Monday, August 3, 2015

Interview & Giveaway with Author Julie Klassen




Julie Klassen is back and ready to disrupt your life as you know it. Once again, be prepared to delay dinner, lose sleep, forget the laundry, and shove off the dishes--until you've turned Lady Maybe from cover to cover!

Here's just a snippet to drag you between the pages:
"One final cry…“God almighty, help us!” and suddenly her world shifted violently, until a blinding collision scattered her mind and shook her bones. Then, the pain. The freezing water. And as all sensation drifted away, a hand reached for hers, before all faded into darkness…

Now she has awakened as though from some strange, suffocating dream in a warm and welcoming room she has never seen before, and tended to by kind, unfamiliar faces. But not all has been swept away. She recalls fragments of the accident. She remembers a baby. And a ring on her finger reminds her of a lie.

But most of all, there is a secret. And in this house of strangers she can trust no one but herself to keep it."

For her latest release, I've invited Julie to our Q & A session:

1.  Julie, tell us what inspired your latest story idea?

Three things. Many of my novels explore unusual professions, and in Lady Maybe, I delve into life as a paid “Lady’s Companion.” Also, after watching the BBC series, Berkeley Square, I found myself intrigued by the plight of one of its characters. Finally, my research revealed that carriage accidents were quite common in the 19th century, so I decided to include one, which catapults my characters onto a life-changing journey. (Perhaps I was tired of hearing my husband complain about the books and movies I like: “But nothing happened! No car chases or anything--all they did was talk.” Well, a carriage crash is not quite a car chase, but it’s pretty close.)

2.  What is your favorite characteristic about your story’s hero and heroine?

Interesting question. I like that the heroine is a stoic, self-sacrificing young woman who makes mistakes, but will do anything to protect those she loves.
The hero reminds me a bit of Jane Eyre’s Mr. Rochester. Life has left him gruff and cynical, but beneath hides a longing, passionate heart.

3.  Please tell us about the spiritual theme of your story you hope every reader is challenged by:

The theme verse is: People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy (Proverbs 28:13). Most of my novels deal with imperfect characters who make mistakes but find forgiveness and second chances through Christ. This has certainly been true in my own life. I hope to remind readers to rely upon God’s grace—and to extend this grace to others.

4.  Jaime & I are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee or Tea? 

Coffee, all the way. Except when I am in England.

5.  Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series? 

Any and all Jane Austen adaptations, as well as Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.

6.  While Jaime loves to take selfies and Erica and Gabrielle love museums, I love Pinterest and food pics. Share a food pic, a favorite family recipe, or link us to your latest pin on Pinterest.

Here’s a photo of a rhubarb pie I recently made. Rhubarb is one of my favorite things about summer.

7.  Always wanted to be an author? Or surprised your path led you to publish?

Yes, I have always wanted to be an author. (My mom saved a 2nd grade report card to that effect.) But it wasn’t until I had worked as an editor for many years that I got serious about pursuing my lifelong dream. So thankful that it has now come true!

8.  Favorite century to read? To write? To watch on TV or in a movie?

I’m guessing my answer won’t surprise you: 19th century England across the board--to read, write, or watch.

9.  Favorite heroine of all time, and why?

Hmmm…. Toughie. First thought was Anne Elliott of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. She is long-suffering, level-headed, and loyal. She allowed herself to be persuaded to refuse the man she loved eight years ago, but she’s not about to do so again. I also adore Trixie Belden, “girl detective” (created by Julie Campbell, who wrote the first six TRIXIE BELDEN MYSTERIES). Trixie is far more realistic and relatable than glamorous Nancy Drew. Trixie is a little stocky (but refused to wear a girdle) and a little tomboyish, but an excellent detective and loyal friend. Plus, she could shoot a basketball like nobody’s business!

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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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53 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading more about Julie. I really liked the setting and found Lady Maybe a 4*+ read. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your praise of the book, Lucy. I appreciate you!

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  2. Thank you for the fantastic interview with Julie! I love books set in 19th Century England. I am looking forward to reading LADY MAYBE.

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    1. Thanks, Caryl. Hope you enjoy the book!

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  3. Thanks for the interview and for sharing the inspiration behind this book. I look forward to reading it.

    Janella

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    1. Hi Janella. Yes, Anne's questions were fun, weren't they? Glad you enjoyed the interview, too.

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  4. Seriously loved this book! Will to probably read it again. Very reminiscent of probably my top favorite Jane Eyre.

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    1. Hi Andi. Thanks so much. Do you know...my favorite compliment is when someone tells me they've read my book(s) more than once. Hearing it compared to Jane Eyre?! That really makes my day!

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  5. Now that I've read more about this book I'm even more interested in reading it. It sounds fabulous! This is a great interview. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the interview, Debbie. Hope you'll enjoy the book as well. Thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway.

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    2. Debbie, I'm glad you stopped by the blog today to learn more about Lady Maybe!

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  6. GAH!!! I love you, Julie!!!!! :) :) :) and I can't wait to read this latest. You MUST drink coffee (ok, and tea) because you keep pumping out sheer amazingness!

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    1. Love you, too, Jaime! Thanks, fellow-coffee-fan. :)

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  7. I have been a fan of Julie's books for a long time and this new one looks awesome, as always! I share your love for Pride and Predjudice and all things Jane Austin Julie!

