• The Mystery of History

Coming Soon from the Pen, Please Welcome Historical Author Julianna Deering!

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction

DodsonAI’m always intrigued to meet new authors, and today is another mysterious day as I open the floor to Julianna Deering!

What made you interested in writing Christian Historical Fiction? Do you write any other genres?

I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction. Contemporary doesn’t interest me as much, because contemporary life is all around me all the time. Historical takes me somewhere else, away from my daily life. I remember how happy I was when I first found out that there was historical fiction with a Christian worldview. It was only natural for me to write what I enjoyed most.

I do write contemporary cozy mystery, too, for Annie’s Attic and under my real name, DeAnna Julie Dodson. I enjoy this particular series because it centers around a group of ladies who do various types of needlework (quilting, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, etc.) and I’ve always enjoyed needlecraft. I mostly do quilting and cross stitch, but I’d love to learn to knit.

Are there any other Christian Historical Fiction authors that you think your readers would enjoy?

I really haven’t seen any Christian authors make an attempt at an Agatha Christie type cozy mystery, but if there are, I’d love to hear about them. However, there are a lot of CBA historical authors I enjoy very much: Stephanie Grace Whitson, Karen Witemeyer, Tamera Alexander and Carol Umberger to name a few. I enjoy fiction from a lot of different time periods.

Are there bits and pieces that were cut in editing that you might ever share with your readers?

Oh, I wish I had some deleted scenes to have as bonus material! But for Rules of Murder and its sequel, Death by the Book, the editors went pretty easy on me. Any cuts were very light and very surgical, just a few words here and there. No actual deleted scenes. We’ll see what they say about book three, Murder at the Mikado when they give me their notes.

RulesCoverCropWhat is your favorite scene from Rules of Murder?

Picking a favorite scene is like trying to pick a favorite child. I like them all for one reason or another. But one of my favorites is the opening of Chapter Eleven. Madeline has swiped one of Drew’s new Agatha Christie books, Peril at End House, before he’s had a chance to even see it and refuses to give it back to him.

“Be fair,” he protests. “At least tell me what it’s about.”
“I’ve read only a few pages,” she says, “but according to the dust jacket, it’s about a girl who lives in a rundown old house on the coast, and someone is trying to kill her.”
“Probably because she goes about taking other people’s books.”

There’s a playfulness between Drew and Madeline throughout most of the book that I really enjoyed exploring. I wanted to harken back to the Thin Man movies of the 1930s and ‘40s and the repartee between Nick and Nora Charles, delightfully played by William Powell and Myrna Loy.

How would you relate your writing experience and research to some Creative Madness?

I think I did most of my research through many years of reading classic mysteries of the 1920s and ‘30s (Agatha Christie, Margery Allingham, Dorothy L. Sayers and so on) and watching movies from the 1930s and ‘40s before I had any idea I would write this kind of book. There is no better way to really absorb the entire feel of the period. Plus it’s a whole lot of fun. I have a friend who always says that God is a God of economy. I think she’s right. All that entertainment ended up being priceless research for this book.

Image Source: Google Image Search “Richard Armitage North and South”

What is something that you have never told anyone in an author interview?

I have the biggest crush on Richard Armitage, especially in North and South. Oh, goodness! He looks amazing, but what always gets me most is his voice. It just melts my spine. I guess that’s pretty fangirly of me, but there it is. Now everybody knows.

What is the one thing that you want to leave readers of Rules of Murder pondering over?

The faith element in the book is fairly light, but it’s definitely there. Drew has always been rather carefree and privileged. He’s handsome and intelligent and rich and well placed in society, so he hasn’t really given his spiritual life much attention. But, as the events of the book progress, he begins to realize that all his worldly advantages don’t fill up that place in his life that’s meant to be filled by God. I hope readers will realize as he does that it doesn’t matter how or when we come to God, just that we eventually do come.

Please, please tell us about your next planned project…

What I’d like to work on is a complete departure from cozy mystery or anything else I’ve done before. It’s a fantasy adventure about a teenaged girl who finds herself in another world and goes to rescue a prince. Whether or not I’ll ever actually finish it and find a publisher for it, I don’t know. But it’s a story I want to write, time and other contracts permitting. I like to take archetypal stories and put my own spin on them, which is what I did with Rules of Murder. Of course, if the Drew books are a big success, I imagine I’ll be figuring out more adventures for Drew and Madeline and Nick, and Wynter will have to wait.

