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Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen is a fiction editor with a background in advertising. She has worked in Christian publishing for more than twelve years, in both marketing and editorial capacities. Julie is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She enjoys travel, research, books, BBC period dramas, long hikes, short naps, and coffee with friends. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota
Julie Klassen: Jane Austen, Meet Your Match

Julie Klassen: Jane Austen, Meet Your Match

(January 2011)
Christa A. Banister
Among the first to pen Regency-set novels for the inspirational market, Julie Klassen offers a fresh take on Christian historical romance— paving the way for others. Recognition this past year from four major literary awards, including the coveted Christy, proves her efforts are making an impact in the Christian market and beyond.

For her novel The Girl in the Gatehouse (Bethany House), the author was inspired by one of her literary heroes, the great Jane Austen: “My heroine is a lot like Jane, whose name did not appear on any of her books during her lifetime,” Julie says. “She’s also a secret author at a time when novel-writing was considered improper for ladies.”

No longer welcome at the only home she’s ever known, Mariah Aubrey not only lives in seclusion in an abandoned gatehouse, but she’s got plenty of intriguing secrets to boot, including the fact that she (gasp!) moonlights as a writer.

Of course, things get really interesting once Captain Matthew Bryant arrives on the scene and starts leasing the estate. Intrigued by the beautiful woman living nearby, he has to figure out whether her scandalous past can ever lead to a promising future for the two of them.

But beyond the intriguing storyline, Julie ultimately hopes that readers will be reminded that second chances are available to anyone. “We all stumble and make mistakes,” the author says. “But through Christ, God offers us forgiveness, love and second chances. And that’s exactly what I wanted to convey in The Girl in the Gatehouse.”—Christa A. Banister



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