Moms Who Write: Kaylee Garling

Should you interview a talented friend?

Our next Mom Who Writes is a gentle mother, loving wife, and fantastic fiction writer.

Plus, she’s a close friend of mine.

I hope you enjoy getting to know and learn from her as much as I have.

 

1. Let’s start with our favorite part. What’s your family like?

Big, modern family! Both my parents were divorced before they married each other, then my dad passed away and my mother remarried. Did you catch all that? Here’s more: I have one full brother, four step siblings, and eight half siblings. But I was only raised with my one brother at home, so I got the best of both worlds: small family, big family get togethers. Don’t even get me started on nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Needless to say, we fill a gymnasium and then some.

My husband and I have 2 little boys. Our four-year-old thinks he’s an adult. He bosses us around and will proudly announce his title of “boss” to anyone around. Sad thing is, he does it with an adorable smile, so he gets away with it more than he should. Our eight-month-old is a patient little guy. He puts up with his older brother’s teasing, most of the time. I keep warning him to be nice, because someday, his little brother is going to be bigger than him, and will get paybacks.

 

2. How do your spiritual beliefs affect your writing? Does it make your writing stronger? Why or why not?

My spiritual beliefs definitely make my writing stronger. Not only do my beliefs help my writing to be clean enough for all readerships, they also help me to incorporate little inspirational ideas that our souls can connect with. We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience, and I like to remind our souls who we are and where we came from by incorporating heavenly truths into my work.

 

3. What part about motherhood makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning?

Motherhood has filled my life with more love and cuddles than I could ever imagine. I wake up in the mornings, anxious to see how much my children have grown, what they’re going to accomplish that day, or how they’re going to impact a life, whether mine or someone else’s. My children are incredible, precious spirits that Heavenly Father has entrusted me, a very imperfect person, to raise, teach, and nurture during their time here on this earth. That responsibility is humbling, and teaches me how much love and trust our Heavenly Father has for each one of us.

I love every part of motherhood, and when I catch myself stressing, I take a deep breath, remind myself it’s okay to be late, it’s okay to take time away from cleaning to play with the kiddos or capture a precious moment on camera. And as redundant as motherhood can be, there are a million surprises, if you just open your eyes and see them.

 

4. What do you wish someone would ask you, but no one does? Write it out here and answer it.

Along with motherhood, and being a wife, I feel like there are so many little things that we do that go unnoticed. I would love if someone would just ask me, with sincerity (being key), what they could help me with. I would probably set them to work organizing a closet, or cleaning my floors. Come to think about it, that’s exactly what I did about a month ago when the missionaries asked what they could do to help me, and it was a wonderful experience. As I humbled myself enough to accept their help, we formed friendships that will last a lifetime.

When we are in the service of our fellow men, we are in the service of God. He blesses us by following His example. Hence, as we are serving our families, we are becoming more like Christ, our Savior, and our Heavenly Father, which is a huge blessing not only in our lives, but in the lives of our children.

 

5. What advice can you give to mothers who aspire to be fiction writers?

Motherhood is crazy, and trying to create a world within that world is near impossible.

But never give up on yourself.

If you need a break, take it. But always get back to writing. My friend and I have one prompt a week that we write back and forth to each other. That’s all we can handle right now, with two little kiddos each. And that’s okay, because at least we’re still writing. At least we’re still trying. And that’s the message I want to share, that if you’re trying, if you’re doing the best you can do, even if that includes reading more than writing, that’s okay. Because reading is the best way to learn how to write. A good writer is an even better reader. So keep reading that book you can’t put down. Stay up late and create a world of your own.

Just don’t give up.

Not on yourself.

Not on others.

Not on life.

You keep trying. Because what you say matters. You matter.

This world was created for us to create, to use our talents and abilities to bless the lives of others. Go out there and share your creations (both children and written word) with the world.

I would interview you again anytime, Kaylee. You’re amazing.

You can read Kaylee’s stories Here

Have any questions for Kaylee? We’d love to read them in the comments below!

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