Jeffrey Miller

A Writer's Life


Jeffrey Miller has spent over two decades in Asia as a university lecturer and writer, including a six-year stint as a feature writer for The Korea Times, South Korea’s oldest English-language newspaper.

Originally from LaSalle, Illinois, he relocated to South Korea in 1990 where he nurtured a love for spicy Korean food, Buddhist temples, and East Asian History.

From 2000-2006, Miller was a feature writer for The Korea Times. During that period he covered all of the Korean War commemoration events from 2000-2003, wrote travel articles and book reviews, as well as special feature stories including coverage of the 2002 World Cup, former US President Jimmy Carter’s 2001 visit to Korea for Habitat for Humanity, Yoko Ono’s 2003 visit to Korea, and a special series on women in the Korean military.

War Remains, a Korean War Novel was his first novel and based on articles he wrote about Korean War Commemorative events from 2000-2003 for The Korea Times. The novel won two awards in the 2011 MWSA (Military Writers Society of America) Book Awards: Gold in the Literary Fiction category and Silver in the Korean War category (it was the first year that awards were given in this category).

In 2012, he published his second novel (a novella) Ice Cream Headache which is about one day in 1968 in Oglesby, Illinois where Miller lived from 1965-1976. The novella has received much praise from readers.

Other novels include, When A Hard Rain Falls (October 2013), I’ll Be Home for Christmas (November 2013) and The Panama Affair (June 2015).

His latest novel, Bureau 39, a thriller about North Korea, was published in June 2017.

He is also the author of Invaders from Mars and Other Tales of Youthful Angst, Damaged Goods, and Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm. For Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm, Miller drew upon many of the articles he published in the Korea Times as well as a collection of essays about living and working in Korea since 1990.  What’s most interesting about this collection are the “back stories” for the articles he wrote for the Times. Additionally, his essays about life in Korea in the early ’90s offer insights into Korea at the time.

Additionally, his work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including A-Minor Magazine,  Artful Dodge, Boston Literary Magazine, Caper Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, Full of Crow, Grey Sparrow Journal, Orion headless, Short, Fast, and Deadly, Thunderclap and the Toasted Cheese Literary Journal.

In June 2012, he appeared in an MBC documentary about the Korean War.

He is currently an English and History lecturer at the SolBridge International School of Business, located in Daejeon, South Korea.


2011     Micro Fiction Nominee, “Scent of a Woman”

2011     Military Writers Society of America, Gold in Literary Fiction for War Remains

2011    Military Writers Society of America, Silver in the Korean War category for War Remains

2012   Global E-Book Awards Finalist: War Remains


  1. Jeff, I was at Howard AFB for a TDY in 1977. I met the Ramsberger family, I believe he was either the Base commander, Wing commander or in charge of OSI. Love to get up with you to reminisce about those days and to reconnect with them, if you know them. Thanks

  2. I wonder if we can do a reprint of this on the Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene and in my column in The Somerville Times we of course will give you credit–and please send a byline and a jpeg of yourself if you agree best–Doug Holder

  3. I work for a military museum in the Netherlands. Our main topic is the Korean War. A Dutch battalion – from the Regiment of Heutsz of which we are the museum – fought in that war aside with the Second US Infantry Division. February 1951 they were at the fightings atHoengseong and Wonju were they suffered many casualties. Also five Korean soldiers, which were attached to our Battalion lost their lives. We started a search for them. A plaque is presented in the church of Hoengsong on about the same spot were the Dutch got ambushed. The names and army identification number of the five Korean men are written on it. We wonder how we could benefit on your experience in our search. We noticed you wrote a book – War remains – on a somewhat similar search. We would like to get into contact with you.

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