Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit the clubhouse is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today the author Fenella J Miller joins me in the clubhouse tearoom to chat about her latest work. Welcome Fenella.
Thank you for inviting me, Paula.
Now we have our drinks, Fenella I would like to start by asking you when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
Katie Fforde told me that I should write what I read – I’d been trying to write contemporary romance when I only read historical and thrillers. This is why I write historical fiction with plenty of action and adventure.
Tell us a little about latest writing project. Is it a new idea, or one you have been mulling over for some time?
My next project for my publisher will be write the third book in the new series for Aria – Head of Zeus. This series is called The Girls in Blue and, as you’ve probably guessed follows the life of three WAAF in World War II. For myself I’ve just started writing another Regency romantic adventure. This will be my eighth book and I think there’s still time for a night before the end of the year.
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
The only unfinished project I have the first two books in a three book young adult fantasy series. I always say I’m going to finish the third one but never seem to find the time.
Do you write a synopsis first or write the first chapter and then let the characters lead you?
I don’t plan on paper as I do it in my head before I start. If it’s a complicated Regency series then I always do a family tree to make sure I have the ages and generations correct. I research carefully for my World War II books which is why it takes me longer to write one as I have to keep stopping to check my facts.
Is there anything about you your readers might be surprised to find out?
I think most readers know a lot about me as I blog regularly do a monthly diary on my website and have the details of my life history on Amazon central. If they haven’t read that then they would probably be surprised to know that my grandfather was a Raja in India.
Choosing only five of your favourite authors. Can you list them in order 1 begin the top of your list and say how have they influenced your writing?
Lee Child/Bernard Cornwell/CJ Sanson/Michael Connolly/Christian Cameron
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I write every day unless I’m out – which this year is rarely – and aim to edit the previous day’s work and write two thousand words.
How many hours in a day do you write?
I spend a couple of hours on social media which is part of my work and spend about three hours writing/editing/proofing.
How do you select the names of your characters? Do you know everything about them before you start writing their story?
I have the Guinness book of names which is invaluable for getting the right name for the right era. Strangely I need the title of the book first, then the names of the main characters, and then the story just flows around them.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I write a 55 to 60,000 word Regency in just over three weeks, but it takes me ten weeks to write a 95 000 word World War II book.
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