Interview with Julia Quinn


Dancing at Midnight
Everything and the Moon
Brighter Than the Sun
To Catch An Heiress
How To Marry a Marquis
The Duke and I
The Viscount Who Loved Me

Pia: Can you tell us something about yourself? What you like, dislike, where you are from...

Julia Quinn: I grew up primarily in New England, not very far from New York City, but as my parents were divorced, I also spent a lot of time in California. I currently live with my family in Colorado, but at the time of this interview, we're in London for a three-month stint! We are having a brilliant time---there's nothing I like better than walking around an exciting city.

Pia: When and why did you start your career as author? What did you do before?

Julia Quinn: I started writing straight out of university, so I really didn't have much of a career beforehand, other than summer jobs. They were, however, very interesting summer jobs! I worked for the travel guide LET'S GO: EUROPE for several years, and even spent one summer as a researcher/writer in Crete and Cyprus. Not an easy job when you don't speak Greek!

Pia: Why did you chose romance as genre and not medicine thrilles for you had a knowledge there?

Julia Quinn: Well, I wouldn't say I have a medical background. I had intended to attend medical school (and indeed, I did attend medical school for a few months before I realized that I was much better suited for writing) but a few months in medical school hardly makes one an expert on medicine! Besides, I've always loved to read romances, so I suppose that's why I chose to write them.

Pia: Your books are set in Regency England. Is there a special reason for it?

Julia Quinn: I've always loved reading books set in Regency England so I naturally chose to write books set there, as well.

Pia: How do you do research for your books?

Julia Quinn: I don't do very much research ahead of time. I do like to keep a library of books in my office so that I can look information up as I need it. And of course I'm having lots of fun here in London, visiting museums and soaking up the atmosphere.

Pia: Do you have a favorite book/hero/heroine?

Julia Quinn: No, not really. I like them all for different reasons.

Pia: I myself liked Simon very much. Where did you get the idea that he should stutter?

Julia Quinn: I knew someone who stuttered, and for some reason I found it fascinating. I did do a fair amount of research on the stuttering, actually. I don't have any close personal experience with it, and I wanted it to seem realistic.

Pia: How did the tradition of basing your titles on movie titles come about?

Julia Quinn: I got the idea to call a book HOW TO MARRY A MARQUIS from regency writer Candice Hern. She had wanted to call a book HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, but her editor didn't like it, and she graciously let me take the idea. I changed DUKE to MARQUIS because I thought it sounded better. At the time, I was writing a book called STARRY NIGHT, but my publisher liked HOW TO MARRY A MARQUIS so much that we renamed it TO CATCH AN HEIRESS because we thought they went together better. I thought that would be the end of that, but then came THE DUKE AND I. Then the pressure was on for another fun title, and thankfully I thought of THE VISCOUNT WHO LOVED ME. To be honest, I don't
know how much longer I'll be able to keep it up!

Pia: Can you describe a typical working day?

Julia Quinn: I'm afraid I don't have a typical working day. If I did, I'd probably get a lot more done!

Pia: How did you get published? What did you think as you saw your first published romance in the book store? Did you celebrate?

Julia Quinn: I got published the usual way. I first got an agent, and she sold the book. I was fortunate in that, after many rejections, two publishing houses wanted my first book at the same time, so I was paid a bit more than usual for a first book, and I was able to write full-time from the very beginning.

I remember going to see my first book in the bookstore---it was brilliant! But to be honest, even after 9 books, it's still exciting to see my books in stores.

Pia: How do you react to criticism?

Julia Quinn: I'm fine with it. Not everyone is going to like my books, and that's okay.

Pia: Do you see other authors as rivals? Are you befriended with some authors?

Julia Quinn: Many of my very best friends are other authors. I don't really see other authors as true rivals, but I would be lying if I said I didn't pay attention to the careers of other writers.

Pia: Which are your favorite books by other authors?

Julia Quinn: In romance: SOMETHING WONDERFUL by Judith McNaught, DREAMING OF YOU by Lisa Kleypas, PORTRAIT OF MY HEART by Patricia Cabot, and HEAVEN, TEXAS by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. In non-romance, I adore A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY by John Irving and WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech.

Pia: How do you hold contact with your fans? In whichs countries are your books also published? Have you heard from people from foreign countires?

Julia Quinn: I try to keep my website updated regularly for fans. Many of them email me as well. But it often takes me 4-6 weeks to answer an email, especially if it's right after a new book comes out.

My books have been sold in the following countries: Germany, Russia, Taiwan, Poland, Norway, Italy, and Korea. Additionally, many other countries receive the English-language versions. I get lots of email from foreign readers. It's exciting to know that my books are sold all over the globe!

Pia: What are your plans for the future?

Julia Quinn: Just to keep on writing! My next book, AN OFFER FROM A GENTLEMAN, is due out in the States in July. It's a bit of a Cinderella story, which was something new for me. I hope everyone likes it!

© Isolde Wehr und Pia L., Februar 2001, Die romantische Bücherecke

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