Jude Deveraux talks about the creative process for her new Vook novella
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I would like to meet Queen Elizabeth I and I wouldn't say a word. I'd just listen and watch.
Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. I like Grace Slick's White Rabbit, the Carmina Burana, ZZ Top.
Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Honesty, honesty, and honesty.
Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. I have an editor who keeps me from repeating myself. She circles the words that I use more than once on a page. Sometimes it's a real challenge to use different words. Right now, I'm trying to figure out how to say the "roar" of the alligators without using that word in every sentence.
August 18, 20111. You have a degree in Art. However, your career is as a writer. How did this happen? How did you discover your passion and vocation for writing?
I really and truly wanted to be one of the top artistic weavers in the world, but after I graduated from college, I found that no one was willing to pay me for weaving. I got a job teaching elementary school. I loved the kids but hated the administration. Reading was my escape. I never wanted to be a writer or sought it, it just seemed to happen.
2. Your novels are mostly historical. Why this interest in telling stories set in the past?
I love doing the research, finding out the way... see more
June 21, 2011Jude Deveraux On The Scent of Jasmine and Her Upcoming Projects!
By Romantic Times Book Reviews.
Jude Deveraux is beloved for her sweeping tales of love and romance. From the early days of the romance genre Deveraux has invited readers to fall in love with people and places all around the world and through out time. Now this bestselling author chats with RT’s Morgan Doremus about what fans can expect from her latest historical novel, The Scent of Jasmine, and gives us a sneak peek at what’s coming next!
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Back when I was teaching, my favorite thing to do on Friday was to go from the elementary school where I was teaching, to a bookstore, buy a paperback, and stay up all night reading it. One day I bought two paperbacks and was horrified to find that they were both rape sagas. The so-called hero forcibly had sex with the heroine. In anger, I threw the books across the room, turned out the light, and started thinking, “If I read the perfect book, what would the plot be?” The sun came up and I was still imagining characters and dialogue. For three days I walked around in a daze, unable to think about... see more
September 30, 2009Creating Promises for the Vook was one of the most exciting experiences of my career. When my publisher, Judith Curr, asked if I’d do it, I jumped at the chance. It’s always great to try new things. I was asked to write an exciting, filmable story. Since I grew up in front of a TV set, I knew that meant drama that would lend itself to a camera. No characters sitting around and contemplating; they wanted action.
Since I’d just finished working on a novel, The Scent of Jasmine, in which one of my characters had been unable to win my heroine, I wanted to give him a story — and a love — of his own.... see more