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Back in Time

Jan 28, 2013

Marianne Daventry is 17 years old and bored in Bath, the English town where she lives. It’s 1816, and she craves an exciting summer. So when her twin sister invites her to stay at a sprawling countryside estate, she jumps at the chance. This sets up writer Julianne Donaldson’s Edenbrooke, a “proper romance” novel about young love and adventure. “A Proper Romance is [my publisher’s] brand of clean, smart, engaging romances that will never embarrass the reader,” Julianne told USA Today.

Another “proper romance” writer, the famous English novelist Jane Austen, is one influence for Julianne’s work. “I love the moral dilemmas in Austen’s stories and the change that happened in her characters,” Julianne said. “I love the idea that the highest kind of love makes a person better than he or she could ever be alone, as we see in Pride and Prejudice with Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy.”

Julianne’s affection for distant times and far-off places was inspired by her own nomadic upbringing. As the daughter of a U.S. Air Force pilot, she learned to ski the Italian Alps, visited East Berlin before the Berlin Wall came down, and spent three years living next to a 500-year-old castle in Germany. “I loved seeing new countries and learning about different cultures,” Julianne says. “I started keeping a journal when I was young, and I wrote in it almost every day for 10 years. The more you do something, the better you become. That is true for writing.”

Read more about Julianne’s writing and storytelling tips on The Studio.