He is the proud son of a wealthy industrialist. She is the devout daughter of a respected minister. When their paths cross and sparks fly, will they be able to find common ground?
William Hanson is not a happy man. Forced to spend the summer at a religious retreat, he is anything but pleased with the direction his life has taken. He is a man of strong ideals, but expressing his views has gotten him into trouble one time too many.
Adelaide Holbrook is content with her simple life. She is known for her beautiful singing, her generous spirit, and her position as the daughter of a well-respected minister in the community. She has been looking forward to spending the summer at Cottage City on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. The village of pristine little seaside cottages and sparkling blue waters is the perfect setting for something special to happen. Still, when she meets William, she is not expecting the strong emotions he evokes in her.
He’s a man at a crossroads, forced to make a choice. She’s a woman newly awakened to the possibilities of love. Will the two find a way to bridge the gap between them?
Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I will be writing another author spotlight for a well-accomplished author whose work I have loved. As you know book lovers I love learning about authors and the inspiration behind their work, it fascinates me and adds to the depth of the book because the reader will be able to better understand it. That is how the author spotlights were created because I soon discovered that you lovely readers ALSO love learning about author’s, so I am excited to tell you a little bit more about author Kimberly C. Miller whose book Adelaide’s Song charmed me from beginning to end. I personally would recommend this book to all of those that love historical fiction but really the book can be read by anybody as it is flawlessly written and highly enjoyable. With today’s author spotlight for Kimberly, a biography of the author and an interview between me and Kimberly will be shared, and I hope that you book lovers enjoy reading it! To kick this off here is an author bio about the wonderful Kimberly!
Kimberly Miller began dreaming of becoming an author at the age of eight years old. Books and reading have always been her passion, and she has finally found a way to combine that love of reading with history, another passion of hers. The victorian era in particular holds a special fascination for her, perhaps from reading so many L.M. Montgomery books as a child. More than once, she has felt that she was born a century too late. Writing historical fiction has brought Kimberly the fulfillment of her lifelong dream and given her a way to unite her dual loves of history and books.
Kimberly’s previous published works include several magazine and newsletter articles, two stage play scripts, and countless blog posts.
As the mother of eight children, Kimberly’s days are kept busy homeschooling and caring for her large and often chaotic household. She and her husband live with their brood on 19 acres in rural Maine, the perfect state to live in as an author. There they keep horses, chickens, ducks, dogs, parakeets, and a snail.
To learn more about Kimberly and her books, visit her website at kimberlycmiller.com.
Now, how wonderful does Kimberly sound?! Kimberly is a truly exceptional writer and I hope that you lovely readers have a read of Kimberly’s work because you will not regret it! Please see below an interview between me and Kimberly, I hope that you enjoy Kimberly’s answers to my questions, they are incredible and provide some great advice too!
Could you please tell us readers about your book and what inspired you to write your book?
My book, Adelaide’s Song, is a Christian historical romance novel set on Martha’s Vineyard in 1875. The setting itself is really what inspired the story. I was born on Martha’s Vineyard. It is such a beautiful place and I am proud to be able to say it is where I am from. Growing up, I was always fascinated by the history of the island, and in particular the town of Oak Bluffs. It’s a picturesque village of brightly colored little gingerbread cottages with an unusual history. The town has been known by several names over the years, but in the year in which my book is set, it was called Cottage City. As I was brainstorming book ideas, the idea for a story set in Cottage City popped into my head. The book is set in a time period I have always been drawn to. The esthetic of the late Victorian era has always appealed to me, so it seemed like the perfect time period for my first novel.
The story and characters center around the revival services held in Cottage City during the mid to late 1800’s. It is the story of an arrogant young man who has become disillusioned with his life, struggling to find his way back to his faith. He meets an innocent young woman who has lived a sheltered life up till then, yet has her own set of challenges. I loved the idea of throwing these two very different people together in this interesting setting and stepping back to see what would happen. It made for some really fun and interesting situations.
What would your advice be for aspiring writers?
My advice for aspiring writers would be to not let fear keep you from writing what is in your heart. Allow yourself to write with abandon. Silence your inner critic, at least during the rough draft phase. You can always go back and edit later. But don’t be afraid to get the words down, and keep adding more, letting the story take you where it wants to go.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing about a book?
There are so many elements to a good book, but I think the characters are the most important. Characters that are complex and interesting can draw a reader into the story. The reader then gets swept up into the story and becomes invested in finding out what will happen next to the characters.
What is your writing process like?
I am the homeschooling mother of 8 children as well as a small business owner, so my days are very full. I have to squeeze my writing time in around my other responsibilities. I often do my best writing either late at night when the house is quiet, or in the car while I am waiting for my daughter’s Karate class or for my other children’s music lessons. It’s a challenge to find the time to devote to writing, but I am blessed to have a supportive husband and very helpful kids, so we make it work.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
For the series I am currently writing, I have had to do quite a bit of research about many different topics. Because I have been interested in the Victorian era for so long, I didn’t have to research the time period much, and the area is familiar to me because I grew up there, but there were specific topics I needed to find out more about, such as tuberculosis treatments in the 1870’s. I did read several books which detailed the history of Cottage City and really enjoyed learning about how it changed over the years. It took me about a month to research for the first book. The second book took me less time because much of the information had become familiar, but I had additional topics to research, including a particular portion of Native American history. I love history, so I find research a truly enjoyable process. I like to know and understand the surroundings and elements of the world in which my books take place. It helps me to see the story and characters more clearly in my head.
Do you have a set schedule for writing, or do you only write when you feel inspired?
I try to write every single day. I find the work flows better when I do. Some days I am only able to write for 15 or 20 minutes, other days I can find time to write for an hour or two. I would love to have more time each day to devote to writing, but my family takes priority. Writing time fits in around the edges of my day.
Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I have always been passionate about books and reading. I read an average of two books a week, and have done so for several years. As a writer, reading is an important part of improving and growing in my own work. I read for enjoyment, but I also read to learn from the techniques and approaches of other writers.
My favorite authors span the centuries. I love the books of Jane Austen and L.M. Montgomery, as well as George Elliot and Elizabeth Gaskell. I also enjoy books by more contemporary authors. I’ve recently read and loved many of Lianne Moriarty’s and Celeste Ng’s books and have also fallen in love with Agatha Christie’s novels. As far as the genre I write in, my favorite Christian historical fiction authors are Francine Rivers, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Jane Kirkpatrick.
Lastly, when can we readers expect to read more wonderful books from you?
I am currently wrapping up the writing of my second book, Hannah’s Journey. Hopefully, the book should be ready to be released by late August or early September if all goes well. Books three and four are also in the works and I plan to release both in 2019.
Its official book lovers, I am obsessed with Kimberly! If you have liked what you have read about Kimberly and are interested in learning more about Kimberly and reading Kimberly’s work, then please do have a browse of the links below and be sure to have a read of the preview too! You will not regret it.
Goodbye for now book lovers,