Howard Miller works at GGFL Chartered Professional Accountants as their communications specialist. He is also a writer whose first children’s book is about to be published.
Howard Miller and his wife Sarah are newlyweds living in Stittsville who “still can’t agree on how to fold socks.”
But the couple, who got married in August, will have a storybook about socks to read to their future children.
Miller is the author of Escape to Sock Mountain, a children’s book he wrote after being inspired by a writing exercise in which he had to construct a paragraph from the perspective of an inanimate object.
The book answers the dilemma of where socks go when they’re lost in the laundry.
“When young Carter hears strange sounds coming from the hamper one night, he discovers the answer. Four unhappy socks are tired of getting mixed in with all those dirty clothes, and they’re not going to take it anymore!”
Escape to Sock Mountain is described on the publisher’s website as “a story about friendship and big dreams.” And Miller describes himself as “a 10-year-old boy trapped in the body of a 30-something-year-old man; a man who is a coffee-addicted, baseball geek and Ottawa Senators fan.”
The book is illustrated by Lidia E. Lewczuk.
“I went on a freelancing website to bid on some writing jobs, and I found I could post my story and look for an illustrator,” said Miller. “Although Lidia is in the Netherlands, we hit it off, and her illustrations were just as I envisaged them.”
Promoting his own book is a “weird” new experience, he said. “It’s awkward to ‘pump my own tires.’ I’m used to pushing other people, not myself.”
While Escape to Sock Mountain is Miller’s first book, he has other ideas “percolating” in his mind for the future.
Miller’s sister Sara is expecting her first child, and he is looking forward to reading the book to the baby.
“For me, I wanted to have something for my sister’s kids and my future kids.”
Escape to Sock Mountain will be available by the end of the month through online retailers including www.FriesenPress.com, www.Amazon.ca, and Chapters.indigo.ca. The e-book will sell for $3.99, and the hard copy around $15 (depending on U.S. dollar fluctuation).