Friday, June 16, 2017

Virtual Book Tour - Split Second by Kelli J Miller #interview #nonfiction

Biographies and Memoirs
Date Published: April 4, 2017

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When does the American Dream turn into a trap?
What does it mean to succeed?
What really gives meaning to our lives?
 Kelli Miller never had to worry about it – she had it all: a family, a career, a sprawling home, even an executive title.  She thought she’d escaped her Midwestern roots and was sailing towards a golden future.  Then, in a pivotal moment, confronted with the shadow of death, she found herself suddenly awake to the grim reality:  the dream had consumed her life, and left her lost and alone.

In Split Second, Kelli tells the story of how she set herself free, and recommitted herself to the most important pieces of her life:  family, community, and a new openness to experience.  It is the story of one woman’s journey to find out what really matters and where her happiness ultimately lay.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?

One of the hardest parts of writing my books is allowing myself the time to capture the words when they are ready to come out (the inspiration to write does not come on a schedule).   Another challenge is allowing the words to get down on paper without judgment.  I am at my best when I let the words flow out unrestrained.  

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

When I am in the gym training to climb mountains, you will find me listening to Flo Rida or Eminem.  When I’m enjoying time with my husband, we’ll be listening to Jason Aldean or U2.  When I am writing, I love listening to Parijat. Suffice it to say, I have an eclectic mix of music interests!

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I’m pretty sure my family would feel some relief if I would find a critique partner!  My husband and kids are my beta readers.  A few friends are published writers – they are usually eager to read my work too.

What book are you reading now?

My interest in books is an eclectic mix too.  My husband and I are climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in October, so I am reading “One Step at a Time: A climb up Mount Kilimanjaro”.  I just started reading Mike Dooley’s latest book “From Deep Space With Love” which is challenging my beliefs.   And I’m thinking about taking a Machu Picchu adventure, so I’m reading and loving “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time”.

How did you start your writing career?

I started writing in my early teens to find my way through a complex web of emotions surrounding my brother’s untimely death.  I kept writing through high school and college, but instead of taking the time to publish my writing, I focused on raising a family and my technology career. When my father passed away, I found the will to publish my writing.  You could say I have been writing my whole life!

I have an abundance of ideas – family history, a love story, social issues, and climbing Kilimanjaro to name a few.  I’m sure the next release, whatever it is, will surprise everyone, including me!

About the Author

Kelli Miller is a business executive specializing in Information Technology.  Her career includes thirty years working for some of the largest, most successful companies in America.  Kelli recently returned to her roots, farming her family’s farm with her husband, while continuing her technology career with a local mid-size manufacturing firm. Kelli is the mother of three. She loves to travel, hike and spend time in the simplicity and raw beauty of nature. 

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