Today we're thrilled to welcome Julie Anne Long, whose latest release, It Started with a Scandal, came out yesterday. The heroine of It Started with a Scandal has a, well...scandalous...past and becomes shunned by society and her family. Julie Anne is here today to talk about scandalous, fallen women and the heroes who love them. Thanks, Julie Anne!
Raise your hand if you woke up this morning feeling absolutely flawless: You've never made a mistake, life has never handled you a little roughly, leaving you with a few metaphorical chips and cracks, you've never harbored any doubts over whether you're lovable.
I suspect your hands are still hovering somewhere around your keyboard, or firmly gripping your coffee cup. (Or wine glass. Or, in my case, square of dark chocolate.)
To be human is to be vulnerable, to doubt. Taking risks in spite of the doubts is what builds character; it's how we discover what we're truly made of. And one of the great satisfactions of being a romance author is being able to apply both experience and imagination to rock a heroine's world on its foundation, sending her toppling either through her own impulses or through the caprices of life... and then lead our fallen heroine to that place we all want to be: loved not in spite of her mistakes or the vulnerabilities she prefers to hide, but almost because of them. Because they are, in fact, what make her perfect for the hero, and what makes him perfect for her.