By BETH VRABEL
For the Daily Record/Sunday News
Friends of David Miles are bursting with pride — but not necessarily surprise — that the 22-year-old’s first children’s book is ready for book shelves.
Being a published author is just one highlight in the Shrewsbury man’s remarkable life.
“He’s an all-around gifted person,” said Anne Graziosi, who worked with Miles when he volunteered at Paul L. Smith Library in Southern York County.
It was during his time at the library that Miles noticed some of the books he was stocking were written by children.
Landmark House, Ltd. holds a National Kids-in-Print Book Contest. Miles looked up information about the contest that night.
Soon, he was writing and illustrating an entry. He submitted it in May of his senior year at Susquehannock High School. In October, he found out he was the winner.
“We all knew why he won,” Graziosi said. “It’s the work of a person who’s not just a kid. Whatever he wants to do, he’ll be successful at. He’s quite something.”
“Mrs. McFig and Her Very Big Wig” (Landmark House, Ltd., $20.95) is the story of a wealthy townswoman who needs a wig for her upcoming wedding.
“The whole story is about her making sure the wig is the best and biggest,” Miles said. “It grows and grows until the end, where it all falls apart and she meets her groom.”
After learning he was the winner, it took about three years for the book to go through the editing and publishing process.
But Miles had a lot of distractions during the wait. He was a freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he joined several of his six brothers and sisters. And then there was the two-year mission trip to Thailand.
“The Thai people are wonderful,” Miles said. “They’re some of the nicest, most accommodating people. Just being able to talk to them on a daily basis and work with them was one of the best things about my life.”
Miles returned from southeast Asia about two weeks ago, just as “Mrs. McFig” was released. He’s gearing up for an upcoming book signing, possible school visits and his sophomore year of college. He returns to Utah in January.
Miles’ first book signing is 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5 at Paul L. Smith Library. Graziosi plans to be there.
“We haven’t seen (the book) yet because it’s newly published,” she said, “but it is a national-award-winning book and it’s done by a local author, so it’s a pretty big deal.”
If you go
What: Shrewsbury author David Miles will sign copies of his children’s book, “Mrs. McFig and Her Very Big Wig” (Landmark House, Ltd., $20.95).
When: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 5
Where: The Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave. in Shrewsbury.
No reservations required.