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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Julia
1. I am hopelessly un-domestic. I don’t cook, I don’t decorate a house very well, and I have tried my hand at various crafts and either lose interest or really suck at it. In this book, Holly Fisher is a woman who has never had to make a home or cook a meal for anyone but herself. She doesn’t even have a fully equipped kitchen. So when her sister dumps her baby on her and disappears, she has no clue what to do. She doesn’t even know what she can feed the baby.
2. I grew up on a ranch in West Texas. A Light at Winter’s End is set on the edge of the western part of the state, but Wyatt’s ranch and cattle and horses are all things I grew up with.
3. I was forced—forced, I tell you—to take piano for ten years and violin for two when I was a kid. I don’t play either instrument worth a darn anymore, but I do have an appreciation for music and the construction of songs. Holly Fisher is a songwriter, and I think it would be so cool to be that. If I had another life, I would try harder at the music thing. I would want to be a songwriter and play all the different instruments.
4. I was once a public administrator and I know how mind-numbing that can be. For some people, it is truly a calling, and I knew some really fine public servants. But I was not a fine public servant. For me, it was stressful. I am a much better person when I am in a creative occupation. Hannah Drake, Holly’s sister, is in a stressful job that, on top of the dissolution of her marriage, helps to bring her down. My job didn’t bring me down in spectacular fashion like Hannah, but it did imbue me with the desire to move on. And here I am!
5. I love writing this sort of book as much as I love writing historical romance. I love creating these worlds and watching the characters take shape. I think all the characters I write are bits and pieces of people I have known. These three characters—Holly, Hannah, and Wyatt, are definitely bits and pieces of many people I have known and loved. I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I enjoyed creating them.
I can totally relate to #1 & # 3. I don't cook - well I only cook because I HAVE to. I learned piano for about 7 years. Hated every lesson & can't play to save my life. The book looks wonderful.ReplyDelete
I can relate to #1. I don't cook much, there are only a few things that I can cook really well. I also don't have much decorating sense. If I see a picture I like, I can adjust it but to come up with ideas on my own--not gonna happen.ReplyDelete
Really looking forward to the next historicals, The Secrets of Hadley Green series. Really love historicals.
Woo HOO on the new release! Can't wait to read it. I can relate as well. I cook also because I "have to" not because I like it in any sense of the word. I've not killed us so I guess that is something ;). I don't have any decorating sense either. My sisters come to visit and redecorate my house while they are here. I became an accountant for a reason. LOL!ReplyDelete
Hi Julia! We're so happy to have you with us today. Great blog! Believe me, it doesn't matter one bit to me if you can cook, decorate or play an instrument. You can write and for that I am oh so grateful. Love your books!ReplyDelete
I am a bit envious of your running ability though. I'd love to be able to run but bad knees (and an abysmal lack of coordination) always trip me up...literally. Did you run the 5k this weekend?
Morning, Marybelle! I love to cook and bake. That's my creative outlet. I took piano and organ for many years. Loved the lessons, hated the practice and have pretty much forgotten everything I learned "back in the day." lolReplyDelete
June, I don't have a lot of decorating sense either but, thankfully, I have a couple good friends who do.ReplyDelete
Jennifer said, I've not killed us so I guess that is something ;)ReplyDelete
LOL! Always a good thing!
Haha PJ! Well its the truth right? My mom still wants to kick my butt because she TRIED to get me in the kitchen with her while I was growing up but I never showed an interest. Now I've got my own family and I am winging it so to speak.ReplyDelete
Oh, forgot to mention, played the flute for 9 years when I was younger and can't even get a decent sound to come out of the thing now. My daughter (age 6) has my original flute that I got way back in 4th grade so we'll see if she shows an interest when the time comes.
Good morning, Julia! We're so happy to have you here today.ReplyDelete
I'm with PJ, as long as you keep writing, it doesn't matter if you cook, craft or play music. ;-)
Now, I can cook, but there are days I just don't feel like it. That probably comes from having three kids who don't always want to eat what's on the menu at Chez Carr. Like I tell them, "I am not a short order cook, so if you don't like it, make something yourself." Aren't I a nice mom? LOL
I don't play any musical instruments, but I sang in chorus for years, so I can read music....more or less.
My daughter (age 6) has my original flute that I got way back in 4th grade so we'll see if she shows an interest when the time comes.ReplyDelete
Jennifer, that's a special gift to pass down. She may surprise you and love the flute. :-)
"Wyatt’s ranch and cattle and horses are all things I grew up with."ReplyDelete
And THAT is another reason I'd love to read this book! I did NOT grow up with these things, and I appreciate all the nuances and detail that are made by someone who has been there, done that.
Thanks for sharing!
Good morning, Julia!! We're so happy to have you dishing with us today. Congrats on your newest release!ReplyDelete
I love this blog! Like several of the others, I can totally relate to #1. I only cook out of necessity. LOL! And I wish I had taken piano lessons when I was younger. That's something I have always wished I could do.
