J.B. Miller is a published author of fiction, non-fiction, award-winning poetry, music, and numerous articles and blogs. No Time For Love is her first novel. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children.
Visit her blog at http://notimeforlovebyjbmiller.wordpress.com.
Welcome to As the Pages Turn, J.B.! Can you tell us more about your heroine, Chatham?
JB: Chatham is the type of heroine that all women can relate to. She does her best to keep up with the demands of her family, her work and unfortunately, does not have enough time for herself. So many readers I talk to can relate to Chatham as though they are reading about themselves. She is today’s every day heroine.
The first chapter sets the tone for the whole book. Why did you decide to start it in the kitchen over waffles?
JB: I want the reader to identify with the heroine right away. I want her to be within reach. Every mother in the world lives a secret life of chaos that many will not even admit to, but when they read about Chatham’s life, they can settle right in alongside her.
The kids seem to be Chatham’s top priority and rightly so. What are her thoughts on dating?
JB: Dating is not even on the burner. She has fleeting wistful thoughts of love, but her everyday demands steal all of her time. I believe in love finding us when we least expect it and even in Chatham’s family centered world, love sneaks up on her.
Does Chatham believe in soul mates?
JB: Her husband was her soul mate and sadly, Chatham does not think that she will ever find another. She is wrong.
What does Chatham do for a living?
JB: Chatham works in advertising. In particular, she writes catchy slogans and jingles for advertising campaigns. She is quirky but relatable. There are a few creations she has come up with that I think should be real companies like Vatican Air – get there on angels wings.
What is Chatham’s favorite pastime?
JB: Sleeping is high on the list, but she doesn’t get much.
What do you believe is Chatham’s biggest obstacle?
JB: Chatham’s biggest obstacle is letting herself follow her heart when love finds her. If she can’t decide which love is for her, then how will she finally find true happiness? The reader will have to see where it all ends up.
That is such a fun cover. Who designed it?
JB:I enlisted a top graphic designer to create my vision. I wanted love and time to jump off the page. I think they do.
Is chick lit a new genre for you?
JB:I have written short stories in the genre and many award winning poems. One of my favorite poems is I Don’t Do Socks.
Thank you so much for this interview, JB. Do you have any final words?
JB:I wrote No Time For Love so that women everywhere can feel that the real person they are is understood. I want mothers to know that it’s OK to not always keep it all together. When the reader finishes the book, I want them to believe in true love.