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Author Interview with Romance Writer Julie Ryan!!

  • When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Probably when I was about seven! I never really thought of it as a career though so it took me until I was in my fifties.

  • How long does it take you to write a book?

I tend to plot as I go along so I need time for the ideas to ferment. Okay that’s just an excuse for the fact it takes me between a year and eighteen months to write a book.

  • What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

It has to fit between running a village post office, teaching English to French companies and looking after my son. If I’m lucky I manage a couple of hours during the day and then at the weekend I might get some uninterrupted time.

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I can’t write without coffee yet more often than not, if I’m really engrossed in my writing, I find the coffee stone cold next to me. I go and reheat it in the microwave, take one sip and hours later it’s still undrunk. You’d think I’d have learned by now.

  • Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Anywhere and everywhere. It could be a snippet of conversation overheard on the bus, a radio interview or something I’ve read that sparks off the idea for a book. Whenever I talk to people I’m always filing away snippets of information for later use.

  • What does your family think of your writing?

They’re supportive but for the moment I think they see it as a hobby. I’m determined to awe them all one day when my books are on the supermarket shelves – the height of stardom to my lot!

  • How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?

I’ve written three books in the Greek island mystery series, Jenna’s Journey, Sophia’s Secret and Pandora’s Prophecy. I’ve also written a Christmas romcom called Callie’s Christmas Countdown, just the thing to make you smile in the run up to the festive season. They’re all very close to my heart but I think my first book, Jenna’s Journey, will always be special.

  • Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

I love hearing from readers as the ones who genuinely like my writing keep me motivated when things get tough. Readers say they love the twists and turns of the Greek mysteries and the descriptions which transport them to another country. As long as they read, I’ll continue to write. In fact, writing has become an obsession so I’d probably write regardless but I do love hearing from readers.

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Weirdos Unite!!

You know that television commercial now playing in which an actress says that part of her problem is when anyone looks at her she looks like anyone else? This is like me. I don’t have horns or a tail and certainly don’t have a halo, but…I’ve come to accept that I’m not like most people. I realize that strangely… Continue Reading

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Book Review–My Planet by Mary Roach

I’ve been a fan of Mary Roach’s since my medical student daughter gave me a copy of “Bonk”. That book addressed various ways in which we have sexual experiences and I found Mary Roach to be both thorough and hilarious. She addressed a serious topic with wonderful attention to detail and very funny comment. My… Continue Reading

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No Cool Cat Names

For a literate individual with such a love of names–my two daughters each have four names–I suck at naming cats. This is not to say I’m better at naming dogs. When I was a child, my mother’s boyfriend had a German Shepard he called Blitzen. with whom I used to play doggie hide-and-seek. I had nothing to… Continue Reading

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My “Narrow Range”

Okay, I admit it. I’m a delicate flower. Trust me, this hasn’t made life easier for me. Quite the opposite, in fact. It is a recent discussion–after the summer weather of 80+ and upwards has arrived here in Texas–between my Beloved Husband and I that I have minimal heat or cold tolerance. There. I admitted… Continue Reading

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Healthy Romance? Oh, Yeah.

Hi, my name is Carol Rose and I believe in healthy romantic relationships. I write romances about functional, working relationships and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I have two careers and one is as a professional therapist who helps couples/singles with relationship issues. I’m also the author of over 25 romances and I see no conflict with… Continue Reading

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Laughing in Love

My Beloved Husband kissed me goodbye as we both left for work (mind you we work on opposite sides of a small building) and whispered “I know what we can do tonight!” This was said with tender excitement and I quickly asked with a faster heart pace what he had in mind. The dude then held up… Continue Reading

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Book Review–Isla and The Happily-Ever-After by Stephanie Perkins

As a writer of romantic fiction, I’m always looking for something great to read. I’ve read a Stephanie Perkins’ book before and enjoyed both the quality of her writing and her characters. I purchased Isla and The Happily-Ever-After having read and enjoyed the sample. This story follows teenaged Isla into the boarding school world of… Continue Reading

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Getting My Ducks In A Row…Or At Least In The Same Pond

As this implies, I’m gathering everything, trying to close plot holes and make sure necessary scenes are in place.  You might have seen the statement on-line about not having one’s ducks in a row, but that they’re in the same pond? That’s me. I’m gathering those suckers one by one. This involves story boards, input… Continue Reading

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We All Need Fun!

Fun is what gives us energy and joy and brightens our days. We need infusions of happiness into our worlds and this can come in many ways. It is important to realize, though, that fun is as individual as our fingerprints or the irises of our eyes. Lots of people–my Ph.D. Doc daughter included–find this… Continue Reading

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