Mary Carol Miller is a native of Greenwood, born and raised in the Mississippi Delta. Her only direct family connection to cotton was through her maternal grandfather, who managed the cottonseed oil mill on the edge of town. Like everyone else in this part of the world, though, her life was impacted by the planting and harvesting seasons and the rhythms of an agricultural world. At 17, Miller left for college and spent the next 34 years outside the Delta, earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a medical degree with a specialty in Family Medicine. Life took her to Jackson, Tupelo and Glasgow, Scotland; after their children were grown, she and her husband returned to the Delta, where they are both practicing physicians. Miller’s avocation is Mississippi's historic architecture and she has written nine books on that subject, four in collaboration with photographer Mary Rose Carter.