I was just invited to join the Harlequin Heartwarming blog and I’m so pleased to be a part of this terrific group of writers.
To introduce myself, my name is Julianna Morris and I’ve had seventeen books published by Silhouette Romance, eight by Harlequin SuperRomance, and my first Harlequin Heartwarming is out this month--TWINS FOR THE RODEO STAR. I blink when I count them up, not quite believing it. There are many writers out there who haven’t found the right editor at the right time, so I feel really fortunate.
|The California redwoods, a |
favorite vacation spot
A little about me…
I have a degree in environmental science and I’m interested in practically everything, so my shelves are filled with an eclectic collection of books. I enjoy most fiction genres as well as nonfiction, though for nonfiction I’m more heavily focused on nature, history, and biographies (generally ones about people born before 1900). Gardening, baking, canning/preserving, watercolor painting, making patchwork quilts and other activities compete with my passion for hiking, travel, antiquing, etc., etc., etc… 😊
|One member of the family|
I’m also an animal lover, both wild and domestic (bears, wolves, cats of all sizes, to name a few).
|She doesn't look wild, does she? |
But you can't get near her. Otherwise,
she'd be an indoor cat in my home.
In addition to caring for my furry pals at home, a fellow author and I daily feed and give water to a small feral cat colony. While I totally support the current social distancing and mask requirements, I was prepared to get arrested if anyone tried to prevent me from taking care of them. Fortunately that never became an issue. Outdoor exercise has been encouraged where I live, and there was a special stipulation about being allowed to feed animals in another location (though I doubt they meant feral felines).
|Vehicle near where I feed my "outdoor"|
cats. You can tell how long it's been since
being driven. The resident is working
from home for the time being,
usually on his porch.
On my writing…
|A little mask humor |
from my family
Writing is a rather solitary activity and yet my imaginary world filled with characters who have very insistent things to say. For some reason I’m reminded of an account from a Star Trek television set, where the director wanted an actor to press a certain button because it would look better when filmed. As the story goes, the actor refused because pressing that button would destroy the Enterprise. I totally understand. If this really happened, I wish I’d been there to see the expression on the director’s face. Being invested in the story is important.
Each book I write is special to me in some way. For example, I had extra fun writing DR. DAD and DADDY WOKE UP MARRIED. MEETING MEGAN AGAIN was my mother’s favorite because the story takes place around a family reunion, so it has a particularly warm place in my heart (and my hero was given the Romantic Times magazine W.I.SH. Award!). FAMILY OF THREE let me indulge a small amount of historical family mystery.
|From the Poppy Gold Stories|
My two SuperRomance series, Those Hollister Boys and Poppy Gold Stories are special because of the families and locations. I suspect like most writers, I have more ideas than time to explore them, but perhaps one day I can revisit these series (I’m thinking about one I call Those Hollister Girls). I also have more ideas for the O’Rourke family featured in several of my Silhouette romances.
Now TWINS FOR THE RODEO STAR has been released with Harlequin Heartwarming and I can’t deny having a particular fondness for this story as well. I never thought I’d write a book where rodeos play a part, then I moved to a small town with a popular annual rodeo. It didn’t take long before I was hooked. The entire community is energized during the rodeo and the skill of the contestants is amazing to watch.
|Just a nice horse...|
TWINS FOR THE RODEO STAR is book one of a three book series called Hearts of Big Sky. The second book is coming out in December 2020, titled CHRISTMAS ON THE RANCH. I’m currently working on the third book for the series (with only a working title to date). So back to the manuscript.
Have a wonderful July.
Thanks to all for including me!
|Looks a bit like an orchid, |
but is actually a geranium in my yard.
Gardening is one of my favorite