Prior to writing the column, Millner was Parenting's Articles Editor from 2003 to 2005; in addition to her responsibilities as toy editor for the annual "Mom-Tested Toys of the Year" section, she wrote and edited feature stories and several sections of the magazine, including "Ages and Stages", "Reality Check", and "Play Time."
Prior to Parenting, Millner worked for Honey magazine for three years, serving as Features Editor and, most recently, Executive Editor. Prior to Honey, she covered politics and entertainment at the New York Daily News for nearly eight years, carving a niche as one of the few journalists to write knowledgeably about African-American culture. Queen Latifah, Halle Berry, Lena Horne, Terry McMillan, Don Cheadle, Spike Lee, Vivica A. Fox, Ice Cube, Brian McKnight, Mary J. Blige, and Jada Pinkett Smith are just a few of the artists that she has profiled. Before her stint at the Daily News, she worked for three years as a general assignment and political reporter for The Associated Press.
In addition, she is author of The Sistahs' Rules: Secrets to Meeting, Getting, and Keeping a Good Black Man, and co-author with her husband, Nick Chiles, of the best-selling advice book series, "What Brothers Think, What Sistahs Know," and the novels Love Don't Live Here Anymore, In Love & War, and, A Love Story. She is also co-author of The Angry Black Woman's Guide to Life, and the novel, The Vow, which received a coveted starred review in Publishers Weekly, and was named one of Borders Best of 2005. Her book, Dreamgirls, the novelization of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play-turned-big screen film starring Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and Beyonce, was released in December 2006. Her latest offerings, the first in a teen book series Hotlanta, and a children's picture book on the historic March on Washington, will be published in the spring and summer of 2008.
Denene is a graduate of Hofstra University and lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two daughters and son.