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.