Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Juliet and congratulations on the release of ‘The January Wish ’! Is this part of a series?
Thank you! I’m so excited for the release of THE JANUARY WISH and yes, it is the first in a new series of small coastal town romances with a women’s fiction bent. The second book, FEBRUARY OR FOREVER will be releasing very soon, on 1st Feb. Despite being linked by the setting and some minor characters, each are stand-alone stories so you can read them in any order you choose.
You’ve had a huge twelve months with five books published with Escape– what’s been the best part?
2013 has been a HUGE year. Going from being unpublished to multi-published in a short time has been a fun but busy ride! There are so many good parts, but I think just knowing that readers are buying and enjoying my books is a great reward. After years of my work being read by only my Mum and critique partners, it’s fulfilling getting my stories out into the world. Apart from that, seeing my beautiful covers for the first time is always a buzz!
From where do you get your inspiration?
I wish I had an intelligent answer for this, but the truth is the ideas just pop into my head! Often for no apparent reason. Having said that, sometimes I will get an idea from something I’ve read or seen on TV, or a conversation I’ve had with someone. Inspiration is everywhere!
You’re a whizz at marketing yourself and your work – can you give us any tips in regards to social media, please?
Thanks…When it comes to social media (in particular, Facebook and Twitter) the thing to remember is that it’s a conversation. Conversations are two-way, so make sure you aren’t just posting or tweeting but responding and interacting as well. Relationships are the foundation of social media and are what you need to focus on most to make it work for you. When posting stuff online, show your personality and be congruent with your brand and style or genre of writing. Be a little personal, but not too personal, and have a balance of promotional tweets/status updates versus general updates. Also, be innovative and consistent. Don’t be scared to try something new, such as a weekly interactive event or a theme day. Be creative and have fun with it!
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve been given?
Before each writing session, know what it is you want to write about (this works for me as I’m a plotter). Spend a few minutes jotting down in point form the events of the scene you’re working on, so you can then let loose and just write, while having a basic guide to keep you on track and prevent writers block. This advice was in Rachel Aaron’s book, 2k to 10k, and although I often did this anyway, it cemented the benefits of it for me and now I don’t write without a post-it note scene outline in front of me.
Are you a plotter or panster? (particularly in relation to your series).
Oops, just answered this above. I’m a plotter, as it saves a lot of hassle with rewriting. I do still allow for spontaneity, but I need that basic outline and structure to write a book. And with my series, I’m realising how important it is to plan ahead as much as possible, as things that take place in one book will impact future stories.
You also write YA, Romagic Comedy and Women’s fiction. Which is your favourite genre to write?
Ooh this is a toughie! I love them all. Some of the genres I write in overlap a little, such as my women’s fiction, romance, and romantic comedy. Romantic comedy is super-fun to write, when you’re writing and giggling at the same time there’s nothing quite like it! But I also love the rush of writing a hugely emotional and dramatic scene. And when it comes to YA, I never thought I’d even write it but when a story idea came to me and I did, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it and how the words flowed. I didn’t really answer the question did I? 😉
Can you tell us a little about your works in progress?
I’m at a bit of a crossroads at the time of writing this interview while I assess my priorities for the year ahead, but I’ve always got something on the go even if I haven’t worked on it for a few months. Soon I’ll be writing the second book in my supernatural YA series, THE DELTA GIRLS, but I’ll tell you about the next book in the Tarrin’s Bay series, tentatively titled MIRACLE IN MARCH… It’s a story about a single father with a special needs son, and a woman from his past who is hiding the secret that broke up their relationship. They are both in need of a miracle, and their lives will converge over a one week holiday at the beach where they are unexpectedly reunited.
Could you give us a sneaky peek at one of your favourite parts of ‘The January Wish’, please?
My favourite parts have big spoilers so I’ll give you another little snippet! 😉 This is from the beginning when Dr Sylvia Greene meets her new colleague, and realises he’s the same guy she met while pigging out on cake at a cafe the night before…
‘Good morning,’ said a bright-eyed Joyce when Sylvia opened the door to the clinic. It always seemed as if Joyce was a permanent fixture behind the reception desk, or at least on her chair, which rolled here and there as she manoeuvred her way around the desks and filing cabinets without needing to stand.
Ironically, Joyce chose that moment to stand. ‘Here’s your mail.’ She placed the envelopes into Sylvia’s unoccupied hand and followed her towards the hallway. ‘And I’d like you to meet our new practitioner, Mark Bastian.’ Joyce gestured towards the spare room where a man was kneeling down, opening a cardboard box on the floor. Sylvia had forgotten the new guy was settling in today.
At Joyce’s introduction, he stood and turned, his blue eyes meeting Sylvia’s, the halogen lights adding a glow to his warm coffee-coloured skin.
Oh God! Sylvia’s face flushed with warmth.
‘We meet again,’ Mark said, holding out his hand and grinning.
All Sylvia could do was nod, tucking the envelopes under her armpit in order to give a limp shake of his hand. If she hadn’t gone out last night in her moment of heartbreak, she wouldn’t have met him, and they would have been introduced today without any fuss. But she’d let her professional guard down and somehow she felt…exposed.
‘You two know each other?’ Joyce glanced from Sylvia’s face to Mark’s and back again, waiting for a response.
As part of Juliet’s January Blog tour, there’s a $25 Amazon gift card and a beautiful coastal photographic print of the setting of the Tarrin’s Bay series up for grabs!
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THE JANUARY WISH blurb:
When Dr Sylvia Greene makes an impromptu wish at the Tarrin’s Bay Wishing Festival, it’s the most out of character action she can think of. Hers is not a life of wishes. Hers is a controlled life of order, plans and preparation…of science and research and diagnosis and treatment. But her past has been weighing on her mind, and decisions made long ago have far-reaching consequences.
A week later, the daughter she secretly gave up for adoption at sixteen arrives in Sylvia’s small coastal town with secrets that can’t be shared. Between feelings of guilt, gossip, and a growing attraction to an emotionally unavailable colleague, Sylvia’s well-ordered life is soon thrown into chaos. She is no longer alone, and for the first time she feels as if her world is open to possibilities.
They say be careful what you wish for, but, for Sylvia, the unexpected consequences may be just what the doctor ordered.
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