Author Kylee Shields, MSW, an interview with a Family Counselor

A Counselor for the ANASAZI Foundation and an author…how exciting. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now. 

I was born in Ut but I “grew up” in Gresham, OR. I currently live in Gilbert, AZ.

I have lived in Utah all my life. How long have you been writing?

I started writing in a journal when I was 9 y.o. and never stopped.

Well that should make you a seasoned author, does it not? What is your favorite part of being an author?

I LOVE the fact that I set a goal, worked really hard, sought out advice, did the whole grueling query-publishing process, and accomplished a life goal of mine!

What is the name of your book?

My book is titled, “Make It Happen: A Guide To Happiness For LDS Singles.”  My original title was “Single, So What?” 

Tell us more about Make It Happen. Perhaps a back cover blurb.

Do you know what it means to be a Kigatsuku person? Are you currently in a “hurricane” relationship or a “bridge” relationship? Do you know what it takes to be “righteous in the dark?” Have you struggled to find your place in the world as an LDS single? Do you feel like a misfit or a menace—like a circle trying to fit into a square?

If so, you’re not alone. It used to be an anomaly to be twenty-one and single in the LDS culture, but now there are entire stakes filled with single adults. In this book, author, Kylee Shields explains how you can make the most of your single life, even if your current situation isn’t what you expected.

Make it Happen is a collection of principles, blog entries, stories, and conversations had on couches,  floors, kitchen tables, and at many single-adult gatherings. It is filled with practical ways to make changes in your life, find hope, increase faith, strengthen relationships, and build the kingdom.

Is there a book trailer for your book, where?

not yet…

Why did you write this book?

Literally because my mom said I should. 

I have wanted to write a book for years but I never thought it would be this book. I wanted to write a YA Fiction novel not Self Help/Inspirational Non Fiction LDS book. I wrote this book because I kept wanting to read something like for myself. I found myself surrounded by many unhappy/bitter single people and I didn’t want to be that. I also knew I had been blessed with many people and opportunities about being single and happy that I wanted to share with others.

What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?

I hope it ignites a spark for them to make things happen in their lives.  My first book review on Amazon said, “I am already working on my goal-list and making other changes to my life thanks to the motivating thoughts provided.” I couldn’t ask more than that!

What are your future goals?

I want to get more immersed in the writing world.  I’ve joined some writing groups and I hope to attend some fancy-dancy writing conferences in the future. I am also working on my YA Fiction novel about grief and the healing process. I want to publish  that or another YA Fiction novel in the future. I also have a few blogs I maintain and hope to continue writing on them. I am just venturing out into the guest blogging world and LOVE it! I plan to do more of that and hone my blogging skills.

Where can we find your book? and very soon on the book shelves at Deseret Book stores.


Kylee Shields Bio 

Kylee Shields works as a shadow (Family Therapist) at the ANASAZI Foundation and

enjoys having the Tonto National Forest as her office.  When she isn’t writing or working she

loves to travel and play the piano. She loves trains, Avengers (Captain America), straws,

arches, bridges, architectural stairs, drumming on her steering wheel, and singing out

loud. Kylee is the Co-Founder and Music Director of INSPIRE: music.service.hope, a

    musical fireside/non-profit organization.

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