About Julie Ann Toomey:
Julie Ann Toomey is a mom, author, and business owner. Her battle with bipolar disorder and PTSD has compelled her to raise awareness to help others who are struggling. She is a college graduate who studied creative writing and emergency services. When not spending time with her family, she is busy raising awareness for mental health and advocating for multiple charities.
What inspires you to write?
I've wanted to be an author since I was 5 years old. In second grade I wrote a cute little "book" about all my friends. I've always wanted to write my story and use it to inspire others to work on their own mental health. It was my first published book, and while I was finishing it up, my best friend killed herself. I knew the moment I found out that I needed to write her story as well.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Cindy Hogan, Dan Wells, JK Rowling, Brandon Sanderson
Tell us about your writing process.
It depends on what I'm writing. When I was writing about my life, it was already pretty prepped, since it actually happened. Non-fiction is very much by the seat of my pants.
I used to think that was how I wrote fiction too, and then realized that I'm TOTALLY a plotter. Sometimes things change, but for the most part, I need an outline. Then I don't write in order, but connect the dots later.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I thought about publishing traditionally, but in the end, I wanted more freedom with my books. I'm published indie, and I'm actually very happy with that decision.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I don't know. I think it will be easier to publish and harder to be seen.
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, fantasy,
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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