Today on the blog I have a Q&A with Julie Newman, author of Beware The Cuckoo. Published by Urbane Publications on the 18/05/2017.
Julie Newman ~ ‘Real You’ Interview
Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself and your publishing journey.
Writing has always been an important part of my life; I’ve kept a diary since childhood, written poems, short stories for my children and I’ve started many novels. The only badge I ever achieved at Brownies was my writer’s badge. My dream was always to be a published author. Beware the Cuckoo is my first novel and I was over-joyed when Urbane Publications agreed to publish it, especially when one of the rejections I had previously received suggested that I did not offer career longevity – a polite way of saying I was too old – I was 49 at the time!! Matthew Smith of Urbane has been very supportive during the process of turning a manuscript into a book and has not once made me feel that I am past it.
Describe yourself using three words?
Optimistic, Loyal, impatient,
What inspired you to write your first novel?
An overheard snippet of conversation, in which someone said that a renewed friendship was not what it had been previously. I liked the idea of looking at a friendship that was held together by a shared experience despite the fact that the relationship was no longer a healthy one.
What time of day do you like to write?
I write at all times, but I am more productive in the mornings.
What is your favourite book and why?
East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It is an epic tale written on a grand scale with memorable characters that move you.
How did you pick the title of your book?
It came about after a discussion with Matthew, my publisher.
Are the characters in your book based on real people? No.
If you were a colour what would it be?
A sunny orange, I’d like to be bright and bold.
Do you plan your story beforehand or go with the flow?
I plan a little, I have a timeline and an idea but very often the characters take me on a journey.
Who is your favourite Author?
I have many, but John Steinbeck probably tops the list. Current writers I like include Joanne Harris and Matt Haig.
You are attending a dinner party with four fictitious book characters who would they be and why?
Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany’s) for her sense of fun and mischief.
Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) for his optimism and the fact that he knows how to throw a hell of a party.
Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) for her spirited conversation.
Vianne Rocher (Chocolat) so she can bring dessert,
What book are you reading at the moment?
I’m reading two, as I like to read fiction and non-fiction. The Life-assistance agency by Thomas Hocknell and The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan
Where in the world is your happy place?
Wherever my family are. I also have an affinity with The Lake District.
If you had one superpower what would it be?
To stop time; there are never enough hours in the day.
If you could give any literary villain a happy ending who would you chose?
Are you working on a new project?
Yes, my second novel will be out late 2017/early 2018
Twitter – @julesmnewman
Facebook Author Page – Julie Newman
Two women. One man. A buried secret. They were reunited at his funeral, school friends with a shared past. The past that is anything but straightforward. A past that harbours secrets and untruths. Karen has a seemingly perfect life. An adoring husband, two wonderful children and a beautiful home. She has all she has ever wanted, living the dream. She also has a secret. Sandra’s once perfect life is rapidly unravelling. The man who meant everything to her had a dark side and her business is failing. To get her life back on track she needs to reclaim what is rightfully hers. She knows the secret. As the past meets the present, truths are revealed – and both women understand the true cost of betrayal.
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