I write the Pennyroyal Green series of historical romances, about the Redmond and Eversea families, who have been feuding since William the Conqueror landed, and are allegedly bound by a curse: a Redmond and Eversea are destined to fall in love once per generation, with disastrous results. As the series open, the simmering feud has reached a sort of boil, because Lyon Redmond, the Redmond family heir has disappeared, allegedly because Olivia Eversea broke his heart. The series follows the Redmonds and Everseas as they have adventures and misadventures, fall madly and passinoately in love, and Lyon and Olivia's story is a thread that runs through all the books.
The latest is BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND IAN EVERSEA, and Ian Eversea meets his match in Tansy Danforth! (Ian Eversea is the Eversea who was ushered out a window, naked, at gunpoint, by the Duke of Falconbridge in WHAT I DID FOR A DUKE.) Next up is IT STARTED WITH A SCANDAL, which picks up the story of Lord Lavay, first introduced in I KISSED AN EARL.
If I can make a reader laugh, cry and sigh in the span of a single book, then I feel like I've done my job!
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Tom Hiddleston for Ian Eversea, perhaps. Emma Stone for Tansy? If you've read it, i'd love to hear your suggestions!
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Thank heavens I haven't experienced this! Occasionally, if I'm stuck on a plot point, I'll pick the brains of a few key friends. I love writing and it seems to mostly love me back, so far.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
One I release a book into the wild (ha!) I can't control how readers feel about or react to it, and I try not to stress too much about things I can't control. I focus on the on all the good lovely things readers say and write to me, and as always, I move onto the next thing. You simply can't please everyone all the time, and you'll make yourself crazy trying. I always do my very best work, put my heart into it, and hope for the best.
How do you relax?
What is this word “relax?” Kidding. I love to work and create things, actually. When I'm not working, I like to hang out with friends, laugh really hard, go out for amazing food, walk around beautiful places (whether it's the woods, the beach, or the city), listen to amazing music, and, of course, read.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
This too shall pass. :)
What is your favorite book?
Oy, I have a million favorite books! I will name only a few, off the top of my head: POSESSION, A.S. Byatt, THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING, T.H. White, all the “Little House” books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, THE THORN BIRDS, Colleen McCullough...way, way, too many to list!
Who is your favorite author?
I have a million favorite authors! Here are a few: Alexander McCall Smith is my go-to comfort read. A.S. Bayatt. Marian Keyes. Nick Hornby. Donna Leon. Kerry Kennedy. Loretta Chase.
If you could trade lives with anyone, who would it be and why?
I like my life. I might not always be content, but I do like a challenging project, and I am definitely a work in progress. :)
If you didn't choose writing as a profession, what would be your next choice of professions?
Rock star! Or teacher. I do love imparting information.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Way, way too many to list. It would be impossible to rank them all. I once spilled coffee down the front of me in an elevator with the CEO of the billion dollar company I used to work for, for one. (Quite a few of my moments involve spilling things, come to think of it).
White wine or red? Artisan ale! Or a cocktail.
Coffee or tea? Green tea!
Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery? Both! But I'm actually not a bad cook. Depends upon whether I'm on deadline.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Chocolate.
Pancakes or eggs? Eggs!
Sleep in or get up early? Depends on how late I was up the night before...
Laptop or desktop for writing? Laptop. I'm deeply in love with my Macbook Air.
Julie has agreed giveaway a copy of her book to a lucky reader. All you have to do to enter is answer the questions; Have you read the Pennyroyal Green series? Which is your favorite book in the series? If you haven't yet read it, what are some of your favorite book series? GOOD LUCK!!! ;-)