Tell us about your book(s)!
I have written two historical romance novels: Edenbrooke and Blackmoore. Both books are set in Regency England. Edenbrooke has the feel of a Jane Austen novel while Blackmoore has the feel of a Bronte novel. They are both highly romantic without having any bedroom scenes.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I picture Kate being played by Lily Collins.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
I like to walk outside and let the fresh air and nature inspire me. I'll also listen to music, do the dishes, or take a shower. I get my best ideas in the shower! And sometimes I just make myself sit down and write until something comes out.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Reviews should never be read if you value your sanity.
How do you relax?
Relax? What's that? Actually, nothing is better after a long day than a good book in a quiet, clean bedroom.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
"There is no excellence without labor."
What is your favorite book?
I can't pick a favorite! It's too hard. But the book I've been recommending a lot lately is Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. It is moving and funny and beautiful.
Who is your favorite author?
Again. Too many favorite authors to name just one. For my writing, I was inspired by Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer, and Mary Stewart. Recently, I have enjoyed reading Ruta Sepetys, Scott Westerfeld, Martine Leavitt, Leigh Bardugo, and (always) Jane Yolen.
What is your favorite movie?
It's a toss-up between Tangled and How To Train Your Dragon. (Have I mentioned I have four kids?)
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I would love to meet Adele and tell her I adore her music.
What is the most interesting trip you have ever taken?
Earlier this year I traveled to Scotland with my husband. I fell in love with the Isle of Skye. But probably the most interesting trip was to East Berlin before the wall came down.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Too many to identify. I embarrass myself all the time. But at the top of the list is when I jumped out of a moving truck because I had to throw up. And my future agent was riding in the truck.
White wine or red?
Coffee or tea?
Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery?
I like it when others cook dinner.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream?
Chocolate, of course. With nuts.
Pancakes or eggs?
I'd rather have a waffle.
Sleep in or get up early?
Sleep in for sure.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Julianne is offering to give away one copy of Blackmoore. All you have to do to enter for your chance to win is answer the question, "What was your favorite book of 2013?"