1. Welcome, Julie. I loved your book, The Apothecary's Daughter. Where do you get your story ideas?
Thank you! My first novel, Lady of Milkweed Manor, featured a young woman, who finds herself in an unexpected profession-working as a wet nurse. For that book, much of my research dealt with medical practices of the day, including the unfamiliar profession of the apothecary. When contemplating a second novel, my editor encouraged me to think of another "unusual profession" for a woman to have. That led to the main character of this book, Lilly Haswell, who finds herself doing the work of an apothecary, at a time when it was illegal for women to do so.
2. Do you see the Regency period as a regular niche or do you plan to branch out to other timeframes?
Good question! Publishers wisely advise new authors to establish a certain genre or niche, so that readers will know what to expect. It would not work well for me to jump from Regency to Westerns to Sci Fi! So, for the next few books at least, I plan to remain within this basic time period. I chose it because it is when Jane Austen published her novels, which I greatly enjoy. In the future, I can see myself perhaps moving up to the Victorian period, and potentially to American-based historicals as well. Time will tell.
Next Wednesday, Julie will answer questions on her writing process and dealing with writer's block. You won't want to miss Part II of this interview.
What genre is your current WIP? Have you thought of subsequent novels you'd like to write?