Author Interview: Catherine Miller
Today folks, as part of her blog tour I have a wonderful interview with Carina author Catherine Miller.
Hello Catherine, thank you so much for agreeing to an interview, I am pleased to welcome you to my blog.
Thank you for having me, Daniel! I love following your blog.
So tell me a little bit about yourself, where are you from and what do you write?
I’m originally from Margate and have migrated across the country to Southampton. When I’m not writing, I’m mum to three-year-old twins and often wonder how it is that I’m managing to juggle the two. I write contemporary women’s fiction that could be described as emotional page-turners.
What would you like to tell me about your book Waiting for You?
Waiting for You follows Fliss in her quest to become a mum second time around. Only it isn’t happening and finding out why will test everything.
My next novel, All That is Left of Us, is due out on the 15th September and is about the aftermath of surrogacy within a family and how they adapt to the changing dynamics.
Where do you find your writerly inspiration?
I think mostly from everyday life. Waiting for You came from a dinnertime conversation and a trip to the Paralympics. All That is Left of Us came about mostly on a visit to the zoo! I would advise going for a walk anywhere to get the ideas flowing.
What can you tell me about your typical writing day and what your process is?
Umm. I’m not sure I’ve had a typical day since my twins were born. I squeeze writing in when I can and most of Waiting for You was handwritten. These days I get a lot of work done at evenings and weekends. My girls start their preschool hours in September so I hope to get into a better routine then.
Can you tell me about your journey to publication? How did that all happen?
I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme in 2010 and graduated with my second book. I wrote the first chapter of Waiting for You and was lucky enough to be shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award. I had a one-to-one with Carina there and they wanted to see it once it was finished. When I did eventually finish it I sent it in and was offered a contract.
What are your publishers Carina UK like to work with?
They’ve been great to work with. I love my editor, Victoria. It’s rare to find people more enthusiastic than me and she really is.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Get in the habit of writing regularly. Don’t wait for the right mood to strike, write until the mood finds you.
What do your family and loved ones think of your success?
They are very proud and I hope my girls are proud of their mum when they grow up. I dedicated Waiting for You to them as having them spurred me onto the finish line.
So what’s next for you, how is the writing going right now?
All That is Left of Us is due out on September 15th and I’ve started to work on a couple of other project ideas so there’s excitement in the future.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions Catherine, I really appreciate it.
Thank you for asking them, Daniel! It’s been a pleasure.
When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren't full enough so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, Waiting For You, is due out in March 2016.
Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn't do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine's writing competition. Soon afterwards she signed with Carina. Soon after that, she collapsed in a heap and was eventually revived by chocolate.