The first time I wrote what I considered to be a “real” story, I was in the third grade. We were assigned to write a story about a spaceship.

Portrait of Kris MilleringThat spaceship got swallowed up by a black hole, killing everyone aboard. I was very proud of that story. (I was an odd child.)

It’s all been downhill from there.

I was born in California in 1974, wrote my first poem in 1981, and have more or less been compulsively writing ever since. I did manage to pay enough attention to graduate from the University of Iowa with a degree in linguistics; when I moved to Seattle in 1996, I managed to parlay my degree and a modicum of HTML knowledge into what, surprisingly, has turned out to be an actual career in high tech.

All along, I’ve been writing. I am a member of the Clarion West class of 2009.

I live between the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains in the far northwest of Washington State.

If you’d like to contact me, feel free to drop me a line at kmillering at outlook dot com. You can also follow my Flickr or my Twitter.


 

100 word bio:

Kris Millering is a linguist by training, a tech tinkerer by trade, and a writer and photographer by avocation. Currently, she works at a tech firm by day, manages communications for Clarion West by night, and writes in the spaces between. She lives between the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains in the far northwest of Washington State. Her fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and other publications. You can find out more at http://www.krismillering.com/.

250 word bio:

Kris Millering is a linguist by training, a tech tinkerer by trade, and a writer and photographer by avocation. She currently works for a tech firm as well as manages communications for the Clarion West Writers Workshop. She grew up in the shadow of Mount Umunhum in Northern California, and spent a few years in Iowa before moving to Seattle twenty years ago. Now she lives between the Pacific Ocean and the Olympic Mountains in the far northwest of Washington State.

She is a member of the Clarion West Class of 2009. Her fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and other publications. Her story “The Isthmus Variation” was listed on the Locus Recommended Reading list for 2010.

In past lives she has done data entry in a pathology laboratory, acted in community theater, had her first taste of ouzo on the rooftop of a hotel that had a view of the Parthenon, and photographed weddings. She is still a photographer, though more of a serious amateur than an aspiring professional these days, and is often found at Clarion West events with camera in hand.

She is rather obsessed with biology, forensic pathology, and the engines of human blood, brains, and bone.  Other obsessions include collaborative storytelling, new forms of narrative, eating squash in everything, and petting all the dogs. All of them.

You can find out more at http://www.krismillering.com/.