To start off, welcome and can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
It’s a pleasure to be here, Amy. Well, I live in Memphis, TN with my husband and four dogs. We’ve raised two college age kids, Chris and Amber. I guess you might say I’m a typical Virgo who loves animals, warm summer breezes, good friends, Italian food, and movies/books with the happy ever after ending.
Can you tell us a little about your upcoming or latest release?
Sure. The first blurb listed below is from The Macgregor’s Daughter. The second is from Promise Me, which should be out some time later this year.
In 1776 England, American born Anadreya Macgregor is branded a spy by the arrogant Marquis of Canderlay. Despite her pleas of innocence, he refuses to listen and has her imprisoned. Aided by the Scottish father she never knew, Dreya escapes to Dragon’s Breath Castle.
Five years later, the laird is missing and a badly injured Frenchman washes ashore. Dreya is wary of the blind and amnesic man, though something about him is hauntingly familiar. Is he an ally or a ruthless mercenary who stumbled upon her father’s smuggling activities?
The stranger’s vision and memory gradually return, and Dreya discovers her fate and the continued existence of her clan might very well be in his hands. As the web of deception binding them together unravels, both are in danger of losing everything. Including their hearts.
When a hasty promise to her dying fiancé jeopardizes the future of his illegitimate child, Lady Leah Sheridan vows to make amends for the gentleman’s lack of honor by personally seeing to his son’s financial needs. But then the boy’s heartless mother abandons him, and Leah finds herself nearing a disastrous scandal. Adding to her troubles is the return of her fiancé’s older brother. He demands answers she swore never to divulge. Will Leah break her promise and confide in the only man who can keep her safe?
If anyone is interested in reading more of The Macgregor’s Daughter, I’ve posted four exerpts on my web site at www.deejulian.com
I am a fly on your wall. What would I report back to my master of the daily grind of Dee?
I don’t understand this human. I really think she’s missing a few brain cells. All day and half the night, she sits in front of this odd gizmo called a lap-top. Her fingers are always stroking it or tap, tap, tapping. I think she’s afraid that if she stops touching this thing, it will get up and walk away. She swears and curses at it, she begs and pleads, but it never answers her. I’ve tried to whisper in her ear that this sort of behavior is unhealthy, but she acts as though I’m annoying her and swats me away. Can you imagine that?
When you are not writing, what kind of books do you like to read? Do you have any favorite authors, that are must reads?
Sadly, I don’t read as much as I used to. Too often I find myself critiquing everything, and that’s just infuriating, because I cannot enjoy the book if I’m constantly in critique mode. My favorite genre, of course, is historical romance, but I can really get into a great paranormal. I’m just not creative enough to write one of my own. Nowadays, I don’t have a favorite author, but in my twenties it was Jill Tattersall. She wrote historicals and she could weave a story that kept you breathless page after page. Her characters stayed with you long after you finished the book. I believe she retired many years ago.
What are 3 things that are “must haves” for you when you sit down to write a new book?
A tall glass of water, my trusty laptop, and a clear idea of how the prologue or first chapter is going to start and end.
Do you have a blog or website that your readers can keep up with you and your books? Twitter?
I sure do. My web site is www.deejulian.com and I’m on face book. Sorry, no Twitter. If anyone is interested, I host spotlight author interviews every month, but for May I’ve landed a special guest…Marci Baun, editor in chief of Wild Child Publishing and Freya’s Bower. If you’ve ever wanted to know a little more about the publishing side of this business, drop by and ask Marci a question via the guest book tab. She’ll be there all day May 5th.
Where can readers purchase your books?
Thank you so much for asking. At the moment, The Macgregor’s Daughter can be purchased at the following:
Now for some fun stuff:
1. What came first–the chicken or the egg?
a) God made the chicken first, but she wasn’t exactly thrilled when He explained how the egg would be delivered.
2. Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
a) It does. You just can’t see the glue because it’s the same color as the bottle.
3. If you choke a Smurf, what color do they turn?
a) A darker blue.
4. If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
a) Because Jimmy’s overworked and underappreciatied mother makes up songs on the spur of the moment to relieve her boredom.
Favorite perfume: Tresor
Favorite TV show: Ghost Hunters
Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Carribean. The first movie, not the other two.
Favorite Drink: Besides water? Frozen melon margarita. (hic-up)
Favorite Dessert: Anything chocolate.
Thanks for joining us on My Overstuffed Bookshelf!!
Thanks for having me, Amy. I truly enjoyed it.