John Ramsey Miller was born in Greenville, Mississippi on October 3, 1949.
His father, Rush Glenn Miller, was a Methodist minister, who was Pastor Emeritus of the University Methodist Church in Oxford, Ms. until his death on Oct. 3, 2007.
His mother, Dr. Gene Ramsey Miller, PhD, was a history professor.
He has three siblings: Rush Glenn Miller, Jr., Stephen Clark Miller, Grace Long Minyard.
He attended public schools in West Point, Starkville and Cleveland, Mississippi, graduating in 1968.
He attended Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi where he studied art.
In 1970 he majored in photography at Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale.
In 1972 he was working as a still photographer and graphic designer at an ABC TV network affiliate station in Mississippi when he accidentally became embroiled with Martha Mitchell and the burgeoning Watergate scandal. He was fired from his job for trying to help a friend protect Mrs. Mitchell from the press. Thanks to Helen Thomas, he conducted a filmed interview with Ms. Mitchell, which aired on The Dick Cavett Show.
In 1975 he moved to Nashville and produced photographic portraits of country music artists for album covers, publicity and magazine articles.
In 1976 he married Susan Dedmon.
In 1978 they had a son, Christian McCarty Miller.
In 1980 they moved to New Orleans. John opened a commercial photography studio on Frenchman Street near the French Quarter. He did commercial work for advertising agencies and produced his own personal portrait series as well. He showed his portraits in galleries and museums and received an Endowment of the Arts grant to supplement his personal portrait work in 1981.
In 1981 John set up a studio in a narrow hallway of death Row at Angola and produced a series of formal portraits of the inmates. Over the next four years he set up a portable studio and produced formalized portraits of individuals associated with "groups." He photographed firemen, policemen, klansmen in their robes, Skinheads and Identity Christians as well as their children. He photographed artists, entertainers, prostitutes, doctors, lawyers, drug addicts and politicians. His portrait work has been shown in museums and included in several books and national magazines. The Death Row series was published in Oxford American, and his portraits of white supremacists in New Times and The Miami Herald's Sunday magazine, TROPIC.
His son Rush Lane Miller was born in 1981.
In 1984 Nathan Hoffman and John formed Hoffman/Miller Advertising, Inc.
His son Adam Ramsey Miller was born in 1984.
In 1989 John sold his interest in the ad agency to his partner and the Millers went to Miami. John worked as a freelance copywriter and also wrote feature articles that he sold to the Miami Herald's Sunday magazine, TROPIC.
In 1990 he wrote a non-fiction book on 2 Live Crew and the obscenity trials.
In 1991 He wrote a screenplay, "Nothing Quite So Evil" that he sold to a studio.
In 1992 he began to write fiction.
In 1992 The Millers moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.
In 1994 Bantam bought his book, The Last Family. The book was a Literary Guild Main Selection, was published in twelve languages, was optioned by Hallmark Entertainment for a feature film, made it to #16 on the New York Times bestsellers list, and is still in print.
Between 1998 and 2004 John concentrated on spending time with his family and on researching and writing five books including Inside Out, Upside Down and Side By Side. Between then and 2008 he wrote, Too Far Gone, Smoke & Mirrors, and The Last Day.
He has six grandchildren: Alexa Labadie, Elijah Labadie Miller, Max Ramsey Miller, Sasha Christine Miller, Rush S. Miller, and Shay Aurora Miller.
In 2007 John moved to the middle of nowhere, a few miles from Gold Hill, NC, where he lives with Susan, a dog named Critter, and a few chickens.