Thursday, June 06, 2013

Interview with Julie Rowe

Do you write in different genres?

Yes, I write contemporary and historical medical romance. I also have a romantic suspense coming out this fall.

If yes which is your favorite genre to write?

Right now, I’m very excited about my historical medical romances. ENTICING THE SPYMASTER is the second book in a trilogy set during the First World War.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

I always give my books a title. It helps me focus on my core theme as I write, but my titles don’t usually make to the cover of the book.

Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

My WWI trilogy was inspired by the real-life actions of British Red Cross nurse Edith Cavell. Edith was the matron of a hospital in Brussels, Belgium when the war broke out. She began helping British, French and Belgian soldiers caught behind German lines, hiding them in her hospital, treating their wounds, and helping them escape the country. The Germans tried and convicted her for treason. She was executed by firing squad on 1915. Her dedication to her duty to help allied soldiers and her courage inspired me to write about WWI nurses who get a happy ending.

What books/authors have influenced your life?

Jayne Ann Krentz is one author I’ve read consistently over the years. I love her witty dialogue, spunky characters and the overall sense of fun in her books. Jayne’s voice and style is effortless and entertaining to read. I always know that when I read one of her books, I’m going to be feeling happy when I’m done. Mercedes Lackey is another author who I’ve read for a long time. Her world building and characters always suck me in. I can’t put her books down!

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I’ve had and continue to have several writing mentors. Dianne Drake, who writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, has been the best of mentors and friends since I started writing over twelve years ago. Donnell Ann Bell, who writes for BellBridge Books, has been a mentor and critique partner for many years also. Without the constant support and encouragement from these ladies, I’m not sure I would have persisted to achieve publication.

What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

My final book in my WWI series AIDING THE ENEMY is coming out this fall. I also have a contemporary medical romance as part of a four book continuity series for Entangled Publishing coming out in early 2014.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I love a lot of authors (my TBR pile is enormous!), but Nalini Singh and Thea Harrison vie for my favorite right now. Nalini’s world building talent is off the chart, and Thea’s ability to create amazing characters boggles my mind.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Carina Press has an amazing art department. Millenium created the cover for ENTICING THE SPYMASTER and did an amazing job.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. I wrote for ten years and completed 14+ manuscripts before I found a publisher willing to take a chance on my “outside the box” medical romances

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War Girls, Book Two
Julie Rowe

Genre: Historical romance, medical romance

Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: June 3, 2013

ISBN: 978-14268-9556-2

Number of pages: 153
Word Count: 34,000

Cover Artist: Millennium Promotions, Inc.

Book Description:

German-occupied Brussels, Belgium, April 1915

Judith Goddard is hiding in plain sight. A dual citizen with family ties to Belgian royalty and the British military, she works as a Red Cross nurse in a German hospital, learning what she can, ever fearful her true allegiance will be discovered.
British Expeditionary Force Captain Michael Lawrence is on a mission to rescue the daughter of his mentor. He doesn't expect to find a strong beautiful woman in place of the naïve girl whose love he rejected years earlier.

Jude is shocked when Michael turns up in her hospital, wounded and in German uniform. Though he broke her heart, she agrees to flee Belgium with him—she has information about an imminent attack that she must deliver to the British War Office, before it's too late.

Posing as a married couple, Jude and Michael journey to the border, in constant danger of discovery—and of giving in to their mutual passion…

About the Author:

Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”. In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has a short story in the Mammoth Book of Medical Romance.

Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Today’s Parent, Reader’s Digest (Canada), and Canadian Living.

You can reach her at   , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:  

Twitter: @julieroweauthor