“Nobody’s Girl”

Nobody's Girl by Juanita Millhouse

Nobody’s Girl by Juanita Millhouse


Just a reminder…Order soon for that Christmas gift!

For a print copy, visit my Createspace site.

Or you can give a Kindle copy.  (Just click on the “give as a gift” button below the “add to cart” button, and they will instruct you on how.)


NaNoWriMo Day 21/22: My Novel, “Nobody’s Girl,” is Now Available!

Nobody's Girl by Juanita Millhouse

Nobody’s Girl by Juanita Millhouse

Want to talk about inspiration for getting that novel written this month?  How about holding a printed copy of your novel in your own hands?  How about telling everybody you know that your novel is published?  How about being able to honor the memory of your father and writing buddy/hero by releasing your novel on the 5th anniversary of his death, on Thanksgiving Day?

That’s my story today as I proudly announce that today my novel, “Nobody’s Girl” is released to the public in both print and Kindle versions!

“Tess Brenner never would have imagined that she’d be in love with a rock-star. Of course, when she fell in love with Jamie Bennett back in fourth grade, nobody would have guessed the nerd with long hair would be one of the most popular men in the world just a few years later. But when Jamie and the band leave their hometown to tour the world, Tess must learn to live without that love. But can she? Will she ever forget the love that binds her heart to the lead singer of the Four Jays?”

To get a print copy, please check out my webstore page: https://www.createspace.com/3913109

Or, for a Kindle copy, check out: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AA2VSHW


Happy Thanksgiving!

NaNoWriMo Day 16: The Book Dedication

Book Dedication

Book Dedication

As my book, “Nobody’s Girl” comes closer to publication (hoping for November 22), I’ve been thinking more and more about dedications and things.  I’ve already dedicated this book to someone special, but hesitated for a moment.  Should I have dedicated it to the memory of my father, my “writing hero” and inspiration?  Should I change it last-minute, since he would have valued this moment in my life so much?

But the more I do think about, the more I know that this isn’t the book for him.  I’ve got a different one, even more precious to me, that deserves to be his memorial: the first novel I ever drafted.  That book has a long way to go before being ready for publication (after all, I wrote it when I was only 18, and haven’t done nearly enough editing and research for it since then!), but that’s one I want to dedicate to him.  My first big accomplishment, the one that I never would have achieved without him.

But there’s still that little bit of me that wonders about this book…perhaps it’s because of the release of the book on the five-year anniversary of his death.  Perhaps it’s because this is a momentous book for me (a whole new genre, a whole new era, etc.).

But then I think of the person this book is dedicated to, and I know Dad would agree that this belongs to that person instead.  And that makes me glad.  And even gladder as I look forward to the upcoming books, “Mistress of the World,” “Drop Dead Daisy,” “A Girl Called Nick,” “Carry on Starlight,” and many others, that I will dedicate to other key people in my life and writing career.  And someday, when I revisit that first novel, “A Voice in the Distance,” I will know that my first and best efforts at novel-writing will be dedicated to the memory of my father, and everyone will know what he has inspired me to accomplish.

How do you choose whom to dedicate your books to?  Have you chosen your “dedicatee” yet for this year’s NaNo novel?  Tell us about it!

Evolution of a Novel: Nobody’s Girl


Just for the heck of it, I thought I’d share the evolution of this book’s writing.

Phase one: inspiration, daydreaming, plotting

Phase two: outline short story (11,000 words)

Phase three: rough draft (40,000 words)

Phase four: major revision (80,000 words)

Phase five: details sweep (going back through the book and adding in details here or there, or cutting some, that I made note of during the most recent read through) (81,000 words)

[current] Phase six: pry apart (taking the book apart, scene by scene, discarding bad ones, adding missing ones)

Phase seven: technical sweep (having musician friends check some of the technical info)

Phase eight: lyrics sweep (since there are heaps of songs quoted from the band)

Phase nine: final look

Phase ten: proofreading (myself, and at least three others with some grammar skills)

Phase eleven: formatting and proof copy review

Phase twelve: publication!

And while it appears I am only halfway through the process, phase six is the last time consuming one.  Everything afterwards will quickly run over a one to two week course of time, and a dream will finally come true as I get “Nobody’s Girl” to press!

What does YOUR process look like?