Interview with Melissa Miles

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up all around the south, but mostly in the Atlanta area. My mother has always been an avid reader and took us to meet authors whenever possible. I've had books signed by Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary and even Dr. Seuss when they came to Atlanta.
When did you first start writing?
I've written for as long as I can remember, but the first novel that I wrote was in 2013. My adult daughter had heard me comment on my desire to write a novel so many times that she finally just told me to do it. I'm glad that I took her advice, because it is great fun to create stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a short story about a mom who is caring for a chronically ill child. In my job as a pediatric nurse, I see the struggles that parents go through on a daily basis. I hope that this story will resonate with these moms. I have priced the book as free because I want it to be readily accessible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading reviews from readers. If I hear that someone laughed, cried, or learned something from one of my books it makes my whole day. I write to entertain readers and give them a good story, but also to learn something. Maybe that is the teacher part of me coming out.
What are you working on next?
My current work in progress is a novel based during World War 2. The story begins in Hawaii just before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, but quickly moves to rural Arkansas. It is a coming of age story with just enough history and romance thrown in to make it interesting.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a pediatric nurse currently, but I am also a certified teacher. I enjoy volunteering in classrooms and for the community orchestra. Music has been a wonderful part of my family's life and I enjoy promoting it within my community.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I actually do! The first story that I learned to read on my own was Hop on Pop! As I grew older I had favorites, usually series. I loved anything by Judy Blume, so it was a huge thrill to meet her. I also liked the Great Brain books by Fitzgerald, The Boxcar Children series, and anything to do with Little House on the Prairie.
Published 2015-06-22.
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Books by This Author

Full of Holes
Price: Free! Words: 5,530. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Full of holes is a short story examining the life of a mother caring for a chronically ill child. A child who is full of holes--holes that can potentially save his life, but also make caring for him difficult. Not only does Laura Shuman worry for her son, she also faces a disintegrating marriage and foundering friendships. What will it take to restore her hope-to discover the woman she once was?