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Thursday, 21 February 2008
Getting to Know Mark Heber Miller
Topic: Author Interview

Mark Miller the person:

  1. What three words do you think describe you as a human being?

    Spirituality – Non-judgmental - Guileless

  2. How do you think others would describe you?

    Disciplined – Hard-working – A serious Christian

  3. Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

    At 70 there is little passion left, but when I was younger there is no question it would be high level rock climbing and surfing.

  4. Do you have any pets? If so, introduce us to them.

    Not anymore. When younger I always had a cat. I particularly have fond memories for two Manx (John-John), a Burmese (Mish-Mish), and an American Tabby.

  5. What is your most precious memory?

    Birth of my 4 children. First time I saw my future wife in the 9th grade.

  6. What is your most embarrassing memory?

    Can't remember!!!!!!!!

  7. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing with your life?

    Medical missionary

  8. In two paragraphs or less write your obituary.

    At 70 with that "undiscovered country" on the horizon I pray my life turns out to be wholly devoted to my Master Jesus the Nazarene. I have worked hard to bring the words and history of Jesus to thousands of people.

    Before my birth September 24, 1938 in the Norfolk, Virginia naval yard my mother June prayed that I would become a minister or teacher. I have my mother – and The God – to thank that such a humble prayer came true. Throughout my life I have had a strong spiritual bent and a particular love of the Bible. This manifest itself first in Hemet, California’s First Baptist Church when I finished my first reading of the King James Bible, followed by baptism. The next 50+ years have been marked by experience with scores of different sects, including Baptists, Seventh-Day Adventists [my great-great grandfather William Miller being a founding father], Methodists, Nazarene Church, Mormons, and Jehovah’s Witnesses [my great-great grandfather William Miller being a founding father]. This included my five years of seminary education and ordination recognized by the County of Riverside’s draft board in 1960. In brief the love of the Bible and constant study, mediation and research followed appointments as assistant pastors in a dozen churches and senior pastor in another ten. This included 20 years of missionary work in the U. S., The Bahamas, The Netherlands, and Spain. I then became a seminarian instructor, writer and photographer and research consultant for the largest publisher of Bible literature in the world. I avoid sectarianism and consider myself non-sectarian. I believe I find myself in the field of the Master in which grow both wheat and tares. [Matt 13] Like Martin Luther in the late 80s I began to realize "my church was wrong." In 1980 I suffered a catastrophic and traumatic auto wreck. Several times over the following year I came near to death and in fact "flat-lined" as a Code Blue following radical surgery to my spine. Laid up in a hospital bed for almost two years I renewed deep research in the spiritual depths of the Bible. How many times and how many scores of different versions of the Bible I read I cannot comprehend. No one would believe it – 25, 50, 100. I became familiar with Greek and Hebrew. Finally, in the mid-90s I made a break that destroyed my marriage and family as I was viewed as an apostate. I determined to create a fresh version of the New Testament, at first designed for computer use on the Internet, and now – thanks to answered prayers – Living Waters a hard copy version is being made available. The total of my work between 1996-2000 are available on the Internet. THE FUTURE: as an arthritic cripple in a 70-year old failing body "the wasting away of the outer man" is speeding up. I thank God that I was able to finish my work and realize my goals. Now full of deep conviction I await the Return of our Nazarene Master in the spirit of the closing words of Revelation: "Come, Lord Jesus!" [MHM]

    Birth Place: Norfolk, VA USA

    Accomplishments: Two scholarships in swimming and writing.
    Registed life guard and life saving instructor.
    Ordained minister.
    Semanrian professor.

  9. Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

When my words were first published in newspapers and magazines at the age of 16.

10.  What is going on with your writing these days?

having finished my life's work in the Biblical commentaries I am preparing four novels and two screen plays; a rock climbing thriller: "Dance With White Clouds"; "The Devil's Triangle"; "Snowbirds"; "Across Infinity".

11.  Can you describe a typical writing day for you?

Lately I spend so much time in doctors offices and hospital tests it leaves me little time. I am converting old mss to CD format and my 22 year old grand daughter Ashley Miller is helping with this. Perhaps something will be finished in 2008.

12.  Why do you write?

I cannot do it.

13.  What writer most inspires you? Why?

Ernest Hemingway --- his style.

14.  How do you define your writing?

I write as I think and speak.
15.  In one sentence—what do you want people to say about your writing in fifty years?

If people read my work in 50 years I would think it could be viewed as "literature".

Mark Miller the details:

16.  Can you tell us where to find more information on you? Website? Blog?

17.  Is there a place where readers can reach you?

18.  Can you list all your book titles so people can look for them?

The Nazarene Commentary
21st Century Version of the Chritian Scriptures
Nazarene Apocalypse --- The Jesus Prophecies
Nazarene Teachings --- Follow the Lamb (four volumes)
"Messianic Confessions"
Enter "Mark Heber Miller" in a search engine

19.   For new readers—what can they expect when they read your book(s)?

A non-sectarian commentary on the New Testament without bias.

In conclusion:

20.  Take as much space as necessary to speak to our readers—what would you like them to know about you and your writing?

See bio above. An honest Christian man who wrote from the heart and mind.


Posted by joyceanthony at 12:01 AM EST
Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2008 1:53 AM EST
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