I am thrilled to introduce you all to Julie Tetel Andresen author of the new release, Love After All!
Let's start with getting to know our author better! Julie agreed to this fun interview to share a little insider information!
1. What is the most compelling theme behind all of your writing?
The most compelling theme behind all of my writing is the need for connection. The first connection is, of course, touch, your mother holding you. The next connection comes through language. Humans stay connected through language. For me, the center of a love relationship is good dialogue. Good dialogue assures good touch, that is, physicality/sexuality, which is connection intensified and electrified.
2. If you could break a romance writing rule with no consequence what would it be?
The romance rule I would break – maybe have them not end up together, although everything points to them wanting to be together? It would still be a happy ending, in its own way, that they decide they can live apart. Maybe she has more traveling to do, and he needs to focus on a start up. Even as I imagine this scenario, I think, “Well, I’ll just get them together in the next installment.”
3. So I write contemporary romance but historical is my favorite genre to read. What about you?
I thought I would always only read and write historicals. Now I binge read in categories. I’ve been on a shapeshifter jag for a while now. Every now and then I’ll try a contemporary rom com.
4. Tell us where the idea for this book came from...and did it turn into a series or one stand alone?
My twenty-fifth romance Love After All (May, 2016) is a stand-alone contemporary about two 50-something New Yorkers who are at the top of their professional game but rusty on dating chops. I liked writing about people who have a lot of life experience.
Where did the idea come from? My life, perhaps?
The heroine Laurel is an English professor at New York University. I’m a professor in the English Department at Duke University. (The only difference: I teach linguistics not literature.)
The middle part of the story is set at a Duke class reunion in beautiful Durham, NC … so all I had to do was look around.
Laurel is into improv. When I taught in the Duke Arts program in New York City a few years ago, I took an improv class at the People’s Improv Theater.
The hero Gino lost his wife to cancer. I lost my husband to cancer. So I know that journey.
Normally I don’t simply write myself, but this story called to me.
5. Which hero from your books is your favorite book boyfriend, and what is it about this book's hero that makes him so special?
Oh, man, I hate the question about which hero of mine is my favorite book boyfriend – especially because I have an answer and feel like I shouldn’t!
Out with it: Eagle from Captured, the second story in my Forest Breeze trilogy.
There’s just something about him. Sure, he’s smart (always a turn on) and sexy as hell, but it’s more that he knows what he wants every second of the day and acts to get it. When he decides he wants Rachel, well, end of story.
6. What is one thing all of your heroine's have in common? And what do they have in common (or not) with you?
From my very first romance, For Love of Lord Roland, I tend to portray heroines who maintain their dignity. Even in Love After All, Laurel is very attached to her dignity, which might also be called ‘reserve’ in her case. She has to give some of it up to make the connection with Gino.
Naturally, the loss of dignity results in comedy. In And Heaven Too the heroine Judith, who has a very good opinion of herself, has to make a fool of herself in order to win the hero (all properly plot related, of course). She has to become a comic character.
My heroines are usually much nicer, often softer and more giving than I am.
7. What is your next project (after this book) and when can we expect it?
I am in the early stages of a shapeshifter trilogy. To establish this new world, I wrote a short story set in London involving werewolves. It’s called The Alpha’s Edge. You can get a free download of it if you sign up for my blog:
I’m hoping to write the first book in the trilogy this summer and have it come out some time in the fall – but (confession) I haven’t written a word of it yet and don’t even having a working title. At least I know the world and have a sense of the plot and the main characters. I don’t think my heroine is going to have much dignity, come to think of it.
Love After All
NYU professor Laurel Jennings has spent her career climbing the ladder in the academic world. Dedication has yielded a deanship and a home in New York City's Greenwich Village, but her smile hides her long-suppressed pain of rejection.
Gino Milano is one of New York's most successful restaurateurs. Family-oriented, generous, kind, and hospitable, the death of his beloved wife of thirty-five years has left Gino wandering from fling to fling, without the intention of finding that kind of relationship again.
On the eve of college reunion season, this reserved divorcee and passionate widower cross paths in the lobby of their building. Faced with the prospect of being the only one of her friends to attend their thirty-fifth college reunion alone, Laurel impulsively asks the first man she sees. Gino, intrigued by her candor, agrees to help -- but dismisses any possibility of romantic interest.
In need of help of his own, Gino offers Laurel a deal: he will accompany her to her reunion at Duke if she helps him fend off the advances of women at his own weekend of fundraising events. Initial doubts give way to playful moments and personal revelations as matters come to a head on a beautiful April weekend at Duke University. Can both of them find love after all they have been through?
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