Getting to Know the Author: Julie Flanders

ImageWelcome Julie. Let’s get to learn more about you …

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What is your genre? Why did you choose it?

 

I’ve had a really difficult time deciding on a genre for my books to be honest as I would consider them both mixed bags. My first book Polar Night is a paranormal thriller mixed with a traditional detective story. My upcoming novel The Ghosts of Aquinnah contains elements of the paranormal as well as mystery and historical fiction, but at its heart is a love story. I guess if I had to pick one thing I would say I love to write in the paranormal genre. I don’t know if it was a conscious choice but I just love to imagine the unknown and otherworldly.

 

Do you work on more than one manuscript at a time?

 

No, I don’t seem to be able to manage that very well.

 

Do you work with a writing/critique group?

 

I am a member of an online writing group called Untethered Realms. We are all speculative fiction authors and try to support and help promote each other. It’s been a great experience for me as I am usually a bit of a loner.

 

Can you remember your first reading book?

 

I think it was Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Tom Kitten. I used to check out the Beatrix Potter books from the library all the time when my parents took me there.

Aw, that bought back a memory!

 

Do you nibble on snacks while writing? If so, what is your chosen treat?

 

I don’t. Once I start nibbling I find it hard to stop so I try to avoid it as much as possible!

 

Tidy desk or a bombsite? Describe your writing area with us.

 

I don’t have a desk but if I did I know it wouldn’t be tidy. I am terribly unorganized! I love to write on my couch. I stretch my legs out with my laptop on my lap and I’m good to go. My dog and my cat usually share the couch with me so it can be a bit crowded, but they are my writing buddies.

 

Are you published in the traditional manner or self published? Share your journey.

 

coverI am published by a small press called Ink Smith Publishing. I started out sending query letters to agents but decided rather quickly to focus on small presses instead. I learned about Ink Smith through a writing site and we seemed to fit together well. They were just starting out and so was I, and so far it’s been a great journey. I feel like I’ve learned a ton about the publishing business and am still learning all the time.

 

Who would you say have been the three most influential authors in your reading/writing life?

 

Wow, that’s a hard one, but I will say Stephen King, Elizabeth George, and George RR Martin.

 

What advice would you like to share with other writers/authors with regard to preparing a manuscript?

 

I am still so new to all of this I don’t know if I am qualified to give advice but I would simply say to have critique partners and proof-readers read your manuscript to help you see mistakes you may have missed yourself. Also, at some point you have to be willing to say the manuscript is done and it’s time to stop the revisions. That’s a hard one for me as I can keep writing and re-writing the same sentences over and over again until I drive myself crazy.

 

If the movie rights to your novels are purchased, who would you like to play your main characters?

Fun question! For Polar Night, I would choose Hugh Dancy to play Danny and Alexander Skarsgard to play Aleksei. For The Ghosts of Aquinnah, I’d choose Kerry Washington for Hannah, Emilia Clarke for Stella, and Kit Harington for Christopher.

 

I was on my way to the supermarket, when … Do you have a tale to tell relating to an everyday, boring event?

 

I have been trying to answer this question and keep coming up with a total blank. I think I must have a very boring life!

 

My bio:

 

Julie Flanders is a novelist and freelance writer in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a life-long love affair with the ocean and has spent more summer vacations than she can count on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. When not writing, Julie can be found reading, cheering on her favorite sports teams, and watching too much television. She is an animal lover and shares her home with her dog and cat.

 

Julie’s debut novel Polar Night was published by Ink Smith Publishing in February, 2013. Her novel The Ghosts of Aquinnah, which is set on Martha’s Vineyard, will be published on December 5, 2013.

 

Find Julie at:

Website ~ Blog ~ Facebook ~ Twitter ~ Pinterest ~ Goodreads

Blurb for The Ghosts of Aquinnah:

A brilliant flash of light transcends through time.

Another freezes a cloaked figure within a frame of salty mist as waves crash against a rocky shore. Her harrowing expression shadows the beacon to a pinprick.

By the next blaze, she is gone. Only the lighthouse remains.

Hannah’s eyes blink in step with each heartbeat. Images of her deceased parents and Martha’s Vineyard explode like firecrackers inside her mind.

She shakes her head.

For weeks this eerie woman dressed in nineteenth century garb has been haunting my webcam, but tonight she stared into my soul.

Why? …

Who is she? …

Casting aside months of research on historic lighthouses, Hannah drives to the coast and boards a ferry.

What is the strange connection she has to this mysterious woman suspended in time?

Hannah finds out.

But, it’s not at all what she expects…

Hannah unravels a century old murder.

 

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About Glynis Smy

I live in the UK, in the seaside town of, Dovercourt~Harwich, where I enjoy writing novels. I've written historical romance/suspense, Medical romance and my latest WIP is in the crime genre. The Victorian era fascinates me and the best part of writing a novel is often the research. Proud writing moments in my life: Shortlisted for Festival of Romance Fiction 2014 New Talent Award Reaching second round of Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2014 Maggie's Child: reached #1 Amazon best-seller: Historical Romance Victorian /February 2014/ebook & book paid list. May 2014 #3 Historical Romance Victorian, and #25 in Historical Romance paid top 100 best-seller list. Top 100 in three categories on Amazon UK best-seller listings in 2015. Seeing my books in a Suffolk (UK), library. Over the years I've written short stories in a variety of genres. I've also won a few poetry contests, my first was at the age of twelve, (a poem about the Bangladeshi war). I also won a children's short story competition where the prize was a first-aid box, I was so proud but my husband found it amusing because we owned two pharmacies. My articles have been published in magazines both in the UK and Cyprus. I am also featured in various places on-line. When I am not writing, I enjoy making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and the company of my little granddaughters.
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39 Responses to Getting to Know the Author: Julie Flanders

  1. Glynis – Thanks for introducing us to Julie.

    Julie – Thanks for sharing a bit of your life with us. I respect people who can create whole new worlds, as paranormal authors do. I agree with you, too: at some point, you need to let go of ‘revision mode’ and move a project on. I wish you much success.

