Michael Austin Miller

Writer, Composer, Conductor, Church Musician, Educator

I am excited to share that my book, Can I Tell You a Story, is available in e-book and paperback formats on Amazon. 

Click HERE to purchase a copy of read details and/or customer reviews.

In my family, uniqueness is celebrated, and when my parents raised my brother, sister, and me, they taught us that we didn’t need to “keep up with the Joneses.” We WERE the Joneses.

Not really. We were the Millers…but you get the point.

Like you, I have stories. Like your family, mine has a history and, above all, secrets; some factual, some unbelievable, some that were spontaneously made up, and some that are downright hysterical.
We tell our favorite stories to our friends while some stories are only appropriate or appreciated when retold at family gatherings - like Thanksgiving Dinner. And, if we’re honest, we all have stories that are best told in hushed tones behind closed doors.

Several of my stories are about my Grandpa whose first statement to me after I moved to Seattle - the "Coffee Capital of the World," was, “Michael, I hope you have enough damn sense not to pay $5.00 for a cup of coffee.”
This was a man who used the same coffee grounds for a minimum of three days. He'd only change the grounds when his coffee was just slightly lighter than the color of tea.
I knew that I made him proud when I responded, “Of course, Grandpa. I stop by a bank every morning on the way to work because banks around here give coffee away for free.”

Instead of keeping such stories to myself - or waiting until the next holiday gathering to reminisce with my family - I’ve decided to share them.
Over the past two years, I’ve posted dozens of stories, essays, and bits on FaceBook with ONE GOAL: making my brother and sister laugh.
While my family was my muse, the feedback I’ve received from friends, associates, acquaintances, and people I’ve never met has surprised me. After all, who’d want to read MY stories?

Knowing that others have laughed when reading these made me realize that we need more laughter and more light - and this one of the ways I can bring more of that into the world.
Most of these stories have been written to give readers a CHUCKLE, sometimes to give readers a CHILL, and sometimes to give readers a TEAR.
The value of these stories might not be the stories themselves, but that they remind readers of their own history, stories, and secrets.

If you don’t enjoy these stories, thank you for reading them anyway. On the bright side, you’re only out $2.99 - less than what you paid for your last cup of coffee. Cheers!