Let’s Chat! Author Carolyn Miller

Welcome, Everyone!

Aussie Author Carolyn MillerWelcome, Carolyn Miller, our guest author this week. Carolyn writes inspirational Regency romance novels that are completely beautiful. The covers will take your breath away!

Grab a cup o’ whatever suits you and gather ’round. Carolyn is offering Winning Miss Winthrop (either ebook or paperback) to someone who joins our chat. Can’t beat that, ya’ll! 

**Congratulations to Kim G, winner of the drawing for Carolyn’s Winning Miss Winthrop!**

Carolyn Miller: Life Before Writing

Author_Carolyn Miller_AussieI’m an Aussie who grew up in a Christian family in a small town southwest of Sydney, New South Wales. I’ve always enjoyed reading (it probably helped that my mum was a high school librarian!) and enjoyed school, especially English and Music. After completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a teaching degree at Wollongong University I started my first job as an English teacher at a Christian school. I married my best friend that first year of teaching (what a big year that was!) and worked as a teacher for four years whilst serving in our local church.

My husband was asked to pastor a small church, so I left teaching and assisted in this. Over the ten years we saw many lives touched and God’s miraculous provision in the form of healings, breakthroughs, and a wonderful church building. We were also extremely blessed to welcome four gorgeous kidlets into our lives.

Carolyn Miller Begins to Write

Author_Carolyn Miller_AussieHowever, this time of ministry took a toll, especially for my bi-vocational husband, who still had to work long hours to support our growing family. Eventually we needed to resign, which led to a hard few years. We still loved God, still went to church every week, but it was tough. During this time I began to write as a way to deal with some of the emotions I was experiencing. Writing became a form of therapy for me. (Click to Tweet!) 

Eventually my husband began budding and grafting work for different orchards and large scale horticultural companies, and I returned to teaching, this time at our local public high school, while writing down these stories I kept dreaming.

Carolyn Miller’s Debut Experience

Author_Carolyn Miller_AussieAfter writing my first story, I had no idea what to do next – or even if it was any good. So I entered online writing contests, a great place to get unbiased feedback (and develop a thick skin). After some time I started to final, which was encouraging. Maybe this writing thing will work after all! Then I wondered if it might lead to something more substantial. But the only way this little Australian could get a foot in the door of US publishers was to win a contest, and maybe get the notice of an editor or agent.

Subsequently, I made contest finals often but never won. So I eventually said to God, “I’ll enter this last one, but if I don’t win, I’ll take it as a sign you want me to focus in something else.”

That last contest was the American Christian Fiction Writers ‘First Impressions’ contest – which I won for my category (Romantic Suspense). I finaled in the ACFW Genesis Contest, which led to notice from agent Tamela Hancock Murray, who agreed to represent me.

A Genre for Carolyn Miller

Aussie_Author_Carolyn Miller_Regency Brides seriesThen I had to decide what genre to write. Since I’ve always enjoyed Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, I decided to focus on Regency, a historical period usually set in England from 1811-1820. (Click to Tweet!) A story I’d written called The Elusive Miss Ellison was picked up by Kregel Publications, which became a series of three. I wrote The Captivating Lady Charlotte and The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey in 2016 during the days when I wasn’t teaching at the high school.

February 2017 saw the release of Miss Ellison, then later Lady Charlotte and Miss DeLancey in June and October respectively. This meant last year was a crazy time as I learned to juggle social media, marketing, writing more novels, and solo parenting as my husband worked interstate and overseas. But God’s grace sustained me. Thank You, God!

What’s up With Carolyn Miller Now?

Aussie_Author_Carolyn MillerToday we are healthy, happy, and worshipping in a different church. Three children are enrolled in our local public high school and one in our public primary school. My husband works away for a great part of the year. This means I make the most of my child-free hours and write!

Having Kregel Publications has been wonderful for me (their first Aussie author)(Click to Tweet!) I have since signed two (!) more 3-book series contracts. My next Regency romance, Winning Miss Winthrop, releases March 27. It is the first in my new Regency Brides: The Promise of Hope series. I’m so excited about this book as it’s set in the beautiful English city of Bath (Click to Tweet!). I was blessed to see Bath in 2015 whilst visiting my sister who was living in the UK. The next in the series, Miss Serena’s Secret, releases July 24, and the third The Making of Mrs. Hale releases November 27.

