Old Fort woman writes of family, personal struggles

A local author recently released a memoir with upcoming book signings scheduled at two local businesses.

Kelli Miller is the author of “Split Second: Redefining My American Dream,” which detailed her relationship with her father, James Adelsperger, who in 2010 was diagnosed with terminal cancer; her career; and the decision to redesign her life.

Miller grew up on a family farm in Old Fort and is a graduate of Old Fort High School and The Ohio State University, where she obtained a degree in business administration and computer science. Miller and her family traveled for Miller’s career in information technology, living on the East and West coasts and in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

Miller said she began to write when she was young as a way to deal with her brother’s terminal cancer. Over the years, she said she continued to write whenever she could and again turned to writing to cope with learning her father had terminal lung cancer with metastasis to the brain.

The story of “Split Second,” according to Miller, is about dealing with her father’s diagnosis, what they went through to heal their relationship before and after his passing, the life changes she underwent, including moving from Seattle to Old Fort, and her personal triumph of climbing, Mt. Rainer at age 50. She now has climbed it three times and plans to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in the fall.

Miller said it was a six-and-a-half-year process before her book was published.

“It was a healing process for me,” she said. “I didn’t really know what to say until I wrote it out. It was how I figured things out.”

Miller said she would write when she was not working her full-time job and taking care of the farm.

She said her focus was potentially being able to help someone else who may be going through a similar situation.

Miller said she plans to keep writing and is working on ideas for her next book.

She has two book signings scheduled, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Paper and Ink and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. June 10 at Sabaidee Coffee and Crepes.

Miller’s book also can be found online at www.amazon.com and for more information, visit www.kellimiller.com.


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