08-12-2012 11:02 PM
This week's featured guest is New York Times best-selling author ( 24 times!!) JULIE GARWOOD!
She writes historicals and romantic suspense - over 36 million of her books are in print.
08-12-2012 11:02 PM
It's no surprise that Julie Garwood became a writer. Growing up in a large family of Irish heritage, she took to storytelling naturally. "The Irish relish getting all the details of every situation," she explains. "Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children. Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick."
Creating stories was always a passion for Julie, but she didn't focus on making it a career until the youngest of her three children entered school. After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her interests to historical fiction. Her first novel, GENTLE WARRIOR, was published in 1985, and there has been a steady parade of bestsellers ever since. Today more than 35 million copies of her books are in print, and they are translated in dozens of languages around the world. One of her most popular novels, FOR THE ROSES, was adapted for a HALLMARK HALL OF FAME production on CBS.
Whether the setting be medieval Scotland, Regency England, frontier Montana, or modern-day Louisiana, her themes are consistent: family, loyalty, and honor. Readers claim that it's the humor as well as poignancy of her novels that keep them coming back for more. Julie described her goals this way: "I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love. Basically, I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they've been on a great adventure."
Julie lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.
08-12-2012 11:04 PM
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will you be writing more historical romances?
I don't have one scheduled, but I hope I can get back to medieval Scotland before too long. There are a couple of clans I want to check in on. I'll try to keep you posted on what stories are coming up by making announcements here on my web site.
Will you be writing sequels for any of the characters in your older books?
I love looking in on old friends, so I'm sure I'll be writing about characters from previous books again. My latest book, THE IDEAL MAN, features new characters, but if you look closely toward the end of the book, you'll see that I've mentioned one of the Buchanans, the family that was at the center of some of my earlier contemporary novels.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It varies, but from the start of the manuscript to the final book in the stores, it takes about a year. I wish I could write several at once, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet.
How can I get all your books in hardcover?
The earlier books were printed only in paperback except for a few library editions. I'm told that people have actually found all the hardcover copies by searching on the internet for them, but even I don't have them all.
What is your favorite book? And who is your favorite character?
It's hard to pick favorites. Whatever book I'm writing has my full attention, so my favorite characters are usually the ones I'm spending the most time with.
What's your advice for someone who wants to be a writer?
I have four pieces of advice. One, set aside some time each and every day to work on your writing. It's important to develop the discipline and to get into a rhythm. Two, join a writers group or take writing classes where you'll get feedback and encouragement. Romance Writers of America has chapters all over the country. To learn more about them, check out their website, rwanational.org. Three, attend writers conferences and seminars because they'll give you opportunities to network with agents and editors. And four, write what you love. If you're enjoying the story, your enthusiasm will come through in your words.
08-12-2012 11:08 PM
Julie's website is here:http://www.juliegarwood.com/index.asp
Check out her virtual office: http://www.juliegarwood.com/VirtualOffice.asp
She's on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/JulieGarwood
And she's on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/juliegarwood
08-12-2012 11:24 PM
08-12-2012 11:25 PM
In the new contemporary romance from #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood, a detective and a lawyer are falling in love— and making a federal case out of it.
When FBI agent Grayson Kincaid first encounters Olivia MacKenzie, she makes quite an impression.
The beautiful, tough, young attorney has stumbled into the middle of an FBI sting operation and has reduced it to chaos. Months of surveillance and careful planning down the drain, Kincaid’s partner is furious and lets Olivia know that she’s ticked off the wrong guy. After all, he’s FBI.
Olivia isn’t intimidated by his partner’s bullying because she’s something even scarier . . . she’s IRS.
And working for the IRS isn’t for the faint of heart. She’s on the trail of an elaborate Ponzi scheme, one that threatens to ruin the lives of naive and unsuspecting victims, and one she has personal reasons to be angry about. But after she asks questions of the wrong people, her life is suddenly endangered. She’s accustomed to fighting for the underdog but being vulnerable herself is a very different story. Smart enough to know when to call for reinforcements, she contacts Grayson Kincaid.
Together they make an excellent team to fight corruption but Olivia is also fighting the immediate and intense attraction she feels for Agent Kincaid, and that may be a battle she is bound to lose.
08-13-2012 12:26 AM
08-13-2012 07:42 AM
Julie, welcome, I hope you have a great visit. I have read many of your books. I love them. I read the Ideal man. I loved it. I just got Sweet Talk from the library I work at. I am going to be starting it soon.
I have many of your books. I love your characters and the story lines.
I love your advice to aspiring writers. I have written some myself and I am going to take your advice. I must see about the Romance Writers chapter in PA.
So have a great visit and keep those books coming.
08-13-2012 08:51 AM
I'm so excited to be visiting with one of my all time favorite authors I love both your contemporary and your historical novels and Sweet Talk is next on my read pile, it was a special gift from a very special person (you know who you are )
I'll check back later after I plug this guest visit EVERYWHERE
08-13-2012 09:59 AM
08-13-2012 10:36 AM
Hi, Julie, welcome to the Forum. I also haven't read any of your books but intend to soon. Please enjoy your stay with us this week.
08-13-2012 11:26 AM
Happy to hear you like the historicals and the contemporaries. I have fun going back and forth. I love "visiting" the middle ages every now and then but I also love writing about big families like the Buchanans and the MacBains.
08-13-2012 11:45 AM
Welcome, Julie to our forum! I see that you live in Leawood, Kansas, which is located not too far from one of my favorite city/towns in the world, Lawrence. I went to grad school there, and found that Eastern Kansas is sooo much different from NW Kansas, where my parents had settled. In particular, I loved the fact that there were four distinct seasons, and I particularly enjoyed Autumn there. Out of curiousity, what's your favorite season in your neck of the woods?
Second question--have you ever used Eastern Kansas as a setting for one of your books?
08-13-2012 11:52 AM
08-13-2012 11:54 AM
Okay I'm back I've adertised the visit
Julie, I was wondering if you have a favorite genre to write
do you have a favorite of all your books
Thanks, Debbie! I've been frantic without access to my computer - what a morning! Luckily I posted the links on Facebook last night.
08-13-2012 11:56 AM
I love talking to other writers! Hope your writing is going well. And thank you for your kind words about my work.
Julie - With so many best sellers under your belt, do you find writing is any easier than when you started out? Or is each book difficult (or maybe I should say "challenging") in its own way?