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Book: Mrs. Lieutenant - A Sharon Gold Novel by Phyllis Zimbler Miller

Book: Mrs. Lieutenant - A Sharon Gold Novel by Phyllis Zimbler Miller

categories: Book, Military Fiction, Women's Novel, Officers' Wives, Military Spouses, Vietnam War, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, Armor Officers Basic, Army Spouses, Military Wives, Army Training, Vietnam, Army Wives


Phyllis Zimbler Miller

Author Phyllis Zimbler Millerabout this book: This novel, which was a 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist, was 40 years in the making. Since personally experiencing being a new military spouse in the spring of 1970 during the Vietnam War, I wanted to tell this slice of women's social history.

About 20 years after my experience I started the Los Angeles Chapters of Sisters in Crime. Two women producers who attended meetings optioned the rights to make this story into a film. But first I had to write the story. By the time I wrote the first draft of a novel (to protect the innocent), these producers had moved on to other projects.

For the next 20 years I took courses, read books, etc. to learn how to switch from journalistic writing to novelistic writing (point of view took me a long time to master). I also hired an editorial consultant for advice.

During those years I got frequent rejections from agents and publishers even though I knew the story would resonate with women (and men). Finally I self-published with Amazon's BookSurge (before it was merged into CreateSpace) at the same time I entered the book into the first Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition. Being selected as a semifinalist was very encouraging.

From there I jumped into social media and learning as much as possible about online marketing. I know share that knowledge with other authors.

Recently I formed a triad for MRS. LIEUTENANT with two other experienced-based military spouse novels. You can read more about this triad at
And of course, early on I had the novel converted into a Kindle ebook. Now I utilize the opportunities on Amazon's KDP Select for MRS. LIEUTENANT. And the novel is getting the response of which I had hoped -- currently the book has 4.6 stars out of 5.0 with 43 reviews.

Here is an example of one review:

"Love this book! September 6, 2012

"Being a retired military wife myself I really enjoyed reading this book... I would read it again!"

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