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My name is Francesca Elizabeth Miller and I welcome you to www.francescamiller.com. I spent much of my professional writing career as a lifestyle writer, entertainment journalist and movie reviewer in print, on-line and on radio.
My first foray into fiction, The Boston Embalming Class , is a period piece that celebrates my love of the Gothic. This dark tale of romance, death and rebirth provides thrills, chills and romance.
Resurrection and Riot tells the story of the first riot in American history. The year was 1788 and New York City saw a major crisis for the fledgling United States, the infamous Doctors’ Riot. Grave robbing by teenage medical students along with the gruesome reality of medical dissection united the bluest of blue bloods with the lowest of the low and almost brought New York to its knees.
Mitzi's Kiss grew out of my childhood passion for classic movies, Broadway’s grand movie palaces and the motion picture studios that helped make Los Angeles great. Mitzi’s Kiss, the adventures of a spunky Jewish teenager during the Great Depression,is my bouquet to Los Angeles, the film industry, and the men and women who created it.
I researched the life of another spunky Jewish teenager, the great French actress, Sarah Bernhardt. Both Sarah and her handsome lover, Dr. Samuel-Jean Pozzi, have been a fascination for years. I have been fortunate to work on the story of their relationship with Dr. Caroline de Costa, Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. The prestigious British magazines, History Today and The Lancet, have published our articles.
The In A Gothic Mood pages are a collection of essays on the genre. Gothic literature has played a tremendous role in my literary life and writers like Charlotte Bronte, Poe, Daphne du Maurier, Sarah Waters and Dianne Setterfield continue to inspire me.
There are no saints in New Orleans but plenty of sinners. Bar girls, strippers, the shadowy world of clandestine sex clubs and a beautiful teen protagonist are some of the provocative elements in Pretty Boy, a gender-bending, erotic crime drama set in the noir splendor of New Orleans in 1955. Pretty Boy is a glimpse at the carnal underworld of New Orleans in the 50's and the sordid reality of teens trading sexual favors for survival.
Another page to explore is A Fairie Tale in Green, a short essay about the most forbidden and taboo drink of all time--absinthe (aka "the green fairy"). The second, Gears of the Future, explores the relatively new subgenre of Steampunk. Novelist Catherine Karp, wrote the third, the Bizarre History of Seances Catherine writes YA fiction under the name Cat Winters and her debut novel is In the Shadow of Blackbirds.
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