``Drive,'' Sunday Journal Magazine, October 25, 1987.

``Chiganook,'' Sunday Journal Magazine, October 30, 1988.

``Chosen One,'' in Masques III: All-New Works of Horror and the Supernatural, St. Martin's, 1989.

``The Good Book,'' in Borderlands: An Anthology of Imaginative Fiction, Avon, 1990.

``God Can be a Cruel Bastard,'' in Chilled to the Bone, Mayfair, 1991.

``Death Train,'' in The Definitive Best of The Horror Show, CD Publications, 1992.

``Lady in The Rain,'' a reader-finished Halloween story, October 1999, The Providence Journal.

``Stephen and The Magic Bell,'' a reader-finished Christmas story, December 1999, The Providence Journal.

``The Baby Hope Theft,'' a reader-finished mystery, summer of 2001, The Providence Journal.

``Wiping the Slate Clean,'' in Dark Masques, Kensington, 2001.

Vapors, a short story for Study Hill, a division of Blackstone River Theatre, autumn 2007.

SINCE THE SKY BLEW OFF, first volume of collected short stories, Crossroad Press, 2012.


EMPLOYMENT

1978-1979, staff writer for the North Adams (Mass.) Transcript. Covered municipal affairs, town of Williamstown, Mass.; wrote features.

1979-1981, staff writer for the Cape Cod Times, Hyannis, Mass. Features writing; environmental, political and military affairs beat coverage. Chief, Bourne Bureau, 1980-1981.

1981-present, staff writer for the Providence Journal.


AWARDS AND HONORS

(Abbreviated list. Complete list at the extended c.v. page

New England Associated Press News Executives Association, Third Place, science-technology stories, newspapers 30,000 to 60,000 circulation, 1982.

Association for Retarded Citizens of the United States, media Excellence Award, 1985.

American Psychiatric Association, Robert T. Morse Writer's Award, 1986.

National Mental Health Association, Helen Carringer National Mental Health Journalism Award, 1986.

National Mental Health Association, Gold Award, 1986.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, first place, national journalism award, 1990.

Children's Express, first place, national journalism award, 1990.

New England Newspaper Association, Public Occurrence Award, 1991.

American Society of Newspaper Editors, Distinguished Writing Award, non-deadline writing, 1992, for ``Working Wonders.''

JCPenney-Missouri Award, first place, series/special section, 1993.

Benjamin Fine Awards, National Association of Secondary School Principals, first place, series, for ``Coming of Age,'' 1994.

American Cancer Society, Sword of Hope Judges' Award, 1999.

National Marrow Donor Program, 2000 Excellence in Journalism Award, 2000.

Digital Edge Awards, Newspaper Association of America, 2001, finalist, for the online version of ``A Nearly Perfect Summer.''

Pulitzer Prize finalist, member of Providence Journal team that covered the Station Nightclub fire and its aftermath, Public Service, 2004. My major contribution was a four-part investigative series, co-written with Peter Lord, about the ordinary household dangers of polyurethane foam.

Sevellon Brown award for public service, from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association, member of Providence Journal team, 2004.

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, New England Chapter, Nomination for best documentary, 2010, for ON THE LAKE, writer and co-producer with director David Bettencourt.

Rhode Island Press Association 2010 Editorial Awards, third place, Profile or Personality Story, for some of my Rhode Island Life columns.

Society for Features Journalism, second place, Feature Specialty Reporting, 2011, for three Rhode Island Life stories.

Edward R. Murrow Award, April 2012, from the Radio Television Digital News Association for COMING HOME, The Providence Journal's first documentary movie, about veterans of the War on Terror.

COMING HOME was also nominated for oustanding documentary, 35th annual New England Emmy Awards.

Society for Features Journalism, second place, Series/Project, 2012, with John Freidah, for THE WAR ON TERROR: Coming Home, an eight-part Providence Journal series, with six videos, on veterans of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. My 16th major newspaper series, it began on October 2, 2011, and ran through November 7, 2011.


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Rhode Island, Schools Committee, 1992-2003; returned to committee, 2007-

Board of Trustees, Jesse Smith Memorial Library, Burrillville, R.I., member since 1995. Chairman of the Board, 1997-2009. Trustee Emeritus, 2009-

Burrillville-Glocester Youth Soccer, coach, 1996 and 1997.

Rhode Island Coalition of Library Advocates, 1996-

Burrillville Townwide Library Needs Committee, 1997 to 1998, when committee fulfilled its mandate.

Registered as prosepctive donor, National Bone Marrow Donor Registry, 2000-

Burrillville Library Facilities Committee, secretary, 2000 to 2003, when committee's mandate was fulfilled.

Burrillville Junior Hockey League, assistant coach, 2000-2003

Burrillville Junior Hockey League, secretary of the board, 2002-2003

Burrillville Library Building Committee, 2005-2008

Member of Advisory Board, The Lawrence Transplant Foundation, Washington D.C., 2006-

Rhode Island Blood Center, donor, five-gallon club, Sept. 4, 2009.

Benefactor, Make-A-Wish Foundation and The Tomorrow Fund, 2006

Chairman, Riverwalk Times summer outdoor entertainment series, 2007-2009



Literary representation for titles through 2011 by:

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The Pimlico Agency

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Screen representation by:

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The Gotham Group

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