Make It Happen: A Guide to Happiness for LDS Singles by Kylee Shields

Welcome to Author Kylee Shields

“My name is Kylee and I am passionate about life. I am the oldest of 8 children and have the most amazing parents ever. I have one adorable niece and one adorable & squishy nephew. I grew up in Oregon, moved my senior year of high school to Utah, then moved to San Diego, Boston, and currently live in Arizona.

I went to BYU and got my BA in English (creative writing/Editing) and a minor in Linguistics. I love words and writing! There is something very powerful in putting words together and expressing human emotions. I love poetry, reading great novels, blogging, etc. I have an old typewriter I adore and like to type out letters now and again and seal them with wax. I am an author and avid reader. I love learning new words and can trace that back to my mom who has the most amazing vocabulary.

I also attended ASU and got my Masters in Social Work (emphasis in child & family therapy). I have always been drawn to the “punk kids” and absolutely love my job. I work as a Shadow (family therapist) at The Anasazi Foundation. I get to do therapy with amazing adolescents out in the deserts of Arizona. My office is on the trail and I get to throw rocks, hear hearts, and get to know some incredible kids from all over. Not bad for a day job!

When I am not with my family, hanging out with my friends, or working I absolutely love to travel. I have been to Egypt, Ghana, Italy, Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and almost all 50 of the states. I love music–singing, writing songs, playing the piano, and listening to other musicians. I co founded a Musical Fireside group that is in the process of becoming a non-profit. I have loved watching INSPIRE: music. service.hope grow and touch the hearts of those who hear us sing.

I am a huge Avengers fan (Captain America), I like straws, bridges, swinging on swings, and trains.

I love God and try to recognize His presence in my life. For Him I am indebted for my many blessings and tender mercies. All that I have and am is because of Him.”

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If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? 
I would go back to the past. I think I would like to hang out with  F Scott Fitzgerald, C.S. Lewis, Poe, Emerson, Thorough, and like minded artists, painters and writers. I would like to dance with Fred Astaire and sing with Frank Sinatra.  I would have a typewriter and a record player, and when I went dancing it would be to a club where everyone knows how to waltz.

What is one book everyone should read? 
There is a book I have given out many times and I find myself returning to it often. I quote it multiple times in my book and have had many great conversations from it. It is called, “Making Loss Matter” by Rabbi David Wolpe.  In his book he doesn’t just talk about death and the loss of life but of the loss of hope, home, dreams, self, and so much more. It is a timeless treasure.

Night owl, or early bird? 
I operate best from the hours of 7-11pm. I am not a morning person and much more productive the later it gets in the day.

One food you would never eat? 
Rye bread. I have severe allergies and I test a 5 (the highest) for allergic reaction.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Everyone has dreams and goals they want to accomplish but sometimes they just need some inspiration to make them happen!

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Keep writing and seeking your dream. There is so much to do and be a part of in the writing world. It used to be a writer’s dream to be published by some big name company but now there are so many options. You can self publish, be a blogger, write for a magazine, online books, poetry and so much more. MAKE IT HAPPEN!

What is your favorite Quote? 
There are few quotes I keep coming back to but this is my currently favorite, “I had become a new person; and those who knew the old person laughed at me. The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor: he took my measure anew every time he saw me whilst all the rest went in with their old measurements and expected them to fit me.” –George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Man and Superman, 1903–

When you were little, what did you want to be when you “grew up”? 
I wanted to sing on Broadway. I still have that dream inside of me.

Who are your favorite authors of all time? 
These are some of my favorite books and their authors. I also love reading the classics such as Poe, Dickens, Thorough, Emerson, and the powerhouse writers like J.K. Rawlings & J.R.R. Tolkien. “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom, “Making Loss Matter” by Rabbi David Wolpe,”Letters to a Young Poet” by Rainer Marie Rilke, “To Draw Closer to God” by Henry B. Eyring, ” A Grief Observed” by C. S. Lewis, “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, “The Chosen” by Chaim Potok, “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury, “On Writing” by Stephen King

Favorite Candy? 
This actually comes up in my book. I LOVE Jelly Beans!

What do you do in your free time?  
I co-founded a non-profit singing/service group called INSPIRE:music.service.hope.  I am the music director of the group and I LOVE it!  I work as a adolescent therapist in a wilderness therapy program called ANASAZI and I am so grateful to have a job I love! I also love doing things with my roommates, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?

To celebrate my book being published I had this big Book Signing Launch Party! I had it at this incredibly wicked awesome venue in Phoenix, AZ called THE DUCE. There was dancing, music, stuff to buy, books to sign, great food to eat. My friends from the band FAT TREEplayed in the boxing ring, there was hula hoops, and bean bag toss, and so much more. It was a great way to celebrate a dream come true!

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?  
I am big fan of the CW and I watch the shows Nikita, Vampire Diaries &  ARROW on HULU of course.

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?  
I bought my first comic book last year and I LOVE the Avengers. I am a huge Captain America fan and I wear a sweatshirt with his shield on it almost every day.

About the Book

Title: Make It Happen: A Guide to Happiness for LDS Singles
Author: Kylee Shields
Release Date: October 2012
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre: LDS Self-Help

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.

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