Julianne MacLean is a USA Today bestselling author who has sold more than 1.3 million books in North America alone. Her novels have also been translated into Spanish, German, Portuguese, French, Japanese, Turkish, Russian, and Dutch. She has written twenty historical romance novels, including the bestselling Highlander Trilogy with MacMillan/St. Martin's Press and her popular Pembroke Palace Series with Avon/Harper Collins. The first novel in her contemporary fiction series, THE COLOR OF HEAVEN, was a USA Today bestseller in 2013. Julianne is a three-time RITA finalist with Romance Writers of America and has won numerous awards, including the Booksellers' Best Award, the Book Buyers Best Award, and a Reviewers' Choice Award from Romantic Times for Best Regency Historical of 2005. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of King’s College in Halifax, and a degree in Business Administration from Acadia University in Wolfville. She lives in Nova Scotia with her husband and daughter, and is a dedicated member of Romance Writers of Atlantic Canada. She is represented by Creative Media Agency in New York.
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I was a DJ in a dance club during my university days. I worked every Saturday night playing 80's dance tunes like Push It and Bizarre Love Triangle. I even won third place in a beat mixing competition. I was the only girl spinning records in the Halifax clubs at the time.
One of my summer jobs during college: I was a tour guide on the Haligonian II - a historic boat cruise around Halifax Harbour. "Over on your left, we have the site of the Halifax Explosion, which occurred on December 6, 1917..." Summer jobs don't get much better than that.
I once went sailing aboard this schooner - the Bluenose II - with Prince Edward when he visited Canada. The interesting thing is, my agent, Paige Wheeler, was visiting Halifax at the same time and also met him, and was there when the boat sailed off, so we likely crossed paths on the wharf. This was almost 20 years ago, and we only discovered this after working together for seven years. It sure is a small, freaky world.
Romance Writers of America Conference
Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida
Booksigning and on panel about audiobooks
How many books do you anticipate having in the Color of Heaven series? Also, do you anticipate Color of Love and the rest to also release on audio?
Right now (August 2014), I am listening to auditions for narrators for The Color of Love, and hope to get that in the studio by the end of the month. I would predict an October release date for the audio edition. And yes, I plan to do audio editions for all the books in the series. They will likely be released about 45-60 days after the original ebook release, because it takes time to get everything recorded and uploaded for sale.
As far as continuing the series, I can guarantee at least 8 books because I already have the next 2 in the pipeline, available for pre-order, but I suspect there will be more after that, and I don’t want to put a limit on it. It might be 12, it might be 16, it might even be 20, depending on how readers respond to more books. What’s nice about this series for me as a writer is that every book is different. I’m not constrained to one family or one town. I can move around and write about new characters all the time - as the series thread is more about the theme (of real life magic), rather than a specific set of characters or a particular location or overall plot device that needs to be resolved.
Do you have an agent?
Yes. I am represented by Paige Wheeler at Folio Literary Management and we've been together since 1998. She took me on as a client when I was unpublished, though I had been submitting my work to publishers on my own. At that time, I had already sent my book to Harlequin Historicals. When she agreed to represent me, she called Harlequin and asked them to pull it out of the slush pile. The rest is history.
What is your writing day like?
Most weekdays are like this: I wake early, get my daughter off to school, then I make tea. I either sit down at the computer in my family room and answer emails, hang out on Facebook, check what’s happening on Twitter, and add updates to my blog - or if I'm close to a deadline I start editing the previous day's work. Around 10:30 I go for a run or do aerobics, then shower and eat lunch. I’m not much of a morning writer, so I usually just edit at that time. In the early afternoon I run errands, get groceries, figure out supper, then I begin writing new stuff around 4pm and write until about 9pm (while my daughter goes to dance every night). I aim to write 7-10 pages per day, or 40 pages per week.