Q&A with Julie Garwood

Posted by Goodreads on July 17, 2017
Julie Garwood wants you to cry. The bestselling author of The Bride has made a career out of sending readers on emotional roller coasters—from medieval Scotland to modern-day Louisiana.

"I want my readers to laugh and cry and fall in love," she says of her storytelling philosophy. "Basically I want them to escape into another world for a little while and afterwards to feel as though they've been on a great adventure."

Fans addicted to her brand of thrilling romance have had to wait three years for their Garwood fix. Her highly anticipated new book, Wired, is the next installment in the Buchanan-Renard saga, a romantic suspense series about hot FBI agents in search of justice…and love. This time around the agent in the spotlight is bad boy Liam Scott. Desperate to find the traitor within his own department, Scott turns to Allison Trent, a gorgeous hacker with a dangerous past.

Garwood answers your questions about researching computer bugs and viruses for Wired, avoiding "same old, same old" sex scenes, and looking beyond the surface to find a soulmate.

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Lara: I can't wait to get my hands on your new book! If Allison and Liam from Wired were characters in one of your historical romances, how do you think they would be different and what would they be doing for a living?

Julie Garwood: I'd put them in the medieval arena, probably around the time the Magna Carta was signed. Liam would be wielding a sword instead of an FBI badge and gun, and he would definitely be the man in charge. Unbeknownst to him, Allison would be his equal. By the end of the story, he'd definitely know it! All of my heroines are smart women who are fiercely loyal because that's the trait I value the most. She would either be on a quest or trying to right a wrong done to someone she cared about.

Tammy: I'll read whatever you write! You've tackled historical and contemporary and suspense… Is there another type of story you'd like to try in the future?

JG: Wow! That's a lovely compliment, Tammy. I would love to write a futuristic novel as well as one about time travel. I'd also like to write another young adult book. I've already got story ideas for all of them. I'll just need to find the time.

Veronika: Hi! I'm 19 years old, and I have read almost all of your books. I love romance, but now I have super-high expectations and no guy seems as interesting as the ones in books. How do you suggest managing your love life when you have such a romantic imagination?

JG: Veronika, the best advice I can give you is to never settle. Don't let anyone tell you who you are or what you can do. I guess I'm a romantic at heart because I believe the right person is out there. If it's meant to be, you'll find each other. Have faith in yourself. And remember the heroes in my books are romanticized. Real heroes come in all shapes. Be willing to look beyond the surface. Sometimes you'll find a diamond in the rough.

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A.M.: What's a normal day like for you? How much time are you spending writing or doing other writing-related activities?

JG: I gave up on "normal" years ago! I grew up in a large and loud Irish family. We all did our homework around the dining room table with the radio and television blaring in the background. Early on I learned to block sound. Now I have to have lots of noise in order to concentrate. That's my "normal."

I get up early—around six a.m.—get dressed, grab a Diet Coke, and get to work. There are always a lot of interruptions. For example, today I've had seven friends and relatives stop by for a variety of reasons. I love the interruptions, but as soon as they leave, I'm back at my desk.

Hoa: Your characters come from a variety of time periods and locations. What have been some of the most interesting subjects you've researched for a book?

JG: Great question, Hoa. I find most of what I research fascinating. For the historical novels, I loved reading about the medieval period. For the contemporary books, I'd say I had the most fun learning about the habits of wolves and polar bears in Alaska.

I also really enjoyed my research for Wired, all about writing code and planting bugs and viruses. It's so pertinent to a lot of what is in the news these days.

Barbara: I simply love your books and look forward to them all immensely! What have you found are the hardest scenes to write in your stories?

JG: Thank you, Barbara. The beginning of the story is always difficult for me because I put pressure on myself to make sure it is exactly how I need it to be to get things rolling. I can't move forward until that happens. Writing sex scenes is also difficult because I want them to be romantic but not too graphic. I don't want them to be the "same old, same old," and that is tricky.

Mandachil: Have you always known you wanted to bring stories to life, or was it something you discovered along the way?

JG: When I was growing up, being a writer wasn't a career. It was considered a hobby. So I didn't dream that I'd actually get to do what I love for a living. I've always been a writer and a storyteller. I just didn't know it. Every time something happened, I wrote a story about it. I loved to let my imagination go wild. I was thrilled (and astonished) to discover people liked to read what I wrote.

Te: What have been some of your favorite countries to travel to? Do you get inspiration for your books on these trips?

JG: I've been very lucky to have had the opportunity to travel around the world. I love Ireland and France, but I don't have any desire to write about those countries yet. I love England and Scotland, too.

The first time I remember being truly inspired came when I was driving over a bridge to the Scottish Highlands. There was a mist hanging down over the bridge, and spots of the mountain were barely visible. I got goosebumps, and something came over me like a sensation that I was home. It was so breathtaking, I knew I'd want the opportunity to make readers feel the way I did.

Lisa: How do you choose the next main characters for your books? As a writer and a reader, I'm curious. And you're my favorite author as a reader and as a writer! I love your style.

JG: What a wonderful compliment, Lisa! Thank you. I really can't explain it. I visualize one scene, and from that scene I know the whole book. I know who the characters are and what they want to achieve. Liam was in Fast Track, and I knew as I was writing that book that he would be the hero in the next book—I had visualized a scene that defined him and Allison. My mind works in mysterious ways…

Ashley: If you could live in the world of one of your books, which one would you choose?

JG: I'd like to live on Nathan's Bay with the Buchanans because they are so much fun to write about. I'd also like to live in Bishop's Cove from Hotshot. It's a tropical resort surrounded by water. Going there in January appeals to me because I'm usually shivering that month in Kansas.

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Creative Orange (Rumell Khan) I wish someone asked me these questions.

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Patricia Camaioni Beautiful interview! Love the questions that were asked. Wired was wonderful and I couldn't help rereading your last five novels this past few weeks and getting reacquainted with these great characters. Whether it is historical or contemporary yyour books have a special place on my bookshelves

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