Heading to the Greek Isles without telling husband or friends is heady medicine for a failing marriage. Seduced by Grecian sun and sky, Jenna innocently obtains an ancient urn that tangles her into a web of a criminal world more sinister then she could ever have imagined. Romance is always afoot in the Greek Isles and Jenna gets a large helping with the seductive Nikos.
Twenty-five years later, Allie takes this same journey in a story that spans 25 years and intertwines the lives of mother and daughter. Twisty as the streets in a Greek island village, full of unexpected characters and threatening villains, Jenna’s Journey will keep you turning pages far into the night.
My Q&A with Julie Ryan
Describe yourself using three words?
Loyal. quirky, impetuous
What inspired you to write your first novel?
It was a way of reminiscing about the time I spent in Greece during the 1980s. I never envisaged writing a novel though; it was only after a chance meeting with another writer that I developed a short story into ‘Jenna’s Journey’.
What time of day do you like to write?
Preferably in the mornings as that’s when I feel freshest. Typically though it’s the middle of the night when I have a great brainwave for plot development.
What is your favourite book and why?
I love John Fowles’ The Magus as he captures perfectly the magic of Greece. Each time I read it I discover something new.
How did you pick the title of your book?
Originally the book was to have been called Jenny’s Journey. However, as is often the way, a few months in my character spoke and became Jenna. The book is about the physical journey as well as the life-changing consequences that ensue, so it seems a fitting title.
Are the characters in your book based on real people?
The characters are not based on any one real person but inevitably as a writer you draw on your own experiences, taking a quirk from one, a foible from another. There’s a lot of me in Jenna but she’s definitely her own woman.
What’s your favourite word?
If you were a colour what would it be?
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I have a vague idea of the plot and a handful of characters and then I see where it takes me. That usually means endless revisions but it’s just the way I write.
Who is your favourite Author?
I love Victoria Hislop.
Are you working on a new project?
I’m currently working on something completely different about three sisters who all gather at their father’s deathbed with a secret.
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Thank you, Julie, for the lovely interview and for the gift for our giveaway.
Giveaway ~ Jenna’s Journey ~ Julie Ryan
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