Numbers by day, words by night - Michael Scott Miller works in the business world while the sun is up and creates unique worlds for readers to indulge in, after the sun has gone down. Mr. Miller began writing shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and has had his work published in the Welcomat (now Philadelphia Weekly). Michael Scott Miller also wrote music reviews for the Wharton Journal, during which time his wife was getting her degree there.
Mr. Miller is busy promoting his debut novel, Ladies and Gentleman...The Redeemers. While he grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey he now resides in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania with his wife and three children.
Please tell us a bit about your book and what you hope readers take away from reading it.
Ladies and Gentlemen…The Redeemers tells the story of Bert Ingram, once a successful rep in the music industry, who has lost his way. Desperate for redemption, he decides to put together a band and begins recruiting musicians who have only one thing in common: the need to overcome a significant obstacle in their lives. As the story unfolds, the volatile mix of the musicians' personalities and backgrounds threatens to derail the band, but they eventually begin to realize they have more to gain from one another than they ever could have imagined.
The first spark of an idea for the novel came to me about ten years ago when I was riding the train into Philadelphia for my job at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. As I walked through Suburban Station, I would routinely see singers or musicians performing in the corridors. I began to wonder what would happen if someone gathered together these seemingly destitute folks and molded them into a musical act. Could they come together with a music industry promoter and be turned into a successful band?
This thought stayed with me, until it finally struck me that while I might not have the necessary skills to form and promote a musical act, the idea might make for an interesting tale.