My name is Julia Legian. I was born in 1972 in South Vietnam, though truth be told nobody in my family really knows my real date of birth. During the war time I suppose people had other priorities than birth registries. My childhood was pretty tough, and that is the subject of my memoir The Ugly Daughter. In the early 80s my family managed to escape Vietnam as “boat people” and after a few years in a refugee camp, we immigrated to Australia, where I live till this day. I’m happily married to my husband, Simion and I have a wonderful son, Jeremy.
What inspires you to write?
I’m not quite sure. There was no aha moment or anything in particular that inspired me. It might sound weird, but I always knew one day I will write this book, and certainly I’m not short on the material. It just took me awhile to put it on paper.
I also read a lot of inspirational books which helped me feel better about myself and the situation I found myself in, which made me appreciate the power and value of such books. I can only hope my memoir could do the same for others.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write at home in bed. The moment I wake up in the morning. I lie in bed and try to recall as many memories as I could. I have a notebook next to me and as soon as a new memory resurfaces I start to write it down. Later on during the day I go through my notes, sort them chronologically and refine the words until I am satisfied with the result. I have my favourite Buddha chill-out meditation music playing in the background to keep me calm and focused.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do what you love. Work hard and never give up on your dream.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was never a big fan of the traditional publishing model. I don’t like to give up control my work. I want to keep my book real, raw and authentic and I didn’t believe it would be possible to do that with traditonal publishers.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it becomes much easier for the authors to self publish these days.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Non-fiction, woman memoir
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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