Wednesday, 2 December 2020
Sunday, 1 November 2020
I don't like November or February and this year I dislike it even more. A full lockdown starts on Thursday - too late in my opinion - and this means no chance of seeing my husband until December at the earliest.
Also I can't see my brother or my niece, my friends or neighbours. I can still see my son, daughter in law and grandson -so that's one thing I couldn't do last time.
This book is out next week - thank you if you've already pre ordered it.
The only good thing about this year is the extra time I've had to write and read and watch TV.
Another thing that is depressing is this new layout on Blogger - I apologise for the poor layout but it no longer allows me to put my pictures where I want them.
Take care - this is a deadly illness - not the flu, and it's infecting millions, killing thousands and leaving even more wiht long term health problems.
Fenella J Miller
Thursday, 1 October 2020
How much has changed in the past seven months. I can no longer visit my husband in his care home at all – for three months I could see him in the garden – that too has gone and the home is in total lockdown for a second time. If I'm lucky I might get a couple of minutes on facetime a few times a week.
No parties, no family gatherings and no visits to shops, restaurants or other places. I doubt I'll ever shop anywhere but on line again.
This year there will be no Halloween knocking on the doors little ones – I think there's a move where my seven year old grandson lives for people to put up a picture of a pumpkin in their window and then the child can walk around with a parent or adult and every time they spy a pumpkin they get a sweet from the adult accompanying them. It remains to be seen if this works.
It looks as if Christmas will be different and not in a good way. I can see myself, the way things are going in the UK, sitting by myself watching TV instead of sharing the day with my family. I'm at the vulnerable age where mixing with schoolchildren could be considered dangerous. I'm going to continue to see my family for the moment but that could all change.
The Girls in Blue, was supposed to come out now but has been moved to December 3 to avoid the thousands of books that were delayed because of the virus. This is the first in a three book series about girls in the WAAF. For the first time in my writing career this book will come out in proper paperback format – not POD – and the paperback is out in the spring. I've also sold large print for the first of The Spitfire Girl series and I'm really pleased about that too.
The moment I got my Christmas offering pre-order – A Christmas Conundrum – and this will be released later this month.
Then the fifth and final book in my very popular Barbara's War will go on preorder at the end of this month and come out in November.
The only good thing about the coronavirus is that being trapped at home so much of the time I've managed to write nine books this year. Writing keeps me sane.
I think we have to learn to live with this – the new normal – which will mean restrictions for all of us for many months, possibly years, to come.
Staying and stay safe – we will get through this eventually and things will improve.
I apologise for the random way the covers have appeared but I've not yet mastered the new layout for blogger.
Best wishes until next month
Fenella J Miller
Thursday, 3 September 2020
Saturday, 1 August 2020
I've also written three Regencies, A Solitary Duke, is out and The Duke's Predicament, the final book in The Reluctant Duke series, will be out later this month. I've also got a Christmas Regency ready to go in October.
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
So far this year I've written a 95,000 word book for Aria – Head of Zeus – The Girls in Blue will come out in October. This is the first in a three book series about girls in the WAAF.
Then I wrote the third and final book in my, The Reluctant Duke, series, The Duke's Predicament, which will be out next month.
I have also written a full-length Regency, A Solitary Duke, which is currently on sale and doing very well – thank you to those who have already bought it. And then I've written a shorter book for Christmas, A Christmas Conundrum, which will be out in September.
I have just finished writing the fifth and final book in my bestselling Barbara's War series, The Conclusion, which will go to my editor next month and hopefully be out in November.
I'm about to start writing the second book in The Girls in Blue series as this has to be handed in by October.
This will then give me three months to write the first in a new six book Regency series, The Earl's Inheritance, and this will be out in January next year. I also hope to write another stand-alone Regency – but I don't usually write as much in December so maybe I won't get that done.
I might actually have written nine books by the end of the year and this wouldn't have happened in normal circumstances.Thank God I'm a writer and have something interesting and worthwhile to be doing whilst I'm trapped at home.
I know that a lot of writers have found self isolation counter-productive and are finding writing impossible. I'm one of the lucky ones.
The positive side for all writers about this horrible virus is that people are reading more.
Whatever anyone says this isn't going to go away unless people continue to take care, socially distance and follow the advice given by medical people.
Stay in and stay safe
Fenella J Miller
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
This was a completely new way of writing for me as it's not a romance, it's a historical adventure written entirely from the hero's point of view.
Alex Everton was shot down over France and this short book tracks his life over the next few months as an evader.
I'm currently writing the fifth and final book in this series which will take Alex and Barbara to the end of the war.
This book is halfway written and it will be coming out in January next year.
I'll have to abandon it before it's finished as I have a contracted book due to be handed in on October 10th. The first book in this new series, The Girls in Blue, is now with the copy editor and this will be out at the beginning of October.
It's been a very difficult year for all of us and I hope that by the autumn things will be gradually getting back to normal. I'm going to see my beloved husband for the first time in three months this afternoon. They are going to open the double doors at the front and he can sit in his wheelchair and I can talk to him from a safe distance. Not quite the same but I'm so looking forward to seeing him.
Fenella J Miller