This is my first blog post and what better way to start, by interviewing a fellow author. Kelly Miles isn’t just an author. She’s a wife, mother, and all round good egg. When she’s not writing, she’s helping people. She promotes fellow authors works and offers advice and help to people who need it. She puts others before herself. She is an inspirational human being…..
- When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer? I hadn’t ever planned on becoming a writer, it just happened. I was diagnosed 11 years ago with congestive heart failure, and my doctor was insistent that I journal. So I did. I filled up probably 30 notebooks and it was boring and repetitive. I moved from that to writing short stories just to occupy my time and get my mind off my circumstances. I actually wrote two full-length novels that are still sitting on my desk, buried under a pile of file folders, just waiting to be published. I may or may not ever get around to it. I’m undecided. That was a very personal time in my life, and recalls what I struggled with physically and emotionally. I don’t know if that’s something I want to share with the world, but that’s how it all got started. The rest is history.
- What novels/works have you released and what are you working on now? I released Montana Sky in June 2014, and Back to Me was released just recently in November 2015. I’m currently finishing up the third book in the series, Blake’s Hope, and hope to have it out later this year. I’m also working to promote other indie authors because helping others is what brings me joy. I’m excited about the possibilities and opportunities to give back.
- I’m a new author. Tell me how to achieve my goal. I don’t know if there’s a right or wrong answer to this. I think it’s different for everyone. The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to stay strong. It’s a daunting task to edit, market, and promote your work, much less write it. And it can be quite scary at times. You’ll question yourself at every turn, but you have to persevere. Social media is an invaluable tool. Promoting yourself is key, otherwise no one will know to buy your work. Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Books Go Social… any of these sites plus countless others are great ways to get your name and face out there. You have to be diligent and you have to be committed, but you can do it.
- Is there anyone who has influenced your writing? I’d like to yes, and I probably should since it’s the usually the most popular answer, but no. There are several authors I like, of course, but I can’t say there’s one in particular that influenced me to write, or anyone I strive to emulate. I think it’s a beautiful thing when a writer comes into their own, crafting a work as an extension of themselves. I don’t think that’s something that can be taught.
- What makes you sit down and want to share your stories? A need. A longing. It’s a lot of things. I love the creativity. It makes you feel alive and it’s something that’s your very own until you decide to share it. It’s fascinating to me when I (or any author) comes up with these ideas, usually out of the blue if you’re like me, and you starting jotting them down. Then you see a story on TV, or you hear a song, and it sparks something in you. Seeing all of that form from nothing to a finished project ready to published is quite spectacular. I applaud anyone willing to do it.
- Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a 36-year-old wife and mom of two teenage boys. I’ve been fortunate enough to work from home all these years and it’s afforded me more time with my children, and of course more time to write. Fall is my favorite time of the year; the colors, the crisp leaves, and of course football! College football, to be exact, but soccer is a close second. (My boys play!) In my spare time, which isn’t much, I like to create pallet art, even running a quaint side business. I have several hanging in my house, as well. I have met some incredible people and talented authors on this journey. Some of them have even become an extended family to me, and for that I’m grateful.