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!
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 Bridgerton, The 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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Under the Covers is graciously giving away
Two Historical Romance Bundles
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
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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