Welcome, Julie. Let’s learn more about you …
What is your genre? Why did you choose it?
I write romantic mystery suspense and to be honest it chose me. When I started out I thought it would be straight contemporary women’s fiction rather than the cross genre it eventually morphed into.
Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?
Heavens No! I find it hard enough to keep tabs on one manuscript at a time. Having said that I usually have the ideas for at least a couple more books floating around as I write – I just have to keep them under control under the time is right.
Do you work with a writing/critique group?
I belong to a book group and in addition to talking about books, we do give each other feedback on our work if requested. One or two members have acted as Beta readers for me in the past.
Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?
I have a very bad habit of not being able to write without coffee and chocolate biscuits – purely psychological I know but …
Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.
Arghh – that question came out of the blue. I write on the dining table so in between the fruit bowl and the salt and pepper. One little area is mine and my family know better than to move anything – it’s kind of organised chaos as i know where everything is. I dream of a nice tidy desk but as the brand new desk I bought is still in its packaging three months later, I guess that isn’t going to happen anytime soon.
Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.
I decided to go down the self -publishing route as I couldn’t bear the thought of rejection!!! Actually, I’m a bit of a control freak so that has worked well. Also, I don’t need the pressure of external deadlines so these days any pressure is self-inflicted. So far it’s been a really interesting journey but the promotion side has been much harder than I imagined. In my naivety I thought that writing the novel would be the hard part – how wrong can you be?
Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?
it’s hard to choose just three as so many writers have been influential. As regards my writing life, i have drawn inspiration for John Fowles, whose novel ‘The Magus’ is one of my all time favourites. More recently, Sara Alexi and Anne Zouroudi, who both write about Greece.
What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?
If you want to be taken seriously then you need to get your book into the best shape possible. At the very least that means getting other people to Beta read it for you, not only to spot any typos but also to let you know if there are any discrepancies in the story. After you’ve read your book in minute detail about ten times, you develop a kind of word blindness so this stage is really important and your book will be far better for it.
If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?
Oohh in my dreams I can envisage someone like a young Nicole Kidman playing the role of Jenna in ‘Jenna’s Journey’.
I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?
It was a typical November morning, not frosty or icy as I set off in my car to go to
work. I’d done the same journey many times before and had no reason to expect
that today would be any different than usual. I’d only gone about half a mile
along our little country lane when I felt my wheels spinning. I knew that you
shouldn’t brake so all I could do was try and guide the car. Unfortunately there
was a water-filled ditch at one side of the road and I could see myself heading
there. It all seemed to happen in slow motion as the car hit a telegraph pole and
was turned around to face the opposite direction by the force. Luckily there were
no other cars on the road at the time or I may not be here now to tell the tale.
Gosh, how scary!
This is the second book in the Greek Island Mystery series. Although each book is intended to be read as a standalone, some of the characters from the first book, ‘Jennas’s Journey’, do make an appearance.
Kat has never understood why she was sent at the age of seven from Greece to live in England with her Aunt Tigi. When she receives an email from her grandmother, the first contact in over twenty years, informing her of her mother’s death, she knows this could be her last chance to find out the truth. Little by little she finds out the shocking facts as her grandmother opens her heart. It seems everyone has a secret to tell, not only her grandmother, as Manoli, her school friend, also harbours a guilty secret. Then there’s a twenty year old mystery to solve as well as a murder and what happened to the missing Church treasure?
Sophia’s Secret http://www.amazon.com/Sophias-Secret-Greek-Island-Mystery-ebook/
Author Biography —Julie Ryan
Julie was born and brought up in a mining village near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. She graduated with a BA (hons) in French Language and Literature from Hull University. Since then she has lived and worked as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in France, Greece, Poland and Thailand. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and a dippy cat with half a tail. She is so passionate about books that her collection is now threatening to outgrow her house, much to her husband’s annoyance!
‘Jenna’s Journey’, her début novel set in Greece, a country to which she has a strong attachment, was published in 2013. The second novel in the Greek Island Mystery series,‘Sophia’s Secret,’ is due to be published in the summer of 2014.