Dear Readers, I’ve long been a fan of Judith Miller’s books. She writes the kind of romantic historical novels that I like best. I think you’ll love them, too.
Welcome back, Judith. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’ve recently completed the Refined by Love series set in
West Virginia, and truly
enjoyed that project. In addition, I joined with Nancy Moser and Stephanie
Grace Whitson for the recently released Christmas novella collection, A Basket Brigade Christmas. As for the
horizon, I’ve recently signed a contract for another book with Bethany House,
and I’m considering several other projects that have piqued my interest.
Tell us a little about your family.
My husband, Jim, passed away five years ago so I’ve been adjusting to a new normal, but am finally adjusting to life on my own. I have three adult children, one in
Iowa, one in Missouri, and one who lives here in Topeka. Most importantly, I have a 20-month
old granddaughter who keeps me smiling and busy.
They have a way of doing that. Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes, my reading habits have changed. I try to read as much as possible between projects, but much of my reading ends up being research. While I love research and combing books for nuggets of information, it’s not the same as enjoying a good novel. While I’m working on a project, I tend to read in another genre. When I’m between projects, I read historicals.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve just begun my new book, and it will be set in the early 1900’s. The rest is a secret for now, but it entails an interesting slice of history that I think readers will enjoy.
I’m sure they will. What outside interests do you have?
I enjoy Bible studies, walking, knitting, volunteer work, and spending time with my children and friends
How do you choose your settings for each book?
Many times my settings have developed as I’ve discovered information through research for other books. Some of the others have occurred because I visited the setting or a reader recommended a particular setting to me. Many of my books have developed due to setting. If I have no interest in the setting, the story doesn’t captivate me.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
The amount of time I would need to devote to studying the craft and the amount of self-discipline it takes to complete a novel.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
To work toward being my best self all of the time.
We all need that. What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Study the craft by attending conferences and studying good books on writing
Read, read, read
Develop self-discipline so you meet deadlines and have a less stressful writing experience
Tell us about the featured book.
The Potter’s Lady is the second book in the Refined by Love series although readers can read the books on their own. There’s enough information that they won’t feel they’ve miss out on something if they begin with book two.
This book features Rose McKay the oldest of the McKay sisters. She has just completed her education at the Philadelphia School of Design and convinces her brother and his wife that the family should invest in a pottery in
. Grafton, West Virginia
With her talents and education, she believes the business can become successful. Rylan Campbell remains as a valued employee of the company. He likes Rose, but he dislikes change and he certainly doesn’t trust Joshua Harkness, a man from Rose’s past.
When the company begins to lose their bids and it appears Rose’s dreams of success will fail, she convinces her brother they should enter a contest announced by the
. Rose and Rylan
work together to create something magnificent, but Rylan must convince Rose her
trust in Joshua has been misplaced. Franklin
Please give us the first page of the book.
Rose McKay stared out the narrow window of the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. Her gaze darted between passing buggies and wagons before perusing the pedestrians traversing
Broad Street. Where was Ewan? Her brother
said he’d be here by two o’clock. If he didn’t hurry, they’d miss their train.
“Why don’t you sit down, Rose? Staring out the window isn’t going to make your brother appear any sooner.” Mrs. Fisk, director of the school, nodded toward one of the perfectly arranged chairs in the sitting room.
Inimitable paintings and sculptures, all of them fashioned by students who had attended the school, adorned the entry hall and sitting room where visitors were received. To have a creation displayed in either place was considered the most prestigious award any student could achieve. Each year, one student received the Excellence in Design Award. Along with the plaque came the honor of having one piece of work on display. Rose’s heart warmed at the thought of her own work joining those of the previous students.
How can readers find you on the Internet?My website is at: www.judithmccoymiller.com Readers can email me through my website and also sign-up for my newsletter.
Thank you, Judith, for sharing this new book with us.
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