General Questions About JQ's Books - Julia Quinn

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Got a question about JQ’s books? You’re in the right place.

What are the Bridgerton “prequels”?

Your favorite Bridgerton siblings have aunts and uncles who led rather romantic lives in the Georgian era, which immediately preceded the Regency era and was named for the three first King Georges—including King George III, who was married to the Queen Charlotte we know and love from Bridgerton on Netflix.

Because of Miss Bridgerton, Book 1 in the Rokesby series, takes place in 1779, while Britain was still at war with The Colonies. The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband (Book 2), actually travels to New York City and is the only book I’ve written that takes place in North America. The Other Miss Bridgerton (Book 3) moves ahead to 1786 and is largely set on the high seas. The series ends with First Comes Scandal (Book 4), set in 1791. Anthony, Benedict, and Colin Bridgerton have all been born by then, and readers get to see them as kids! Violet and Edmund Bridgerton also appear as secondary characters, especially in First Comes Scandal.

For reference, The Duke and I (the first book in the Bridgerton series) takes place in 1813.

There are a bunch of references that fans of the Bridgerton books will recognize, but you don’t have to have read the Bridgertons before the Rokesbys. Or vice versa.

More information can be found on the Rokesby series page, on each of the four Rokesby book pages, and in each book’s accompanying Inside the Story features.

What is your next book and when can I buy it?

Find out everything there is to know about what’s coming up from me on my Coming Soon page, where I will always post information about my upcoming books. If it’s not there, either I don’t know or it’s not definite.

I promise, if I know, you’ll know.

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How are your books connected and do I need to read them in any particular order?

I’m careful to write all my books so that they can be read in any order, but I do enjoy revisiting secondary characters, so some books do “go together,” and they are grouped as such on my Bookshelf page (in order from left to right). You can see on any book page that book’s connecting books and where it fits in the series’ sequence. Click on any series name to go to the page devoted to the series. More info there for the curious.

There are a few instances where characters cross into series other than their own, but that doesn’t mean you need to read those books in any specific order. For example, in How To Marry A Marquis, I wrote Dunford (the hero from Minx) into a scene, but I would not say that Minx and How To Marry A Marquis are a part of a series. Similarly, Charles (the hero of Brighter Than The Sun) was a very minor character in Minx. But Brighter Than The Sun is more truly a spin-off of Everything And The Moon than of Minx. In general, if you see me bringing back old characters in a very minor way, it’s probably just me having fun at my computer rather than any attempt to consciously connect the books.

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made in your books?

Well, there’s the legendary tale of Eloise Bridgerton’s changing eye color. They were blue in The Duke and I, green in An Offer from a Gentleman, and gray in To Sir Phillip, With Love. I’d like to say that I was trying to go with the whole her-eyes-change-color-depending-on-what-she-wears thing, but I’d also like to say that I won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. So I’ll have to simply admit my mistake and be glad that I’ve never had a character whose eyes have changed within a book.

I also managed to accidentally make it seem like one of my heroines went on to commit adultery after she and the hero tied the knot. Allow me to explain: There are lots of “throwaway” characters in my books. By this I mean characters who are mentioned but don’t play a role in the book. For example, I might have a hero becoming jealous when he hears that a heroine dancing with someone else at a ball. Generally speaking, the story is stronger when I can give the other guy a name. Thus, rather than someone saying, “Mary danced with two other men,” they can say, “Mary danced with the Earl of Whatnot and the Duke of Whosis.” This means that I frequently have to come up with names. And that’s where I got into trouble.

There is a scene in On The Way to the Wedding in which the hero and heroine accidentally barge in on a couple enjoying a rendezvous:

“Oh!” Lucy jumped back, slamming a door shut.

“Did you find them?” Mr. Bridgerton demanded. Both he and Lady Bridgerton immediately moved to her side.

“No,” Lucy said, blushing madly. She swallowed. “Someone else.”

Lady Bridgerton groaned. “Good God. Please say it wasn’t an unmarried lady.”

Lucy opened her mouth, but several seconds passed before she said, “I don’t know. The masks, you realize.”

“They were wearing masks?” Lady Bridgerton asked. “They’re married, then. And not to each other.”

Lucy desperately wanted to ask how she had reached that conclusion, but she couldn’t bring herself to do so, and besides, Mr. Bridgerton quite diverted her thoughts by cutting in front of her and yanking the door open. A feminine shriek split the air, followed by a angry male voice, uttering words Lucy dare not repeat.

