I am so pleased to introduce to you, the kind, warm and FUNNY Julia Ward.
She is a Pacific Northwest native. During childhood she delighted in running with the family’s pack of dogs through the neighboring forest, pretending so many adventures. More stories filled her head over the years with only a few making it to paper. Now, with kids grown with kids of their own, she looks forward to sharing her stories with others and hopes they’ll bring a little fun or love into someone’s life.
A variety of disparate jobs during her years has given her some interesting experiences and knowledge leading to the formation of some quirky characters.
Currently, her primary genre leans toward the romantic side but she also has works in progress that wander into the sci-fi as well as the paranormal realms.
Julia looks forward to getting to know her readers and hopes they enjoy her work.
You can find a little more about her at About.Me/JuliaWardAuthor
And some of her rambles (and perhaps a snippet or two) at halffastwriter.wordpress.com
Okay straight on to the questions! What is the hardest thing about writing for you?
Julia: The seat of my chair. It’s really hard. Hahaha Seriously, the most difficult part of writing for me is sitting my butt in the seat and focusing on a story. Once I get started writing though it just flows and time passes without me noticing.
Ha! Yes, it’s the same with going to the gym. Getting there is the hardest part. For your books, once you finish them, do you think that the cover plays an important part in the buying process?
Julia: (laughs) We’re not supposed to but let’s be honest, we all judge books by their covers. The problem with trying to come up with a cover that will attract readers is that you might come up with a cover that doesn’t fit your story. Probably a good idea to look at what’s selling in your genre at a given moment and if there’s a trend, find a way to use that to your advantage, BUT remember that this is your book also. It needs to reflect your style. You’ll attract the right people. (Reminding myself of this too as this is the kind of thing I over-think.)
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Julia: Oooo Best question. I’ve gotten some really weird comments on things, but they say any PR is better than no PR so I try to take it all with a salt lick.
Some people are going to love you because you happened to give a character the same name as their favorite aunt. Other people are going to hate you because a character has the same name as that jerk that screwed them out of whatever in college. Some will despise that you use the word “screwed” in your interview. Others will love you for it. Plus, there’s always personal taste. The story might be great but a person will give it a bad review because it was too long or short, too romantic, not romantic enough, too this or that. My plan is to focus on thoughtful reviews rather than knee-jerk reactions and improve my skill where I can. My plan is to ignore the rest (after a small breakdown because we are our craft).
So… after all those stressful reviews, how do you relax?
Julia: Usually playing some game on my phone or computer, or reading a book in the tub.
Bath tub. I miss that beautiful place. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Julia: Write every day. Just write. It doesn’t have to be good, in fact don’t worry if it’s absolute crap. A good photographer will take a thousand pictures before they get The One. Musicians have scraps of paper with little bits of music on it looking for just the right progression. Writers have crap all over the place. And if you want to start with FanFic, then do. It’s a great way to get writing practice and you already know the characters.
Thanks Julia! So much fun chatting with you. Always a blast!
Thank you for your time, Immy. This was fun!