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Woodridge children's author pens second book

Woodridge resident R.L. Miller with his second and newly published book "The Tale of Little Fanny Flip-Flop."
Erica Woodridge resident R.L. Miller with his second and newly published book "The Tale of Little Fanny Flip-Flop."

WOODRIDGE – When one girl chooses to do something that offends everyone else, she must choose to stop doing what she loves or suffer consequences.

This is the theme of Woodridge author R.L. Miller’s newest children’s book, “The Tale of Little Fanny Flip-Flop.” Released March 11, the fantasy story is about the adventures of Fanny and the mythical creatures.

“Basically the new book brings a Pixie and she likes to wear flip-flops in the Pixie community,” Miller said. “She gets in trouble and loses her magic and has to do things in the community to get her Pixie powers back.” 

The story is meant for children in kindergarten through fourth grade, Miller said, adding that it is accompanied by “fantastic” illustrations. 

“[The illustrations] are one thing that really makes the book,” Miller said. “[The book] turned out very, very well.”

Miller said that although the story is a collage of the notes he has made for various stories, both family and work life played a hand in providing inspiration for the book.

As a custodian at Highland Elementary School in Downers Grove, Miller said the school environment provided much of the idea for the story. 

“It had a lot to do with the noises that flip-flops make,” Miller said. “I work at a school and there are students and teachers and noises.” 

He also attributed the idea for the story to his eight grandchildren. 

Miller said, “The Tale of Little Fanny Flip-Flop,” and his first story, “The Birthentine’s Day Present,” do not relate to one another, but do share a common trend: A happy ending and a lesson. 

Writing has been a part of Miller’s entire life, he said, but he has always either thrown away or failed to finish his work. This stopped with his first children’s book. 

“One day, I just pinned my first book and my wife read it and said, ‘This sounds pretty good,’ and I found a publisher and published it,” Miller said. “This was the first time I ever really cared.” 

Since its release in 2012, Miller’s first book has sold about 300 copies, he said. 

Miller said his next book is undecided, but that he may bring together his two children’s books. 

“There’s always time to think about it, so you never know,” Miller said. 

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