Hometown Inspiration

Laura (Brandt) Miller, a 2002 graduate of New Haven High School who now lives in Kansas City, uses the images she has in her mind of growing up in the Berger river bottoms and rural New Haven to inspire the "small town, second chance romance" novels she writes.   Submitted Photos.

Contemporary romance author and New Haven native Laura Miller will be at Neighborhood Reads bookstore in Washington this Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to share and sign copies of her books.

Miller writes about small towns and second-chance romances — many inspired by settings in Franklin County. Her newest novel, “The Life We Almost Had,” has followed all of her previous books onto the Amazon best-seller list, including her debut novel, “Butterfly,” “For All You Have Left,” and “By Way of Accident,” “When Cicadas Cry,” and “A Bird on a Windowsill.”

Miller attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she was a 400-meter and 600-yard runner on the university’s track and field team. She graduated from Mizzou with a degree in newsprint journalism and spent time as a newspaper reporter, covering government and business news, prior to writing fiction.

Miller spent some time in San Diego, Calif., and Charleston, S.C., before moving back to the Midwest in 2011. She now lives in Kansas City, with her husband, a TV meteorologist.

To learn more about Miller and her books, visit lauramillerbooks.com/books. Books will be available for sale at the bookstore, located at 401 Lafayette St., across from Washington City Hall.