Saturday, March 8, 2014

A Warm Welcome to Julianna Deering

Is there a story behind your book Death by the Book?

After I finished Rules of Murder, I knew I wanted to spend more time with my amateur sleuth and his friends.  And since, at the end of the first book, his sweetheart Madeline hadn’t decided whether or not to pursue a serious relationship with him, I thought that, besides another mystery to solve, I should throw Drew a romantic curveball.  So I gave Madeline a prickly maiden aunt determined to rescue Madeline from him and hurry her back to the States.  I had a lot of fun with this one.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy a variety of books, though obviously classic mysteries from writers like Christie and Sayers are particular favorites.  I love most historical fiction as long as it’s clean and well-written, especially if it has a good dose of romance.  And, since I’m toying with a fantasy novel at the moment, I’m eager to read some books in that genre.  Stengl’s Tales of Goldstone Wood, Dickerson’s reimagined fairy tales and Bergren’s Rive of Time series are all high on my list to check out.

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?

That’s a tough question.  I love classical art, but I think that I would enjoy being able to draw and paint like Mary Engelbreit.  Her art always warms my heart and makes me smile.  At the same time, it has just the right amount of sass.  My sewing room is decorated in “Mary Engelbreit,” all cheery and bright, and I love it.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

My little orange tomcat, Petie, makes me laugh every day.  He’s such a busy boy and wants to be in the middle of everything.  Yes, I’ve had to rearrange my whole house to keep him from getting into what he shouldn’t, but he has a purr you can hear for fifty miles and I wouldn’t trade him for a million bucks.

What is your favorite season of the year? 

Oh, definitely fall!  I don’t like the heat, and Texas has a long, long summer.  That makes the cool fall weather all the more delicious when it comes.

What do you like most about the area where you live and/or grew up?

I live a little bit out in the country now, and the best thing here is the horse farms.  I’m a total city girl, but I do love it every year when the new foals are born and I can see dozens of them kicking up their heels in the pastures along the roads.  They’re such amazing little things, so tiny and delicate looking, but so fast and frisky and just a treat to watch.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?

I’ve been to Great Britain several times, and that has definitely inspired a lot of what I’ve written.  My medieval trilogy was helped immensely by my visits to the castles in England and Wales.  And being in impressive country houses and little villages in Hampshire definitely helped my give an aura of realism to my cozy mysteries.  I would love to go back again.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.   

I love Isaiah 41:13:  For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear.  I will help you.”  That says to me that God is right there with me, holding on to me no matter what is going on around me.  And it says to me specifically as a writer that I don’t have to be afraid when I feel totally incapable of completing whatever project I’m working on.  He, the Lord God Almighty Himself, will help me.  It’s a wonderful feeling.

Are you going to write more mysteries?  What are you going to work on next?

I very much want to write more Drew mysteries.  They are so much fun!  But I’d like to write some fantasy and even more medieval romance.  It depends on what strikes my fancy and where God leads and what my readers would like to read.  I love to hear from them about what they’d like.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?

Book Three, Murder at the Mikado, is due on the shelves on July 1, 2014.  This time out, an old flame of Drew’s shows up, asking his help in clearing her of a murder charge.  Her appearance brings up some things from Drew’s past he would like to forget and definitely doesn’t help his relationship with his sweetheart Madeline.  Plus it has my favorite cover in the series so far, Drew in white tie.  What more could you ask?

Back Cover
Drew Farthering wanted nothing more than to end the summer of 1932 with the announcement of his engagement. Instead, he finds himself caught up in another mysterious case when the family solicitor is found murdered, an antique hatpin with a cryptic message, Advice to Jack, piercing his chest.

Evidence of secret meetings and a young girl's tearful confession point to the victim's double life, but what does the solicitor's murder have to do with the murder of a physician on the local golf course? Nothing, it would seem--except for another puzzling note, affixed with a similar-looking bloodied hatpin.

Soon the police make an arrest in connection with the murders, but Drew isn't at all certain they have the right suspect in custody. And why does his investigation seem to be drawing him closer and closer to home?

To buy her book:
Barnes & Noble
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About Julianna:
Julianna Deering has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage.  This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity.  A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey.  Written as DeAnna Julie Dodson, her first books, In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered, are a trilogy of medieval romances.  More recently, she has written four contemporary Annie's Attic Mysteries:  Letters in the Attic, The Key in the Attic, The Diary in the Attic and The Legacy in the Attic.  Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuted in 2013 with Rules of Murder and will be followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado in 2014.  She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (

To connect with Julianna:
FB:  Author Julianna Deering
Twitter:  @deannajuldodson

Julianna Deering is giving away a copy of Death by the Book. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


Jackie McNutt said...

Thank you for featuring Julianna it is nice to learn of new to me authors

Amy Putney said...

Great interview! I'm so looking forward to reading this book! I loved Rules of Murder and I can't wait to see what Drew and Madeline get up to next. And I agree with you, Julianna. The cover for Murder at the Mikado is my favorite too. Every time I see a picture of it, I just can't wait to get my hands on it!

Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

aeputney [at] liberty [dot] edu

Lis K said...

I loved the bantering between Drew and Madeline from book one. I hope you write more medieval romances, too! Thanks for the giveaway and interview.
garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

Linda Kish said...

This sounds really good. I look forward to reading it.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hello Julianna. I like your Drew books. Like mysteries with romance in the mix. Would love to win this book. Thanks to you and to BDBL for a chance.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the drawing. Your books intrigue. :)

Patricia Bradley said...

Just had to stop by and thank you for a great interview! I have Death by the Book so don't enter me. Can't wait to read it!!

Melissa Oldaker said...

I love mysteries! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Looks good! :)

DeAnna Julie Dodson said...

Thanks so much for letting me visit!

Can't wait to send out my new book to the lucky winner!

Julianna Deering

cjajsmommy said...

After reading the excerpt, I decided to come back to Part 1 for my second entry. :) cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

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