Hi Michelle and Leslie. Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. I am so happy to be here!
It's our pleasure Julia! Please tell us a little about yourself... in 140 characters like in Twitter.
Crazy girl dreamed big of being a writer, took a circuitous, illogical path to it, but now pens fiction for all women and a few good men.
Who are your top 3 crush in literature?
Hello! Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy! He is my top crush. Llewellyn in Sharon Kay Penman’s HERE BE DRAGONS because he was such a man. And Mark Twain. Just Mark Twain. I love a man who can make me laugh.
We are big fans of Mr. Darcy here too. You write both historical and contemporary romance. How is writing contemporary romance different from writing historical romance? Which do you prefer writing?
As far as the romance aspect goes, there isn’t much difference, because boys will be boys and girls will be girls, and the conflicts between Venus and Mars are timeless. The real difference is in the pace, the cadence of the writing, and in the complexity of the plot. My contemporaries tend to have more relationships at stake than just the one between the main characters. My historicals focus on the primary relationship and the pressure society brings to bear on that. I honestly don’t have a preference for writing one or the other—I enjoy them both. Usually, when I finish an historical, I am ready to write a contemporary and vice versa.
Now let's talk about your newest release. Please give us a one sentence blurb about ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE.
Wow, that’s tough. Okay, here goes: A woman adopted at birth searches for her past and herself in Cedar Springs, Texas, where she finds love and devastating secrets that force her to question everything she thought she wanted.
Which of the characters in ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE are you most like? The most different?
I am probably most like Linda Gail. I’m kind of nosy, which is why I am a fan of the Real Housewives franchise. It’s like looking in people’s windows. Linda Gail likes to be in the loop, and in my personal life, I’m a bit like that, too. I would much rather get out and run in the neighborhood than on a treadmill because I like to see what people are doing with their yards, with their houses, how much houses are listed for if they are for sale, etc. Nosy. I am probably the least like Asher. He is a self-sacrificing man, and I have found through the years that really, I am not good at self-sacrifice of any kind.☺
That's great! We love that answer because we are a bit nosy too. What is next after One Season of Sunshine? Do you have any current projects?
The next book to be on the shelves is A YEAR OF LIVING SCANDALOUSLY (October 19). It’s the first in The Secrets of Hadley Green historical series I am writing. This is a little different than my previous historicals because it has a bit of a mystery to it. And I am currently working on A LIGHT AT WINTER’S END (March 2011). For those of you who may have read SUMMER OF TWO WISHES, this is about what happened to the husband who lost in the love triangle. He is getting his closure.
What question would you like to ask readers?
Who are your favorite authors today and why?
Thank you so much for stopping by, Julia, and answering our questions!
Thank you so much for having me! I am thrilled to share ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE with your followers. I would like to invite everyone to visit http://www.julialondon.com to read more about my books, enter monthly contests, and find the links to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
GIVEAWAY: Thanks to the lovely folks at Simon & Schuster, I have a copy of ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE to give away to one (1) lucky reader of this blog. All you have to do is leave a comment and answer Julia's question.
**Open to US residents only; winner will be announced next week Friday along with my review of ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE.**