Mother, wife, writer, poet, author, and dreamer. I write dark poetry, and adult paranormal romance novels. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Some Personal stuff…
Now on with the interview...
ME: What is your favorite childhood book?
JULIE: Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, by May Gibbs
ME: What is the first book that made you cry?
JULIE: I’ve never over a book.
ME: Is writing your primary 'job' or do you have another source of income?
JULIE: I’m a stay at home mum to four kids, and I’ve been writing for just over twenty years, but I’ve only recently started self publishing.
ME: Do people around you know you write romance/erotica and what do they think about it?
JULIE: Lot’s of people know I write romance, and sex scenes, no one seems fussed by it, even my kids know and love telling people that I’m a self published author.
ME: Do you believe in writer’s block? If not why not? And if so what suggestions do you have to start the juices flowing again.
JULIE: I don’t believe in it, only because I’ve never experienced it. For those who have, I would say, try something else, a different genre, or maybe something fun like a writing prompt, or even writing with your kids.
ME: A lucky lady to have never experienced it or anything like it. Are you a plotter or fly by the seat of your pants kind of writer?
JULIE: Definitely not a plotter. I have a whole lot of words in my head and I find I write best when I just sit at my computer and type.
ME: What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
JULIE: I do loads of research into everything. It’s one of my favourite parts of being an author.
ME: Would you rather write standalones, standalones with connections to your other works, or multi book series with no true conclusion until the very end?
JULIE: I love stand alones, BUT I always seem to write too much, and end up with a second book, or a series. I love spin off books as well, I just love writing.
ME: Where do your story ideas come from?
JULIE: Most of them come from dreams, some come from my overactive imagination, or sometimes I’ll hear a song that will give me inspiration.
ME: Do you ever base your characters, events or locations on real people, events or places?
JULIE: Always, but I’ll never tell who.
ME: Is there a character in one of your books loosely based off yourself?
JULIE: Yes, there are a few who have my traits, but again, I’ll never tell.
ME: Now where's the fun in that, for me anyway? What process do you use for selecting the names of your characters?
JULIE: I have a file of all the names I love, including last names. Sometimes I even make up names to suit a character.
ME: Who has been your most difficult character to write so far?
JULIE: Lola, from my debut novel, Untamed Demon Soul.
ME: Have you ever killed off someone who pissed you off in one of your books?
JULIE: I sure have.
ME: LOL. What was your hardest scene to write?
JULIE: A funeral scene in an upcoming novel. I can’t tell because it will give away too much, but I based it on my mum’s funeral, so it was really difficult.
ME: :'( Does writing energize or exhaust you, and why?
JULIE: Energises me. I love writing, and I can write 12 hours a day. I wouldn’t choose anything else.
ME: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal, and why?
ME:Hmmm, this question was ignored or just missed...
ME: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
JULIE: Don’t be afraid to show someone your words, and put yourself out there before it’s too late.
ME: What are common traps for aspiring writers?
JULIE: Following too many rules and not letting themselves be creative, and maybe writing for an audience, rather for themselves.
ME: What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
JULIE: My new computer, and backlit keyboard. Best thing ever!!!
ME: Thanks for your time, Julie. Looking forward to meeting you at RTC2018!