Happy Birthday, Julia Quinn, born 12 January 1970
- You always get more respect when you don’t have a happy ending.
- I keep waiting for the day in which everyone who loves ‘Downton Abbey’ will realise they were actually watching a historical romance novel.
- I can’t imagine a romance novel published today where the hero rapes the heroine and she falls in love with him.
- The biggest challenge of my career, which is something that authors of genre fiction face all the time, is writing something fresh and new and at the same time meeting reader expectations.
- Unfortunately, the only way to get started is to stick your butt in the chair and do it. Nora Roberts once said that she can fix a bad page, but she can’t fix a blank one. So just do it and get some words on the screen. If it’s terrible, you can fix it later.
- Before I started writing, I knew that I liked to read romances with humour in them, so I assumed that’s what I’d do. But once I actually started writing, it quickly became apparent that that was my natural style, and now I think it would be impossible for me to write a book without any humour. What can I say? I think love is funny.
- Finish the book. The world is full of first chapters.
Julia Quinn is a best-selling American historical romance author. Her novels have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List 18 times and she was the 13th author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Julia loves to dispel the myth that smart women don’t read (or write) romance. In 2001 she did so in grand style when she won the $79,000 jackpot in The Weakest Link. Her novels include the Bridgerton Series, which began with The Duke and I.
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