Thank you for this interview Julie! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I am at my desk, working on beta reading or social media campaigns for clients. When I am not working, I am either reading, watching movies with my kids, or daydreaming about moving to the beach.
When did you start writing?
I started writing in middle school. I published a piece in the newspaper and my mom said from that point on that I would be a writer one day. I didn’t believe her. Fast forward a few (okay maybe more than a few) years, and here I am!
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
The most pivotal point came about four years ago when I met Carole P. Roman. She made it look so easy. She was cranking out books and I was trying to keep up since I was managing her social media. She taught me a lot about writing and how to put yourself into a character’s mind. She has been a wonderful and inspiring mentor and friend.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Scotland or Ireland. I feel there is magic there and if I could sit in an old stone house (or even a castle if I could afford it) I think I could whip up the most enchanting tale ever written. That might be a stretch, but then again, it might not!
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
Sleep. I never get a full six to eight hours sleep and that is what I would do if I had the time. Can you arrange it?
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
I would like to set a story in Savannah, Georgia. Georgia is my home state, and there is so much about Savannah that begs to be written. I am fascinated every time I go.
Back to your present book, Navigating Indieworld, how did you publish it?
I published it with Carole P. Roman through Createspace. We were offered a contract to publish, but felt that the book, which is about self-publishing and marketing, should be done the indie way.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
I did not, but maybe I should have. I would have loved to have had the opportunity to meet up with Carole in some indie bookstore after splurging on ice cream.
Why was writing Navigating Indieworld so important to you?
This book was very near and dear to my heart. I have had so many authors find me over the years because they needed advice after being burned by a vanity publisher. This book was created for all of them. It was created for anyone struggling with marketing and selling their books. It was created for the people that were brave enough to write their stories down and then stare at them, wondering what they should do next. I hope we have helped aspiring authors and the published authors that wondered what was next.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
I get my ideas from experiences. Navigating Indieworld is based on daily experiences and other author’s frustrations.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.
I am working on my first solo book. It is based on the story of my great aunt, one of the first women to become a doctor in the mountains of North Carolina. I think her story is one that should be told and I believe it will be appreciated.
These are the super fun get to know the author questions. Basically similar to Would you rather.
Q: Winter or Summer? Summer! I hate the cold!
Q: Salad or Soup? Soup. I love soup!
Q: Swimming in a lake or the ocean?? Ocean! I would rather deal with a shark than an alligator.
Q: Coffee or Soda? Soda. I hate coffee, but I do love the way it smells.
Q: Cruise or Resort? Resort. Hands down. I would hate to get stuck on a ship with a lot of sick people!
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