Q&A with Author Julia London (& GIVEAWAY) - CLOSED

Today, we have the honor of having historical and contemporary romance author Julia London on our blog to chat with us. Her newest release is a wonderful contemporary romance entitled ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE. Please join us in welcoming her.

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.

jlondonNow 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.**

25 comments

  1. What a great question of readers. I think my favorite author is Diana Gabaldon. The Outlander series opened my eyes to the genre of Historical Fiction and I love it.

    I'd love to read this one.

    teresasreadingcorner at gmail dot com

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  2. I have a wide selection of favorite writers, Stephen King, John Irving, Diane Mott Davidson, too many to list. I would love to read this book, it sounds really good.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  3. brandileigh2003@yahoo.com

    richelle mead, jk rowling and meyer

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  4. Great question and so many answers! Just picking one author is nearly impossible. But my all time most favorite author is Jacqueline Carey. She creates a world and characters with such a depth of beauty and uniqueness that she is my hero! Most who read her fall completely in love with her books (the Kushiel's series, anyway).
    This book sounds good too!
    candace_redinger(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Among my favorite authors are historical romance writers Maggie Robinson/Margaret Rowe, Anna Campbell, Sherry Thomas, Tessa Dare, Emily Bryan, Sarah MacLean, and many others. Their novels make me really emotional and also make my imagination work harder. Plus they are also very nice women!

    delilah0180(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. Not entering, but this is a really great interview. I'm going to go look for One Season of Sunshine at the library right now ;)

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  7. Thanks for the great giveaway. I really like Jodi Picoult because her books make you think and it never ends the way you expect it to.

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. My favorite author as of now would have to be Paulo Coelho, I just love his books.
    andie.v107(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Hi Everyone -- thanks so much for entering.

    I love reading about authors readers love. I'll be looking for some of the authors you guys have listed

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  10. I actually have tons of favorite authors but one that I have stuck with for years is James Patterson. His books always keep me hooked in until the end. I also love that his chapters are short so you feel like you are reading a lot:)
    Thanks for the giveaway!!
    bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

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  11. I don't have a favorite author. I do love a good Stephen King book.

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  12. Not entering by just to say that was a nice interview.I've read Julia London book before and like her a lot.

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  13. I love Larissa Ione because she's such a good writer and she keeps me on the edge of my seat the entire book. I also love Katie MacAlister because of her humor.

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  14. My favorite author is Janet Evanovich, because her books really make me laugh. I also really like Karen Rose's books, I love the mystery and suspense in hers. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  15. So many favorites, Karen Ranney for her Irish Lairds, Janet Evanovich for her humor, Fern Michaels for her Sisterhood books and women who kick a.. Men beware. lol
    Stella Cameron for her mystery and James Patterson for his awesome mystery, suspense and intrigue and Catherine Coulter for her FBI series and the great romance novels. I could go on but this gives you an idea of what type books I love.

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter and Pls include me in the drawing.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  16. I have had many favorite writers over the years. Currently my favorites are Colleen Coble, Margaret Daley and Sarah Sundin. The reason is all of their characters are believable. I find myself thinking about the characters long after I have finished the book.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  17. Right now I am all about the Stieg Larson series.
    dmkayes@gmail.com

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  18. Great interview. Love the questions and Julia's responses. You ladies rock.

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  19. Fave authors today are Stephen King and Nicholas Sparks. Because I love to be scared, and I love the settings Sparks chooses, like the Outer Banks.
    tiffanyniekro at gmail dot com

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  20. my favorite authors are diana gabaldon, orson scott card and probably nora roberts. three vastly different styles and contents, and i like them all for different reasons.

    meaghan_koci (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  21. My favorite author right now is Ken Follett, because his suspense/mystery books are easy reads based on historical fact.

    Please enter me in this giveaway!

    saemmerson at yahoo dot com

    Sarah E

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  22. I'm a children's writer, and I love children's books. My favorite authors are Gordan Korman and Margaret Peterson Haddix; but there are so many others who are wonderful!

    Thanks for the contest. I hope I'm not too late.

    jlansky(at)comcast(dot)net

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  23. I have recently discovered YA books and love Suzanne Collins, Kelley Armstrong and many more. I think I like them because they just seem to move so fast. Please include me in your giveaway. I am a follower.
    Thanks
    debbie
    debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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  24. It's really tough to pick favorite authors today. So many are so wonderful and are genuinely terrific writers. It always seem that my favorite author is the that of the book I'm reading and loving at the time. I just finished reading The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin so as of yesterday he's my favorite author.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. My favorite author of the moment is jennifer crusie. I am in the middle of reading her for the first time and I am absolutely loving it.

    kdurham2@gmail.com

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