One of the winning authors at this year’s Christy Awards was Historical romance author Julie Klassen for her book The Girl in the Gatehouse, Last year Klassen also won in that category with her book The Silent Governess. Klassen’s books are set in the early 1800’s England and gains inspiration from authors such as Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte. Klassen is one of my personal favorite authors and it was an honor to conduct an e-mail interview with her.
joltleft.com: Secrets seem to be a theme in your books, why do you make them such a big part of your stories?
Julie Klassen: I like to keep readers guessing–and reading! And what better way than to hint that there’s more going on than meets the eye? Readers write to tell me they like the twists and turns and not being able to figure out exactly what is going to happen next.
EC: Your next book comes out in December; tell me a bit about the storyline and the inspiration for this one.
JK: I have enjoyed peeks into the below-stairs world of servants as seen in programs like Upstairs Downstairs, Regency House Party, Downton Abbey, and others. My next book, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, portrays an upper-class lady thrust into the below-stairs world of a housemaid. It is already available for pre-order from several online bookstores. I hope you will enjoy it!
EC: What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
JK: You’ve heard the saying, Write what you know? I say, Write what you love—what you personally love to read. The genre you most often read for pure enjoyment is probably the genre you should be writing. The hardest thing about writing is making yourself keep you derriere in the chair and tough it out until you write that first draft. Until you do, you will never know if you have what it takes—or would even truly want—to be a writer. I would also encourage new writers to study the basics (point of view, plotting, characterization, etc.) online, with a local writers’ group, or at a writers’ conference. There is a lot to learn, but thankfully with so much information online, it’s easier than ever to learn the craft. Once you have written a first draft, have well-read friends or a critique group read the manuscript and revise it based on their feedback before submitting it to an agent or editor. Writing is a lot of work, but definitely worth the effort.
Thanks to Julie Klassen for her time and come back here for more Christian author interviews.
Note: Click here to read part 1 one this interview.
Soli Deo Gloria!