Monday, February 13, 2012
Today's Special -- Q&A with Jillian Hunter
Today, we welcome New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical author Jillian Hunter to the Romance Dish! Jillian's latest book, The Duchess Diaries, is the third book in her Bridal Pleasures series and released last Tuesday. Please join me in welcoming her to the Dish!
Hello and welcome to the Romance Dish, Jillian! We are delighted to have you dishing with us today. Congratulations on your latest book, The Duchess Diaries, which was released last week! I thoroughly enjoyed it. (See my review here.) Can you share with us a little of what the story is about?
In the story, Charlotte pours her thoughts and feelings into a personal diary. Have you ever kept a diary?
Yes. I’ve kept a few diaries in my day. Over the years they evolved from “I got up. I had breakfast. I went to school—” to more embarrassing entries.
LOL, I've been there, too! The Duchess Diaries is the third book in the Bridal Pleasures series. How are these books connected?
One of the first things that comes to romance readers’ minds when your name is mentioned is your popular Boscastle family (some of which are featured in this new series). What a loving and scandalous family! That’s my favorite kind! *g* Is it difficult to write such a large family? And how do you keep everyone straight?
It doesn’t seem more difficult to write about a large family because the characters have distinct personalities and storylines. What’s harder for me is keeping the sequence of events straight and I have to use several story boards for that.
Very interesting. Speaking of stories, which comes first for you—the characters or the story?
The characters always come first. They dictate the story.
I think a lot of authors feel the same. Of all the heroines you’ve created, which one is most like you and why?
Right now my two favorite heroines are Jane and Harriet. I love their no-nonsense/take-charge approach to life’s woes even if later down the line they create greater problems.
I simply adore Jane and Harriet! What a wonderful choice. Since you write historical romance, I’m sure you’re very familiar with research. How much do you do? And how often?
LOL, I believe we are all guilty of procrastination on some level! What is your favorite part about writing?
I love it best when a plot twist and an unexpected scene suddenly emerge organically to tie loose threads together.
My least favorite part about writing is creating the skeleton of the story. It’s plain hard work.
It may be hard work, but we are so glad you do it. :) We all have hobbies or activities that we like to do in our spare time. Besides reading (which I’m sure is on everyone’s list *g*), what do you like to do for fun or to relax?
For fun I like to garden. Last year I grew an amazing amount of tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers. My sweet peas and tea roses rock. Barely a day goes by without something from my garden gracing our table.
I have always wanted to grow my own tomatoes. Home-grown ones just seem to taste better. Okay, I'm sure our readers are dying to know, so can you give us a sneak peek at what’s up next for you?
What I’m working on next is Collin Boscastle’s story—his return for revenge and of course, romance.
Yay! Another Boscastle! Sounds like another winner. Now it's on to our Quick Six Time!
Coffee or tea? I am definitely a tea person.
Early bird or night owl? Night owl!
Alpha or beta? Alpha.
Diamonds or pearls? Pearls.
Mountains or beach? I’ll take the beach over the mountains.
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate is great but I prefer vanilla.
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Jillian! I really appreciate it. Now it’s your turn—is there a question you would like to ask our readers?
Thank you for these intriguing questions! Now I’d love to ask your readers about their favorite plot lines and when they find time to read between the demands of work, family, and all of life’s other distractions.
The Duchess Diaries
As headmistress of the Scarfield Academy for Young Ladies, Miss Charlotte Boscastle is tasked with keeping her charges free from notoriety. But when Charlotte's diary goes missing, she can't imagine having her most intimate secrets fall into the wrong hands.
Although the confessions in the diary he found spark his interest, the Duke of Wynfield has every intention of returning the journal. But when Gideon's encounter with Charlotte takes on an unexpectedly passionate nature, his indiscretion causes a scandal that only marriage can cure...
You can learn more about Jillian and her books at her website: http://www.jillianhunterauthor.com/ or you can find her on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/#!/JillianHunterBooks