Tell us about your blog and participation in other blogs…

I have a blog on my websites (www.deannajuliedodson.com and www.juliannadeering.com), but I don’t update them often. I am more active on my group blog, www.inkwellinspirations.com, with some really wonderful people who write a variety of styles of books. I have learned a lot from them and am thrilled that they let me join them. We blog a lot about writing and reading and about life in general. It’s a lot of fun.

Connect with Julianna!
Website: www.juliannadeering.com
Twitter: @deannajuldodson
Facebook: AuthorJuliannaDeering
Blog: www.deannajuliedodson.com and/or www.inkwellinspirations.com

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About CherryBlossomMJ

The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.
  • Historical fiction definitely takes me somewhere else, that was how I ended up reading it so much and becoming addicted many years back in fighting depression. Yet now it’s become a mission to me to spread the word, because it is so much better than people realize!

    Crafty ladies ‘eh? Perhaps that’s something I should check out. It sounds like you an I might have quite a bit in common! I love that. 🙂 Cross stitch is the one that I can claim some experience and talent at as I’ve done it the longest. But now I’m a quilter and love it. Too many UFOs to count! Although I’m not a full quilter “yet” right now I’m into piecing tops. However I just got a new Bernina a few months back with BSR and I’m hoping (and praying!) that I’ll learn how to be able to quilt my own quilts. Then these 10+ tops laying in wait will be able to be used!!!

    I think you’re right. I’m not sure I’ve seen any others that are really on line with Agatha Christie. Believe it or not, I haven’t yet read an Agatha Christie novel, but I know my mother loves them and I’m originally from north of Atlanta and I know there was an Agatha Christie play house there.

    Stephanie is one that I enjoy contemporary or historical. Karen and Tammy are two authors that I have adored from publication day one! Tammy’s latest epic novels are to die for!! While I haven’t yet read the Scottish Crown series from Carol, it is one that I have on my shelf that I hope to read one day. The premise definitely appeals to me.

    I love seeing peeks behind the scene with deleted bits, but that’s pretty exciting to not have an overly red returned edit. 🙂

    What a great scene for Drew and Madeline. I’m already pretty sure I’m going to like them. From just that one bit they already entertain me.

    What a delightful way to research! Maybe that will work on me one day… if I could ever get past the one and only opening scene in my head for a nonexistent story.

    Richard Armitage, I “met” him on the screen through watching MI-5 and he was delightful although slightly evil. It was after that when I came to watch North and South and truly enjoyed him there.

    Great message to share! Wynter – what a great name!

    I’m delighted to have you here at ChristianHistoricalFiction.com and Creative Madness Mama. Getting to know you has been very delightful and I truly think you’re a kindred spirit with a bit in common. 🙂

  • Oh, Armitage! The line “Look back, look back at me” ugh, if you weren’t already dying for him to win his girl, that was it! Better than a kiss scene, and the torture! Love that movie!

    It will probably make you feel old, but I read your medievals in high school, looking forward to this book.

  • Sylvia M.

    I love Agatha Christie books and the Jeeves and Wooster books by P.G. Wodehouse. Jeeves and Wooster books aren’t mysteries and are a little earlier set (pre-WWI) than Agatha Christie novels, but one still gets that same spirit of England. Mindy Starns Clark does a good job with mystery writing for the CBA and has studied Agatha Christie’s writing style, but her novels are contemporary. Dorothy Simpson’s British cozy mysteries with Inspector Luke Thanet are a wonderful read. I’m almost finished with a re-read of that series- 16 books! They are contemporary though, set from 1981-1999.

  • Enjoyed reading this. I have a mystery novel out on submission that was loosely structured around Agatha C’s “Tommy and Tuppence” mysteries. Thanks for the chance to win your book!
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  • I am a huge fan of British mysteries – Agatha Christie, M. C. Beaton, Rhys Bowen, Elizabeth George . . . – I could go on and on, but you get the picture! I was so excited to see your book in the Christian fiction genre and I would love a copy so I can review and help publicize it. Please keep writing!

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  • angela chesnut

    would love to win.