Meet, Greet & Eat with Terry Miles, Jr.

Terry Miles Jr. is another one of the authors appearing at the upcoming Author Meet, Greet & Eat at Cafe Bienville on Aug. 19 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. If you are interested in meeting Terry Miles Jr., and 14 other local authors, stop by Cafe Bienville on August 19! You can find details on this and other local events on my calendar page. You can read about other local authors by clicking #ReadLocal.

Now, here’s Terry Miles Jr. to introduce himself and his book, Nautrame.

Terry Miles Jr.—My name is Terry Miles Jr. I am originally from Chicago, Illinois born into a military family. With my father Terry Sr., mother Lori Miles and brother Anthorny Miles, we were stationed in various places around the world from Germany to
Turkey, to New Mexico and eventually we came here to Florida. It has been our
home ever since.

My book is titled Nautrame. The title is taken from the two French words,
‘Nautrillic ame,’ meaning natural soul. It is an inspirational work of fiction based on
the book of Job in the Bible. It introduces the reader into a different world of
elements and hardship through the lens of a young girl named Ritan, who
suffered the loss of her family when she is young. However, thanks to the
kindness of a stranger, she revives her spirit to gain a spiritual gift of ‘White Fire.’

What inspired you to become a writer?
Terry Miles Jr.—Various inspirations came together for me from a desire to write fan-fiction for a game I used to play to a desire to pass an English coarse at a local college. But the biggest reason I was inspired to write this book was when I went on a fast
and during it read the book of Job during it.

I soon wrote down the verses I liked and jotted down some notes. Once I read them over, I started expanding on them. Notes became paragraphs, paragraphs became pages, and pages became chapters. Before I knew it, I had a bases of what I eventually have published now.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career?
Terry Miles Jr.—I have encountered various challenges from time management, to writers block, to knowing when to stop editing. But to me, the biggest one was following up on this book for a sequel. I have tried multiple times to come up with a sequel to this
book and it cost me years. I eventually stopped and took a break, working on other projects and coming up with other ideas before coming back to this work and now I have finally come up with a sequel.

What has been your biggest triumph?
Terry Miles Jr.—Aside from marrying my wife, I would say earning my masters in creative writing. I was the first in my immediate family to earn one and one of the first of my blood family to earn one.

What do you hope to achieve with the Author Meet, Eat & Greet?
Terry Miles Jr.—Gain experience in this passion, get my name out there and meet some more local people for this meet and greet.

What is your advice to new writers?
Terry Miles Jr.—Love what you are doing. And if you are discouraged thinking writing is a dead art, remember that someone had to write The Avengers. Even the movie Gone
with the Wind had to be rejected many times before it was brought in for publishing.

Please include links to your social media and blogs so we can find you.

Nautrame@Facebook.com
Nautrame@Twitter.com
Nautrame@Deviantart.com
Nautrame@Tumblr.com

To reach me myself:
Terryts202@gmail.com
Terryts202@aol.com

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith's work has been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 2-4, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She has nearly 20 books of speculative fiction and poetry for adults, YAs and children. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award.
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