A Scandalous Affair: Julia Quinn

Posted February 22, 2019 by Under the Covers Book Blog in Featured Authors, Front Page, Interviews / 18 Comments

If someone is new to the historical romance genre, I always point them to Julia Quinn. If someone is a veteran of the genre, I still point them to Julia Quinn. Basically I recommend her to everyone. She is queen of the witty banter and has some of the best lighthearted and funny historical romances out there. And she is here today answering our questions!

Julia Quinn

Welcome to Under the Covers, Julia!  We are excited to be talking to you today about historical romance and your amazing books.  How did you decide to write a prequel to the fabulous Bridgerton series?  Was it always something you had planned or how did it come to be?

It was something I’d had knocking around in the back of my head for a while. Readers have long asked me to write the story of Edmund and Violet Bridgerton, and I knew there was no way I could do it, not when we all know that he will die so young. (Note to new readers: this is not a spoiler, I promise.) I thought it might be fun to go back a generation and make them secondary characters. But then as I wrote the Rokesby series–Because of Miss BridgertonThe Girl With the Make-Believe Husband, and The Other Miss Bridgerton–they didn’t actually end up making an appearance. But there’s one more book to come in the series…

If you had to describe THE OTHER MISS BRIDGERTON in a tweet, what would you say?

I ate Portuguese donuts and my life is complete.

What’s your favorite thing about “pirate hero” Andrew Rokesby?

Aside from the fact that he’s just intrinsically a good guy with a wicked sense of humor, I love his interest in architecture. This was my major in college–History of Art, focusing on architecture. So it was super-fun for me to research the architecture of Lisbon. When Andrew is geeking out over the seismic engineering, that’s basically just me.

Who are 3 of your auto-buy authors?

Just three? That’s not fair. How about three historical and three contemporary authors?

Historical: Eloisa James, Sarah MacLean, Laura Lee Guhrke

Contemporary: Penny Reid, Sally Thorne, Lauren Layne

How do you generally overcome writer’s block?

I don’t know that I’ve ever experienced true writer’s block, but I’ve definitely had periods in my career when it just feels hard. No, scratch that, it always feels hard, but sometimes it’s worse. Sometimes it helps to shake up how I write–that’s how I ended up doing the two Ladies Most books with Eloisa James and Connie Brockway. Same with The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume, which have interlocking plots and were written simultaneously. But sometimes I need to just step away and take a break. Remind myself that I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I’m allowed to feel stuck from time to time.

What is the strangest thing you’ve ever had to research?

Not strange so much as specific: Constellations visible in England in the month of November. Or first known written reference to Little Bo Peep. Stuff like that.

What was the first historical romance you read?

Does Victoria Holt count? If so, it was definitely one of hers. I think The Pride of the Peacock.

If you could be reborn into any era, which would it be?

Right where I’m at, thankyouverymuch. I may write historical romance, but I don’t want to live any time before vaccines and antibiotics.

What are you currently working on and what can we expect from you next?

I’m working on the final book in the Rokesby series, and because I’m a relatively slow writer, that will be my next new release. But Avon is re-releasing the Bridgerton series in trade paperback in anticipation of the upcoming Netflix adaptation, so there will be a gorgeous new edition of The Duke and I this summer.

We can’t wait to watch!  Thank you so much for sharing with us today.

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A Scandalous Affair: Julia Quinn
The Other Miss Bridgerton
by Julia Quinn

BOOK INFO


Released: November 20th 2018
Series: Rokesbys #3
Published by Avon
 

She was in the wrong place...

Fiercely independent and adventurous, Poppy Bridgerton will only wed a suitor whose keen intellect and interests match her own. Sadly, none of the fools from her London season qualify. While visiting a friend on the Dorset coast, Poppy is pleasantly surprised to discover a smugglers' hideaway tucked inside a cave. But her delight turns to dismay when two pirates kidnap her and take her aboard a ship, leaving her bound and gagged on the captain's bed…

He found her at the wrong time...

Known to society as a rascal and reckless privateer, Captain Andrew James Rokesby actually transports essential goods and documents for the British government. Setting sail on a time-sensitive voyage to Portugal, he's stunned to find a woman waiting for him in his cabin. Surely, his imagination is getting the better of him. But no, she is very real—and his duty to the Crown means he's stuck with her.

