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.
I 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!
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.
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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.
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.