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. Her new series of Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England debuts with Rules of Murder (Bethany House, Summer 2013) and will be followed by Death by the Book (Bethany House, Spring 2014) and Murder at the Mikado (Bethany House, Summer 2014). She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).
Please welcome Julianna Deering to my blog this week! Leave a comment below to be entered in the drawing or tell us have you ever kept a big secret?
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m in my office, and I’m wearing the jeans and shirt I’ve had on all day. Socks but no shoes.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I found out there are no hummingbirds in England. I just hadn’t even considered that there might not be. Thank goodness one of my advance readers mentioned it and the reference could be changed before Rules of Murder was printed.
What is something that very few people know about you?
I used to play the oboe and the bassoon when I was in junior high and high school.
What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)I have a gorgeous mantle clock. It’s at least 100 years old, and it’s made of brass and green marble. It’s very ornate, lots of flowers and doves and even a Romeo-looking lute player leaning against the actual clock part. It’s wonderful. I think it’s French.
If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future, when and where would that be and why?
Oooh, this is a tough one. I’d love to see the past. I’d love to see great historical events and people as they really were, but I’m such a baby, I would have a hard time not having any conveniences, especially air conditioning and clean running water. I’m sure there will be many wonderful things in the future, too, but I’m not so sure what our society will be like. It might be too scary for me. I think I’ll just stay where I belong. Yes, I’m a big baby.
If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?Psalm 66:16. It says, “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what He has done for me.”
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?Oh definitely The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I so wanted to be there with the talking Beasts and mythical creatures in the amazing land of Narnia. And I wanted to talk to Aslan!
What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)?I got all moved into a new house before I told my family I was moving. I didn’t want them to feel like they had to help. I think they were surprised I didn’t say anything until it was all done.
What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?Try to get my first book published. I had no idea what I was getting into or how hard it should have been. It was a true miracle that it ever happened.
Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate. When a weekend party at Farthering Place is ruined by murder and the police seem flummoxed, Drew decides to look into the crime himself. With the help of his best friend, Nick Dennison, an avid mystery reader, and Madeline Parker, a beautiful and whip-smart American debutante staying as a guest, the three try to solve the mystery as a lark, using the methods from their favorite novels.
Soon, financial irregularities at Drew's stepfather's company come to light and it's clear that all who remain at Farthering Place could be in danger. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this game.
Julianna is giving away her book Rules of Murder. Leave a comment or tell us have you ever kept a big secret?
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