COLUMBIA CITY – As 52-year-old Monica Koldyke Miller flipped through the 688-page book titled “Threads of Betrayal,” she knew it was more than a collection of words, characters and themes; it was a lifelong goal achieved.
The book was published earlier this year.
“It was almost indescribable to hold the book in my hands,” said Miller. “I can’t tell you how thankful I am to all those who helped me along the way.”
While Miller currently lives in Decatur and originally came from Fort Wayne, she lived near Columbia City in 1970 as a 10-year-old girl attending school at Columbia Township Elementary.
It was here, while she was in sixth grade, that Miller can remember her first memories of writing.
“My teacher, Mrs. Rindfusz, should be credited for inspiring me,” said Miller. “Her words altered my life. I was a shy, 11-year-old when she said to me: ‘You write the most interesting sentences.’ That is the day I decided to become a writer.”
Miller also credits her Columbia City Joint High School creative writing teacher, Laurel Steill for her extensive help on the book.
“Without Mrs. Steill’s words of encouragement, I’m sure I would have quit,” said Miller.
“Threads of Betrayal” was originally written by Miller in her early twenties, and she titled it “White Wine and Red Roses.”
“Threads of Betrayal” is available in both kindle and paperback form monicakoldykemiller.com and on Amazon.