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    1. Hi Melony. Thanks for commenting. Always fun to hear from another J.A. fan!

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  8. Hello, Julie!! So happy to see you here. :) Doesn't Anne ask the best questions? It's fun to read your answers--and that pie looks amazing! I can almost taste the creamy sweet & sour rhubarb within. Thanks for being on CC&C today! I can't wait to read Lady Maybe--it's been on my TBR pile since the first time I saw the cover (but let's be real, every book you write, even those not published yet, are on my TBR pile!). :)

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    1. Hi Gabe. Fun to be here. Yes, Anne's questions are great. I'm enjoying my visit to CC & C. Hugs, friend!

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    2. I totally wish we were seriously all the coffee shop together! This has been fun! Great to have you, Julie. :)

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  9. I love Rhubarb pie too! Rhubarb has been eluding me as far as growing though, maybe next year!

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    1. Hello dear Martha! Yes, my two rhubarb plants are looking pretty spindly. Need more manure. In the meantime, I've been buying rhubarb at the farmers market. All these pies are not good for my waistline however!

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  10. Thanks Julie for sharing your book with us. Sounds like a really great read. :)

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    1. You're welcome, Dana. Hope you get a chance to read it soon!

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  11. What a fun interview and post. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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    1. Hi Sydney. Great to see you here. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  12. The books I've read of Julie's I've enjoyed. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Thanks, Gail. And thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I'm really looking forward to reading your new book! Anne Elliot is one of my favorites too :)

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    1. Thanks, Heidi. Great to "see" you again. Yay for another Persuasion fan!

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  15. I got it the first day it was in our bookstore! Couldn't put it down. I had no idea how it could all be resolved. Double 5 star! That's the highest award the book police let us give! I told the story to my son and his girlfriend on our way to get pizza and she kept texting me to see how it turned out. She felt sympathy for the character who didn't win out. Next time I'll let her read for herself. Looking forward to your next release!

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    1. Thanks so much. Extra credit for you if you share share that "5 star" review on Amazon. :) Say hello to your son's girlfriend for me.

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  16. I am so excited to read Lady Maybe because I love all Jane Austen and Jane Eyre! And coffee all the way :) Though tea is nice too...

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    1. Hi Rachel. Thanks for reading and commenting. Fun to hear from fellow Jane/Jane lover!

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  17. Julie, what inspires you the most?

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    1. Deadlines! :) If you mean where do I get the ideas for my novels, I would say: research, books, and trips to England.

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    2. ....ohhhh, trips to England...Bucket list anyone?? Right?! Sigh...

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  18. Julie, I am most excited to read your latest release. I have most of your books in my home library.
    Would you consider writing a book out of your usual genre ? What are your favorite genres to read ?

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    1. I may write in another genre at some point; we'll see. I enjoy page-turners in several genres: contemporary, historical, and mystery. As long as it's captivating and has a little romance, I'm there! :)

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  19. I love pinterest and I pin so many scrumptious looking recipes. I probably won't be able to make half of them in my lifetime. :) Some of my favorites are slow cooker recipes with lots of flavor.

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    1. I haven't started anything with recipes yet on Pinterest. I'd probably gain 10 pounds!

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  20. Thanks for the giveaway and love your books.

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  21. I read Trixie Belden, too! All of them available at the time, into the 80's. Can't wait to read this one!

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    1. Greetings, fellow Trixie Belden fan. Hope you enjoy the book!

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  22. Is this the only type book you write?
    The pie looks delish! !

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    1. So far all of my novels have been historical fiction set in Regency England. I write what I love to read. Hope you'll give the books a try--or maybe just the pie. :)

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  23. I have serious author love here.....Julie is my top favorite author of ALL time!!!!!!! I love, love, love her Regency period books, because of her, I fell in love with that time period!! Thanks, Julie ;-) "Lady Maybe" is on my desperately-wanting-to-read list (LOL) along with each and every book ever written by her! The only question I can come up with for you is, Why did you choose Regency (Historical) for your writing? Inquiring minds want to know ;-)
    And you can certainly share your Rhubarb pie, I knew there were other reasons for liking you Julie....that's my favorite kind of pie! Looks scrumptious :-)
    I have already signed up for both Julie and Jaime's newsletters. I enjoyed today's post and getting to know Julie a little more! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Trixi. I appreciate your kind remarks. But you are tempting me to go make another pie (I have more rhubarb in my fridge...:)) As far as your question: I have loved books set in England since I read The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre as a girl. Later, when I fell in love with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, I chose to write in this particular period. Thanks for asking, Trixi.

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    2. The Secret Garden! Loved that book, still do. And The Little Princess. Mmm. Great stories of my childhood. Great reminders. :)

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  24. Heehee, some fun fan-girling going on here Trixi! :)

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  25. Love the time period books. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. Kim

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  26. I love your books Julie Klassen. You and Sarah Ladd are the reason why I love regency books. There is something good about this time period. I also enjoy watching movies/shows during the regency period too. I have read all your other books. I notice that this book and your last released book, The Secret of Pembrooke Park both have the main female character in a house with mystery and secrets. Does this book have an age requirement? (I am in my teens.)

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    1. Hi Rosa. I would say Lady Maybe would have a PG or PG-13 rating, were it a movie. It is a little more mature in theme and content than some of my books (more like my first, Lady of Milkweed Manor). Thanks for asking--and for reading my books!

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