Can two wrongs make the most perfect right?

When Andrew learns that she is a Bridgerton, he knows he will likely have to wed her to avert a scandal—though Poppy has no idea that he is the son of an earl and neighbor to her aristocratic cousins in Kent. On the high seas, their war of words soon gives way to an intoxicating passion. But when Andrew's secret is revealed, will his declaration of love be enough to capture her heart…?

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About Julia Quinn

#1 New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn loves to dispel the myth that smart women don't read (or write) romance, and in 2001 she did so in grand fashion, appearing on the game show The Weakest Link and walking away with the $79,000 jackpot. She displayed a decided lack of knowledge about baseball, country music, and plush toys, but she is proud to say that she aced all things British and literary, answered all of her history and geography questions correctly, and knew that there was a Da Vinci long before there was a code. Ms. Quinn is one of only sixteen members of Romance Writers of America's Hall of Fame, her books have been translated into 29 languages, and she currently lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Her most popular series, The Bridgertons, is currently being developed by Shondaland as a Netflix series. Scandal veteran Chris Van Dusen will adapt and showrun.

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BUNDLE #1

DUKE WITH BENEFITS by Manda Collins
THE STUDY OF SEDUCTION by Sabrina Jeffries
LOVE WITH A SCOTTISH OUTLAW by Gayle Callen
BLISS by Lynsay Sands
THE VISCOUNT AND THE VIXEN by Lorraine Heath
MERELY A MARRIAGE by Jo Beverly
THE TEXAN DUKE by Karen Ranney
I DARED THE DUKE by Anna Bennett

BUNDLE #2

HOW TO FORGET A DUKE by Vivienne Lorret
TOO WILDE TO WED by Eloisa James
MY ONCE AND FUTURE DUKE by Caroline Linden
THE DUKE OF HER DESIRE by Sophie Barnes
GOVERNESS GONE ROGUE by Laura Lee Gurhke
BEAUTY LIKE THE NIGHT by Joanna Bourne
THE PRINCE AND I by Karen Hawkins
THE GROOM WORE PLAID by Gayle Callen
THE SCANDALOUS FLIRT by Olivia Drake

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Amy R

Thanks for the post, I haven’t read anything by Julia Quinn yet.

Lilah Chavez
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Lilah Chavez

Omg I just love the Bridgertons! And the Infamous Lady Whistledown! 😁

Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

Great interview!

Janie McGaugh
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Janie McGaugh

I’ve been enjoying the new Bridgerton books!

Bube
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Bube

Bridgerton Series is one of my favorite series! 🙂
Can’t wait to read more books from JQ.
Thank you for the lovely interview 🙂

Darynda
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Darynda

A NEW EDITION IF THE DUKE AND I??? A NETFLIX ADAPTAION?????? I’ve died and gone to heaven. I know it. Year? Made.

Kim Perry
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Kim Perry

Great interview! Julia Quinn is one of the authors I keep meaning to read.

Glenda
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Glenda

I’ve been loving the ‘prequel ‘ series! Hate to admit that I haven’t yet read the Bridgertons.

Anita H.
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Anita H.

I love Julia Quinn’s books, especially The Bridgertons. She’s one of my favorite historical authors and I’m super excited for the Netflix series to come out!

Irma
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Irma

Ah, Julia Quinn. One of my favourite historical authors. I’m in love with The Bridgertons.

Laura Lovejoy- Brunk
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Laura Lovejoy- Brunk

I’ve never read any of Julia’s books, i’ve seen them and heard they’re great though. Great interview !

Sue G.
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Sue G.

Julia Quinn’s writing style sounds a lot like Sabrina Jeffries.

Kim
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Kim

Thanks for the interview. I enjoyed the Bridgerton series. I hope the TV version does it justice.

Diane Sallans
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Diane Sallans

I love Julia Quinn’s books – I had read them all, but now there are a few new ones available I need to catch up on.

Timitra
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Timitra

Great interview

E. R.
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E. R.

I #Adorbs the books by Julia Quinn. Can’t wait for the next book. And wishing Ms. Quinn the best in learning her 31st language! 😊

John Smith
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John Smith

Fiercely independent and adventurous heroines are the best kind!

Sue G.
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Sue G.

Thanks for such a great giveaway! These all look so good!