Barbara Boehm Miller
Fiction writer and creator of the character, Lola Rolls

About Barbara

I spent my whole childhood in a small town in Upstate New York called Ravena, a name no one ever seems to recognize. The lack of entertainment options there and the sameness of daily life did, however, leave me plenty of time for my favorite past times of reading and making up stories.

Along the way, I came up with the marvelous idea of combining my desire to see and experience more of the world with my love of words and writing by having a career in translation. After studying Romance languages at Binghamton University, I lived and worked as a translator in France, Mexico, Spain, and especially Costa Rica, where I earned the equivalent of a Master’s degree from the National University and had the good fortune to complete a number of published translations in the very important area of children’s rights.

After moving back to the U.S. and settling in the Washington, D.C. area, I wrote my first novel, which I promptly tucked away in a drawer. This was a wise choice. For a while, I worked at the World Bank editing a non-fiction legal publication series before, eventually, obtaining my current post as a diplomatic translator for the Department of State.

During this time, my heart and mind were occupied as well with meeting and marrying my very wonderful husband and having our twin daughters. Being the mother of twins, the intensity and unexpected hilarity of it, has been the most extraordinary and humanizing experience of my life. The time we spend together making up stories, growing an already outsized trove of unusual characters, is one of my favorite activities.

Through all of these comings and goings, I continued to write, eventually realizing that I needed to add a more rigorous structure to my writing practice and to receive and give feedback to other writers. In 2013, I completed a Master of Arts in Writing at the Johns Hopkins University where I learned how to be a better writer and even how to be a better reader.

At present, I’m revising a series of short stories, realizing how much I love flash fiction, and breathing a deep sigh of relief at having finished a novel that I do not want to stuff in a drawer.