Meet Carolyn Miller, author of The Elusive Miss Ellison

Hello everyone. Today, I need to introduce you to an author that I'm extremely happy to have connected with. Why? I'll tell you in a bit (OK, maybe after the interview) and you'll figure it out soon enough! I present to you The Elusive Miss Ellison, wait, I mean the author, Carolyn Miller!

 

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of romance, especially that of the 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. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

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Just Commonly  Q&A with Carolyn Miller

1. Tell us a little about The Elusive Miss Ellison - a one sentence spiel. 
Can the reverend’s daughter and the reluctant Earl of Hawkesbury look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future?
Hint hint! Did y'all see the part about "prejudices"? 

2. What was your inspiration? What made you think you had to write this story?
I’ve always enjoyed the wit and banter of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer novels, and wanted to write a Regency novel with some of that sparkle whilst having a faith element as well. I want readers to laugh as well as (perhaps) cry. 
No worries, Carolyn, I won't hold it against you if I cry from your books!

3. I really enjoyed the bantering between Miss Ellison & Nicholas. It reminds me a little of my favorite Jane Austen novel, Pride & Prejudice. So how hard was it to write those dialogues? 
What a nice compliment! (blushing!) I like to get ‘into the zone’ by rereading some of my fave Georgette Heyer’s, which then helps me see how I can do something not dissimilar in my own writing. Sometimes there is a sense of ‘flow’ where it’s easy to write, and my fingers are struggling to keep up with my thoughts. Other times it seems to happen when I’m asleep – I formulate amazing dialogue when I’m dreaming ;) -  and if I’m motivated enough I’ll grab my pen and notepad and write it down (and try and decipher my scrawl in the morning). If not, then I pray the inspiration returns! 
You can actually get up and write right after a dream?!! Wow!

4. Which part of the book is your favorite? Can you share a line/paragraph (without a spoiler)?
Of course it has to be one of the scenes between Lavinia and Nicholas (the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury). Let’s go with this one, from chapter 20:

“Miss Ellison?” 
She glanced up from her book, her cheeks heating. He seemed to appear at the oddest moments, almost like he knew she had been thinking of him. “Yes, my lord?” 
“You appear to be wool gathering. I asked you a question, which you ignored, yet I am determined to not take offence.” 
“I am glad for your sake, sir. To take offence at such a thing would display a stingy soul, indeed.” 
His lips curved. “Your wit indicates you are well on the road to recovery.” 
“Something you will no doubt miss when I am no longer here to plague you with it.” 
“I am scarcely plagued, Miss Ellison.” 
The humorous glint in his eyes, touched by something that looked remarkably like tenderness, made her heart flutter and her face warm further.
Awesome choice. That last bit...how sweet!

5. Let's play character match up, if you could introduce one of your characters to any other character from another book, who would it be and why?
I think Lavinia and Elizabeth Bennett would ‘deal extremely well together’ – they both share an appreciation for the ridiculous and can see past people’s pretensions to value their inner qualities – once they’ve overcome their prejudices, that is =). Perhaps Lavinia might even be able to convince Mr. Darcy to part with some of his ‘ten thousand a year’ to help care for her ‘blessed poor children’!

See!!! There's a reason I'm so excited for y'all to meet Carolyn and The Elusive Miss Ellison!! I love this answer!! Thanks Carolyn!

6. Any news you can share with us on your next story in A Legacy of Grace collection?
‘The Captivating Lady Charlotte’ is book 2 in the ‘Legacy of Grace’ series. It centers around Lavinia’s cousin Charlotte, and recounts her entrée to Society and the Marriage Mart. This novel continues with the theme of grace, and releases in the US on June 27.
I'm quite thrilled Lady Charlotte is next!

7. What are you currently reading?
I always have a huge TBR stack that necessitates regular culls, just so I don’t feel too overwhelmed by what is demanding to be read. (You’d know about that too, wouldn’t you?) I’m enjoying Carrie Turansky’s ‘The Daughter of Highland Hall’ and ‘Shine Like the Dawn’, and Dawn Crandall’s ‘The Hesitant Heiress’, and working my way through Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s ‘The Quiet Place’ devotional, ‘Made to Crave’ by Lysa TerKeurst (I type that while eating chocolate ) and ‘Cyber Parenting’, by James & Simone Boswell (I have four kids & I’m somewhat technologically challenged – I need all the help I can get!).
Love all your fiction picks and not familiar with the non-fiction part. I love big families, so four kids! Kudos to you! No judgement here. 

