Riley Miller lives in Alaska, so you might understand why she dreams of natural disasters whilst living on the edge of the world. In fact, she thinks it is her upbringing in Alaska that has really shaped who she is. Overly aware of our inextricable connection to the environment, she felt she should always be ready for the inevitable shift. This was something instilled in her by her parents, who taught her how to live off the land, and she particularly loved learning about plants and their medicinal qualities. She, in turn, passed on these lessons to her own children, along with some light prepping for any potential disasters like the snow storms that frequent their state.
The Covid crisis really opened her eyes to the true possibility of a massive crisis hitting home, and it sparked her creative imagination. She wanted to explore further how different people react in crises and she found that writing allowed her to do this. Inspired by some of her favourite authors like Grace Hamilton, Stephen King, and Kyla Stone, Riley uses her Alaskan upbringing along with her personal prepper knowledge to dive head first into a disaster story and figure out how to survive.
It’s not all about survival for Riley though! She also loves to cook and do crafts like sewing and quilting. She spends her weekends gardening with her husband and enjoys reading and the occasional binge watching of a great new series. She’s especially excited about her soon-to-be role as Grandmother.