Julia London – The Color and Depth of Romance

August is Read-A-Romance Month.


I hope you’ll visit ReadARomanceMonth.com every day in August to see what 93+ of your favorite authors have to say about the Joy of Romance.

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Do you love Romance? Let’s celebrate. xo

Rooting For Love & The HEA

A lot of people believe that the romance genre is about weddings and white picket fences The Scoundrel and the Debutanteand silly, unrealistic love stories.  Not so.  The romance genre is such a rich one—there are so many colors and depths and layers to the stories being told today that it’s impossible to make such sweeping generalizations. 

Personally, I like to read and write romances that are realistic and mirror what many of us have discovered, or hope to discover, in our own lives.  My characters have come to my pages with scars.  They’ve all gone through major upheavals and they’ve been made stronger by them.  Sometimes, the upheavals are funny.  Sometimes, they are poignant.  But whatever those upheavals are, they’ve left their mark on my characters, and like all of us, my characters carry those marks into their love life.  That’s life—without the bad times, there are no good times.  Without hurt, there is no joy.  And a well-crafted romance novel gives you both of those things.

For me, every book I write becomes an exercise in creating characters I hope you want to Devil Takes a Brideknow.  My people aren’t perfect by a long shot.  Every story is an exercise in creating the experience of falling in love that any reader can relate to.  Because really, is there anything more satisfying than falling in love all over again between the pages of a book?  It’s one of life’s simplest and greatest joys.

The challenge for me as a writer is to deliver that experience, on a scale that is larger than life, but in a way that feels real to all of you.  I want to write a story that will stick with a reader long after the book has ended.  I want to make readers smile and root for love and happy-ever-afters.  I want to create characters with whom readers can laugh, or cry, or even sometimes shake their heads, because my characters, like me, make mistakes.  I hope the outcome of all of that is a reading experience they won’t soon forget, one that will deliver the reader away from the ups and downs of their own lives for a short time.

I find pure pleasure in the act of reading, and when I relate to characters, I feel a sense of joy in that personal connection.  I would love to extend the joy of reading and of compelling love stories to every reader who picks up my books.  And if the reader can’t find it in what I’ve written, I hope he or she will find the author who does deliver that experience.  Life is meant to be felt and enjoyed.  Go get yourself some good feels with a romance novel.

Julia recommends:

Liz Talley – I had the occasion to read The Sweetest September and really admired how she made two strangers so believable and lovable. (See Liz’s RARM content.)

Kristan Higgins – everyone had read her but me, I guess.  But when I read The Best Man, I felt all gooey inside, and I remembered why I loved romance so much. (KH is posting on Aug 26.)

Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy. 

Biking in Ireland.
My sister and I went on a bike tour through southern Ireland.  The scenery was JLondonUKbreathtaking, the people so nice, and the beer so good!  One day, I had a flat, and I limped toward the support van on my poor bike.  My sister stayed with me because we were out in the middle of nowhere.  After they changed my tire, we discovered everyone else on tour had passed us—we were bringing up the rear that day, a good half hour behind the rest.  We rode across the moors without seeing a single soul.  There was not a car, not a sound of civilization.  It was just the two of us riding fast across the moors in world as God made it.  It was exhilarating and joyous and I will never forget that feeling of being alone in nature. 

Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

My family has a place in the mountains of Taos, New Mexico.  We’ve had some great JLondonTaostimes there.  I love it because when I’m there, I am generally away from work and get to do all the sporty things I like. 

Tell us about a sound that brings you joy.

I sound like an old woman in my rocking chair, but I do love the sound of children laughing.  Seems like all is right with the world when children are having a good time (and not whining).

What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

Favorite Book:  Harry of Monmouth by A. M. Maugham.  The book is no longer in print, unfortunately.  It was my mother’s, and it’s about Henry V, a noble king in a tumultuous time.  I loved this book so much because I could feel his struggle to be brave and good.  It has stuck with me for many years.

And for fun, the joy of choice ~

Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?) – trying for a little diversity! ;o)

Chris Rock!  I love a man who can make me laugh.

Julia is generously giving away one set of The Cabot Sisters Series to one lucky U.S. reader (apologies to international friends). The series consists of The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride and The Scoundrel and the Debutante.

JLondon HeadshotJulia is the NYT, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of the popular Cabot Sisters historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride, and The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several contemporary romances, including the acclaimed Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a six-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction.  She lives in Austin, Texas.

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