February 27, 2015

Interview with Julie Klassen




Hi Julie, welcome to Psychotic State Book Reviews!   Thank you for taking the time to chat with me and my readers.    You recently released The Secret of Pembrooke Park and it’s receiving a lot of press and excellent reviews.   Congratulations!
Thank you! And thank you for having me here.

If you had to describe The Secret of Pembrooke Park in just five words, what would they be?

Hmm… maybe: Treasure sought; true love found. Or: Overlooked sister finds true worth.

What was your favorite part of writing The Secret of Pembrooke Park?    

I enjoyed so many things: brainstorming with author-friends, the mind-challenge of crafting a mystery, and perhaps best of all, visiting the English manor that inspired Pembrooke Park.

What is it about the Regency period that attracts you? 

I am drawn to the chivalry of the period--gentlemen in tall boots, ladies in lovely gowns, the manners and repressed attraction where the mere touch of gloved hands at a ball sparked romance.

How long did you research the Regency period before you began writing?  

If reading Jane Austen’s novels and watching every film or mini-series based on them counts as research, then several years! J Otherwise, I have for the most part conducted research all along the way. I buy new research books for each new topic/profession/location I tackle. Research is an ongoing part of being a writer. There is always more to learn.

If you were able to travel back in time to the Regency period, what thing do you believe you’d like the best?  What would be the most difficult part of living in the Regency period?

Before I had done much research, I thought it was a wonderfully romantic period (and it could be, if you had money). I would have liked the balls the most, because I love to dance and have greatly enjoyed the English Country Dancing I have done over the last few years. But now that I have learned more about the medical care, sanitation (or lack thereof), and restrictions women faced, I realize I am better suited to current times.

Can you tell us about your path to being a published author? 

I have always wanted to be a writer, but it wasn’t until I had worked as a fiction editor for several years that I got serious and completed my first novel. I learned a great deal by working with other authors and editors, and I’m very thankful for that experience. Since I worked for my ideal publisher, I submitted my first novel under a pseudonym so that it would be reviewed objectively. Thankfully, my colleagues liked it and wanted to publish it before they knew who had written it.

What is the single best piece of advice you’ve received as an author that you would like to share?

Perhaps, “Less input, more output.” Eventually, you have to lay aside the research and WRITE!

Some random questions . . .

If you were a character in Gone With the Wind, you would be . . .

Depends on the day! I took two different online quizzes and one said Scarlett and the other said Melanie. That’s quite telling really, because I am one of those adaptable middle children who fills whichever role is needed in a given situation.  

Structured routine or fly by the seat of your pants?  

I am not very structured or organized by nature, but I am working on it!

The book currently on your nightstand is . . .

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is on the top of the stack.

Your favorite guilty pleasure movie is . . .

Lost in Austen—it’s so shockingly delicious. Enjoyed Austenland, too. (Do you think I might romanticize living in Jane Austen’s time a little too much? J )

The fictional character you would most love to meet is . . .

Mr. Darcy, assuming he was about to fall madly in love with me. Otherwise I think he would be quite intimidating.

The actress who could best portray you is . . .

Laura Dern
Off the top of my head, maybe the talented Laura Dern (if I had a thinner nose and she had a wider…everything else) . We’re both tall, blonde, and similar ages.

One fun thing about you most people don’t know is . . .

Let’s see…. I once taught ballroom dance to a group of people with various disabilities. It was challenging but rewarding.

Can you share with us what’s next for you?

With pleasure.  I have a new book coming out in July, called Lady Maybe. It’s about a woman whose startling secrets lead her into unexpected danger and romance in Regency England. Then in December comes The Painter’s Daughter, my first novel with a marriage-in-name-only premise.

Thank you, Julie, for taking the time to sit down with Psychotic State Book Reviews.  Best of luck to you with The Secret of Pembrooke Park!    

Rebecca De Mornay
You’re welcome. And thank you—I enjoyed your fun questions.
 
For more information on Julie and The Secret of Pembrooke Park, please visit her website.
Be sure to enter Julie's fantastic giveaway here.
And is it just me or is Julie a dead ringer for actress Rebecca DeMornay?  


32 comments:

Susan Heim said...