Laney, I'm fascinated by ranching. Like you, I didn't grow up with any of that, so it's fun to "live" through the characters in Julia's books.ReplyDelete
Hi everyone! Thanks so much for having me here today.ReplyDelete
Glad to see there are some other people who loathe cooking like I do :-).
As for growing up on a ranch, it's never quite as good as it looks on paper or in movies. In my memory, it seems really dusty and dirty, LOL.
I cannot wait to read your new book. It sounds like you really loved writing it too!ReplyDelete
I'm so excited to read this new book! It's so fun to hear a little more about a favorite author! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
I can't wait to read your new book; it is neat to see how much of a person's real life you put into your books!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for sharing a piece of yourself with us. :) Looking forward to reading your book.ReplyDelete
I've had Summer of Two Wishes on my TBR list for a while now, I'll be adding A Light At Winter's End to that list now as well! Congrats on the new releaseReplyDelete
Unlike you I love to bake and cook because it helps me to relax. The ironic thing is I'm a juvenille diabetic so I can't eat all the things I love to bake - thank goodness my husband and sons love to eat!ReplyDelete
I agree about piano lessons - when I got as far as Rain, Rain Go Away my teacher suggested to my parents that I think of another artisitic endeavor. Unfortunately my ballet teacher also suggested anyother pursuit be considered. Yeah - All City Choir - I finally found my place in the arts.
I'm grateful that you found your passion in historical romance and thrilled that you came up with the theme of this book. I have family that live in Baggs, Wyoming and some traits of cowboys still remain the same.
I am somewhat domestic, okay, I can cook, but I hate to clean and hate dusting (which is why I have absolutely no knickknacks in my house to collect the dust). I wish I had the opportunity to learn the piano, instead my mother insisted on me learning the fife and flute (which I can still play but who wants to?) It definately sounds like an interesting read, and since its you as the author (I so adore your historical romances) and I adore everything and anything related to ranching/cowboys, it appears that I will have to put this on the top of my TBR list.ReplyDelete
I should probably clarify that this is not historical romance. It is very current.ReplyDelete
I am in awe of good cooks and especially bakers. I have toyed with the idea of taking a class, but then I'd have to start stocking up the kitchen with things like spoons and pots, and I think, nah..:-)
I keep wondering about that book. It isnt the kind I normally go for. But for some reason, I keep looking again and again at it.ReplyDelete
And thank you all so much for all the historical romance love! That will always be my first love. I mean, seriously, I get to put myself in a fabulous gown, a coach and a castle every. single. day. What's not to love?ReplyDelete
Krazymama, that's the magic juice I put in this blog working.ReplyDelete
Interesting post, Julia. :) I'm not that fond of cooking either. With lots of allergies and consequently having to substitute ingredients, it's not much fun for me. I would like to have learned to play a musical instrument though...that and be able to sing well.ReplyDelete
Hi, Julia! Congrats on your new release.ReplyDelete
Please don't enter me into your drawing because I am now reading Summer of Two Wishes. Looking forward to reading Wyatt's story, Light at Winter's End.
I've read a little about your new release and is sounds so interesting with the 2 sisters and well i love cowboys so i'm hoping to pick it up at the store. I can cook well enough i guess but nothing fancy. I took some piano with voice lessons but wasn't good at the piano thing so i quit that part of it lolReplyDelete
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I am excited about this new book and even more now that I read a little background behind your creations......I read One Season of Sunshine about 6 months ago and was my first book by you. I LOVED IT!!! So of course I had to know more about you and other books you have written. Summer of Two Wishes has been on my to-read list since but haven't found it yet. Excited about this offer and this new book!ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by from Mt. Oly, Julia. I enjoyed your column and love your books.ReplyDelete
I'm not a great cook. I can't carry a tune or distinguish between similar musical notes, but I love crafts and gardening.ReplyDelete
jtedd, I haven't read Julia's new book yet but Gannon reviewed it here at the Romance Dish last week. It sounds terrific!ReplyDelete
Thanks, you guys for the warm welcome and all the nice things you say about my books! You know when you write for a living, and are on day three of that particular pair of yoga pants and are eating peanut butter out of the jar, you can trick yourself into thinking that as no one can see you, they don't read you, either...so the reaffirmations are really great. I appreciate it! And I am doing laundry as we speak! hahahahaReplyDelete
I have toyed with the idea of taking a class, but then I'd have to start stocking up the kitchen with things like spoons and pots, and I think, nah..:-)ReplyDelete
LOL @ Julia! Why mess with your system, right?!
I am not a great housekeeper. I do like to cook because I love to eat. I would much rather read a book then dust. I will swiffer the kitchen floor, vacuum and do dishes but the rest of it annoys me *wink*. If only I was wealthy enough to have a housekeeper who could be annoyed with me.ReplyDelete
Love & Hugs,
Gannon, no kidding, I saw a chocolate chip cookie recipe that looked delicious. I looked down the list and how to prepare it, and I needed one of those hand held beater things, so I turned the page. I can get cookies at Starbucks, LOLOLOLReplyDelete
Very interesting! Love the sounds of the book as well. I told hubby up front I was not a domestic goddess, so far, after 20+years, he doesn't seem to mind!ReplyDelete
All the best on your release!
