J. E. Miller is the author of Remember Lest We Forget and the soon to be published, Remember Our First Responders.
Miller wrote the first in her Remember series as a way of showing gratitude and honouring those who served and continue to serve in war zones, but she wanted to do it with more than just words.
She created a project that would not just honour our defence community through stories of personal experience, she also invited illustrators to donate their art via a competition, to accompany the many heart-felt stories in the book.
Artists of all ages and experiences from Australia and the UK, and even the veterans themselves were invited to enter the illustration competition. Proceeds from book sales help past and present soldiers and their support networks.
Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), Post Graduate Diploma of Education and Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology. As a teacher and mentor for over 20 years, she jumped at the idea of holding an illustration competition, not just to share the stories, but to also help artists have their work published.
The author has a long connection with the defence force. Both her grandfathers served in WWII, and her father is a Vietnam vet. Miller was a navy cadet in her teenage years, and has worked with military personnel during flood and disaster relief efforts as a member of the State Emergency Service.
The other impetus for writing Remember is she found a lack of resources that got to the heart of the ‘why’ we recognise Anzac and Remembrance Day. She wanted a book that helped her explain the significance of these special days to her young sons.
Miller was raised to have respect and reverence for service members and wanted to extend this recognition to first responders. She wanted to acknowledge their contribution not to just helping those in need in daily life, but to recognise their vital contributions during the COVID pandemic.
Following the success of her first book, Hawkeye Publishing are pleased to announce that we have signed J. E. Miller for her second book, Remember First Responders.
For more information about the Illustration Competition click here.
For more information about Remember Lest We Forget click here.
For more information about J. E. Miller, visit her website here.