Cherie Miller spent the first part her of life romping in the fields and harassing the horses at her grandparent’s dairy farm in Wisconsin. When she graduated from high school, she turned her eyes towards the Capitol City, Madison. She still has a warm place in her heart for the memories of the years spent between the Isthmus.
On the first day of 1980, Cherie moved south to live in the City of Chicago where within the first two weeks she was pick pocketed on the subways. Living in Rogers Park was exhilarating since she lived only one block from the sandy Lake Michigan beaches, while still living only 15 minutes from the Magnificent Mile, the Field Museum, and her job in the financial district. Cherie’s first two sons, Steve and Josh, were born in Evanston, a few blocks away from Northwestern University. When they were old enough to go to school, the family moved from condo-living to a beautiful home in Wheaton, where Mark was born.
Wheaton played a formative role in Cherie’s development as a writer. Maybe it was the proximity to the Wade Collection at Wheaton College where the writings of such authors as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were lovingly housed, but it was there where Cherie discovered her gift of writing. Sitting down one day at her computer in her dining room, Cherie finished and sent off her first article, which was immediately published. This success infected Cherie with a passion for writing, which has never abated and has resulted in having over 200 articles published in magazines such as Chicago Parent, Today’s Christian Woman, YouthWorker Journal and Focus on the Family’s Single Parent Magazine. In 2003 Tyndale Publishers chose Cherie’s writing to include in Betty Roberson’s Women at the Well devotional. Looking to expand her writing skills, Cherie applied for and then wrote a weekly parenting column entitled Kidding Around for the Wheaton Sun Newspapers syndicate.
On October 4, 2000, Cherie accepted two phone calls. The first was from the writer she would eventually marry, Steve Miller. The second was from her brother with the horrific news that a car had hit her youngest sister. Both events changed her life and the direction of her writing.
In 2001, after being sweet-talked by Steve, ever the Southern gentleman, Cherie and her three sons moved to live on Lake Allatoona in Georgia to blend her family with his four sons, Andrew, Benji, and the twins, David and Paul. Each of the seven boys have enriched and educated in their own unique styles.
In 2004 Cherie graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication with an emphasis in Media Studies. In 2007 she topped this off with a Masters of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW) from Kennesaw State. As her thesis, Cherie wrote a memoir entitled One in a Million: Living Courageously with a Traumatic Brain Injury. During her time at Kennesaw State, Cherie won several awards, including Best College News Editor (2003) and Best Research Thesis (2004) for Toxic Speech: A Content Analysis of Top 50 Song Lyrics. Cherie’s original research was presented at the 2005 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference.
Today Cherie, and her especially wonderful husband, Steve, are blessed to have his mother and Granny, who turned 106, live next door to enrich their daily lives. Cherie enjoys her writing life and, with such a richly complex life, is looking forward to writing more in the future.