Caroline Miller is a woman of many distinctions. Oregonians know her distinguished career in public service. She served two terms as Multnomah County Commissioner, preceded by a term as an original councilor with Metro, the
area regional government. Portland
As a novelist, 2009 marked a creative milestone for Caroline Miller. Gothic Spring is a classic page-turner centering on a talented, independent young woman, tormented by her passions and intolerance and the mysterious death of the vicar’s wife. This novel is being reissued in print format by Koho Pono LLC and is available in electronic format. Miller published a fictionalized memoir,
, earlier that same year. A third novel, still unnamed, is slated for publication shortly. Heart Land
Miller is a member of PEN. Her prolific short stories thrilled readers in publications as diverse as Children’s Digest, Grit and Tales of the Talisman. Her short story, ‘Under the Bridge and Beneath the Moon,’ was dramatized for radio in
Oregon and . Washington
Aside from writing, Caroline is a talented painter whose silk pieces have been sold in
art galleries and featured in juried exhibitions. Portland
Caroline headed the Portland Federation of Teachers and is enshrined in
’s Labor Hall of Fame. She taught English at the high school and university level. Caroline Miller holds degrees from Oregon Reed College and , where she graduated with honors in Literature. Northern Arizona University
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What would you like readers to take away after reading your book?
I’d like my readers to close the last page of Gothic Spring feeling they’ve experienced a world that has kept them entertained, even beguiled, but left them musing about its implications for their own lives. What is art, after all, if it does not cause us to reflect?
As an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), I’ve been acutely aware of the influence women have upon one another. The novel explores those various influences without judgment but with clear eye to interactions that support but sometimes destroy. Victorine Ellsworth is a youth growing up in a repressive, Victorian society and surrounded by women who might be her role models, but fail her miserably. Her guardian aunt smothers her; her former teacher wishes to liberate her but the older woman’s ego gets in the way. The Vicar’s wife, wary of her husband’s fascination with the wild, young girl, tries to curb the child’s alluring manners.
Of course the men who are dominant in the society have their roles to play. One loves her too well but not wisely; another loves not well enough or not at all. For both, Victorine is an object of desire, her talent sacrificed to her beauty.
While women in today’s world have assumed a greater role in the work place, they face many of Victorine’s dilemmas. True, they may bring home the bacon but they still cook it and do the dishes too. A stigma remains for a girl who is too bright; beauty is still considered to be a prime asset and, sadly, there are women who wish to turn back the clock back and their sisters for the breakup of the traditional home and the decline of civil society.Many modern women don’t believe their fortunes could be reversed. Feminism in their lexicon smacks of an idea that is old fashioned. After reading Gothic Spring, I would like for them to pause and consider how much has really changed.
Title: Gothic Spring
Author: Caroline Miller
Genre: Fiction – Gothic
Published by: Koho Pono, LLC
Content Warning: Implied Sexual Elements
Recommended Age: YA (Young Adult), 15-17 years of age, 18 +
Format(s): eBook, trade paperback
ISBN 13: 978-0-9845424-9-9
Number of pages: 316
Victorine Ellsworth knows something about the death of the vicar’s wife… but what? Is she the killer? Or the next victim?
Gothic Spring is a journey into a mind that is unraveling. Victorine is a young woman poised at the edge of sexual awakening and cursed with more talent and imagination than society will tolerate. The conflict between her desire and the restrictions that rule her life lead to tragic circumstances.
Gothic Spring by Caroline Miller
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