8. What book besides yours of 2017 that you are most excited for?
I’m looking forward to reading Becky Wade’s upcoming release
‘True to You’. ‘My Stubborn Heart’ is one of my ultimate favorite books, so I always look forward to reading something Becky has written.
 O, me too!! Can't wait for Becky's and I've been hearing so much about My Stubborn Heart. Really need to pick it up!

9. What’s next on your writing agenda? 
In addition to having ‘The Captivating Lady Charlotte’ release in late June the third book in the ‘Legacy of Grace’ series, ‘The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey’ releases in December (yep, it’s a big year!). I’m sure there will be more editing to do there, but once that’s done, I’m hoping to continue with working on the books in my new series, two of which are written and just need tweaking, the third of which requires a lot more work. Good thing I quit my day job! ;)

Not only do you have book 2 already, a title for book 3?!! Wow! And ALL in 2017?!! Wow!! Woohoo!! You're a busy bee!! OK, I'm on your street team, how do I not know this already??! I hope you'll keep me on all for all 3 books (hehe. yes, a little self-promotion here going on).

10. And last, can you give us 3 random facts about you?
  • I play piano, played clarinet (in high school) & love to sing.
  • I love ice hockey (those guys are so fit & tough!) and have supported the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks over the years. In fact the first novel-length story I wrote, a contemporary romance, was about a hockey player and an Aussie Olympian (methinks I might have been projecting, much?)
  • Cadbury Dairy Milk that is made in Australia is the absolute best chocolate in the world. The. Best. (Love. It.)  
LOL. Why did I just laugh, possibly because random fact #1 seems so normal and then we get the juicy details in #2 & #3! LOL. 

Carolyn, THANK YOU so much for indulging me with this little Q&A, since I really enjoyed The Elusive Miss Ellison and love to hear the inspiration and references behind it! 



My friends, that is why I want you to meet Carolyn. She's funny and this series are bound to be on your favorites list! Stay tune for my review of The Elusive Miss Ellison, scheduled for March 9th (next Thursday).  And want more of Carolyn? She's stopping in on Monday, March 6th to start off March's Word of the Month series with grace. 


Title: The Elusive Miss Ellison
Author: Carolyn Miller
Publisher:  Kregel Publications
Release Date:  February 28, 2017
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction 

Pride, prejudice and forgiveness...

Hampton Hall's new owner has the villagers of St. Hampton Heath all aflutter--all except Lavinia Ellison. The reverend's daughter cares for those who are poor and sick, and the seventh Earl of Hawkesbury definitely does not meet that criteria. His refusal to take his responsibilities seriously, or even darken the door of the church, leave her convinced he is as arrogant and reckless as his brother--his brother who stole the most important person in Lavinia's world.

Nicholas Stamford is shadowed by guilt: his own, his brother's, the legacy of war. A perfunctory visit to this dreary part of Gloucestershire wasn't supposed to engage his heart, or his mind. Challenged by Miss Ellison's fascinating blend of Bluestocking opinions, hoydenish behavior, and angelic voice, he finds the impossible becoming possible--he begins to care. But Lavinia's aloof manner, society's opposition and his ancestral obligations prove most frustrating, until scandal forces them to get along. 


Can Lavinia and Nicholas look beyond painful pasts and present prejudice to see their future? And what will happen when Lavinia learns a family secret that alters everything she's ever known? 

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10 comments:

  1. Absolutely wonderful interview!
    Congratulations Carolyn, The Elusive Miss Ellison is a fantastic book. I loved it! Looking forward to reading the next books in the series.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks Mrs. TINA! I love this interview too! More of Carolyn's answers than my questions! Lol!

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  2. Awesome interview! This series is on my wish list!

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  3. Thanks Annie! This Aussie really appreciates you xx

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    1. Right back at ya! Thank you for being here!

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  4. I requested that the local library buy your book. Can't wait for the next ones, too!

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    1. Woohoo! That is sooooo awesome! Thank you!

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  5. Reading now and enjoying. 😘❤️

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