Settle back and get to know a little more about our guest author today, Julia London.
Tell us a little bit about your newest novel, A LIGHT AT WINTERâ€™S
This is the third book set in Cedar Springs, following SUMMER OF TWO WISHES and ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE.
In this book, Hannah Drake has always done everything right: getting married,
having a baby, caring for her mother in her final days, all the while performing
impeccably in a high-level job. Her sister Holly Fisher is the college dropout,
the one who works at a coffee shop and wants to be a songwriter. Then one day
perfect Hannah suddenlyâ€”without explanationâ€”leaves her baby with Holly and
disappears. Holly takes little Mason to the empty family homestead, where she
can stay while she figures out how to take care of a baby and what to do with
this sudden change in her life. It is there she meets Wyatt Clark, a
close-mouthed, handsome cowboy who is mysteriously good with babies. And then,
just as Holly can no longer imagine her life without either Mason or Wyatt,
Hannah returns for her son.
Wyatt Clark was first introduced in SUMMER OF TWO WISHES, where
his wifeâ€™s soldier husband literally came back from the dead, and she was forced
to choose between them.Â That did not go too well for Wyatt, unfortunately.
The three books have all dealt with some serious issues.Â How do you land
on these ideas?Â Â Â
Oh, it is so hard to say.Â Coming up with ideas is a process, just like
writing.Â I never lack for ideas, but they never come to me fully-formed.Â They
usually appear as little kernels of an idea.Â A character, a scene, nothing more
than that.Â I think about them for awhile, grow the idea, shrink the idea, turn
the idea around and put it on its head.Â It takes weeks to really gel.Â I can
only tell you there is an organic process that takes place in my brain that
seems to work for me.Â Â But in this series, the ideas sort of came from events
that I had read about locally, or from people I know.
You write both historical romance and this cross between womenâ€™s fiction
and romance.Â How do you manage to do both?Â
There was a time in my writing life that I would divide the day and work on one
book in the morning, take a break (work out, go for a walk, run errands) and
come back and work on the other.Â I still do that, but now the book deadlines
donâ€™t overlap quite as much as they did, so I tend to be working on one book at
a time.Â As for dividing my brain, itâ€™s not difficult for me at all.Â I think
itâ€™s like having multiple projects at work, or multiple subjects to study in
school.Â Somehow, you learn to focus on the task at hand.
What do you think about the rise of the ebook and the fall of bookstores?Â
Do you have any words of wisdom for other authors or readers?
No, none, LOL!Â I think its all going to shake out, but we are definitely riding
the wave of the sea change now.Â The way books are delivered to readers will
change, but there is one thing I feel very certain aboutâ€”women will always want
to read romance.Â They may be reading it in a different way, it may even be
interactive, but they will always want to read it.Â And I want to write it.Â So
I will keep writing if everyone keeps reading.
You have written over twenty books.Â Do you have a personal favorite?
Not really.Â I guess the first one, THE DEVILâ€™S LOVE, will
always be special to me because it was my first.Â But I love the idea of every
book I write.Â I donâ€™t know if I love my execution so much, but I love my ideas,
Here at Fresh Fiction, we read a variety of genres.Â Whatâ€™s the last book
you read?Â Whatâ€™s on your TBR pile?
The last book I read was my bookclubâ€™s pick:Â MAJOR PETTIGREWâ€™S LAST
STAND.Â Itâ€™s really a cute, fun read.Â I am currently reading Barbara O'Nealâ€™s HOW TO BAKE A PERFECT
LIFE.Â On my TBR pile, I have Lisa Scottoline LOOK AGAIN, Lisa Genovaâ€™s LEFT NEGLECTED, Gary Shteyngart's SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY,
and Jennifer Eganâ€™s A VISIT FROM THE GOON
What is your favorite romance novel?
There are so many I canâ€™t choose!Â I will always love Kathleen Woodiwissâ€™s books
from my teen years.Â She introduced me to romance with those sweeping Civil War
novels (why arenâ€™t there civil war romances anymore?), and then Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught, who
brought me back to romance many years later.Â There are so many really good
romance authors now itâ€™s hard to choose just one book.
Last question, Julia.Â When will we know what happened to Lily, who ends
the book on a cliffhanger in YEAR OF LIVING
Early next year!Â The next two books come out back to back early in 2012.Â I
didnâ€™t think the gap would be quite so long when I wrote that cliffhanger
ending, but I have learned my lesson.Â Never end on a cliffhanger without a
set-in-stone pub date!
15 comments posted.
It was really nice to read an interview blog for a change. I'm quite anxious to read Julia's new book. I love the storyline, and must confess that I'm new to this series. My apologies. I'm doing my best to get caught up with all of the authors.
(Peggy Roberson 12:03pm February 24, 2011)
I have not read any of Julia's contemporary romances, but I have read all of her historicals. I think I'll have to check out the contempary romances soon!
(Marguerite Guinn 12:10pm February 24, 2011)
I have to keep adding to my To Be Read pile... pretty soon, I'll need a new house - just to keep them all !
(Cate Sparks 2:57pm February 24, 2011)
Julia is one of those no-brainer picks. You put the book in your buggy before you've even thought of it. There aren't that many that I come by so I sometimes do the little squeal that catches attention. Wish I could read it today, but I must wait until the weekend at the earliest. TGIF!!!
(Christina Harrison 12:20pm February 25, 2011)