Fall 2014

Kristin Miller

Romance Writer Pens Paranormal Prose

It was a dark and stormy night …

OR AS KRISTIN MILLER prefers, a dark and stormy afternoon.

“I always write best when it’s pouring down rain,” says Miller (‘02, Psychology), a best-selling romance novelist. “That’s because I’m happy, and I’m inspired. It goes back to how happy I was in Humboldt.”

Miller, who has published 15 novels since 2008, achieved a milestone when Crazy in Love, part of the Lucky Seven Bad Boys box set, made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.


It was Miller’s husband, former HSU track and field standout Justin Miller (‘02, Political Science), who first inspired her writing career. He suggested she find a good book or two to get through her kid’s nap time.

“I went to Barnes & Noble with a specific idea of what I wanted to read,” Miller says. “I was looking for a thriller in which a woman had a premonition of her killer.

“I searched for hours and couldn’t find a book like that because it hadn’t been written. I told my husband, and he said, ‘Why don’t you write it?’ I thought he was crazy.”

Miller drew upon her time at HSU as inspiration, using Trinidad as the locale for Dark Tide Rising. Its plot centers around a killer who chains his victims in a cave at the end of Moonstone Beach before the tide comes in. Her Seattle Wolf Pack and Vampires of Crimson Bay series focus on “bad boys” who are eventually tamed by women.

“They are lighter stories,” Miller says. “It’s like a normal businessman whose secretary happens to be a werewolf. She has normal world problems, like when she sheds it clogs her drains.”

As her work’s popularity has grown, so has her confidence.

“I started out thinking I’d try writing for a couple years, and if I didn’t like it I’d go back to teaching,” Miller says. “I absolutely love helping characters discover their own happy-ever-afters. Building a career from my writing and supporting my family is a dream I never thought possible.”