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HCC professor publishes first children’s book

Amanda Miller

In 2013, Hagerstown Community College assistant English professor Amanda Miller published her first children’s early reader chapter book, “SuperDylan and the Powers of Just Right.”

Miller, an avid poet and fiction writer, says that she was inspired to write the book after reading Barbara Park’s Junie B. Jones chapter books to her sons.

“I felt like Junie B’s voice was perfect for a girl in kindergarten, but I was disappointed not to find comparable books with a male narrator of that age. Since my sons are ages six and seven, I have a pretty good ear for that voice. More than anything, young boys want to be loved and appreciated as the spectacular little beings they truly are, but sometimes that comes out in the funniest egocentric ways.”

Miller enlisted her brother, Grant Miller, to illustrate the book, and they decided to self-publish on Amazon.com to keep the publishing process simple and make the book available in print and e-book format for readers who would enjoy hearing about Dylan and his adventures.

“Although self-publishing is easier than traditional publishing, the first step in achieving success is exactly the same: create something good. We’ve done that. I’m proud of our product, and I’m proud of the process we [undertook] to create it,” Miller said.

The second installment of the SuperDylan series, “SuperDylan and the Night Horse,” is set to be released in fall 2013. To learn more about Miller and her work, go to www.amandahartmiller.com.