So not only did you teach me about writing memoir, you also taught me about reading and thinking about how others write memoir. Thank you so much! Rebecca
Showing posts with label Celia Miles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Celia Miles. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Virtual writing classes end for now.

The writing class I am teaching on Zoom each Tuesday evening for the past six weeks will end tomorrow. 
It has been a joy to meet the students in this class. None of them are from my local area, but from the writing they have done, I can see some of them grew up in the same kind of environment I did. 

I felt the love between Kim and his grandparents who helped raise him. They lived a simple rural life much like my parents on the farm. Other writers shared their cast of characters, family members, in short memoirs each week. 

One student wrote about her beloved grandmother. I could see the woman who kept safety pins attached to the front of her dress just in case they were needed. I could picture her helping the elderly lady who was sick and getting her ready to go to a nursing home. This grandmother was a person who taught life lessons by the way she lived. The writer used all the senses to make the reader feel present. 

One of the students lives in southern California and she didn't relate to the rural life stories, but she had her own interesting personal essays that informed and entertained as well as enlightened us. She said she liked the stories about rural living in the last century.

I am always pleased when more experienced writers take my classes. We enjoyed Celia Miles, author of many good mystery novels, taking part in the classes. She has a new book out now: The Secret at the Little Lost Mill. She is wonderful for other students because she comments on their work in a helpful manner. She has learned to be open and free to write the real stories of her life and her family. Writing memoir is different from writing fiction, and Celia is learning how to do that.

Abbie Taylor

We also had Abbie Taylor, author of several books, in this class. She lives in Wyoming. Abbie is a delightful person and she has been a blogger friend for many years. You can find her online at

She is well-published and knows how to promote her writing. That is often the biggest hurdle a writer must overcome. She is helpful to the other students in the class. I think she takes my classes because she has to write something new every week.  I like to take classes to get motivated and often find I have done my best writing in a class. 

Three of my students have visual disabilities, but that did not slow them down. Each week they sent me their work usually based on a prompt I gave them. They taught me so very much. Some of their stories I will keep and read again after the class closes. I hope I gave them as much as they gave me in the past six weeks. 

Teaching virtually is not something many teachers and students enjoy
They prefer face-to-face meetings, but for now, I will only teach online and I am delighted that my students from all over the country seem to enjoy what we do. 

Even though many of us want to think the virus is gone away, I learn every day about someone else who has been infected with COVID. Tonight I learned that a member of my church who was at the service on Sunday has come down with fever and tested positive for this awful virus. The use of masks in public has lessened and I think that might be a problem. 

With all my latest health issues, I still wear a mask when I am out in public.
I will continue to wear one. I have realized that I am suffering from long-haul symptoms of the virus which I had in January. I have lost my sense of smell and taste. It is said it could go on for 12 - 18 months and it might never come back. 

Now I am trying to retrain my olfactory system to smell again. 
Eighty percent of what we taste comes from smelling first. Only five tastes come from the tongue. Sweet, salt, bitter, sour, and savory.  Those are the only things I can taste now. 
I wish I had started earlier working on this retraining. Doctors say that the sooner you begin the treatment, the better your chance of gaining it back.

Well, I hope you, my readers stay well and hope you are enjoying your precious life. I love to hear from you so leave a comment or email me. I will respond.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Skeleton at the Old Painted Mill by Celia Miles

If you want to sit back with a good book and push all the turmoil of the world news out of your mind, you want to read the latest book by Celia Miles, who writes and works in Asheville, NC. Her mysteries are popular and her fan base keeps growing. Celia is drawn to old mills here in Appalachia and around the world. They become settings for much of her writing.

Here are some of her titles found at

  • A Thyme for Love
  • ThymeTable Mill
  • Mattie’s Girl: An Appalachian Childhood
  • Sarranda 
  • Journey to Stenness
  • Sarranda’s Heart: A Love Story of Place
  • The Body at Wrapp’s Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery 
  • The Body at StarShine Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery 
  • Sarranda’s Legacy: 3rd installment of Sarranda’s saga
  • The Skeleton at the Old Painted Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery 

Glenda Beall, left, and Celia Miles, right

She writes in various genres, and her fiction—all women-oriented—reflects her interests in old grist mills and Neolithic sites around the world.

