Francesca and Elaine are thrilled to have Fenella Miller as our guest on The Write Minds Blog today chatting about her perfect day.
My perfect day would begin after an unbroken night’s sleep, one where I hadn’t had to get up three or four times to take painkillers or go to the loo and hadn’t been woken by my cat pouncing on my feet at four o’clock in the morning. I would have dreamed of riding along a deserted beach with Sean Bean for company. He would be in the persona of Richard Sharpe of course.
Fully rested, showered and dressed I would wander into the garden to listen to the dawn chorus before going inside to prepare a breakfast of croissant and real coffee. For medical reasons I haven’t had coffee or croissant for years.
I would then sit in front of my computer and dictate three thousand words of what is going to be the next bestseller without having once to stop and rummage through a dozen researchbooks to check a fact or three.
I would then drive to my husband’s care home, it would be sunny and warm, he would be waiting in his electrified wheelchair for me to take him for a walk along the promenade and then to a small outside café where he would enjoy a coffee and cake. More often than not it’s raining, he won’t be ready when I turn up and then the foot rests will fall off his wheelchair whilst we are out. Obviously, at the moment all I have is a few minutes face time on weekdays which breaks my heart.
On my return home at around two o’clock I’d have a delicious lunch sitting in the garden in the sunshine. After editing what I’d written the morning, I’d deal with social media where all my posts would be witty and upbeat and all my emails would be full of good news.
There would be cricket to watch on the television and England would be winning – of course – and I’d have a new Bernard Cornwall or Lee Child book to read over supper sitting in the garden once again. My son would ring discuss what we would be doing on our family day together – Sunday. After deadheading and watering, I’d watch television – Chicago Fire, The Good Doctor or The Rookie and head for bed around nine o’clock pleasantly tired and confident I’d not wasted my day.
- I love to spend time with my husband and family. I also am a cricket fanatic so if England is playing anywhere in the world then I’ll be watching that, usually whilst reading a thriller or historical.
- The only good thing about my enforced self-isolation is that I’ve got as much time as I want to write. I’ve just written a Regency and sent it for a professional proof read and from start to finish it took twenty-four days. Tomorrow I’ll start the third and final book in my current Regency series, The Reluctant Duke. I’m hoping to have time to write a Christmas Regency before I have to start the next book for my publisher which has to be in on October 11th. Two weeks ago I handed in the first of my new series, Girls in Blue, three stand-alone books about friends working in different sections of the WAAF.
- Success for me is knowing that thousands of people enjoy reading my books – that I give happiness to so many with what I do. I’ll never be a bestseller, I’m a mid-list author, but I’m happy with that.
Thank you, Fenella, for sharing your wonderful day with us today. Read below about Fenella’s final instalment of the Spitfire Girl series.
All’s fair in love and war for First Officer Ellie as she takes to the skies yet again in the final instalment of Fenella J Miller’s Spitfire Girl series.
1943, White Waltham.
As Italy surrenders and victory looms on the horizon, Ellie’s doing what she does best – flying. And this time, she’s rising to the sky in four-engined Halifaxes. Determined to keep doing her bit, Ellie’s successes in the airfield mount but so do tensions with her new beau, Squadron Leader Jack Reynolds.
When Ellie and Jack find their dream home, they discover they’ve bought more than they bargained for. With a cellar full of secrets, Jack and Ellie must stand united in the face of mystery, war and loss. And as family circumstance threatens to tear them apart, Ellie and Jack are stronger than ever.
Amazon Link: The Spitfire Girls: Over and Out
Fenella J Miller was born in the Isle of Man. Her father was a Yorkshire man and her mother the daughter of a Rajah. She has worked as a nanny, cleaner, field worker, hotelier, chef, secondary and primary teacher and is now a full time writer.
She has over fifty Regency romantic adventures published plus four Jane Austen variations, four Victorian sagas and eight WW2 family sagas. She lives in a small village in Essex with her British Shorthair cat. She has two adult children and three grandchildren.