Life Box – Quote of the day

Karen E. Quinones Miller (1958 -) is an American journalist, historian, and nationally best-selling author, and community activist.

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Miller dropped out of junior high school at the age of 13, and says she spent most of her youth running the streets of Harlem.

Although she was not officially home-schooled, her parents both insisted that she continue her education on her own.

It was through her own reading that her interest in Harlem history was born, as she read novels and poetry by Langston Hughes, Ralph Ellison, Nella Larsen, and Claude McKay.

Tired of the fast life, she joined the U. S. Navy in 1980.

In 1988, she moved to Philadelphia and worked as a secretary for The Philadelphia Daily News.

While there, she wrote letters to the City Editor complaining about what she considered the biased coverage of people of multi ethnic backgrounds. Finally fed up, Miller gave her two-week notice, and enrolled at Temple University to major in journalism.

Miller worked for a year for the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia, then moved back to Philadelphia in 1994 to become a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In 1999, Miller wrote her first novel Satin Doll and self-published the novel. She sold 3,000 copies in six weeks – and ultimately 28,000 copies in eight months – before signing with an agent in June 2000.

Due to the success of Satin Doll a literary auction was held; Simon & Schuster won the publishing rights and a second book.

Miller subsequently published eight books (all of which were based in Harlem) through major publishing houses, but she also maintained her own publishing company – Oshun Publishing Company.

Miller is included in the book Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African-American Women in Literature.

In 2013, Miller was one of fifty writers picked by the city of Philadelphia to be recognized in the Philadelphia Literary Legacy project.

Miller is an acknowledged Harlem historian and has been featured in many television programmes.

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