Since 2002, Peggy Reiff Miller has spent her time researching and writing about a topic dear to her heart – the history of the seagoing cowboys. This labor of love has generated several published magazine articles, the draft of a historical novel for young adults, and the DVD documentary A Tribute to the Seagoing Cowboys.
Miller's interest in this topic is threefold: a grandfather who was a seagoing cowboy to Poland, but whose story she never heard; her heritage in the Church of the Brethren, whose Brethren Service Committee was the recruiting organization for the seagoing cowboys; and childhood on an Illinois farm, where her family raised a heifer for the Heifer Project, another Brethren Service Committee program out of which the seagoing cowboy program evolved.
Miller has had children's stories published in two magazines now out of print: My Friend and Lighthouse.
Other life experience that informs her writing includes study abroad in college and travel in 19 countries; teaching at all levels, administrative work, church-camp kitchen management; volunteer youth work and not-for-profit board leadership; piano performance and accompanying with one CD to her credit; and parenting twins. She is a graduate of Manchester College (IN), Western Michigan University, and the Institute of Children's Literature.
Miller lives with her husband, Rex, in Milford, Indiana.
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