Julia’s first novel, Splendid, was published in 1995 and has
been followed by 15 novels and four novellas in twelve years. No slacker here,
especially as much of Julia’s work has hit high on the bestselling
year Julia won a very overdue RITA award for best Long
Historical Romance of
2006 for On The Way To The Wedding.
Her recent novels have all been centered on the Bridgerton
family, who are particularly beloved. She also comes up with great titles. Her
How to Marry A Marquis started a trend for such titles in historical romance,
and others such as The Duke and I and The Viscount Who Loved Me are simply
delicious, and so appropriate for the delicious stories within.
Jo: In the past twelve years, have you had a yen to write in
another period, or a different type of romance or fiction?
always considered myself amazingly fortunate that what I like to write (regency
historicals) happens to be the most popular setting in historical romance. It’s a lucky writer who gets to keep the muse
and the mortgage satisfied at the same time.
Jo: Is there a danger of getting bored? I’ve flitted around a bit.
JQ: Rather than vary the setting, I’ve begun to vary the writing
process. Right now I’m just finishing up
a two book set: The Lost Duke of Wyndham
and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume.
Jo: More great titles! You have a gift for them.
JQ: Thanks. Each of
these books has its own love story, but the external plots are very closely
intertwined and there are many scenes that use main characters from different
books. I didn’t want to write one book
and then have the other be dependent upon it, so I wrote them both
simultaneously. It was quite a
challenge, but worth it for me as a writer. (And hopefully for readers, too!)
Jo: I’m sure it will be. I ended up doing something like that inadvertently a few years ago and it was a stimulating experience. Quite rewarding, too.
JQ: The Bridgerton 2nd Epilogues have been another terrific
way for me to keep things fresh. It’s
been really fun to work in such a short format. Plus, I get to use an entirely different story arc. Boy doesn’t have to meet girl, lose girl, or
even get her back again, because I’ve already done all that!
Jo:What’s happening with those epilogues? Will they ever be available in print?
JQ: They will definitely be available in print someday. I’m hoping sooner rather than later. The e-books division of my publishing house
has been thrilled with the sales, but the numbers are still quite small
compared with my print sales, which leads me to believe that a lot of my
readers haven’t heard about them or simply don’t want to read electronic books.
Jo: Do you have a partial or complete manuscript stashed away,
waiting its time?
JQ: I did have a manuscript stashed away, but I took that out
and rewrote it into The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. It was, in its original incarnation, the
third book I’d written. It was a
fascinating process to tear it apart and put it back together again. I really didn’t think I’d do all that much
work to it, but I ended up taking a good three months to rewrite it.
(Jo: That’s a particularly strong cover, isn’t it, everyone?)
JQ: This turned out to be another example of varying the
process, too. I got to write without
having to worry so much about the plot (since that was already mostly in
young adult romance I wrote when I
was a young adult. It was a Sweet Dreams
type of romance that I wrote during the summers when I was 14 and 15. Unfortunately there is no market now for that
type of thing.
Jo: Any ideas about your future writing? Is there something
you’re longing to do someday, you young thing?
JQ: Ha! Just had a
birthday. Not feeling so young
Jo: Can you remember when, why and how you came up with the
JQ: Honestly, no.
Jo: The mysterious Lady Whistledown, purveyor of social tid-bits
and scandals, was inspired. How did that come about?
JQ: Now this one I do recall. I was trying to avoid what’s known as an info-dump. I needed to get a whole mess of expository
information across in The Duke and I, which was the first of the Bridgerton
series. The opening scene had the
heroine and her mother, and the last thing you ever want to do is to have two
characters talking to each other about things they already know. So instead I plunked all of the information
into a gossip column, and then showed the characters reacting to it.
Jo: You have a wonderful website , full of goodies for your
readers. One page is about music that inspires you with each book. Can you tell
us more about music and creativity for you?
really understand it myself, but some books just seem to want some music.
What is your opinion of the historical romance market?
Everyone has been saying for years that it’s dying, but strangely enough, it
still seems pretty lively to me.
JQ: I’m with you, Jo. I’ve never thought we were dinosaurs. But I do think that historical romance has been holding steady at a time
when other subgenres (paranormal, most notably) have been taking off. So we might look a little slow by comparison.
Your upcoming book is The Lost Duke of Wyndham – another intriguing title. Can you tell us more about it? Click here for more.
JQ: Sure! As I mentioned
above, it’s a part of a two-book set. The heroes are Thomas Cavendish, the Duke of Wyndham, and Jack Audley,
who is recognized as his long-lost cousin. The big question is whether Jack’s birth was legitimate. If it is, then he is really the duke, not
Thomas. So there is the mystery of which
man will turn out to be the duke, but more importantly, how will each adjust to
the changes in their lives. And, of
course, they each get to fall in love.
Jo: That sounds like a great set up. Mystery plus internal and external conflicts built it.
I’m sure you’re all bursting with praise for Julia’s books, and all kinds of questions, so have at it! Julia is offering three signed copies of her novel Brighter Than The Sun,
(another great title) as prizes here. Post a comment to this blog up to
midnight pacific time tomorrow, Tuesday, and your name will be entered
into a draw.
(I apologize for any problems with this blog. My internet connection has been on the booze, I think, and I thought I’d better get it on line in a brief moment of coherence!)