Hello everyone good day to you all. I just got home from school and I just had to make sure I share with you yet another amazing interview with the beautiful Ms. Kelly miles. The interview was supposed to be originally posted a while ago, but Ms. Miles was sick. I’m so happy that she is feeling better because I hate to see anyone down with any sickness. Ms. Miles is such a beautiful and nice lady. I respect all adults, but I haven’t met one quite like her. She is always supportive and loving so here is what the Author of “Montana Sky” and “Back To Me” had to say.
Arganise: What is the next step for you?
Kelly: My next step is to continue writing. I’ve released two novels, Montana Sky and Back to Me, and both have done fairly well considering I had no idea what I was doing when I started. I’m also in the process of trying to help other indie authors by featuring them and their work on my website every Friday. I realized fairly quickly that selling and promoting your work is an almost impossible uphill battle, and my heart is really for helping others succeed. I’m excited about the project and I hope it will help other writers achieve their goals!
Arganise: What made you the writer you are today?
Kelly: Reading, reading and reading. I think within the last two years I’ve read over 500 books. I truly believe you can gain knowledge and helpful tools just by observing other authors and their style. My genre is romance, but I’m trying to branch out into other fields to gain an appreciation of all different styles. I don’t read as much since I’ve released my own novels, but I try to squeeze in at least one a month.
Arganise: Any consistent writing habits?
Kelly: I always preach ‘write 30 minutes a day’, though admittedly I break my own rule from time to time. I think it’s important to write daily to keep yourself in the habit. It’s the same with an exercise routine, making healthy food choices, or any other conscious decision you make. The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your routine and you won’t have to force it.
Arganise: When did you fall in love with what you do?
Kelly: This is a fairly easy question, yet hard at the same time. Eleven years ago, at the age of 26, I was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure. I was given 5-7 years to live and told I was ineligible to receive a heart transplant because I had other health issues. I had a 3 year old and a newborn at the time. I was devastated. I came home and began writing. I wrote goodbye letters to my husband and children. I wrote letters to my parents and my siblings. I even wrote letters to my future daughter-in-laws that I was convinced I’d never meet. After that I began journaling at the request of my doctor. I filled up notebook after notebook; charts of boring symptoms and vitals. Then, because I’m stubborn, I ripped up all those letters and decided I wasn’t going to die. I wasn’t going to give up. That’s when the stories began to develop and I began to write for real. The rest is history.
Arganise: Can you tell us a little about yourself personally?
Kelly: Well, I’m the youngest of 3 children and I’m the only girl, so to say I was spoiled may be an understatement. I’m extremely close with my parents and my family, though they live a couple hours away. I’m married to the love of my life, 16 years this March, and we have two boys that make my world go round. Besides writing, I love to create. I have a side business where I sell pallet art (mostly scriptures and meaningful quotes) and I also make floral arrangements. I also try to stay active (on the days I feel well!). Gardening is another passion of mine, but the weather wasn’t very conducive this past year and so I didn’t plant as much. I’m definitely a people-pleaser, just because I like for others to be happy above myself. I’m very passionate about life in general, mostly because eleven years later I didn’t think I’d still be here. I just try to enjoy every day to the fullest and remember to be thankful for the life I have.
Arganise: What do you see yourself doing in the near future?
Kelly: Currently, besides finishing my third novel, I’m working on a children’s book with my niece. She’s only 10, but she has such a creative imagination and at her young age is probably a better writer than me! I’m also doing the illustrations for her book which has been a bit challenging, but I’m having an amazing time working with her.
Arganise: What did you do to help you get where you are in life at this moment?
Kelly: You know, I think I simply grew up. There was a time in life when things seemed like a much bigger deal than what they actually were. We all experience that. At almost 40, I’ve realized what’s important and what’s not, and I don’t sweat the small stuff. I also believe that God has gotten me where I am health wise. There’s no logical, or medical reason why eleven years later I’m still here and for the most part living a normal life. My faith has carried me through some of the hardest times in my life and I depend on my relationship with God every day. I’m very persistent, as well. If someone tells me something can’t be done, I will absolutely find a way. I don’t give up. That’s not to say I don’t get discouraged every now and then, but I pick myself up and keep pushing forward.
Arganise: Anything new we can look forward to?
Kelly: ‘Blake’s Hope’ will be my third and final book in the Montana Sky series. I’m hoping for release mid 2016, but realistically it will probably be closer to the end of the year. I’m also working on the children’s book that I mentioned earlier and I have another novel in the works called ‘Tormented’, but I don’t even want to think about starting that one until I get a few of these other things behind me.
Arganise: Any advice, quotes, inspiration, etc. to young writers and the youth in general?
Kelly: My advice is this: be true to yourself. It’s that simple and that hard. I remember being young and the drama that seemed to plague me. It was horrible. That’s where the growing up part comes in. I tell my children all the time to treat others how they want to be treated, to be respectful of others, even when there’s a difference of opinion. But most of all, be who you are. Be good. Do good. Do something you can be proud of… don’t follow the leader because it’s the cool thing to do. Always do what is right and you’ll never go wrong.
Isn’t she a beauty? Very powerful with her words and works. I can tell Ms. Miles has a real and genuine respect for writing. She has truly inspired me and I am so honered that she allowed me to go through with this interview. With that being said I would just melt if you would show her some love by checking out her novels and website. Thank you Ms. Miles for everything and have a great day everyone.