|JQ at the 2009 RWA "Readers for Life" |
book signing in Washington, DC.
I am a fan of Julia Quinn’s plain and simple. This reader fell in love with the Bridgerton family and moved on to every other book she has written anxiously awaiting for a new year and a new book.
In 2009 at the Romance Writers of America Conference in Washington, DC I stood in line with my heart racing to meet her and have her sign my book. I started crying as I walked away it meant that much to me that someone I admired was so down to earth and warm to her fans and she even said thanks for buying my book. Julia Quinn’s books are fun, the characters entertaining and sassy with a touch of the dramatic. They depict a time in history when everyone is swept up in the gossip of the Ton; the mama’s chasing down men for their eligible daughters to marry, and the wonderful romance of finding your love match when everyone else is just trying to marry you off to a man with a title.
The one thing I did that I hope Julia Quinn never finds out about (so don’t tell her please) is I followed her out of the hotel in DC for about 10 minutes when she left to go to dinner with a friend. I have NO idea what possessed me to do such a thing but I did maintain my discreet distance and was able to duck a few times behind other people when she turned around. When I told my friend and roommate Kim her only question was “did she see you?” Well no because I came to my senses and turned around and went back to hotel since it was dinnertime and I was hungry. Geez it was late and I needed to eat for pity sake, all that covert operation work is very draining.
Julia Quinn is among a group of wonderful Historical Romance writers and I have been honored to have read so many and been asked to review them as well. There is Gaelen Foley who talks to me like we have known each other forever, Anna Campbell who is every fan's favorite, Katharine Ashe who is new to my library and quickly growing in quantity, Liz Carlyle who completely captures the time and place with her characters in every story. These are just a few of what I have had in my hand and will keep in my heart as memories.
Next Up on Friday is Rachel Gibson and the contemporary life of romance!