Karen Hawkins and Julia London are doing a joint blog today. Why? We don’t know, but hey, they offered, and we figured what the heck. Besides, they both have releases the final week of this month, which always makes authors ‘play nice.’ At least for a day or two.
Whatever you do, keep an eye out for both releases, which are sure to be as fun and lively as these authors are in person. Karen’s Duchess Diaries e-novella, PRINCESS IN DISGUISE, will be released February 25th, while the latest installation in Julia’s Secrets of Hadley Green series, THE LAST DEBUTANTE, will be released February 26th!
1. So, Karen and Julia, what’s the inspiration for your work?
Julia: Karen’s inspiration is the full cardboard cut-out of Hugh Jackman that she dresses in a kilt each and every morning.
I know, creepy.
Karen: When most of us hung up our tutus and princess dresses, Julia kept at it. She still drags them out and is inspired by the little damsels-in-distress vignettes she likes to act out.
2. Is any part of your job hazardous?
Julia: Karen is always complaining about paper cuts. I don’t know if she’d making origami on the side or what, because honestly, I don’t know of any other authors who complain about paper cuts as much as she does. Of course, she does have that life sized cutout of Hugh Jackman … hmmm.
Karen: If you can die from dramaqueenitis, Julia would be the first casualty. There is always some crisis with her, like when she accidentally pressed “delete” instead of “save,” (total meltdown) or when her dog ate part of her finished manuscript (half meltdown). I don’t think it’s possible to lose that many chunks of writing in one career.
3. What’s the most fun part of your job as an author?
Julia: Karen enjoys staring for hours at her Hugh Jackman cutout. Seriously. H-o-u-r-s.
Karen: Julia likes being recognized as a romance celebrity. I think it happened once, and it turned out the person was related to her. But she still talks about it.
4. How many hours do you work a day?
Julia: Karen works all of the time . . . on Dragonvale. She’s at level 129 now and if she asks me one more time if I’ll give her a crystal, I’m going to scream.
Karen: I think capturing how much Julia “works” in “a day” is too ambitious.
5. If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?
Julia: Karen would write on parchment with a quill if her editor would let her. She’s old school that way.
Karen: Julia would totally buy into a Ten Instant Plot Ideas software kit.
What about you guys? What’s the most fun part of your job? Is any part hazardous? What inspires you while at work? If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be?
Karen Hawkins is giving away a copy of HOW TO CAPTURE A COUNTESS to one commenter and Julia London is giving away her last ARC of THE LAST DEBUTANTE to another. (Contest is open internationally, but TGB reserves the right to substitute a $10 online bookstore gift card in lieu of a physical book)
NOTE: Hey, people! This is our anniversary week and EVERY COMMENT MADE TODAY will be entered to win a daily prize, in this case a book from both Karen AND Julia! In addition, at the end of the week, EVERY COMMENT MADE THROUGHOUT THAT TIME will be entered for our GRAND PRIZES – a $200 bookstore gift card, and two $100 bookstore gift cards! SO COMMENT, COMMENT, COMMENT! (Contest is open to international entries, but we reserve the right to substitute a $10 gift card)