Please welcome fellow Resplendence Author Julia Barrett.
Hi Tina, thanks for having me.
Q: So Julia, when and why did you begin writing?
I’ve been writing stories and poems since I was a kid. I actually began as a poet, but took a practical break – to make money and help support my family, I’m a registered nurse – I began writing again fulltime in 2007.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
My biggest challenge is the need for down time after I finish a work. If the story and the edits are intense, sometimes I need a month or two before I can really concentrate on my next project.
Q: What inspired you to write latest book?
My most recent published work is a ménage and I wrote it after a great deal of encouragement by my friends and my publisher.
My newest submission is a contemporary romantic comedy that was inspired by my real life canoe trip from hell in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota! We got lost – no food for over 48 hours, crazy guide. Yup…a nightmare. I’m waiting to hear.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
The ménage was easy, it’s a play on words. Since it involves one woman and three men, I titled it One Four All.
If my contemporary is published, the title will be – Pushing Her Boundaries.
Q: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Choosing is very tough. I love so many writers. I suppose if I was lucky enough to have a mentor, I’d like it to be Guy Gavriel Kay. He writes some of the most beautiful prose I’ve ever read.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I’m awful about giving advice. I figure everyone has to find his or her own way. But I guess the only advice I can offer is this – don’t overuse the adjectives and adverbs and write what you know. Readers can always tell when you’re faking the emotions.
Q: Which one of your covers is your favorite and why?
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Julia’s story “Pushing her Boundaries”