About Juli Caldwell:
Juli Caldwell is a writer, dreamer, shameless diet coke addict, and loud shower singer (if they ever hold The Voice in the shower, she’ll totally win). She holds an English degree from Weber State University and spends her time writing novels and freelance editing. As an author, she listens to the voices in her head and lets them out. Her current titles include romance, YA paranormal suspense, and mid-grade fantasy. She lives in Utah with her husband, two hilarious daughters, and a dog that sheds too much.
What inspires you to write?
I wish I could explain it. I just…have to. Characters and their dialogue constantly run through my head.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a total panster. I’m really bad about remembering details, so I work from a rough and flexible outline and keep notes in a notebook next to computer as I write I can keep track of tiny details. I like the little things to be significant later, so it’s probably best if I remember those little things the right way.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I have better conversations with my characters than I do most living, breathing humans. (Not their fault–I write because I’m really quite awkward.)
What advice would you give other writers?
So many people will tell you to write a certain way, follow this book or that, go to all the workshops and learn everything first, and obey all the rules. Ignore them all.
There’s plenty of time through the editing process to make sure you follow the rules and regs. That story needs to come out, raw though it may be. A sculptor doesn’t start with details as she begins with a lump of clay. Let it take shape and the details will emerge naturally.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first novel was traditionally published. With the ones that followed, I decided to publish myself. I exchanged marketing power for creative control. I may return to traditional publishing one day, but right now, writing as an indie works for me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s a very dynamic thing, and it’s interesting to watch how it all unfolds. Amazon has an awful lot of power right now, so to stay in the game was have to keep an eye on them. I see indies getting shunted to the side as the big boys in publishing wrestle a little for more control from them, but all in all, Amazon is very good to its authors. Everyone who wants to reach readers needs to pay attention to them.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: clean romance, paranormal YA, mid-grade fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print, Audiobook
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