Jeffrey Miller

A Writer's Life

Category: Ice Cream Headache (page 2 of 5)

Where are you going to take us this time, Mr. Miller?

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You know, I had such a wonderful time writing Ice Cream Headache that I thought I would head on back to the Oglesby in the 1960s and see what else was back there to write about. My book in progress was originally a flash fiction piece I wrote back in 2010 while I was writing War Remains. A week ago, I read it again and went, “Hmm….”

This story is very near and dear to me, much the same way that Ice Cream Headache was.

If you enjoyed Ice Cream Headache, you’re going to like this one. I promise.

Have I ever let you down before?

You can’t go home again; or can you?

icecreamCover2Why did you write Ice Cream Headache?

That’s what someone asked me today who bought my book.

Because I wanted to go back home, back home to the memories which I have nurtured and cherished all these years. Memories like an old friend you’ve not seen for a long time but remember exactly everything the last time you met.

When was the last time you went home?

The Wheels of Fate


In the split second that it took for him to decide to go after the man running down the alley, the wheels of fate turned against the both of them. He remembered yelling for the man to stop; the next thing he knew, he was kneeling down over the man trying to stop the bleeding.

Oh my God, what have I done?

What happened to Earl that summer night? Why did the wheels of fate turn against him and change his life forever?

Find out by downloading a copy of Ice Cream Headache today and traveling back to 1968 to find out happens to Earl. What is his dark, disturbing secret?

Lou’s Super Market — Oglesby, Illinois

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I only mentioned it briefly in Ice Cream Headache, but Lou’s Super Market has a special place in the novella.

I understand that Oglesby has been without a supermarket for fifteen years and that it will soon have a new one, a County Market. That’s great for Oglesby but for all of us who grew up in Oglesby,  Lou’s Super Market will always have a special place in our hearts.

On the shelves at Hy-Vee

Books at Hy-Vee“Hey Honey, I’m going to the store. Do you need anything?”

“Pick up a gallon of milk, a carton of eggs, and a loaf of bread and let’s see, oh yes, a copy of Ice Cream Headache.


Vanilla Milkshake


Have you ever have one of those days when you just had to have something that you haven’t had in a long time?

Today was one of those days.

I had to go to the Korean Exchange Bank during my lunch hour, which is about a 20-minute walk from SolBridge. I could have taken a taxi, but I love walking and the weather today, a chilly 49 degrees was perfect.

After I finished up my banking, and freaking out at the US Dollar/Korean Won exchange rate ($1.00 = 1123 won; thanks a lot, North Korea, for scaring the bejesus out of everyone and f**king up the exchange rate) I decided to stop at Mickey D’s on the way back to school for lunch.

And it was just about when I was finished eating when I suddenly had this urge for a milkshake. Yeah, a vanilla milkshake just like the kind Billy has in Ice Cream Headache.

Of course, where I am going to find that kind of milkshake in Daejeon, not to mention Korea? That’s the problem with urges in Korea. They can’t always be assuaged.

That’s when you have to improvise. In this case, I ordered one at Mickey D’s. Not exactly the real thing, but for now it would do.

On the other hand, Ice Cream Headache is the real thing.

That’s what everyone has been telling me.

Now On Sale at Peru’s HyVee


I like what HyVee does: allowing local authors to sell one’s bo0ks at their stores. And now, people can buy Ice Cream Headache and War Remains, A Korean War Novel at the HyVee store in Peru, Illinois.

A few of my friends back in the Illinois Valley, including my best friend, Chris Vasquez, told me I should do this and that’s exactly what I have done. I sent a box of books to another friend, Billie Cassin, and she is going to be my go-between with HyVee. From this week, my books will be available at the Peru store.

Pretty cool, huh? It’s great that people, will browsing the books at HyVee will come across mine and perhaps buy it. Thanks to Anna Takahashi’s great cover design, Kris Wilke’s photograph and the blurb from the Boston Literary Magazine, people will most certainly notice it.

I might not be able to go home, but my books can.

Today HyVee. Tomorrow the world.

Ice Cream Headache: Looking Good!

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Whether you read it on your Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, Android, Galaxy Tab…Ice Cream Headache looks good in any format on any tablet or phone.

The only way to find out is to try it out for size on the device or gadget which has made your life easier.





I have it on my iPad and it looks WAY cool!

Can you judge a book by its cover?

icecreamCover2This is the rhetorical question posed by Book Daily:

Rhetorical question for most; Real dilemma for authors. After spending what feels like decades writing your masterpiece and surviving several rounds of brutal editing, it can be daunting to have to then vet cover designs. However, it would be naive to think that the cover of your book is immaterial and shouldn’t require much effort. It’s the first thing readers see and is expected to offer a creatively brilliant interpretation of what’s inside. Book covers can attract or propel and complete objectivity is virtually impossible. With all that said, what do you think makes a great book cover? What are some of your favorite book covers?

I would like to know what you think.

Please leave your comments below.

A Little Rebellion Now and Then is a Good Thing

iceCreamHeadache Smash 5Even when it comes to self-publishing.

There’s a really good article on the Huffington Post which you can read here. Essentially it’s about the self-publishing industry and the stigma attached to those of us who have self-published and are trying to get the word out about our books.

I’ve heard it all. When I told some of my friends and colleagues that I was going to self-publish my first novel, War Remains, their first reaction was that the only people who would buy it would be my family and friends. One former colleague, a writer himself, said that no one will ever take me seriously as a writer. That was three years ago and as far as I know, he still hasn’t written the book he said he was going to write. I’ve written five in that time.

And yes, some bookstores will show you the door if you walk in with a load of your books and ask to have them sold or even set up a book signing. However, thanks to Ingram and word-of-mouth, a bookstore would be crazy not to carry a book that people want to buy. (Something I need to work on for my books. I have had a number of people who have asked me if Ice Cream Headache is available at a bookstore in Seoul.)

Self-publishing is easy. It’s having to deal with promoting your book and having people talk about it what takes the most time and work. However, in order to help chip away at that stigma, you need a little help along the way. I know that with each sale of one of my books that stigma is slowly being removed. Just this past weekend, War Remains was up to Number #8 on Amazon’s Kindle list. It might have only been for a few hours, but you know that has to count for something. That’s why I work so hard to trying to promote and market my books. A sale here and a sale there and people start to take notice.

And if it’s a good book and the author tells a good story it doesn’t make any difference if it was self-published or not. That’s the bottom line.

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