Aussie_Author_Carolyn Miller_inspirational Regency romance
Bath, England

Currently, I’m juggling various rounds of edits on these stories. I’m also writing and polishing the stories for my new series, Regency Brides: The Daughters of Aynsley. I love the way these characters weave in and out of each other’s lives. (Click to Tweet!) Their stories continue, even as each novel focuses on a new hero and heroine’s journey to faith, hope and love.

God Is Good

I’m constantly surprised by God’s enabling of things this little Aussie from a little Aussie town could never have dreamed. Currently my first series is available in paperback, e-book, hardcover, audiobook. There are plans to have German and Dutch translations of Miss Ellison. What can I say except God is good? (Click to Tweet!)

How to Find Carolyn and Her Books

Social media:

 www.carolynmillerauthor.com

www.pinterest.com/camillering

 www.facebook.com/CarolynMillerAuthor/

 twitter.com/CarolynMAuthor

Purchases:

 Amazon

Amazon.com.au

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

Book Depository

Christianbook

GooglePlay

Koorong

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Dear Lord, we bow before You in worship, thanking You for the countless ways in which You make our paths straight. Your provision is boundless, your love unending. And Your grace unspeakable. Thank You for blessing readers with Carolyn Miller and her beautiful stories. We pray You’ll bless every single word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake

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21 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Carolyn Miller

  1. Diane Estrella

    I love your journey to publication story. You have come a long way with God’s prompting. I look forward to more of your books!

     
     
    1. Hi, Diane. It’s lovely to have you in our chat circle this week. Your presence and participation encourage us. Please come back. God bless, Linda

       
       
  2. I love author interviews – reading and doing them.
    So glad to see how Carolyn’s writing journey is going and she is one of the few romance writers I’ll read.

     
     
    1. Thanks for joining us, Christine. You encourage both of us. I’m tickled to have both of you. You’re entered!

       
       
  3. HI everyone! Thank you so much for your lovely encouragement. That means a lot to this Aussie author! I hope you can all get the chance to read some of my books soon 🙂

     
     
  4. Marilyn R

    Nice interview with Carolyn Miller. Her book covers are beautiful and books I need to add to my ever growing TBR list.

     
     
    1. Hi, Marilyn. I agree about Carolyn’s gorgeous books! Thank you for joining us. God bless!

       
       
  5. Really enjoyed reading this blog interview. Thank you, Linda and Carolyn! Even though I am another Aussie author and have met you, Carolyn, I did not know the details of your journey to publication. Well done for persevering through it all and a big congratulations on those ongoing book contracts!

     
     
    1. Welcome, Jo-Anne! It’s lovely to see you in our circle. Thank you for joining into the round of applause for Carolyn.

       
       
  6. Brandi

    I found Carolyn’s series last year and was immediately hooked. They beautifully capture the human heart and the beauty of God’s goodness in each of the stories. I walked away from each book more encouraged than when I started. I loved that they happen to be regency as well! 😍

     
     
    1. Welcome, Brandi! Thank you for your encouraging comments. Please visit again.

       
       
  7. Anne L. Rightler

    Thank you for the reminder that I need to read these books! A couple have been on my TBR pile for too long. Always fun to hear from the author about her books–thank you for sharing.

     
     
    1. Hi, Anne. Thanks for dropping by. You’re entered! Hope to see you in our circle again. God bless!

       
       
  8. Arletta

    Oh, I want a paperback copy of this book! I’ve read all of Carolyn’s books and have loved them all. I think each one gets better than the one before.

    I can relate to the hard journey of leaving ministry. My husband has served on our church council for a number of years and the church split over the “firing” of our pastor about did my husband in. We’ve taken a step back from serving to rejuvenate our spirits. Still going to church, just trying to limit our involvement for the time being.

     
     
    1. Welcome, Arletta! Isn’t it amazing how we, being many, are one body and share one another’s ups and downs? So glad you joined us. Please visit again.

