Kara is not only my amazing editor, who I think was a therapist in a past life, she's also an amazing author!
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Kara Leigh Miller. I’m a full-time wife and mom, part-time editor, and sporadic writer—okay, so maybe not so sporadic, but I definitely don’t have any sort of consistent writing schedule anymore 😉 I live in Michigan with my family, though I was born and raised in a very small town in Upstate NY. I enjoy working out, binge watching Netflix, and sometimes even playing golf with my husband, though I totally suck at it.
What is your book about?
Perfectly Imperfect is about two imperfect people trying to be perfect, which doesn’t work out so well for them. Here’s the official blurb:
Isabelle Carson is charging into her senior year equipped with a handy checklist to ensure nothing goes awry. Things she didn't account for: a hot, new guy who almost runs her over, a messed up class schedule, and a boyfriend who dumps her for one of her best friends. All of that pales in comparison to the threat of her dirty family secrets breaking free from the perfect façade she’s diligently maintained since the death of her brother.
Grayson Alexander is on his fourth school in as many years. Lakewood Valley High is exactly like all the others, with one shiny exception: Isabelle Carson. She’s smart, funny, beautiful— the perfect package. But Isabelle is hiding something, and Grayson is determined to do whatever it takes to win her trust, except step foot in another hypocritical church.
As Isabelle’s life spirals out of control and her carefully crafted, picture-perfect image begins to shatter, Grayson does what no one else can: he makes her laugh and allows her to be imperfect. With rekindled faith, Isabelle sets out to right all the wrongs in her life. But Grayson has been damaged by his own family secrets, and Isabelle will have to decide if the boy she’s falling for more and more each day is a right or a wrong.
Why did you write it?
Because I wanted to? LOL. The idea originally came to me as nothing more than a flash of a scene. A girl walking into school with her friend and almost being run over by a motorcycle—that then parks in the bicycle rack. She marches up to him and points out his error. While I thought the scene was cute and funny as it was playing out in my head, that was all I had, so I shoved it away and tried to keep working on my current project at the time, but the idea just would not go away. Belle and Grayson became louder in my head, and I knew I needed to tell their story.
Ultimately, I wrote it because it wouldn’t leave me alone, but beyond that, I hope readers will see that it’s okay to be imperfect, that God loves us no matter what.
If you had a pet unicorn, what color would it be and what would you name it?
I’m really more of a cat person…
Do you need background noise when you write?
This really depends on the book. When I was writing Perfectly Imperfect, I would turn on the TV and let it play in the background, but I didn’t pay much attention to it. With the current series I’m writing, I have to have my playlist going; otherwise, I just can’t seem to focus.
Do you write in different genres? If so, what genres?
Sure do! I find being limited to a single age category or genre to be boring. I need to be able to jump around as my muse sees fit. I’ve written Christian adult romantic suspense, YA Christian romance (Perfectly Imperfect), and I’m currently in the process of self-publishing a secular YA paranormal romance series (The Cursed Series).
Bible verse: Philipians 4:13 – “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
Book: The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer
Cartoon: I don’t watch cartoons
Cereal: Cap’n Crunch
Movie: Napoleon Dynamite
Song: Depends on my mood, though I generally love anything by Luke Bryan, Twenty One Pilots, and Black Veil Brides.
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