Jeff Miller is a middle-grade author originally from Kent, Ohio. He loves snow, books, and visiting schools to connect with young readers. His mom, a 2018 heart transplant recipient, has always inspired him to face life with humor and heart. His latest novel, Rare Birds, is authentically inspired by his personal experience of living through his own parent’s heart transplant. He is also the author of The Nerdy Dozen series, middle-grade books about video games, friends, positivity, and ostriches. He is also a UC grad that currently lives in Chicago, where he asks his cats for writing advice.