Tuesday, April 21, 2009
All of us at Petit Fours and Hot Tamales are excited to have one of our favorite authors of historical romance with us today, the fabulous Julia London. For those of you who are new to historical romance, here's what you should know about Julia.
Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than a dozen romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Lockhart Family Trilogy and Desperate Debutante historical romance series, as well as several contemporary romances, including American Diva and the very popular tie-in novel to the daytime drama, Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story.
Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a three time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Round Rock, Texas, with her husband and one old Labrador retriever. To keep up with all the Julia London news, please visit www.julialondon.com
Writing through a Real Life
By Julia London
When I quit my day job several years ago to write full time, I thought life would be a piece of cake. I now had the cushiest job on the planet and I didn’t even have to change out of my pajamas.
I learned pretty quickly that’s not entirely true. Writing is a solitary existence, but life still swirls around you. Most writers don’t tell you before you quit your day job, but when you live and work in the same two thousand square feet, day in and day out, sometimes, worlds collide. You can’t escape your life by going to work. You can’t escape your work by going home. Sometimes, they are two lumbering roommates, both in the way of the other, aggravating each other by intruding where they are not welcome. And the writer still has to produce a book.
In the last year, due to some family drama, I got behind in my writing schedule and had to re-negotiate my delivery dates. I announced to one and all that I had to make my deadlines—life could not intervene any longer! They all said, yes, of course!
But then my husband, who worked for a large, multi-national company that starts with Fed and ends with Ex, started getting wind of lay-offs. He worried—which meant I worried—about things. That worry crept into my head and started messing with the book and the deadline got closer and closer. Unfortunately, the words weren’t coming like they usually did.
Then my husband was laid off. Not only was he worried about getting a new job, he was home. It didn’t matter than he was respectful of my need to work, he was around and he was breathing in my work/live space, and suddenly, life had intruded too far into work this time. It was stomping around my house muttering under it’s breath and constantly—and I mean constantly—rummaging through the fridge.
The clock kept ticking. The pages I needed to write kept mounting. I had to get away or I was going to lose my mind. And the most miraculous thing happened. I rediscovered the joy of escaping into a book. When it dawned on me what a great escape it was, I couldn’t write enough. I escaped the rough patch of our life by writing, and I am pleased to report that it worked. I met my deadline. Better still, my husband got a new job. And I am eager to start my new book so I can escape again. I had forgotten over the years how to do that.
How do you escape when life interrupts? Are you able to block life from your mind when you are reading or writing, or does it muscle its way in? Would you like to escape into HIGHLAND SCANDAL? I am giving one away today!
Okay readers, leave your comments here for Julia to be entered in a contest for a copy of HIGHLAND SCANDAL. I have to tell you, it is a not-to-be-missed read! I was lucky enough to win one from Julia in a previous contest and absolutely loved it. After a long hiatus from historical reads, Highland Scandal reminded me of why I love historical romance.
So, comment away. I'll announce the winner tomorrow morning!