Title: The Queen of Wishful Thinking
Author: Milly Johnson
Release Date: March 9th, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster ltd.
Genre: romantic comedy
When Lewis Harley has a health scare in his early forties, he takes it as a wake-up call. So he and his wife Charlotte leave behind life in the fast lane and Lewis opens the antique shop he has dreamed of. Bonnie Brookland was brought up in the antiques trade and now works for the man who bought out her father’s business, but she isn’t happy there. So when she walks into Lew’s shop, she knows this is the place for her. As Bonnie and Lew start to work together, they soon realise that there is more to their relationship than either thought. But Bonnie is trapped in an unhappy marriage, and Lew and Charlotte have more problems than they care to admit. Each has secrets in their past which are about to be uncovered. Can they find the happiness they both deserve?
*keep reading for a chance to win a signed copy of The Queen of Wishful Thinking from Milly Johnson!
Say Hello to author Milly Johnson!
A Yorkshire born and bred – though half-Scots – writer of romantic comedy novels, poetry, jokes, newspaper columns and also available for after-dinner speaking. Winner of Come Dine With Me.
Author of 10 books and 2 novellas and winner of the 2014 Romantic Comedy Award for It’s Raining Men.
I’ve always wanted to be a writer – I can’t remember when that notion started. I have always had a love of books and I wanted to write books that other people would read as avidly as I read those written by others. It’s part of my genetic make-up, I think.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Jane Fallon’s ‘My Sweet Revenge’. I love Jane, her heroines are always so sparky and make loads of mistakes in life. She makes me laugh out loud.
If you’re a TV watcher, what are you addicted to?
I LOVE the TV, because I love stories. Box sets are my particular passion though I’ve run out. I love Homeland – I can’t wait for Sundays. And, maybe it’s my age, I love to watch Portrait Artist of the Year and Amazing Spaces. Shed programmes. Middle-age is finally here!
What’s a hobby you have that’s got nothing to do with books?
I like to make models out of Fimo. I always have liked to make miniature things. It’s very relaxing.
What’s your favorite reading/writing snack?
Messino jaffa cakes by Bahlsen. I could easily go through a full packet at one sitting if I let myself.
What is your favorite season?
Late Spring – when the bluebells are out.
Tell me your favorite part of the writing process?
The third draft. The first one is getting it on paper, the second one is fitting it all into a timetable, the third one is enriching the language and adding in all the little touches of humour where it’s natural to do so.
Now the writing process you hate the most?
The last look through after the typeset and before publication. I always spot something I’ve missed and am terrified there will be more mistakes in the finished book.
Do you have a favorite writing spot that you get the most done?
My office. I have a huge desk, a huge computer, a comfy chair and every bit of stationery I could possibly want in the drawers. You need the right tools to do the right job.
Where are you most inspired?
In my office. This is a job and I need to sit at my desk and write. I can’t afford to wait for inspiration, I have to whip my brain and get it moving.
What are you working on now?
Book 14 AND a crime novel. I’ve wanted to write one for many years and so I’ve let my dark side out onto the page. It’s the best fun.
Coffee, Wine or something else?
Though I do like a red wine and a gin and cocktails and Baileys and Prosecco… I drink coffee as if it is going out of fashion. Far too much of it. But it has far less calories than all the other stuff!
What type of scenes are your favorite to write?
I do like a nice revenge scene, especially when it is served very cold.
What kind of writer are you when beginning a new story – pantster, planner or something entirely different?
Anarchic. I cannot plan. I’ve tried and failed. I just set off and see where the story takes me. So far it’s taken me to the end of the book as it should so it obviously works for me not to plan.
Do you find a certain time of day to be better for writing for you and why?
I work best between 9-6. Occasionally I have to write through the night if I am near a deadline but I like to stick to traditional hours.
We all know authors shouldn’t read reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, do you?
Occasionally – usually when a new book comes out because if you get a few rave reviews in, it fortifies you for the bad one which is bound to show up. I used to get quite hurt by bad reviews but not so much these days. People can be evil on social media and what some of them write, says far more about their insecurities than you as a writer. If I like a book, I’d write a good review, if I didn’t – I’d keep my pen still. I was very upset (not really) that a woman who wrote a stream of vitriol about one of my books on Amazon, gave her wart removal cream 5 stars!
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Twitter – because I can talk to other author friends on there and it’s just as if we were all in the same room together having coffee.
What was the last movie you saw in the theater and what you thought of it?
Patriot’s Day. It was panned by a couple of newspapers but we really fancied it, so we went to see it and it was absolutely fantastic. It was emotional and chilling and thrilling with real moments of wit to relieve the pressure which rarely let up. Amazing.
Which book do you wish was a movie or TV show?
In all honesty – the book I’m about to launch: The Queen of Wishful Thinking. It would make a really sweet uplifting film and my fingers are crossed that a Hollywood producer thinks the same.
Do you have a book you read as a child or teen that has stuck with you through adulthood?
Jane Eyre. It’s been my favourite book for 40 years.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Jane Austen. Though I loved Jane Eyre, I never got into Shirley or Villette but I’ve loved every one of JA’s books. She was fabulous.
You get to have lunch with anyone from the past, who do you choose and why?
Henry VIII. I’d like to quiz him about all his wives over lunch – he’d pick somewhere with plenty of wine and big portions. I think he’d be a fabulous lunchtime companion.
Milly has graciously offered to giveaway a signed copy of The Queen of Wishful Thinking.
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Thank you, Milly, for allowing me to interview you and feature you and your fabulous new book The Queen of Wishful Thinking on For the Love of Chick Lit. As all your covers, this one is beautiful. I just loved having a chat at you, you’re so much fun!