Julia, I love that those of us who love both historical and contemporary books are getting the best of both worlds from one of our favorite writers. Do you have plans for more contemporary stories within the next couple years?ReplyDelete
Hi Julia well I use to cook but since DH MVA he is home all the time so he took over the cooking, There is nothing like his Open FIRE cooked Chickens.ReplyDelete
Always wanted to play piano could never afford lessons when I was young now that I can the hands wont cooperate.
I am so excited about the release of A Light at Winter's End I love the premise of the Story.
Have a good one
I have no decorating sense either but it doesn't bother me. I think it just makes me appreciate my friends decor all the more.ReplyDelete
Hi Julia. It sounds like you can really relate to the girls in your new book. I have some similar life experiences. I think I would really like your book.ReplyDelete
Julia, I loved reading about your past life and present book. I share some of your likes and dislikes, although I cook when I'm in the mood. Had to with a family. I agree with the commentor who said the other things aren't important; the important thing is your writing. Just re-read The Courtesan's Scandal. Looking forward to reading more of your books, soon.ReplyDelete
P.J., I do have plans for a new series, but right now, I am finishing up the Hadley Green series. Talk about fun :-).ReplyDelete
As to not being a domestic goddess, I didn't really realize how sorry I am until I was stuck in a hotel room somewhere in a bad storm, and all I could get was HGTV. I had never watched HGTV before, and I was hooked. But then I saw how great these houses looked and thought maybe I should take down my Journey poster. hahahaha!
I am finishing up the Hadley Green series. Talk about fun :-).ReplyDelete
Ladies, I have promised one very cute 4 year old that we could go to the park. I will check in later today. Thanks again for having me here -- its been fun!ReplyDelete
TTYL - Julia
Very interesting facts and I really do love the sound of this book I have added them both to my must have list
I am a competent cook but with a family around it sometimes feels as if the majority of my life is spent in the kitchen. And is it my imagination but does dinner come at least 10 times a week? Please keep writing. Writers are my inspiration that there is so much more out there in life! And as my family grows and needs me less, maybe it will be my turn to try my hand at writing down those stories that appear while I am stirring some concoction over a hot burner...ReplyDelete
I don't really cook much since its just me. Just not worth it to have the same thing all week when you fix a pot of chilli.ReplyDelete
i am waiting for this book thn will read them all at once.
I have been waiting for Wyatt's story. THE SUMMER OF TWO WISHES was such a heartbreaking story. There were no bad guys, but not everyone could win. I am sure you have given him the HEA he deserves.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the interesting post. I hope the releaase of A LIGHT AT WINTER'S END goes well.
Thanks again, everyone, for coming out today. I am back and once again faced with the dilemma of what to make for dinner that is easy and fast and requires little or no skill. I think one of the best days of my life was discovering mac and cheese in a cup. Just add water.ReplyDelete
I hope you all enjoy the new book!
spaghetti is quick with a side salad.ReplyDelete
Enjoy. Glad you enjoyed your Afternoon.
Thanks for visiting with us, Julia. I hope that cutie pie had fun at the park. Mac & cheese is nirvana in a bowl for most kids. :-)ReplyDelete
Best of luck on release day tomorrow. I really loved A LIGHT AT WINTER'S END and I know many other readers will share my opinion.
Gannon, thank you so much for the fabulous review!ReplyDelete
Count me in. Looking forward to LATW so much. I miss Wyatt.ReplyDelete
I wish I could say I don't cook because I get so tired of doing it. I cook about every day and its so hard to come up with different things to cook. I think I am burnt out on everything. Also hubby is a picky eater and want try new things. If its easy to fix he want eat it. I love your books so keep up the good work.ReplyDelete
Hi julia, I can do all of the things thar you and your heroine bemoan. Things I cannot do are the ones I treasure in the writers that I follow. So don't sweat the small domestic stuff, you makes so many people happy with your writing and that is a true gift that we all appreciate.ReplyDelete
Congrats on the new release. I'm so happy Wyatt will get his HEA. I wish I took music lessons. I think I would being a cellist for NY Philharmonic.ReplyDelete
The upside to having an ex and all the kids on their own is that I don't have to cook anymore, unless I want to and/or am desperate!ReplyDelete
Piano lessons way back in the 50s - guess I could pick out some easy tunes.
Congratulations today, Julia, on the release of your new book. I cannot wait to read it!ReplyDelete
You are talented in both contempries and contemporaries!ReplyDelete
I can totally relate to numbe 1. I don't cook well. I can do the easy stuff, spaghetti, mac and cheese LOL and I can grill a mean chicken on the george forman LOL Every once in a while I will surprise myself and my husband by being able to follow a complex recipe. Once in a blue moon :) Your a new author for me and I can't wait to read one of your books