About the Book
Book: Winning Miss Winthrop
Author: Carolyn Miller
Genre: Regency Historical Romance
Release date: March 2018
Catherine Winthrop is almost at her last prayers, rejected years ago by the man who stole her heart. When tragedy brings him back into her life, she must suffer further grief in silence, amid her family’s pain and hostility, which eventually sends her to seek solace in Bath. Jonathan Carlew might be wealthy, but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his life, bringing fresh challenges as he takes on the Barony. Caught between appeasing the Winthrop family’s concerns and doing what he could to salvage their failing estate, he must also weigh the echoes of the past with the demands of his new responsibilities.Two hearts must decide whether present speculation will condemn them to the dust of their memories, or if the whispers of forgiveness can provide freedom for the future.
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About the 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 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 novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, Underestimating Miss Cecilia, and Misleading Miss Verity, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc.
More from Carolyn
In 2015 I was fortunate enough to visit England and see my sister who was living there at the time. What followed was three weeks of visiting parts of England, Ireland and Scotland in a whistle-stop tour of some of the places I’d long dreamed about visiting, but never thought I’d get the chance: London, Brighton, the Blarney stone in an Irish castle, Chatsworth in the Peak District, Loch Ness and Culloden in the Scottish Highlands, the gorgeous grounds of Dunrobin Castle, and the beautiful Cotswolds of England, which includes World Heritage-listed Bath.
I’ve used many of the places I’ve visited as inspiration behind my historical stories, but none as much as the places I visited while in Bath. Pretty much every place I visited – Sydney Gardens, Bath Abbey, the Pump Room, The Assembly Rooms and more – were mentioned in my story Winning Miss Winthrop, which I view as my homage to Jane Austen’s Persuasion, which vies with Pride and Prejudice as my favorite Austen novel.
I loved my all-too-brief time in Bath, and I love this story, with its depiction of two people learning to overcome the misunderstandings of the past in order to find a future. Winning Miss Winthrop is the first book in the Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope series, and has the attention to period detail, romance, banter, and faith threads that readers in the Regency Brides series have come to expect. I hope readers enjoy Catherine and Jon’s story.
Interview with Carolyn
- When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I was watching the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and saw an Australian female athlete walking into the closing ceremony holding hands with a US male athlete, and I was fascinated by how a relationship could be sustained in different sports, different continents, and the high pressure of being an elite athlete. Despite my best efforts to learn more about this couple, I couldn’t–so I made it up. In writing ‘their’ story, I realised how much I LOVED this process, examining relationships, and fine-tuning words to express things ‘exactly so.’
That was when I realised I wanted to be a writer.
- Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Ohh, anything and everything can pique my interest for a story idea! I’ve been inspired by everything from some of my favourite Jane Austen stories (The Elusive Miss Ellison is my spin on Pride and Prejudice; Winning Miss Winthrop is my homage to Persuasion), to tongue twisters (A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh was sparked by a on-the-way-to-church discussion about the origins of the tongue twister ‘She sells sea-shells by the sea-shore” which I discovered was about a female fossil hunter in the Regency era), to my interest in art (Miss Serena’s Secret), a news article about a rock singer’s son’s accidental death off a cliff in Brighton (The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey), to interesting tidbits I find along the way (such as the real life inspiration for the hero in my upcoming Regency release, Dusk’s Darkest Shores). I love to explore how these historical and current day facts can be woven with real life relational challenges to create a story that resonates with readers.
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, I love watching movies and some TV (I’m currently watching The Amazing Race Australia), I attend regular Pilates classes at the gym down the street. One of these days I look forward to travelling overseas again!
- Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Finish the first draft, then write the next book. I know I spent an awfully long amount of time tweaking my first book (which I plan to release next year in time for the Winter Olympics!), which is natural when you don’t really know what you’re doing. But I know of people who have spent YEARS writing that one book, rereading to adjust a minor word here and there. We can spend a huge amount of time planning, getting resourced, attending a million classes online, but I believe it’s in the actual writing that we learn the most. So write the next book. Take some classes, but write another book. It’s definitely not as easy as we all naively think it is – some days require massive amounts of self-discipline to keep backside in chair and just write (badly). But even if it’s bad, it can be fixed through editing. You can’t edit words you haven’t written. Decide if you want to write and get one story out, or if you might consider this your career, as you have a million ideas zinging away inside. Be warned: writing is addictive!
- What project are you working on now and how do we find your books?
Ooh, talk about a million ideas zinging away! I’m currently doing edits and proofreading before I submit my next Regency book off to my publishers (it’s called Midnight’s Budding Morrow, and releases in April 2022, and is a little bit Regency Gothic – complete with a dilapidated castle by the sea!), then it’s working on writing my fourth book in the Independence Islands series, plus my contemporary hockey romance series, the first of which should release later this year.
You can find out more about my books at my website www.carolynmillerauthor.com where you can also sign up for my newsletter, where I love to share my bookish news, including cover reveals, contests and giveaways. I’m also active on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest (where I love to share snippets of the inspiration behind my stories).
Thanks so much for having me today. God bless you–and happy reading!
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