Happy Birthday, Jude Deveraux, born 20 September 1947
- There are no new stories. It all depends on how you handle them. In romances the characters are going to fall in love with each other; you know that when you see the syrupy cover. It’s how get there that’s the fun.
- You should really stay true to your own style. When I first started writing, everybody said to me, ‘Your style just isn’t right because you don’t use the really flowery language that romances have.’ My romances – compared to what’s out there – are very strange, very odd, very different. And I think that’s one of the reasons they’re selling.
- I don’t like to read books where I feel as though I’ve stepped into the middle of things and don’t know what’s going on. I like to see characters I’ve met before, but I don’t want to feel left out because I haven’t read other books in the series.
- My university degree is in art and, yes, I do a lot of drawing for all my books. I have a big drafting table set up in a spare bedroom and I cover it with maps and house plans and sketches that I use in the books. Also, I truly love architecture, so that plays a big part in all my books.
- ‘How can I use that in a book?’ is always in my mind. When something rotten happens to me, I can often settle my mind by figuring out how to put the incident into a novel. Now that I’m writing murder mysteries, I have a list of people I want to kill.
- I think writing is good. You get to stay home and you can work all day or skip a day. I love looking at a blank sheet of paper and thinking that I can fill it up with anything I want to write.
Jude Deveraux is an American author. She has written 43 New York Times bestsellers, including Sweet Liar, the Nantucket series, and A Knight in Shining Armor. She won a Romantic Times Pioneer Award in 2013. There are more than 60 million copies of her books in print worldwide.