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Welcome to Catherine Miller, one of the talented contenders for this year's Joan Hessayon Award and graduate of the RNA New Writers' Scheme. Thank you for answering our questions, Catherine.
How long have you been writing? Is this your first published piece?
I’ve dabbled since my teens. I wrote my first ‘novel’ on my Grandad’s computer, then another attempt while at University studying physiotherapy. It wasn’t until illness prevented me from continuing my physio career that I started to take writing seriously. I had short stories and pieces accepted for anthologies early on and it spurred me on to try novel writing again.
How many years were you a member of the NWS and did you submit a manuscript each year?
I was a member for five years and over that time I submitted two different manuscripts on five occasions. Waiting for You has taken three trips as I had twin girls in 2013 and only had a first chapter to hand-in when they were six weeks old. I wrote about my second submission with this manuscript over on The Romaniacs. We have been through what can only be described as an epic journey.
What came first, agent or publisher?
Publisher. Carina UK made me an offer nine days after submission and it was a dream come true! All those years of prep were worth it.
How did you find your publisher?
I submitted the first chapter to the Festival of Romance New Talent Award and was shortlisted for the award in 2013. I had a one-to-one with Carina and they wanted to see it when it was complete. Two years later it was finished and I sent it in.
Do you have a contract for one book or more?
I have a two-book contract and I have just sent the second one into my editor to start the revision process.
When was your book published?
March 10th 2016.
Tell us something about your book
All Fliss Chapron wants is to be pregnant with her much longed for second baby. As the negative tests stack up, dreams of completing her perfect family feel more hopeless every day, but can anyone really be at fault when it comes to having a child…
Waiting for You is a heartfelt look exploring at what cost the shape of a family should take when life isn’t going to plan and finding happiness in the most unexpected places.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve just finished my second book following Dawn as she deals with the aftermath of being a surrogate. It’s called All That Is Left Of Us.
What piece of advice would you give current members of the NWS?
Make writing your priority. It is so easy to let everything else take precedence. In theory having twins should have stopped me from writing, but instead it made me focus more on what I wanted to achieve when I did get time. If you find yourself with a spare ten minutes, make use of it!
Thank you, Catherine, we hope you have a fabulous evening at the RNA Summer Party and good luck with your writing career.
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