Miriam’s new novel A Stone for Bread is published by Livingston Press of West Alabama University. The novel was a top-ten finalist in the 2014 Faulkner-Wisdom novel competition, received a starred Kirkus review and in December 2016, Kirkus named the novel one of its Best Books of 2016. It was also nominated for North Carolina’s prestigious Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction in 2016.

Award-winning novelist and a former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti calls A Stone for Bread “….a supremely ambitious book from a thoroughly gifted writer.”

Miriam’s first novel Absolution won the 2007 Novello Press Literary Award and was cited by Publishers Weekly as an “impressive” debut that “skillfully combines a contemporary courtroom thriller with a subtle look back at the competing passions and pressures of the Vietnam War era.”

Miriam received a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and has taught composition and literature at Appalachian State University, Greensboro College, Essex County College in Newark, NJ, Limestone College and the University of South Carolina. She has worked as an editor for Good Housekeeping Magazine and the Winston-Salem Journal and free-lanced as a writer, editor, public relations consultant and producer of films and videos.

She is currently working on a novel that follows a Charleston slave girl of mixed race on a 19th Century odyssey to find her Seminole warrior father.

Miriam is the parent of two adult children and grandparent of a delightful 11-year-old. She and her husband live in Greensboro, North Carolina.