In January, I reviewed White Knights by Julie Moffett and fell in love not only with her characters but with her writing style. We are so excited to have her on the blog with us today, chatting about what it’s like to be an author!
Julie, welcome! We are so excited to have you with us today 🙂 Let’s chat!
Q1 – What made you decide to be an author? Is it something you’ve always wanted to do or is it more of a recent development?
I’ve been writing books since the second grade, so I guess I’ve wanted to do it for as long as I can remember. In the fourth grade, I filled out my school memory book and bypassed all the offered careers to write in “author” as my career choice 🙂
My first novel was a love story between Prince Valen and Princess Tina who met, fell in love and got married on Valentine’s Day. It was a hit with all the girls in my class. The boys held their noses. After that I won a 3rd grade poem contest about a haunted house, followed by a stint on my college newspaper, and later I moved into international journalism. Eventually, I got brave enough to pen a novel. My first novel, Fleeting Splendor, a Scottish historical love triangle, came out in 1993. No Regrets, the 10th book in my geeky Lexi Carmichael mystery series, came out in January 2018 and was my 21st published novel!
Q2 – Is there any genre you would like to try writing that you haven’t? Perhaps one that is a bit outside your writing comfort zone?
I’ve written historical romance, paranormal romance, time-travel romance, mysteries (cozy thrillers and YA mysteries). I have a couple of fantasy novels already written, but sitting in the proverbial drawer, so maybe someday I will dust them off and send them out.
Q3 – What is your favorite part of being an author? How about your least favorite?
My favorite part is meeting the characters, getting to know them, and finally seeing the story come together. The least favorite is the hours and hours of brutal work and self-doubt that accompanies the process! 🙂
Q4 – I absolutely loved White Knights. Did you have any specific inspiration for it or did the story just grown on its own?
White Knights is a young adult spin-off of my popular geeky Lexi Carmichael mystery series. Angel makes her first appearance in Book #10 of the series, No Living Soul. I had wanted to write a younger spin-off character for some time, so the timing finally worked out. I love to write about geek girls kicking it in the tech field, and the spy/adventure aspect is a blast, too.
Q5 – Do your characters “talk to you”?
Absolutely. When I’m writing, the scene is being played out in my head like a movie, and I’m writing as fast as I can to capture the dialogue and action. Sometimes, my characters even surprise me! 🙂
Q6 – Are your characters quiet / patient, waiting their turn to speak, or is it more of a jumbled mess inside your head while writing?
The scene is often playing out as if in real life. Occasionally characters are talking at the same time, but as the scribe, I sort it all out on the paper.
Q7 – If you were asked to give ONE piece of advice to aspiring authors, what would it be?
The secret to good writing is to write often and practice. Like any skill, the more you write, the better you become.
Q8 – Introvert or extrovert?
Q9 – Are you a morning or evening writer? Or somewhere in between?
Evening . . . but only because I have a day job! But I also enjoy writing in the mornings on the weekend when I can. It doesn’t happen often with school-age children at home! 🙂
Q10 – What can we expect from you next? Any new projects on the horizon you’d like to tell us about?
Book #2 in my White Knights series Knight Moves will come out Fall 2018.
Book #11 in my Lexi Carmichael series No Stone Unturned comes out early January 2019.
A big thank you to Julie for taking time to join us today! I can’t wait to see how the White Knights series continues 🙂 Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of Julie’s Lexi Carmichael mysteries or White Knights. I’d love to fangirl with you 😉 If you liked our interview, consider giving it a share on Pinterest! And, as always thanks for reading ❤