Really Specific Questions About JQ's Books - Julia Quinn

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What is “A Strange Fascination”?

From the original My Weekly publication.

“A Strange Fascination” is a very short story I wrote in 2014 for the Scottish magazine My Weekly. Very few readers outside of Scotland ever saw it, though, so I dusted it off and gave it to my bestie Stefanie Sloane to include as a freebie with her Costswolds Christmas novella “Under the Mistletoe.”

 


Is Thomas Harcourt Dead?

Warning: Here Be Spoilers.

No, really. Spoilers. Stop here if you haven’t read The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband.

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He’s dead. Really. At least that was my full intention when I wrote TGWTMBH. (No fun acronyms here.) He was dead when plotted the book, and he was dead when I wrote it. And if I hadn’t meant for him to stay dead I would never have named him Thomas. (I don’t repeat hero names, and I do have a soft spot for Thomas Cavendish.) But…

I hadn’t anticipated how much readers would take to him. After all, he exists only the in brief snippets of the letters he writes to his sister. Also, I wrote those snippets after the book was almost completely finished, so to me he didn’t feel quite as integral to the story as he did for everyone else. (You felt his presence throughout the entire reading experience, whereas I got to know him only at the very end of the writing experience.)

But now I’m hearing from readers who tell me they are sure he’s still alive. After all, no one found a body. (This is where I gently point out that no one looked; it was a war zone and too dangerous.) I could tell you that I know where the body is buried. Because I do; I did a ton of research on the area, and I actually grew up close by. But if you didn’t believe that he was dead in the book, I don’t think anything I say here would convince you.

So is he dead? Well, I think so. I mean, he is unless I think of a semi-plausible reason he’s not. Which I haven’t.

Yet.





In Minx (published 1996), William Dunford falls in love with Henrietta Barrett and marries her, but in How To Marry A Marquis (published 1999) he’s a bachelor again. What gives?

Even though How To Marry A Marquis was written and published after Minx, it’s actually set earlier. Minx takes place 1816/7, and How To Marry A Marquis takes place in 1815. As I was writing How To Marry A Marquis, I needed a dashing, handsome bachelor for one of the scenes. When it occurred to me that Dunford was still single, I thought to myself, “Why not?” It was a lot of fun to revisit him.



Is Ned Blydon (from the Splendid trilogy) ever going to get his own story?

Yes! His story was unveiled in a novella titled “A Tale of Two Sisters,” which you can find in the Where’s My Hero? anthology. For those of you unfamiliar with Ned, he appeared in my first three books: Splendid, Dancing At Midnight, and Minx.

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