Author Interview: Juliane Weber / Under the Emerald Sky

 Welcome to The Book's Delight. It's Author Interview Tuesday and we have Juliane Weber here to talk about history, writing and her books. 


JMR-Welcome to the Books Delight, Juliane. Tell our readers where you live, what you do for fun and what does the perfect day look like?

JW-Thanks, Jean. I live with my husband and two sons in Hamelin, Germany, the town made famous by the story of the Pied Piper. There are lots of fun things to do here, including going for nature walks or cycling along the Weser river, but what I particularly enjoy is playing volleyball. I fell in love with the sport at school and met my husband at a school volleyball tournament. We both still play it actively, and the kids have started playing too. So, one type of perfect day would be one where I’m at a volleyball tournament with my family. Another would be a day spent sitting on a lounge chair reading and sipping iced coffee – unfortunately, such lazy days are rather hard to come by!    

JMR-What’s your favorite historical time period? Why?

JW-I don’t have a favorite historical time period as such, although I do tend to lean more towards pre-industrialization eras - I like the idea of horses and carriages instead of cars, fireplaces and candles instead of electrical lights, and so on. But I do read quite widely, including more modern history, as well as so-called ancient history. As long as the story is interesting, I have no particular preference for the time period it’s set in.

JMR-Who is your favorite historical figure? Why? If you could ask them one question, what would it be? If you did not choose a female- Who is your favorite female historical figure?

JW-It’s difficult to pick just one favorite, as there are so many fascinating historical figures to choose from, including early female scientists, who hold a particular fascination for me since I’m a scientist myself. But I do find Catherine of Aragon especially interesting. What I would like to ask her is how she managed to maintain her dignity in the face of all that she had to endure, from her multiple failed pregnancies to her treatment by her husband, King Henry VIII.

JMR- You have a PhD in Physiology. How did you come to be a writer of historical fiction?

JW-During my studies, I found that I have a passion for writing and that I preferred writing about scientific research to doing the research myself. Around the same time, I discovered the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon, who happens to be a scientist turned novelist. That was the first time I ever thought about writing a novel myself. As I was reading mostly historical fiction at that time and figured that I knew how to do the necessary research, I thought that I might manage historical fiction, although it was some time before I actually wrote anything.    


JMR- You were born in Germany, lived in South Africa and now live in Germany, what drew you to set your story in Ireland?

JW-That was something of an accident. I had been thinking about writing a novel for several years before I ever got started. Although I had decided that I would write historical fiction, I had no idea when or where the story would take place and kept waiting for inspiration to come. When it didn’t, I finally turned to Google, where I stumbled upon the Irish Potato Famine. And I thought, why not? I liked the idea of the 19th century; I liked the idea of Ireland, with its luscious green scenery and its myths and legends; and I liked the idea of writing about something that – as far as I knew – hadn’t been written about as much as some other historical time periods.     

JMR- Juliane, tell us about your new book, Under the Emerald Sky?

JW-Under the Emerald Sky tells the story of Quin, an Englishman come to Ireland, and Alannah, an Irishwoman with an Anglophobic brother, as they struggle to find happiness in 19th century Ireland, a land fraught with hardships and teetering on the brink of disaster. The book is a tale of love, betrayal, intrigue and rebellion set among the stark contrasts that separate the rich few from the plentiful poor.  

JMR- Would you describe your book as an historical romance or a romantic historical?

JW-I would say my book is a romantic historical, as the love story takes place within a detailed historical setting that allows the reader to understand the social, political and religious underpinnings of the Great Famine. The historical setting is more than just a backdrop, it’s a vital component of the story.  

JMR- Anglo-Irish relations can be a touchy subject. How did you balance the perspective to give both side equal treatment?

JW-I have included English and Irish characters, characters of different social classes and those in both groups with different opinions on the benefits or detriments of the English occupation of Ireland. I hope thus to have created a balanced view of the feelings of the times. 

JMR-What projects do you have in the pipeline? I believe this is part of a series, tell us about book two.

JW-Yes, Under the Emerald Sky is the first book in The Irish Fortune Series, which centers around the Great Famine that spanned several years. I am currently working on the second book, where we’re going to get to grips with the early years of the famine itself. There will also be some loose ends from the first book to be tied up, and of course, there’ll be a good dose of romance, intrigue and adventure to keep things interesting – a trip to 19th century Dublin and one to London, and perhaps even an encounter with Charles Darwin or another interesting historical character. Who knows? I don’t plan out my books in minute detail beforehand, and I look forward to seeing how the story unfolds as much as my readers!    

JMR- Tell our readers how to find you on social media and the web.

JW-You can visit my website:

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JMR- What question were you hoping I’d ask but didn’t?

JW-How do you manage to write anything with two young boys in the house?

JMR- Thank you, Juliane, for stopping by. We wish you good luck with your novels! Readers if you would like to see Juliane's book on Amazon, I have included a link below.

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