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After twelve years as a vagabond Navy wife, an adventure that took her from Virginia Beach to Monterrey to Tunis, Tunisia to Oslo, Norway and back, author Julia Justiss followed her husband to his family’s East Texas homeland where, except for summer jaunts to New England to visit her family and escape the brutal Texas heat, she’s lived ever since. In between teaching high school French to keep her three children in braces, music lessons and dance team, she pursues her first love—writing historical fiction..
You can visit Julia's website at www.juliajustiss.com.
Eliza Ferree caught up with Julia Justiss about her book, MY LADY'S PLEASURE.
MY LADY'S PLEASURE
Writerspace: Please tell us about MY LADY'S PLEASURE?
Julia Justiss:This is the story of two lonely people who've resigned themselves to a colorless future, until their unexpected encounter shocks them into realizing life can offer so much more--even for them. Valeria must summon the audacity to reach for what she wants, even in the face of social disapproval, while Teagan must atone for the mistakes of the past and prove himself the worthy man she alone believes him to be.
Writerspace: What inspired you to write this story?
Julia Justiss: I've had the idea for a long time. One inspiration is an early Loretta Chase Regency that's still one of my favorites, THE ENGLISH WITCH, which features a wonderful cat-eyed rogue hero, Basil Trevelyan. Since enjoying that story, I've wanted to do a "rogue" book of my own.
Writerspace: Teagan is such a strong character in the story, was his character after anyone you know? (Is this a dream guy or what?) How did you develop him?
Julia Justiss: Teagan isn't modeled after anyone I know. I wanted him to be a "real" rogue who had done some genuinely reprehensible things (like Basil in Chase's story) but with a heart still able to be reached. As it turned out, Teagan had alot more vulnerabilities than Basil--but I like him anyway!
Writerspace: This story comes right to life, what did you enjoy most in this story? (plot, character, etc?)
Julia Justiss: Character is always most important to me. And it is essentially Teagan's book. Although Valeria does change and develop, she has more of a sense of who she really is from the beginning of the book. Teagan has been told all his life he is worthless and half-believes it, so it is his coming to terms with his own worth--reflected in Valeria's valuing of him--and what that means for both of them--that is central to the book.
Writerspace: What is your writing schedule like?
Julia Justiss: I teach part time (every other day) and so write on the off-days and when behind on deadline, which seems to be all the time lately, on weekends between family activities. The last two Christmases, with a Jan book due, I've worked all but Christmas Day and New Year's Day!
Writerspace:I see you've had other books published since MY LADY'S PLEASURE could you briefly tell us about them?
Julia Justiss: My latest release is an October book, MY LADY'S HONOR. In this the heroine takes an unusual means to save her brother and herself from her cousin's plan to marry her off to a crony and imprison her mentally handicapped brother-- sneaking away by night in a gypsy caravan. Once with her aunt in Harrogate, she plans to secure their future by marrying some kindly older gentleman. Her plans might have gone without a hitch, had she not encountered Gilen de Mowbrey on her last night dealing cards in the gypsy camp. When Gilen returns the next day for the gyspy lass who's bewitched him, the caravans have vanished. After tracking them only to have their leader deny all knowledge of the girl, he goes to meet his friend in Harrogate--and is soon introduced to the new young lady who's caught his friend's eye. A lady who is hauntingly familiar...
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