Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Day 2 with Regency Author Julie Klassen

Welcome back for our second day with author Julie Klassen, where we’re helping celebrate the release of her latest Regency novel, The Secret of Pembrooke Park!

Julie, what is the most interesting (or unusual) thing you’ve done in the name of research for one of your projects?
To research The Dancing Master, I donned my Regency-era gown and danced with hundreds of other Janeites at the annual meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

Wow, what fun! I’m sure that was an experience you’ll never forget. When you start a new book, do you tend to begin with a character and find her story, or do you have a story idea and discover who lives it out?
I usually think of the situation someone finds themselves in first, and then figure out the most interesting type of character to put in that situation.

You’ve been writing historical romance for quite a while. How do you keep your stories fresh for yourself as a writer and for your readers?
I don’t have any secret formula. When I uncover fascinating historical tidbits, or hit upon a story idea that excites or intrigues me, I find most of the time readers will be intrigued as well. I have tried a few different tones (some more gothic or mysterious, for example) and types of characters. I haven’t gotten bored yet, and hopefully readers haven’t either!

Reading fiction can be a way to escape reality for a while, but those stories can still teach some valuable lessons. What points do you hope readers take away from your books?
Like the rest of us, my characters are not perfect. Many of them make big mistakes. But they find forgiveness and second chances through God—something that has been important to me in my own life. I hope readers are reminded of God’s grace, and perhaps pause to consider the importance of family, faith, and friends.

Can you tell us about any other projects you have in the works?
I hope to have two books in 2015. Lady Maybe in July, and The Painter’s Daughter (my first “marriage of convenience” premise) in December. Lots of work ahead!

That’s exciting! We’ll look forward to checking those titles out when they’re available. In closing, what advice can you share with novice writers?
Write what you love—what you personally love to read. Then stay in that chair and tough it out until you complete that first draft. Study the basics (point of view, plotting, characterization) online, at a writer’s conference, or with local writer’s group. Once you have written a first draft, have well-read friends or a critique partner read the manuscript and revise it based on their feedback before submitting it to an agent or editor. Writing is a lot of work, but definitely worth the effort.

Julie, thanks again for joining us! Visitors, don’t forget to enter our Rafflecopter drawing below for your chance to win a copy of The Secret of Pembrooke Park – just click the button and answer Julie’s question. The drawing will be open until Friday morning.

Also, if you’d like to learn more about Julie and her books, you can find her in many places online:

  • Website:
  • Blog:
  • Twitter handle: julie_klassen
  • Facebook page: Author Julie Klassen (
  • Pinterest page:

Thanks for joining us. Have a great day!
~ Leigh 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Lis K said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I love Ms. Klassen's books and I'm excited that she has 2 more coming out in 2015!
garfsgirl AT hotmail DOT com

Leigh said...

Lis K, we are too! Nothing like finding out that one of your favorite authors has two new books in the works! Happy New Year! :-)

Martha A. said...

I entered, but figured I would answer the question here. I personally like multiple settings for books, but love the books set in England.

Trueheart said...

I like all settings, but my fave is Scotland (and kinda Ireland). It's the Celtic in me. If I can't go there, I like to read about there.

I love the people I've met from both places and many of the customs.

my email is:

Merry said...

I love books set in England. Royalty, the titled/commoner differences, the cities and lovely countrysides... all seem so fascinating!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Sylvia said...

Oh, I love books set in America and England. If it's 1800-1820 I prefer England. It's the Regency time period and I prefer the English stories. It seems to be a happier time than some later decades.

I love Julie's books!

Jenny Burkholder said...

England! I love the country & history. I've taken one trip there so far & loved it. Made me ready to go again & again...always more to see!

Mary Moore said...

I am such a fan of Julie Klassen and loved her interview. A free copy of the book? that would just be icing on the cake!

In Him,
Mary Moore

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