She attended Brevard and Berea Colleges and has graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and IUP in Pennsylvania. She taught at Brevard College and retired from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College as an instructor.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Visit us at Festival on the Square July 13 - 14

This afternoon we loaded up my car with a canopy, tables and chairs from my studio and other things to take to the Festival on the Square in Hayesville, NC, a lovely little town in the mountains of western NC. This event is held each year by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council. 

Saturday is the opening day and we will man our booth from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We are sponsored by NCWN West. We will once again have our beautiful anthology, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, for sale, discounted, along with books by Bob Grove, Maren Mitchell, Paul Schofield, Janice Moore, Wayne Newton, and others. 

Anthologies are popular because they include short stories, poetry and short non-fiction that makes it easy to pick up and read without getting bogged down in a full size novel.

Women's Places - Women's Spaces edited by Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham will be on the table as well as a highly popular book, On Our Own, Widowhood for Smarties, Silver Boomer books. 

We will give away a free book each day, so we hope folks will come by and sign up for the drawing. 

Look for us right next door to the historic courthouse as you stroll through the shade and check out the 50 arts and crafts booths. We will be there all through the weekend until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

If you are a writer or want to be a writer, pick up a brochure at our table. See how you can become a part of a large and growing literary community. 

Saturday, December 17, 2011

We had fun in Sylva, City Lights Books, Coffee with the Poet

We had a great time in Sylva at Coffee with the Poet. Six contributors to Celia Miles' and Nancy Dillingham's Women's Spaces Women's Places read poems, short stories and essays. Kathryn Byer, a contributor to the anthology, hosted the event.  Newton Smith, treasurer for Netwest, was back in the country after a trip to Italy, and present today.
The room was filled with writers, poets and friends of writers. Jennifer McGaha read her piece from the anthology on the subject of running. I was happy to see Martha O'Quinn from Henderson County and JC Walkup, editor and publisher from Canton, NC. JC has the funniest story in this anthology. We laughed out loud as she read about buying bath towels in an upscale shop, one that did not display price tags.

Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham hold copies of their book
I was on the far right side, but cut myself out of photo. My eyes were closed.

Friday, December 9, 2011

See you at City Lights on Thursday, Dec. 15

I'd love to meet you.

I will be at City Lights Books in Sylva, NC, Thursday, December 15, at 10:30 a.m. with other writers in the anthology Women's Places, Women's Spaces. Others who will be reading that day are Beth Moore, Jennifer McGaha, and Susan Lefler.

Contact Celia Miles for more information.

I'd love to sign your copy of this lovely book.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Photos from the Candy Fund Book Fair

Lots of activity going on at Kenilworth Presbyterian Church on Saturday May 15 where the Candy Fund Scholarship Book Fair was held.
My sister, Gay, manned my table as she scanned a copy of the latest edition of Fresh, published by JC Walkup, Buffy Queen and Penny Morse.
This was the first of the Candy Fund's Book Fairs, but the organization plans to continue next year. As always, the first of anything gives the directors understanding of what must be done for next year's book fair for self-published authors.
My suggestion was to publicize the authors who will be present. I also think an author should be given an opportunity to make a presentation to the visitors about his/her books and how the book came to be written.
We had a great time in Asheville with all the wonderful writers and hope to attend next year. Thanks to Celia Miles for the photos used here.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Home from the Fair

I got home tonight from the Book Fair sponsored by the Candy Maier Scholarship Fund. It was fun and I enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting friends I'd not met face to face such as Celia Miles and Peggy Millan. Gwendie Camp and Cheryl Dietrich do a great job with the Candy Fund. A couple of years ago I recommended JC Walkup for their board and she and her delightful husband, Bob, were assisting everyone and buying books. JC outbid me for a nice big basket of interesting stuff. Penny Morse, JC's cohort in the publishing of FRESH, the literary magazine, stayed busy as a volunteer for the Candy Fund.

The room was packed with authors from as far north of Asheville as Boone, NC and as far south as Hayesville. I had the pleasure of meeting and talking with most of them.

In the coming weeks, I hope to write more about each one. Tonight I am tired and ready for bed, but will have photos to share later.

Come back for more about the writers and poets who gathered to support the Candy Fund and to sell a few books.