After I jumped around like a lunatic for a while, my husband took me to dinner … then we made out in the parking lot. That counts as celebratory, right? ;)
Q. In a perfect Julie’s World, where and when would you write?
Okay, don’t roll your eyes. It’s going to sound nutty, but I’d like a little cottage that looks like something from a Harry Potter movie—all wood and stone and stained glass (and off kilter, just a tad) at the edge of a wood by a lake. I’d put a desk on the back (glassed in) porch facing the water and dream and write from 8 to 6 every day until my husband came home. You said a perfect world so I dreamt big!
Q. Authors that have influenced your writing?
When I was a kid I read the classics. Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Hardy, Webb, these influences are easier to see in my historical works. My beta readers and critique partners tell me when to ‘real it in’, so to speak. LOL. Then I jumped to Michael Crichton, James Clavell, J. R. R. Tolkien and Colleen McCollough. There are so many talented YA authors now, it’s tough to choose, but lately, I love J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, well … you get the idea. Can I also just say I was highly influenced by reading comic books? Thor and Conan were my favorites, but I loved them all and wanted to be Poison Ivy soooo bad!
Q. Would you mind sharing a bit about how you overcame dyslexia?
Mm. That was tough. I came through school during a time no one understood. You were labeled smart, average or, let’s face it, not so smart. I even had teachers that were cruel to me over my struggle, but there was this one … She put head phones on me so I could read along with the narrator of a book. What that did was give me love of, great, well told stories. That love drove me to want to read on my own, just me and the adventure. I worked very hard over the next few years. My disabilities are still with me. Don’t ask me for directions or to dial an old fashioned phone. Ha! But the passion I have for devouring books was worth every minute of work I put in.
Q. And finally … dark or milk chocolate?
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