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CAROLYN MILLER INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY


ABOUT AUTHOR: Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked part-time as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher.

A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her Regency era novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, and The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey.

You can Connect with Carolyn:

Is being an author everything you thought it would be? If not, what has surprised you?

Carolyn: I’m surprised at just how much time is devoted to marketing and developing those connections. I’ve been trying to do that while writing a completely new 90,000 word book, and doing various rounds of edits on others – in addition to being a mum of 4 children aged 15 and younger, while my husband works overseas for three months of the year – so this has been challenging at times J

Nora: Wow, I don’t know how you do it. I connected with Lady Charlotte and the Duke and the challenges they faced. You did well!

How did you come up with the idea for The Captivating Lady Charlotte?

Carolyn: I wanted to challenge myself in a few ways: I wanted this book to have a tinge of Gothic mystery J I wanted to create a hero who wasn’t the typical Alpha male/muscle-bound guy so prevalent in fiction. I also wanted to challenge the notion of ‘falling in love’ versus ‘living with love’, and this idea that love is something we’re either ‘in’ or ‘out’ of.

I think the Bible makes it pretty plain that love is a choice, that requires sacrifice and putting the other person ahead of our own agenda – and that can be pretty hard at times! (I’ve been married for 20 years; it’s not always peaches and cream!) To explore this, I created a young heroine who is presented with choices along these lines – does she ‘follow her heart’ or does she develop some maturity and see her choices as something bigger than the emotions of the moment?


Nora: I like how you went about showing this in your novel. I think you hit your mark on all you wanted to accomplish. Loved it.

What movie affected most you when you were young? If you didn’t watch movies what books affected you most? What touched you about the movie/book? Made it memorable.

Carolyn: I’m a big fan of the 1985 Anne of Green Gables miniseries, starring Megan Follows. Perhaps this is because I am a redhead J but also because I liked seeing the underdog orphan achieve and be rewarded for her intelligence, her compassion, and her appreciation for the many blessings she experiences, such as the beauty of Prince Edward Island. (Side note: this movie touched me in such a way I insisted on dragging my husband to visit PEI in 2010! Yes, it’s every bit as lovely as the film suggests)

Nora: Oh, how fun!

You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?
Carolyn and her family
Carolyn: You mean apart from providing a certain level of comedy on the side? I think I’d try to help with cooking (but it’s not really my forte); maybe being a gatherer of sticks for the fire, or looking for other useful things for camp-life might be good. I love making sandcastles (no judgment, please) but I don’t think that’s a super-important trait – unless it’s in carving out a giant SOS in the sand. I could do that!

Nora: Comedy relief is a must. Sandcastles could be a destressor and if we made a giant SOS an added bonus. Grin!

Can you give us a sneak peek into what you are working on now? When will it be out?

Carolyn: I’ve just sent off the manuscript for my fifth book, which concerns a talented female artist and the heir to an Earldom she thinks is only concerned with frivolity, which should be out in the middle of next year. Next week I plan to work more on my sixth book, which looks at whether a runaway marriage can be redeemed (I think we know the answer to that!), which should be out at the end of next year. I’ll also soon start promotions for my third book, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, which is out October 24 this year.

Nora: I’m looking forward to reading this book I’ve enjoyed the other books in this series. THANKS for stopping by and letting us get to know you and your books. I’m excited about the giveaway opportunity too. 

CONGRATS TO KAYLE STIERWALT
Your name was drawn to receive a copy of The Dishonorable Miss Delaney.

TO ENTER DRAWING Please Answer ONE of the Following Questions.

1. What author do you like most Jane Austin or Georgette Heyer? What's the difference between them?
2. What fascinates you about this time period?

3. What do you like about Jane Austin?
What fascinated you about Jane Austin and her books?

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26 comments:

  1. great interview. I really like the simplicity of this era. they are like us but with out all the hustle and bustle and what makes life easier such as electronics
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  2. Lovely interview! I adore her books. :) This time period is attractive to me because of its simplicity and the fact men are still gentlemen. lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  3. I've never read any of the above but have read the authors other works and enjoy the change-for me into the different period of time. This one sounds like a great read also,

    Julie

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  4. To be honest, I have not read any of Jane Austen's books. Gasp!!! Thank you for sharing the interview.

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  5. Hi Carolyn and Nora, great interview!
    Congratulations on your book Carolyn!

    I am not entering, just wanted to congratulate Carolyn on her book. I have the book sitting on the table by my reading chair waiting for me to get to.

    Blessings, Tina

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  6. What fascinates me about the time period is the rules and attitudes of the times, which affect the character's lives.

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  7. Great post! I have read many Georgette Heyer books, especially her mystery books, and have enjoyed them. But I prefer Jane Austen's writings. I just think that Austen's writing has more flair & elegance to it. lelandandbecky AT reagan DOT com

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  8. I liked how they greeted each other when first meeting and before leaving. Life was much more simpler than today.

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  9. Life seemed simpler but they had hardships that we have no clue about. People are the same though, look at some of the ones from the Bible.
    Gail Hollingsworth
    tumcsec(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Hello Carolyn and Nora! I loved the interview. This series is on my MUST read list.

    I've not read either Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer's books.

    The love the manners of this era. The fashion is lovely.

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  11. Thanks Carolyn & Nora for this fun interview! I always enjoy getting to know more about an author. I have the first two book in this series and am looking forward to reading this 3rd book!

    I like this time period because of the chivalry of the men and the eloquence of the ladies. The fashion is equally charming. ~Alison Boss

    nj(dot)bossman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I like Jane Austen's books and the humor in her approach to culture and relationships.

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  13. I have never read any of these books, but I love reading from this time period and the interview is very intriguing.
    Blessings!
    Sarahsmithstorm @gmaildotcom

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  14. I've enjoyed Austen's books to learn more about life during that time. It's a fascinating window into that society.

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  15. Hi Carolyn & Nora. The Regency era was a time of good manners, lovely fashion and "marrying well" but it was also a time of very distinct division in social classes.
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Hi Carolyn & Nora. The Regency era was a time of good manners, lovely fashion and "marrying well" but it was also a time of very distinct division in social classes.
    Thanks for this giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Truthfully I am not sure of what attracts me to this times period. I seem to have a love for reading any of the historical reads!!

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  18. What I like about the time period is learning all the rules. They didn't have all the conveniences we have that keep us busy, but thier lives were just as complicated in different ways. More physical work, more rules and just as much day to day pressures as we have.

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  19. I like the elegance and innocence of the era, although, in truth, it may have been neither!!

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  20. I love reading about this time period. One thing that fascinates me about it is all the rules of etiquette of which several of them are quite laughable such as:
    Morning calls were generally undertaken in the afternoon. (Is it morning or afternoon?)
    It was unacceptable to owe money to a stranger. (If they are a stranger then how did you get money from them?)
    Thanks for the chance!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  21. 2. I'm fascinated by all the social rules everyone abided by.

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  22. I love the strong female characters in Jane Austen novels. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Entry for Patrica Liebe who sent me this.

    I would have loved to visit Gunte’sr or Rotten Row. I have heard and read so much about these two places in history.
    I enjoy your wonderful books so much. Thank you and Bless you for writing them.

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  24. I love the Jane Austen era. And I especially loved the way Jane poked fun at certain societal proclivities. Finally women were beginning to show their strength and stand for their injustices.

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  25. CONGRATS TO KAYLE STIERWALT Your name was Drawn to receive a copy of The Dishonorable Miss Delaney. Enjoy! THANKS Everyone for stopping by. Great to hear from you!

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