Quintette of Questions: Julie Bozza
Quintette asks writers five quick questions. This week’s interview is with Julie Bozza!
The title is A Threefold Cord – and it was actually quite straightforward for once! If I don’t already ‘know’ the title then my first port of call is always my Oxford Dictionary of Quotations. As this book is about a threesome relationship, I looked up anything to do with ‘three’ in the index – and as soon as I saw there was an Ecclesiastes quote, I knew I was on the right track. Especially as the verse turned out to encapsulate the idea that three together is stronger than two or one alone.
2. If you could choose anyone from any time period, who would you cast as the leads in your latest story?
I love this question, but I actually don’t want to answer it, if that’s OK! I almost always cast actors or other people in the main roles, as it helps me mentally flesh them out into three dimensions. In fact, the only time I haven’t done this is when I was writing about John Keats – and my idea of Keats Himself is already robust enough for me to not need anyone’s help in imagining him ‘walking and talking’ – not even Ben Whishaw! Though he did a damned fine job of it in Bright Star.
The catch to that, however, is that I always try not to let people know who my preferred cast is. I would rather leave the reader free to cast the roles to suit themselves, and for that reason I tend to keep the physical description to a minimum, and to convey more impressions than details. It’s one of the reasons I like being with Manifold Press, who deliberately don’t include identifiable faces in their cover images.
This may all date back to a childhood trauma wherein I was reading a romance set in the world of ballet. After happily imagining a blond hero, I discovered about two-thirds of the way through the book that the author thought he was dark-haired! I can still remember my utter consternation!
3. What five words best describe your story?
Too much love for two!
4. Who is your favourite fictional couple?
That is actually really hard to answer, as I love so many – and after some thought, I am going to have to go with a really obvious one: Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in the novel Pride and Prejudice. There is plenty to appreciate in this encounter between Darcy’s immovable object and Elizabeth’s irresistible force, but what I love most is that both characters must go on a journey before they can find their happy ending. Both of them must learn and grow, and they do so in the care of Jane Austen’s clear but affectionate eye. For me personally, it doesn’t hurt that both journeys involve some of my favourite tropes – and it’s probably that that makes it all mean so much to me personally.
5. What song always makes you cry?
Another excellent question! Well, it would have to be the duet between Guinevere and Lancelot titled I Loved You Once in Silence in the musical Camelot – and in particular the film version with Vanessa Redgrave and Frances Nero. I’ve long loved the Arthurian legends – and the story of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot (too much love for two!) – and this short song manages to encapsulate both the beauty and the heartbreak of it all. If I’m not already teary, then the pained cry of ‘My love!’ always brings a lump to my throat.
I suppose that as a romance writer, I can also appreciate the truth of love presented as both joyful hope and real tragedy. It’s a simple song on the surface, but quite remarkably full of meaning!
I Loved You Once In Silence – The Arvada Centre production 2013, with Glen Seven Allen as Lancelot and Melissa Mitchell as Guinevere
Or listen to the Vanessa Redgrave/Frances Nero version on Grooveshark.
- Julie’s website: juliebozza.com
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