DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — “A Place to Rest” takes a look at post-World War 2 in Ashford, Alabama from 1946 to 1964 and gives readers a view from the eyes of two friends.
“It’s set in the Alabama Wiregrass because that’s what I knew,” Author Tom Miller said. “I grew up there. I was born right after the 2nd World War and graduated in the class of 1964, which was the first baby-boomer class.”
Tom Miller was born and raised in Ashford and graduated from Ashford High School in 1964.
Miller was born seven years after the roads were paved on US-84 that connects Dothan and Ashford. This also comes seven years after Ashford got electricity.
In his book, Miller is able to talk about these advances in the Wiregrass and also about issues that affected the nation such as racism.
“I was born in a time and place that is difficult for people today, even people who live in Ashford, young people it’s difficult for them to understand what that was like.”
For much of his adult life, Miller has lived in Iowa, where he has published several books for middle-school-aged kids, however, the idea for this book has been on his mind for years.
“Finally, after thinking about it for many years,” Miller said. “I had pretty much written it in my head several times over those years. Then on January 1, 2020, I actually sat down and started. If I am ever going to do this I am going to do it now. I started writing and I was probably done by June.”
Even though he has lived in Iowa for so long Miller said he still remembers where he comes from and that there is a possibility of a sequel of this book that follows the years of 1964 to the fall of Saigon in 1975.
Miller tells WDHN his book can be found on Amazon, available for purchase as a paperback, or as an e-book.