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INTERVIEW: Kelly Miller Draws On Past Experiences in Her Writing


Welcome to the Tuesday Author Interview with Christina Boyd for the Who, What, When, Where, and Why.


I am Asian American, and whenever I see other Asian American writers, particularly Austen-adjacent writers, I can't help but reach out. I've enjoyed watching Kelly Miller come on the publishing scene and win accolade after accolade for her Austen-inspired novels.


CHRISTINA: What is your current project or latest release? 


KELLY: My latest book releases March 26, The Mysterious Disappearance of Mr. Darcy, a Regency Pride & Prejudice mystery romance. Darcy and Elizabeth meet and have a whirlwind courtship in Ramsgate. In London, Elizabeth meets Darcy’s friends and family, and deals with Darcy’s disturbing disappearance.

 

CHRISTINA: Ooh, that sounds intriguing. It's on my to-be-read list! Can't wait.


Do you put people you know (or their characteristics) in your books?

 

KELLY: Yes, but not in a way that they are recognizable. I might take one aspect from one person and others from another person. And my past experiences often come into play as I write my stories.

 

CHRISTINA: That always makes me wonder if these people recognize themselves when they read your book.


Which of your own novels is your favorite?

 

KELLY: I cannot pick just one, and they are all precious to me for various reasons. Death Takes a Holiday at Pemberley will always be special for being my first, my only fantasy story, and because my daughter is the cover model. Accusing Mr. Darcy is my first mystery and the most challenging plot to write; it features memorable locations in Derbyshire that we visited in 2019. The Trouble with Friends, is, in part, an homage to my dear cocker spaniel, Zoey. Captive Hearts is my only Persuasion variation and my husband’s favorite as he is retired from the Navy Reserves and cannot resist a few compliments to the Navy.



woman sitting on a tiled bench holding a cocker spaniel
Zoey and Kelly

CHRISTINA: Love it! I married a Navy man too. I interview a lot of dog lovers. And as a dog lover myself, that makes me happy.


What makes you get up in the morning? What do you love?

KELLY: I love writing and editing. My dogs ensure I wake up on time! I take my duties to them seriously and strive to keep them happy and healthy. Among other things, I also adore walking, singing, playing the piano, reading, and good movies.

CHRISTINA: I totally relate to all of that. And my dog is my alarm clock.


So far, what is your greatest accomplishment as a writer?

KELLY: My books have received a variety of awards. Recently, The Darcy Secret, was awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion, and A Dutiful Son won first place, Romance, Royal Dragonfly Book Awards.


CHRISTINA: I always enjoy seeing one of your books take home another award. Such wonderful validation of your efforts. Congratulations.


What are you reading now?

KELLY: I just finished A Canoer of Shorelines, by Anne Smith-Nochasak, a haunting lyrical novel of ghostly presences, fanciful reveries, and poignant memories.


CHRISTINA: Hmm, haven't read it. But good recommendation. Thanks so much for taking time during this busy time for your latest release, but especially as you mourn the passing of your beloved mother. I saw that on Facebook. My condolences to you and your family.


Smiling woman with reddish brown hair wearing gold turtleneck sweater
Kelly Miller, author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Award-winning author Kelly Miller is a native Californian and Anglophile, who made her first visit to England in 2019. When not pondering a plot point or turn of phrase, she can be found playing the piano, singing, or walking her dogs. Kelly resides in Silicon Valley with her husband and their pets. You can connect with Kelly via Meryton Press.





5 Comments


Congrats to Kelly on her well-deserved awards! I enjoyed learning more about her writing and her process!

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Apr 02

Kelly is a dear friend and I admire her writing a great deal. This was an enjoyable interview.

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Thank you for stopping by. Kelly is a gifted writer and fun interview.

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Apr 02

Thank you so much, Christina; I had fun answering these questions! 💙

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Thank you for your time and candor!

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