  2. Thank you so much for having me here today, Glynis!

    And thank you, Margot, I’m so glad to meet you. I really appreciate your comment and good wishes. Thanks!

  3. Nice to meet you, Julie. Beatrix Potter’s a good place to start for a reader!

  4. I can’t juggle more than one manuscript at a time either. And small presses rock.

  5. @William, I agree, I still love her books! Nice to meet you as well.

    @Alex, they do!

  6. I can never work on more than one ms either, Julie. My brain has to have full focus on one at a time. And I’m terribly unorganized also, but there’s method to the madness. 🙂

  7. I have to work on one ms at a time too – I’m so tied up with the characters I wouldn’t be able to mix it up. Knowing when to stop writing – that’s hard for me!

  8. Karen Walker says:

    Very cool interview, ladies.

  9. Kittie Howard says:

    Super interview! Julie is an extremely talented writer. “Polar Night” had me from Page One — and I’m not normally into the paranormal/kinda paranormal genre — but Julie’s writing pulls one in for a fun read.

    And, Julie, my couch is the same — when the window’s open and a breeze flutters, papers take flight.

  10. hilarymb says:

    Hi Glynis and Julie – what a great set of questions and answers – and it’s always so interesting to find out more about how everyone does things and more about their life. I love the ocean – well the Cornish coast, so I’m looking forward to reading both your books … and Glynis’ too … I really think I might switch off and just read over Christmas!

    Cheers to you both .. and enjoy the success coming in your direction. Hilary

  11. @Pk, I like to think there is a method to mine but I don’t really think so LOL.

    @Annalisa, me too!

    @Karen, thanks!

    @Kittie, thanks so much, I really appreciate that and I’m so glad you liked the book.

    @Hilary, I’ve always wanted to visit the Cornish coast – someday! Thanks so much.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I totally need to stop nibbling at my desk…which is a total bomb site! But I have this plan to get organized…hope you have better luck with your book than I do my organization!

  13. Great questions, and great answers! Julie, I say that because you write, that qualifies you to give advice! We all have pieces of knowledge and experience that we picked up the hard way, that might help someone else on their journey.

    I know what you mean about the nibbling!! I try to limit and confine my snacking to healthy choices, which works well 🙂

  14. Great interview! I tried working on more than one manuscript in one go, and I couldn’t. Love the cast for your book, Julie! 🙂

  15. P V Ariel says:

    Hi Glynis,
    Thanks a lot for introducing this wonderful writer to us thru this interview,
    The questions are well put forward and the answers too,
    I have a small suggestion: Pl. highlight the question in bold letters or in italics or in color, that will give a good look too LOL

    @ Julie Good to know more of you and your writing style etc. But one thing i noticed in one of the answers i want to add this to it if you get annoyed i don;t mind! LOL

    You said: I am terribly unorganized! I love to write on my couch. I stretch my legs out with my laptop on my lap and I’m good to go. My dog and my cat usually share the couch with me so it can be a bit crowded, but they are my writing buddies.” keeping the laptop on your lap and continuously working with is not a healthy practice,,,
    and About your dog and cat business: you said you share the couch with your dog and cat, that is yet another danger, Beware these pets are dangerous too at times so beware!!! They carry rabies too
    Hope you don’t mind LOL
    Keep going
    Good Wishes
    Philip Ariel

    • Glynis Smy says:

      Philip, thanks for your suggestion. I find that WP alters my word files, and I lose all italics and enhancements. I will experiment a little more. Glad you enjoyed the interview.

  16. Very nice interview, ladies. Only a month until Julie’s next big release… can’t wait!

    I agree about the rabbit hole of rewriting. It can be SO difficult to know when to stop.

  17. @Phiilip, thanks and I’m not annoyed, but don’t worry, my pets aren’t dangerous at all! They are my babies. 🙂

    @Susan, thanks so much, I appreciate it!

  18. Tyrean says:

    Great interview!!! Julie, I love your writing buddies. When I’m home my cat likes to sit just on the other side of my laptop, so she can be just within petting reach.

  19. I loved getting to know more about you, Julie. Great interview.

    Hi, Glynis!

  20. Hi Glynis and Julie,

    Fashionably late but I finally got here. I should get blogger miles or something 🙂 Inspiration from Beatrix Potter is a good thing. Lovely to see you here, Julie. Continued much fulfilment in your writing endeavours.

    Such a fascinating interview.

    Thank you, Glynis and delighted to make your acquaintance.

    Gary

  21. Dana says:

    Wonderful interview! I love the blurb, too. This is a book I need to read. ☺

  22. Combining genres does cause a bit of havoc when trying to place it on book lists, I can relate. I’ve never had anything exciting on the way to or from the grocery store either. LOL

    Great interview! Continued good luck Julie!

  23. Lynda R Young says:

    Great interview. And yes, I’ve learned that nibbling on snacks is bad too, though I don’t always practice what I learn 😉

  24. I’m pleased to learn more about Julie. I love writing on the couch and I try not to nibble as I write.

    • @Tyrean, that sounds just like my kitty. 🙂 Thanks!

      @Carol, glad you liked it, thank you.

      @Gary, I hope you’re not too tired out after the journey. 😀 Thanks so much.

      @Dana, oh, thank you, I love to hear that! 🙂

      @Yolanda, I’m glad I’m not the only boring one with the grocery store LOL. Thanks so much.

      @Lynda, I don’t either, I have to admit. 😀

      @Medeia, yay for another couch writer. 🙂

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