       
       
  9. I enjoy Regency romance and appreciate authors who keep it clean and inspirational! Thanks for sharing about your writing journey 🙂

     
     
    1. Welcome, Heidi! I agree about loving clean and inspirational reads. Carolyn’s life journey inspires me too. Please come again.

       
       
  10. Kim G

    Really wonderful interview! I have not read any of these books but I am definitely interested after reading this. What a great story of perseverance! Congratulations!!!

     
     
    1. It’s great to see you in our circle this week, Kim. I agree. Carolyn’s books and life inspire!

       
       
  11. Paula Shreckhise

    I am so excited to be on Carolyn’s team and just started Miss Winthrop last night! Can’t say enough good things about her writing and gorgeous books! Loved every one of the first series! Blessings to you both! Thanks for the interesting interview!

     
     
    1. Hi, Paula. It’s wonderful to see you in our circle. I’m tickled pink to be hosting Carolyn this week and am delighted to have “met” both you and Carolyn here on this blog! Ya’ll come back, hear?

       
       

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Let’s Chat! Author Andrea Boyd

Welcome, Everyone! And Welcome, Andrea Boyd!

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Andrea Boyd

This week the guest-of-honor spot in our chat circle is reserved for Andrea Boyd, who writes fantasy and contemporary romance novels. 

**Join the chat below and you may win an ebook copy of Andrea’s contemporary romance novel, Irresistibly Yours.** (Click to Tweet!)

**Congratulations to Tammy Hesler, this week’s drawing winner!**

“Real Life” for Andrea Boyd

Unfortunately, I was told at an early age that because of medical reasons, I wouldn’t have children. But God had other plans and blessed me with three.

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onsequently, my sole focus before becoming a writer was to raise those three blessings. Then, like most empty-nesters, after the last one moved out of my house I wondered what would be next for me. That’s when God called me to write. (Click to Tweet!)

Andrea Boyd’s Debut Experience

Securing-Aisling_Andrea BoydWith traditional publishing, it takes a long time from the moment your book is ready until it makes it to print. I was in my late forties when I finished my first book. Securing Aisling. Time seems to run out faster at this age.

After praying about it, I decided to publish the book myself. Indie publishing has its own set woes, but it is also very satisfying.   

What’s up with Andrea Boyd at Present 

Kingdoms-Of-Learnley-series_Andrea BoydBesides Securing Aisling, the Kingdoms of Kearnley series includes Healing Gilvary and Restoring Dermot. (Click to Tweet!) 

Also I have two contemporary romance series going on.

Sweet Tea Holiday Collection

Heart's Desire-by-Andrea BoydIn addition, I have one book in the Sweet Tea Holiday Collection so far. Heart’s Desire focuses on New Year’s Eve, and I am working on a Christmas story to go next in the series.

Walden Beach Series

I just released the first book in the Walden Beach series. Irresistibly Yours is about Vivian Emerson, a woman who has suffered through one bad marriage and has no desire to try again. Then Bo Manning sweeps in with intensions of changing her mind.

The second book in that series is also in the works.

How to Find Andrea Boyd

Purchases 

Website

Facebook 

Newsletter 

Amazon Author Page

Bookbub

Twitter

Goodreads 

Instagram

Giveaway by Andrea Boyd

Irresistibly-Yours_by-Andrea BoydFinally, one eBook copy of Irresistibly Yours goes to someone who joins the chat by commenting below. 

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Dear Lord, we acknowledge You as the eternal Creator of everything—including the family. Against all odds, You blessed Andrea with three children, and she responded by gratefully devoting her life to them. Now You’re blessing her with a writing career. We pray You’ll expand Andrea’s territory by blessing each word she writes for You.
~ For Jesus’ sake ~

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Andrea Boyd

  1. Perrianne Askew

    Love your atoryline and the cover. Thanks formthe overview.

     
     
    1. And thank you for joining us, Perrianne. You’ve encouraged Andrea and me both.

       
       
    2. Thanks!

       
       
  2. Tammy Hesler

    Love your story.. Your books look very exciting! Best of luck to you in the future

     
     
    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tammy! Love seeing you here. God bless.

       
       
    2. Thanks!

       
       

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