Janet Mullany

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: September 30, 2010

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JANE AND THE DAMNED, HarperCollins, paranormal with romantic elements, 9/28/10.

Please tell us your latest news!

Whew. My novel JANE AND THE DAMNED is out and I'm all over the blogosphere talking about it and myself. If you're in or near NY, I'm reading at Lady Jane's Salon on Monday October 4 ( www.ladyjanesalon.com) and there's a schedule AND a contest at my website. There's also a contest to "like" my official, recently launched author page, Janet Mullany, Author, on Facebook with an amazon gift certificate to win; that one ends October 8.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Actually, yes. My daughter the English graduate read the ARC and gave me a fabulous critique regarding pacing and fine tuning--one of the toughest critiques I've ever had. I think it would be a better book had I rewritten it, but by then it was too late. I'm going to give her a crack at the sequel, though (which currently has no name, but it's set in 1810 when Austen had moved to Chawton and was writing seriously).

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

I have several, but I think I'll focus on Jude Morgan. He's a guy who writes Heyeresque Regency comedies of manners (INDISCRETION is my favorite) and also serious, literary fictional works: PASSION, about the women in Shelly and Byron's circle; SYMPHONY, about the love affair between Berlioz and Harriet Smithson; and most recently THE TASTE OF SORROW (the US title is, very unimaginatively CHARLOTTE AND EMILY, but I like the UK one much better) about the Brontes. I love his use of language and the absolute ring of truth his books have, and the way he captures the feel of the past.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Well, Diane Gaston described me once as Georgette Heyer after a few drinks! I was fortunate to have a strong voice right from the beginning (or so I was told!) which I think was a result of very wide reading and not being afraid to sound like myself.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I suppose I've always written. I know I wrote stories as a kid (who didn't?). I think it started seriously at around menopause, when possibly I had the urge to reproduce in different ways. I thought, "I could do that," and I did. But I've always read a lot--I still do--and I think that was my apprenticeship.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Finish the **** book. Send it out. Start another. Read, particularly outside your genre, because that's how you'll develop a voice. Break the rules when necessary.

How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?

My husband only reads books about World War II or classical music that have pictures. My daughter won't read anything where there's sex. I hope the others in the extended family read them since guess what they're getting for xmas... and there will be surprise quizzes.

What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?

I have a day job which I find concentrates the mind wonderfully and gets me out of the house and away from the refrigerator, and provides reading time on the commute. I've had all sorts of weird jobs like being an archaeologist and a classical radio announcer, but mainly I've worked in the performing arts, which is where I am now.

What main genre do you write in?

Mainstream Fiction, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Thanks so much for having me here! It's been fun.

Janet Mullany