About Julia Daniels:
Julia Daniels has always loved reading a story that left her with a smile. A history teacher by trade, it was logical that her happily ever after stories would be set in her favorite time periods, and in areas of the world she particuarly loved- the Midwestern US and England.
She is thrilled to be living the life of her dreams with her two children. In addition to writing, Julia loves to sew, stitch and raise odd chickens and freaky turkeys on her acreage in rural Nebraska.
What inspires you to write?
Julia loves her characters. She people watches, notices idiosyncrasies and mannerisms that make people unique and tries to bring those characteristics to life in her heroes and heroines.
Weird situations crop up all the time, and sometimes they get buried in the back of her mind to be dragged out later in a scene. Sometimes it’s fun to mismatch characters and watch them muddle through to the happy ending.
Old movies, classic novels and daily life create enough fodder for awesome, happy tales!
Tell us about your writing process.
Julia is a ‘seat of her pants’ kinda writer. She usually starts with the meet, and then any major scenes floating in her head, and then the ending. She then goes back and fills in the pieces to make a full, satisfying story for her readers.
She started using a new software this year called Scrivener. It looks promising, but as with anything on the computer, there is a learning curve. Maybe once the characters quiet in her head, she’ll take the opportunity to explore it more!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Characters constantly chatter in the head of a writer. They direct the story’s path. It’s the conflict between the characters that really drive the story. It’s happened before when a heroine should love one dude, but it ends up she loves a different character, despite all the
What advice would you give other writers?
Just do it! Might be a NIKE slogan, but it’s true. Unless you start, you’ll never finish.
One of the best suggestions would be to try NanoWrimo in November each year. It’s an online writing community that promotes 30 days of writing (in November) to reach a final goal of 50,000 words. The final product might be crap, but at least writers set goals, and doing it with others often is enough motivation (through competition) to keep a person going!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Publishing is such a malleable world now. Writers don’t need the big publishers to find success and it’s exciting to see small publishers finding as much succes as the big publishing houses. It depends, too, what a writer sees as “success.” For many writers, the positive reviews they receive on Amazon or Goodreads is sufficient. Others, who wish to be the next NYT best selling author, need to produce books that appeal to the masses.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The way the world is headed, digital technology is the wave of the future. Book publishing is slowly adapting to the options, and it is realistic to believe that while the print book will never completely be replaced, the e-book market will continue to grow.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Romance, Contemporary and Historical
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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