Asheville author Celia MilesCelia Miles is a native of Appalachia, born in Western North Carolina, and, except for brief stints in Massachusetts and Virginia, plus college in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, has lived here all her life.

A long-time English instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, she is retired and living in Asheville. She calls herself “a teacher by trade, a traveler by design, a photographer for fun, and a writer by avocation.”

While teaching she co-authored a textbook for the two-year college market (Writing Technical Reports, adapted for the Canadian market as Some Assembly Required. McGraw-Hill, publisher).

Now in addition to freelance editing and writing in various genres—thus, a “nicheless author”—her interests include traveling, photography, old grist mills, and Neolithic sites, especially stone circles.

Learn more about Celia and her writings

Read an interview about Celia’s writing life by Netwest Mountain Writers and Poets.

Also see her ‘Inside the Artist’s Studio’ interview on the Mountain Made art gallery blog.

Novels by Celia Miles

  • A Thyme for Love
  • ThymeTable Mill
  • Mattie’s Girl: An Appalachian Childhood
  • Sarranda
  • Journey to Stenness
  • Sarranda’s Heart: A Love Story of Place
  • The Body at Wrapp’s Mill: A Grist Mill Mystery 
  • The Body at StarShine Mill: A Marcy Dehanne Grist Mill Mystery 

Celia has also written two short story collections: On a Slant: A Collection of Stories & Islands One and All: Stories and Otherwise.

Her poems (few and far between) and selected short stories have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Old Mountain Press anthologies, WNC Woman, and other publications.

With Nancy Dillingham, she has co-edited four anthologies of regional women writers: Christmas Presences from 45 WNC Women Writers, Clothes Lines from 75 WNC Women Writers and Women’s Spaces Women’s Places from 50 WNC Women Writers and their latest It’s All Relative: Tales from the Tree  from 50 WNC Women Writers.

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