b2bConnie: Julie, before I start with the questions, how about you tell us a bit about your writing career?
Julie Johnstone: Picture a college graduate who is fresh off a breakup with her boyfriend of five years and headed out-of-town via the New Orléans Airport after spending the weekend mingling with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend because the ex boyfriend’s sister was getting married and had asked me to be in the wedding.
There I was standing in the airport thinking love was possibly overrated when I decided I needed something to read on the airplane for my short trip to Houston, Texas. I had never read a romance up to this point and I was twenty-five. Oh, wait, I did read Sweet Valley High Growing up so I do need to count that! But I had never read a grown up romance! I skimmed through the books bypassing what I would usually read and the cover of Ransom by Julie Garwood caught my eye. I flipped that baby over and was instantly captivated. It was exactly what I needed in that moment in my life to remind me true love, the kind that wraps around you and lifts you up, does exist. I spend the rest of the weekend reading at the lake instead of skiing! I knew after that weekend that someday I wanted to write books that made people happy and gave them hope when they needed it the most.
b2bC: How have your characters and their stories come to you and which one/s whispered the loudest for their story to be told?
JJ: I’ll tell you a secret, they come to me in the shower most the time! I think it’s because it is the only time I am ever alone and it’s quiet. I have two rambunctious boys! Sometimes, though, stories will hit me right in the middle of conversations with people or when they are telling me something about their life. Now as to who whispered to me the most, I’d have to say it was Madelaine from What A Rogue Wants. That book had so many rewrites I lost count, but she never kept pestering me to get her story right!
b2bC: What was your favorite book as a child?
JJ: Are You There God It’s Me Margaret.
b2bC: Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?
JJ: This is an easy one – Ransom by Julie Garwood!
b2bC: Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?
JJ: Oh, I love classics!!! I’ve never read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and considering what I do for a living and what I write I am totally embarrassed that I haven’t’ read that one yet!
b2bC: Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?
JJ: The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes. I stayed up until two in the morning to finish this book and it left me breathless with anticipation and burning with the desire to go write!!
b2bC: What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you loved or that you wish it is made?
JJ: I loved The Notebook!
b2bC: Which book we might be surprised to learn that you loved?
JJ: I love fantasy! I devoured all of The Lord of the Rings books.
b2bC: If you were given only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?
JJ: That’s so hard! I read outside of what I write all the time and love it, but I’m going to have to say romance. In the end, romance is my true love and can always lift me when I need it.
b2bC: What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?
JJ: A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James has so many hilarious lines that I found myself laughing out loud quiet a bit. The Last Letter from Your Lover made me cry!
b2bC: Do you read your books post-publication?
JJ: Parts of them sometimes, but really I don’t like to because I’m so critical of what I have written.
b2bC: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?
JJ: Definitely, sit on the porch watching the show!
b2bC: Flannels or Silk?
JJ: Silk in the summer and flannel in the winter!
b2bC: Sports car or SUV?
JJ: SUV! Two kids, remember.
b2bC: Cats or Dogs?
JJ: Both! I have a cat named Cupcake and a dog named Iris.
b2bC: Champagne or Beer?
JJ: Champagne. I detest beer.
b2bC: Movies or TV?
b2bC: What’s your favorite TV show or movie?
JJ: My favorite TV show right now is Outlander. My favorite move is the Last of the Mohicans.
b2bC: Julie, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with your novels.
AUTHOR BIO: Julie first fell in love with romance fifteen years ago when she picked up her first romance novel in an airport gift shop on the way to Conroe, Texas for a family reunion and spent her whole weekend reading rather than water skiing, which up until then was one of her favorite things to do.
Julie is staying up way too late and typing furiously on her keyboard to finish her next book or blog with her fellow authors at Ladyscribes. Julie is married to an amazing lawyer and when she is not running her two precocious children to one activity or another she is trying to eek out some time to stay in shape and see her dearest friends.
MY FAIR DUCHESS
BOOK BLURB: After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman.
Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she’ll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family―including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley.
Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.
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