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Erick W. Miller

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Erick W. Miller, served as a Pointman in the infantry with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam 1969 – 1970.  He has two children, four stepchildren, and 14 grandchildren. Happily married to his wife Mikki, he resides in Apache Junction, Arizona.   Erick Miller is the author of Toll of War, Mother Warned You: Tantrum, Cottonmouth, Mike's Place; and, Quite Neighbors.

According to the book description, Toll of War/Vietnam “is a first hand account of this soldier's tour as an infantryman with B company of the 1st 327th infantry-101st Airborne Div. Screaming Eagles. The text is comprised of several short stories with contributions from other soldiers of the 101st and one from an ex-marine grunt in Vietnam. It is written in a humorous light whenever possible though dealing with the harsh realities of day to day life as an infantryman in a jungle war.”

According to the book description of Mother Warned You, "It is a violent dose of reality with a Christian message throughout. Adult content, just enough to make it real, also make it interesting. Before you ever get to read it, I want to say that I never had any formal training as a writer. I have heard that a little of the author goes into every character. I'm sure that is natural. Teachers also tell you to write about what you know. I did just that. Those are dismal thoughts for me to digest, but, oh well, if you knew me better, you'd see me throughout the book. I managed to move about the country so much, that I'd be gone from an area before too many got to know me well. Lots of good people only knew me as a roofer or a carpenter. Some only knew me as "Snakeman". That was all they needed to know. I kept snakes for many years and still have three.

Of course, I like to think of myself as the good guy, basically I am and usually I was. Today, I am for sure. Still, it was too easy to draw on personal thoughts and experience to develop even the most horrible of the bad guys. Every single character in all the stories was patterened after someone I've crossed paths with in the 55 years I'd lived prior to publishing this the first time. I'd gotten to know (or be) some of the bad guys too well.

Tantrum is a departure from writing norms. The line between good guys and bad guys is only clear due to the truly evil nature of the villians. Cottonmouth and Mike's Place deal with a flexible style of police work that most cops only dream of. Liberal courts stymie the best efforts of good cops. These tales are about how they'd like to operate."






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