“Once I decided to set the novel in the post-World War II era, Alabama made sense because it was what I knew best,” Miller said. “As one of my characters, I am one of the first baby boomers. I was born in Dothan, Alabama and grew up in nearby Ashford, where I was a member of the Class of 1964, the first Boomer class to graduate from high school. All the themes I wanted to explore were found in the history of the region, so it seemed like a logical choice to me.
While growing up in Ashford influenced the book’s narrative, Miller said “A Place to Rest” is not an autobiography. The story is partially set in the fictional town of Grover’s Fork in Wiregrass County, Alabama.
“I was trained as a historian and tried to present historical figures and events in the most factual way possible,” Miller said. “Beyond the historical events depicted, the narrative is shaped by my imagination, not my autobiography. That’s not to say I don’t rely on personal recollections, observations, and lessons learned. What writer doesn’t? But any real event or memory is used fictitiously. No one should see themselves in any of the characters. They shouldn’t see me either.
Legacy Book Press LLC, founded in 2020 and based in Iowa, typically publishes personal stories told through nonfiction, autobiographical fiction, poetry, or a combination of the same. “A Place to Rest” is his 12th release, with at least 11 more already in production for release later in 2022 and 2023.