When not swimming for her life, Julie immersed herself in books, often to the chagrin of her schoolteachers, who would find she hid novels behind her Math textbooks during class. Her love of reading led her to pen some very dark and gruesome stories, complete with colored illustrations, to shock her hapless teachers. The gory tales faded with time, but the passion for writing remained, long after she graduated and was supposed to get a real job.
To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dogtrainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.
Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian Shepherd who is too smart for his own good, and the latest addition, a hyper-active Papillon puppy.
Julie is the author of the bestselling Iron Fey series. 'The Iron Knight' the fourth title in The Iron Fey series was published in Jan 2012. 'The Immortal Rules', the first title in a brand new series was published in May 2012.
I am deeply honoured that Julie has kindly agreed to a short interview with me here today at TheSecret Writer'!
Julie, can I begin by asking, did you always want to become a writer?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was about 16. That’s when I started seriously trying to write novel-length manuscripts. Trust me, those early works were not things that should ever see the light of day. Writing is a craft that takes a long time to learn and improve, and it took me fifteen or so years to get to the point where my work was of a publishable quality.
Where do you do your writing best?
I pretty much do all of my writing in my home office. Sometimes I think about going outside to write, but the reality quickly outweighs the romance. Turns out, that’s where they keep all the heat and bugs. Who knew?
Did you have to undertake any research before writing 'The Immortal Rules'?
A lot of research went into The Immortal Rules. This was the real world, albeit a futuristic, vampire infested world, but the real world nonetheless, and things had to make sense. A large part of my research involved watching the entire season of The Discovery Channel's Life After People, to see how long it would take buildings and other structures to fall apart. I researched what would happen to dams, power plants, bridges, ect. if there were no humans around to take care of them. What would happen to the wildlife? What would happen to normal pets? How long would it take for the plant life to retake everything? Do guns fire underwater? Lots of questions, and lots of research, but it was essential to make the world of The Immortal Rules even remotely believable.
Can you let us into any secrets about your next book project?
I'm in the middle of writing the sequel to The Immortal Rules now, and all I can say is that Allie will meet new and old faces, fight her Hunger, and discover a monstrous enemy who has dark plans for her and the entire world.
Do you have any hobbies or interests that give you a break from writing?
Martial Arts. My hubby and I are practioners of kung-fu and Kali. We spend a lot of hours throwing each other around and hitting each other with sticks. It’s wonderful stress relief and great exercise. Also video games, which give me both inspiration and needed down time.
Julie I know that you are kept very busy, so I would like to thank-you for taking the time out to talk to us today.
Thank-you too Calum!
To find out more about Julie and her writing just follow the links that are detailed below:
Visit Julie's website at: http://www.juliekagawa.com
Visit the Iron Fey website: http://www.theironfey.com
Follow Julie on Twitter: @jkagawa
To be in with a chance to win a copy of Julie's latest book 'The Immortal Rules', just click on the picture of 'The Immortal Rules' below: