Crystal Lynn Miles Gauthier
Blonde Hair, Blue eyed, buxom, fiery tempered mature woman.
Birth date: 4-3-1963, age 51
Where are you from: Born to Wade L. and M. Sue (Shelden) Miles in Lousiville, KY. Now living in Lansing, MI where I spent my youth. My mother and father worked for General Motors. I have one sister named Angela Miles Meredith who is also an author.
A little about your self `ie your education, Family, life etc: I am a Retired paralegal, housewife, mother of five, grandmother of 13. I have two cats. I have lived all over the northeast and south. Have traveled the USA. In 2001 I married my husband Joe, a retired Army Military Policeman, who is now a Regional Marketing VP for a local consulting firm.
Tell us your latest book news? My First Novel TROIANNE released on August 4, 2014. Published by Beau Coup Publishing, LLC. I am working on book 2 in the series, Diana’s Magic and have Rheanon’s Heart, Athena’s Warrior and Camberleigh’s Castle in the works. I do have two psychological thrillers and a screenplay I am contemplating.
When and why did you begin writing? I was eight years old and won a Caldecott Award for a book I wrote. I had a diary all my life and started to really write at the age of 50.
When did you consider yourself an Author? July 16, 2014 when I was told my book Troianne, released on August 4.
What inspired you to write your first book? Melanie Corona’s writing. I lover her books in the Settler Series and decided I could write too if I put my mind to it.
Do you have a specific writing style? Just sit down and type it out. NO fore-planning or anything.
How did you come up with the titles? Favorite names for women. Plus my daughters names.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? Forgiveness, love and that time travel is possible if you just believe. LOL
How much of the book is realistic? Places and some people are real.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? Some of the events in my own life are in this book, such as the cat, the flannel gown and the love of a good man.
What books have most influenced your life most? Angel Unaware by Dale Evans. Stephen Kings; Salems Lot, VC Andrews, Evelyn Grey’s; Camberleigh and many more.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? Melanie Corona, Scarlett Jade, they really have taught me a lot about writing, marketing and computer apps.
What book are you reading now? Scarlett Jades, Re-release of Love at First Bite and Once Bitten Twice Shy, of the Just a Taste Series.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?: Gracie Wilson, Sarah Ashley Kaider, Kenneth Donaldson, Neil Orr, Leon Sky, Teresa Martini and so many more.
What are your current projects?: Diana’s Magic, Book 2 in the Time Travel Society Series.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members: Deb Keenan is my personal Assistant. Scarlett Jade and many many more others help me on a daily basis.
Do you see writing as a career? It is now! I am happy I have something to share with the whole world.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? NO!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? Reading my moms True Confession magazines in the sixties and seventies. Also we always had a house full of romance novels.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? Here is my blurb for TROIANNE:
HE SAID ALL THE RIGHT THINGS
Troianne Shelden is a high school student with a bright future. She’s smart, shapely and a catch for any guy. But after a night of passion with a handsome stranger, everything changes. Her future is in doubt when she finds herself pregnant.
THEN LEFT HER ALONE
When her grandmother passes away, and with her parents long dead, Troianne suddenly finds herself with a large inheritance, but absolutely no one she can trust to turn to for help.
Fate takes a hand when she goes into labor. Blinded by pain, she passes out in the back of an ambulance – and wakes up somewhere very different.
She opens her eyes to find herself not in a modern ambulance, but in the back of a horse-drawn carriage. When the door opens she’s greeted by a handsome man dressed like he stepped out of the past. In shock, Troianne realizes that she’s somehow traveled back in time.
And she has no idea how to return home…
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? Editing, I really hate it!
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? Hemingway, his brilliance, his humor and his drunken fabulous ramblings.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)? Not yet! Hopefully soon I love to travel and talk about myself. :)
Who designed the covers? Shoutlines, Rachel Mizer. She did a fantastic job don’t you think?
What was the hardest part of writing your books? Actually sitting down and doing it. I can think faster than I can type. I wish there was a machine that could read my thoughts. LOL
Did you learn anything from writing your books? Yes, people don’t use semicolons anymore!!!!
Do you have any advice for other writers? Stick with it and do not give up no matter what. Marketing yourself and marketing your book will get you sales. Don’t be afraid to ask, open doors and hand out business cards and bookmarks. Leave them on tables, counters, etc.
Do your have anything specific you would like to say to your readers? Thank you, you have humbled me with the fact you are reading my work.
Do your remember the first book you ever read? Yes, Angel Unaware by Dale Evans
Other than writing do you have any hobbies? Crocheting, Travel, Reading and loving my animals and grandkids.
What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching? Under The Dome, CSI, NCIS, Extant, Dallas, True Blood, Mike and Molly, MOMs, Two and a Half Men. Big Bang Theory. Modern Family, Extant.
Favorite foods / Colors/ Music: I like Mexican, Italian, Seafood, BEEF!
Favorite colors are: red, black, royal blue and pink.
If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done? Own a Doughnut Shop! Really!!