Thank you for this wonderful interview. I love Julie Klassen and her books!

Julie Klassen said...

Rebecca De Mornay, hm? Very flattering, thank you. I wish I looked half as good as either actress! :) Thanks again for the fun interview and for participating in the tour.

LeAnne said...

That was a great interview, I really enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite authors! :)

atransparentmom said...

Can't wait for both books!

Neha Patel said...

Thank you for this perfect interview! I love all of Julie Klassen’s books, and I cannot wait to read Lady Maybe! This blog tour is so exciting!

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful chat with Julie! I can't wait to read The Secret of Pembrooke Park. :)

Kate said...

I liked seeing the pictures to visualize your characters. And I think Darcy would be too intimidating for me too!

Pam K. said...

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is a fabulous book. It's one of those classic gothic romance books I remember reading years ago. I enjoyed this interview with Julie and am looking forward to reading The Secret of Pembrooke Park.

Sydney Anderson said...

Loved this Q and A session. Thanks for hosting this. :D

Sparks of Ember said...

Great interview. We live in a wonderful time for research, don't we? So much information out there easily obtained!

Shantelle H. said...

Lovely interview! :) Ooh... I want to watch Lost in Austen and Austenland... sounds like great fun, :)

Blessings! And thanks for the giveaway!

-Shantelle

apple blossom said...

lovely cover. thanks for the interview.

Bree said...

I'd also love to meet Mr. Darcy, swoon!

Amada Chavez said...

Loved this interview! :D Especially the random questions!

~Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

bn100 said...

fun interview

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amh1207 said...

What a great interview! I enjoyed reading all of the responses from Julie Klassen.
~Amanda

Betty S. said...

Loved your interview! The questions were very insightful. Thanks!

Andrea Cox said...

Julie, you cracked me up with that bit about Laura Dern. :) Have you seen When the Game Stands Tall? Great movie with her. Also try October Sky and Jusassic Park, two of my other favorites with her.

Blessings,
Andrea

Trixi said...

Great interview Julie! I enjoyed getting to know more about you! You mention Mr. Darcy quite a bit so I guess I better get to reading and/or watching Pride & Prejudice to know of whom you speak, lol! I believe I have the book & the movie may be on Netflix. I better catch up :-)Your books are great, I've read 5 of them and enjoyed each one. I also love the Regency era because of you (yes, that's a good thing)! Thanks again for sharing today on this blog and for a great giveaway! Would love to see all these on my bookshelf!

Mackenzie Carol said...

Cannot wait to read all of Julie's new books!

Julie Klassen said...

Thanks, Andrea. Will do.

Julie Klassen said...

Thanks Trixi. And yes, read or at least watch P&P pronto! :)

Heidi Robbins said...

Fun questions and answers! Thanks for posting this interview!

Sasha Elizabeth said...

What a fun interview! I enjoyed reading more about Julie in this entry!

Lori Johnston said...

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments! I'm glad that everyone has enjoyed Julie's interview. I thoroughly enjoyed posing the questions and reading her answers. She's fabulous!

Julie, yes . . Rebecca De Mornay! Thank you so much for stopping by at my site.

Rsymphony said...

This was a great interview! I really enjoyed it!

Alaina said...

Great interview! I went to an English Country dance in Williamsburg once and loved it...wish I could do it more often!

eliza elliott said...

Always a fan of Julie's books - I can't wait to read it! truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

Christine A. said...

Great review. I have read and enjoyed Julie's book in the past and I can't wait to read this one too.

Julianna Rowe said...

Thank you for the lovely interview!! I just found the movie Rebecca starring Laurence Olivier. I shall most certainly have to look into the book. I just re-watched Lost In Austen with my mom recently! I must say that this has been one of the most interesting blog tours ever. Rebecca De Mornay? Oh yes. That October Sky is SO good, one of my brothers #1 favorites, in fact. Another excellent movie with Laura Dern in it is A Season For Miracles. ~ Blessings, Juli emeraldelena@hotmail.com

alysasawyer said...

Great interview! It is nice to learn more about the authors behind my favorite books :)

Infuse said...

Love these new insights into a fav author - thanks for interviewing Julie and promoting a unique writer !