My website is: www.julielence.com, which has a link to my blog at Goodreads.
My latest work to be released this year by Asylett Press (www.asylettpress.com)
is titled, No Luck At All.
The youngest son of a wealthy rancher, Creel Weston spent his childhood breaking wild mustangs and dreaming of becoming a doctor. Being blackmailed into marrying a spoiled socialite wasn't part of his plan, especially when he loved her. He'd take Racine back home with him and find a comfortable ground with her. Trouble was, she wasn't as spoiled as he'd been led to believe, and harbored scars that would take more than his doctoring skills to heal.
Boston socialite Racine Somerfield had an unbearable childhood. Mama despised her, and although he said he loved her, Papa couldn't wait to get rid of her. Marrying Creel and accompanying him back to his home in Colorado Territory, Racine hoped to find some semblance of peace and happiness at Wooded Acres, and in Creel's arms. She didn't expect to add another wound to those she already carried.
Love it! Sounds like a great book. I can't wait to see the cover when it's revealed. Thanks for sharing.
Why did you become a writer…was it a dream of yours since you were younger or did the desire to write happen later in your life?
I've always liked to write, as long as I could choose the subject. I never considered a career in writing romance until after I'd read Judith McNaught's Double Standards. Her writing is so precise and exquisite that she inspired me to take pen to paper and try my hand at creating a heart-warming story with compelling characters.
What was the inspiration for your latest work of fiction?
Due out this year is the third installment to my Weston Family series, No Luck At All. The story centers around the youngest Weston brother, Creel, and his new bride, Racine. When I began writing the first story,Luck of the Draw, I knew then I wanted a series. I also knew I wanted Creel to have some of the same traits as his brothers, but I also wanted him to be a little different. I really didn't have an inspiration for the story, but in writing it, it became apparent that Racine was the driving force behind the story and not Creel, as I'd intended.
It's pretty neat when the characters change the direction your story is going in.
What was the most interesting research you had to do for any of your books?
While I enjoyed researching the layout of streets in San Francisco during the 1860's and the type of uniforms the policemen wore back then, my most interesting research came in the form of Creel. In No Luck At All, Creel has just obtained his medical degree from a college in Boston. I had to find out if Boston had medical colleges back in the 1870's, and that opened up all sorts of interesting facts about schools in Boston joining together and discoveries being made in the medical field.
Sounds like interesting research. It's so vital to have your facts straight to make a great story.
Where do you go to do your research?
Mostly I use the Internet. I have tried the local libraries, but sometimes when I'm researching details from other states, the library doesn't have what I need. A good example: I just finished a story where my hero is an outlaw turned sheriff. I wanted to know what a particular prison in Texas looked like in 1860 and the layout of the buildings. The library had nothing on this, so I used what I could find on the Internet.
I use the Internet a lot. Definitely also more convenient than having to go to the library if you're home working on a story.
How do you go from an idea for a book to the birth of the story? Is the process the same for every book you write? How long does it take you to write a book?
It usually takes me a school year to write a book. I begin with the hero and heroine, flesh out their appearances, background, any family and personal likes and dislikes. From there I decide where in the west I want the story to take place. After that, I have a rough idea in my mind as to some scenes in the story, a bit of the conflict and how it will be resolved. And then I begin writing. I don't outline the story. I let the characters and their problems take over and dictate. The only exception is if I am stuck. Then I'll outline the next one or two chapters. I write by the seat of my pants and often go back to fix something that doesn't jive with the chapter I'm currently working on.
Love it..."writing by the seat of your pants." I have a similar style.
Are you currently working on any new book projects?
I am working on the second book in my Outlaw series. All three books will take place in fictional Revolving Point, Texas. My heroes are outlaws turning to the right side of the law.
Great idea - outlaws turning to the right side of the law. Definitely a book I'd like to read.
How did you find your publisher? What was your journey to publication like?
I found my publisher through another author's website. On her site, she has a list of publishing houses already in existence and sometimes adds a new and upcoming publishing house.
My journey with Asylett Press was a great experience. I contacted them via email to ask if they'd be interested in reading my story. They said yes, I sent the entire manuscript and a few weeks later Asylett offered a contract. Afterward, I went through the editing and cover choice processes and the book came out shortly after that. I learned a lot in those few months, and I still learn something new almost every day. For me, writing is very rewarding. I've met some nice people, made new friends and feel like I'm part of a family at Asylett Press.
That's great. It's nice when your experience with a publishing house works so well. Meeting other authors online is great too.
How have your friends and family received your career as an author? Are they supportive?
My mom and sister were very encouraging when I first started on this journey. Now, they're my biggest fans. They've read my books and pass along to family and friends the fact that I'm now an author. Like many men, my husband, dad and brothers haven't read my work--they have no interest in romance but they are very supportive. They'll ask how I'm doing, and the hubby has a dictionary for a brain so he's always helping me with spelling. Plus he tells everyone he meets I write romance.
It's awesome when family and friends are supportive like that. Julie, thanks so much for stopping by today. I enjoyed the chat.
I hope everyone sticks around for a while to visit!