Interview with Stephanie Julian plus Giveaway
Stephanie Julian has an incredible and vivid imagination. If you have read any of her books, you know what I’m talking about. But even if you haven’t, it will only take reading her newest book for you to agree with me 100%. I am very excited to have Stephanie Julian here today!
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer a few questions today Stephanie.
Thanks so much for having me.
Can you tell us a bit about your new book What a Goddess Wants?
Tessa, the Etruscan Goddess of the Sun, has a problem… Charun, Etruscan God of the Underworld, has decided he wants to consume her powers and has sent one of his demons to bring her down to him. Tessa needs a hero and she finds one in Caligo, a legendary Cimmerian warrior. Their attraction turns heated as Charun pursues Tessa and Cal pulls out all the stops to save his goddess.
You chose to write about Etruscan goddesses. I have to admit that I did not know anything about these ladies. Actually, I had never even heard of them. *hides* (Thank you for your cheat sheet!) <– I’ll link it. Why did you decide to write about these Northern Italian deities instead of the more ‘usual’ Roman or Greek characters?
Because there’s just too much that’s already known about the Romans and the Greeks. The Etruscans are still pretty mysterious. There’s not a lot known about their life and religion. Even their language is still largely untranslated. This allowed me to take what facts I could find and play with them. I didn’t have to be chained to an already clearly defined pantheon and rules about their world.
What a Goddess Wants is not the first book where your characters are Etruscan.
Nope, I’ve got two other series with Ellora’s Cave that feature Etruscans. The Magical Seduction series has fairies and elves and the Lucani Lovers series has Etruscan werewolves. I’ve just finished the fifth book in that series. Grace in Moonlight, will be released later this summer. I also have another series featuring cursed Etruscan witches. The first book, Spell Bound, will be releasing soon.
Did you have to do much research about the Etruscans or did you already possess knowledge about them? Because it’s obvious while reading the book that you know a LOT about these gals!
I knew nothing about the Etruscans when I started researching. I only knew there was an ancient group of people who were called the Etruscans. From there, I started searching Amazon for anything I could find on them. The first book I found was Etruscan Roman Remains by Charles Godfrey Leland. It had a wealth of information, most of it based in Italian folklore. From there, I moved onto books written by Etruscan historians, mostly 1,000-page books with lots of diagrams and pictures and 10-letter words. I had to read through a lot of information to get little tidbits to lace through the books.
This book contains many many…many steamy scenes. Do you ever blush while you write your extra smexy scenes or are you past that stage now that you’ve published 13 erotic stories?
What A Goddess Wants is 14. And no, no blushing. I figure if I’m going to write erotic romance, I’ve got to own it. When I first started writing erotic romance, it took me a little while to find my comfort level with the sex scenes. How much was too much? I had to find a balance between sex and plot. Because my first 13 stories were mostly novella length, there wasn’t a lot of space for plot but I think I managed to find that balance.
You have three books coming out in your Forgotten Goddess series. What a Goddess Wants (out now), How to Worship a Goddess (December 2011) and Goddess in the Middle (summer 2012). Are there more books planned or is this series to be a trilogy?
In my mind, there are at least three more Forgotten Goddesses that need books, including Hinthial, Culsu and Nortia. So far only the first three are contracted but eventually I’ll write those stories. Then there are the Gods…
Can you tell us a bit about How to Worship a Goddess?
This is Lucy’s story. Lucy is the Goddess of the Moon and she’s a huge hockey fan. Brandon is a minor league hockey player at the tail end of a decent career who’s thinking about retirement. But before that happens, he wants to meet the gorgeous woman who stares at him at every home hockey game. When he finally tracks her down, he doesn’t expect to find himself drawn into her world, where men turn into wolves and blue-skinned demons show up in the middle of the night to kidnap goddesses. Brandon wants to protect Lucy and he’s about to discover the hidden power inside him.
Okay, Flash Four time (these questions only require one or two word answers)
Flash four questions about books and writing ~
How long, from start to end, did it take you to write What a Goddess Wants?
Did you see yourself being a writer as you were growing up?
In what room of your house do you write from?
Do you tend to come up with the title for your book before you start writing it, while you’re writing it or when it’s all done?
Before. (But it always changes.)
Flash four questions about random things ~
Sweet or salty snacks?
What color is your toothbrush?
Your high school experience: good or bad?
What do you like on your pizza?
Thank you so so much Stephanie for taking the time to answer my questions. I’m looking forward to reading more about your Forgotten Goddesses!
Sourcebooks is giving away not one, but two copies of Stephanie’s What a Goddess Wants! TWO! Just leave a comment below to enter. You have until July 12th 2011 11:59EST. Open Canada and U.S. only. Good luck!
And what did I think of What a Goddess Wants? Stop by tomorrow to read my review!