“Sorry,” Mr. Bridgerton grunted. “Carry on.” He shut the door. “Morley,” he announced, “and Winstead’s wife.”

“Oh,” Lady Bridgerton said, her lips parting with surprise. “I had no idea.”

“Should we do something?” Lucy asked. Good heavens, there were people committing adultery not ten feet away from her.

“It’s Winstead’s problem,” Mr. Bridgerton said grimly. “We have our own matters to attend to.”

Do you think I remembered that I used the name Winstead when, almost a decade later, I wrote A Night Like This? No, I did not, and even worse, A Night Like This (featuring the Earl of Winstead as hero) takes place about three years before On the Way to the Wedding. So if you happen to read On the Way to the Wedding after A Night Like This, it really does look Anne is cheating on Daniel.

I am delighted to announce, however, that I was able to get this changed in the recent reissue of On the Way to the Wedding. Now it is Whitmore’s wife who is carrying on with another man, and I promise you, I will never name a hero Lord Whitmore!

Hey, is that another author’s character in one of your books?

Yes! It’s fun to pay a little homage to my friends and colleagues.

Eloisa James fans will recognize the Duke of Kinross and Lady Edith Gilchrist, who are guests at Marcus and Honoria’s wedding. Although neither protagonist from Once Upon a Tower actually appears “on screen” in The Sum of All Kisses, both are mentioned, and Iris’s frantic search for Edie leads to some rather significant self-reflection on the part of Sarah.

In chapter one of Romancing Mr. Bridgerton, Penelope is reading a book called Mathilda by S.R. Fielding. This book played a big role in Dreaming Of You by Lisa Kleypas (S.R. is actually Sara, the heroine). And in the Lady Whistledown column opening chapter nine, I mention Michael Anstruther-Wetherby, who is the brother of Honoria Anstruther-Wetherby, heroine of Devil’s Bride, the first book of Stephanie Laurens‘s Cynster series. That is why I thanked both Lisa and Stephanie in the book’s acknowledgements for the “gracious use of their characters” in the book’s acknowledgements.

Which Wyndham book comes first?

Neither! Even though The Lost Duke of Wyndham was released first, these two books take place at the same time and can be read in any order: Here’s why:

Once I realized I was going to be writing about both of the possible dukes, it became clear that I would be writing two books instead of one. At first I thought I would write them sequentially, with one picking up where the other ended, but as I delved into the plotting, I realized that there were so many scenes that were crucial to both sets of characters. I couldn’t bear, for example, to show the big reveal scene (when the characters learn who is the real duke) from only one hero’s point of view. So I ended up with two novels that took place at the exact same time. This means that there are many scenes that take place in both books, but you see the events through a different characters’ eyes.

Will you write a book about Lady Danbury? I’d love to read about her when she was younger.

There are two answers to this question. This is because Lady Danbury in the books and Lady Danbury in the television show have different backstories.

Here is the answer I originally gave for Book Danbury:

Unfortunately, no. Lady Danbury is already on the record as saying that her husband was an idiot, so I don’t have a lot to work with there. But I adore writing about her (let me rephrase: I ADORE writing about her) so she will surely show up in future books.

The Queen Charlotte book, however, does explore the younger years of TV Danbury.

Will you ever write a story for Violet Bridgerton? How about the story of how Violet and Edmund met and fell in love?

Violet does have a story: “Violet in Bloom.” It appears in the collection The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After. The story currently is not available on its own. If this changes, I will be sure to announce it everywhere I can. Please subscribe or follow for that news when/if it happens.

However, “Violet in Bloom” does not follow the expected romance genre arc.

I’ve thought about writing about Violet and Edmund, but I think it would be too bittersweet. We all know that Edmund dies at the age of 39. Or even worse, what about the readers who might be trying my books for the first time? They wouldn’t know that he dies young. Think how furious they would be when they started reading the Bridgerton series and found out I’d killed off one of my heroes.

But I can’t even begin to say how touched I am that so many readers want Violet to get her own (second) happy ending, but I’m afraid I just don’t see writing her story. I used to think it was because she was so devoted to Edmund, but after exploring the issue of second loves in When He Was Wicked, I realized that really wasn’t the reason. I’ve thought about it a while, and in all honesty, I don’t think I could come up with anyone good enough for her. Seriously. I just adore her.

That said, I couldn’t resist getting to know Edmund at least a little, and I’m thrilled that he appears in “Violet in Bloom,” a short story in The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After, and also in First Comes Scandal.

The books and the shows come together here.