My Beautiful Struggle + Review

Interview & Giveaway: Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

Carol Lynch Williams is here today to talk about her new book, Miles from Ordinary. Sign up below for a chance to win her book.

Carol is the author of several other books, including The Chosen One and Glimpse.

First, thank you so much for the interview! I love being able to talk to people about books! Lately, I've been spending a huge amount of time working on a week-long writing conference I run here in Utah (, so talking books is a pleasant break.

1. Can you tell us what originally made you want to write young adult stories?

I have always wanted to write for kids and my first few novels were for a middle grade audience (9-12 yr old readers). I remember when I worked on a novel called CAROLINA AUTUMN, I realized I was starting to edge up the content of my books. I mean, the stories were getting a bit edgier--a little darker. When I started THE CHOSEN ONE I knew I had a true young adult book. And lately the ideas coming to me have been YA. I love the genre. I love being able to explore ideas a little more thoroughly.

2. How would you describe the main character in Miles from Ordinary, Lacey?

Lacey is a girl who has had to be responsible. She's learned to take care of people because she's had no other choice. But when this story starts, Lacey is beginning to feel that she needs to be a kid--even though it makes her feel guilty. She doesn't want to be the parent anymore. So I guess she's not only responsible, but able to see things as they should be--she's starting to recognize that life ain't the way it should be.

3. From reading the reviews, everyone seems to agree that you do a fantastic job of getting into the minds of teenage girls, as you did in The Chosen One. What do you feel enables you to accomplish this?

I don't have any trouble thinking like I'm 12-14 years old. I'm old on the outside but young on the inside. All my immediate responses are what I would have said if I were still 12-ish! But I let my adult self take over (sometimes!).

4. What do you hope people take from reading Miles from Ordinary?

I guess I'd like teachers and adults to be aware of what's going on around them. Too many times kids have to do adult things--either living through awful situations (like in my novel GLIMPSE) or caring for a parent like in MILES. We tend to keep secrets and don't let the ugly truth out because it's embarrassing and because when things are wrong at home we are expected to keep those secrets. The truth is, there is always evidence. If those in authority (or friends or relatives) could look past the surface, they'd see more and save more young adults. I'd also like people to know that they can succeed, even when life is hard. I never thought I'd get through my childhood and yet I did. And I am who I am because of those experiences. Still, it would have been nice to have someone looking out for my sister and me.

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 15th, 2011)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardback: 197 pages

Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control…
“No one can get inside the head and heart of a 13-year-old girl better than Carol Lynch Williams, and I mean no one," said James S. Jacobs, Professor of Children's Literature at Brigham Young University, of her breakout novel, The Chosen One. Now this award-winning YA author brings us an equally gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.


  • 1 winner will receive a copy of Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams.

  • You must be at least 13 to enter.
  • Name and email must be provided and counts as 1 entry.
  • Extra entries are possible and links must be provided.
  • Contest is US Only and ends May 3rd.
  • Once contacted, the winner will have 48 hours to respond.
  • The form must be filled out to enter.

Find Carol Lynch Williams | Website

Purchase Miles from Ordinary
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

*Thanks to St. Martin's Griffin for providing this book giveaway.

author interview, Award, book, carol lynch williams, Contest, fantastic, giveaway, kids, love, miles from ordinary, novel, people, prize, and more:

Interview & Giveaway: Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams + Review