The Edgefield Reading Council invited children’s author Jonathan D. Miller to Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton (J-E-T) Middle School on Tuesday, October 26, to speak on the process of becoming a published author. Students, parents, and teachers from schools all over Edgefield County came to hear Miller’s story. His series, The Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund, is based on a dog he knows in real life and he wrote, illustrated, and published it himself. He explained his unique illustration process to those in attendance. Each picture is created by hand in a painstaking process that involves cutting out and layering individual pieces of colored paper to make the pictures he has envisioned. Miller explained that a single page could take hours just in itself. He discussed his decision to self-publish and what the pros and cons were of using a publishing company. He then delighted the audience by reading aloud from two of his stories. Seventh grade student Sophie Love commented, “I liked hearing the author speak, and I like the dog character because he is adventurous.” A seventh grade teacher at J-E-T, Cecilia Bryant, added, “I’m really glad the Reading Council set this up for us. The author was very knowledgeable and engaging, and I actually learned a lot about making books.”

Pictured above: Children’s author Jonathan D. Miller

Photo caption: Miller demonstrates how he creates his artwork


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