This month I have the pleasure of introducing you to to one of my best friends and the all-time awesomiest(tm) critique partner a girl can have-the author formerly known as Evelyn Jules-Julie Evelyn Joyce!
1. Hi, Julie! Tell us a little about yourself:
Oh goodness. How much time do we have? Well, I’m a proud Canuck living in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, which conveniently puts me very, very close to our sexy new Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau. Shockingly, I haven’t been issued a restraining order yet. When I’m not writing quirky and witty romances, I spend my time molding young minds as a high school Physical Education teacher, singing karaoke, juggling, and dancing like there’s no tomorrow, sometimes simultaneously. I’m also in hot pursuit of my own happily ever after, and I think I’ve finally found the perfect man for me. For a girl who was once a serial dater, this is huge progress. Last but not least, I worship peanut butter and I wanna have its delicious babies. Aaaaand that’s Julie in a nutshell!
2. You’re making a change in your writing. What prompted this decision?
Excellent question. I started out my writing career under the pen name Evelyn Jules. My specialties were short erotic romance tales that had more than a dash of humor. But somewhere along the way I just felt like I was hiding. Probably because I WAS hiding behind a pen name and a cartoon image. I got tired of pretending to be someone else, so I decided, crazily enough, to be myself – Julie Evelyn Joyce. In doing so, of course I had to turn down the heat level in my writing, lest I get fired from the teaching profession, but it wasn’t difficult to do. In fact, I’m enjoying the process even more now.
The biggest inspiration of all in my desire to make a change was my mother. She supported me in everything I did, but she always wished I’d write something she could share with the entire family, something I could put my name on and shout from the rooftops, claiming it as my own. I lost my mom unexpectedly a few months ago, before I could tell her I was making this change, but I know she knows, and I know she’s proud.
3. What do you think sets your storytelling apart from others?
I write way outside the box. When I get struck with an idea, I can guarantee it’s something that’s never been done before. Like a love story between a mime and a clown, or a romance that sparks in a phallological museum. By the time you finish a story of mine, you’ll believe love can happen between anyone, anywhere, and you’ll always have a smile on your face.
4. What are you working on now?
I just finished writing a story called Steeped in Love. Here’s the blurb for it:
Addie Mitchell is a pie-on-the-fly entrepreneur who’s finally ready to settle down in the big, empty house her late great-aunt Edna left to her. Frustrated with her lack of success in romance, Addie turns to another gift her great-aunt passed on to her, the art of reading tea leaves, to aid her in her search for the ideal mate.
Novelist Ethan Holtz is having a hard time sinking his teeth into his next project, but he finds Addie fascinating. Mainly for her ability to make her dates disappear in fifteen minutes flat. He can’t help but eavesdrop on her dates in the local coffee shop, his writing haven, and soon finds himself taking pointers on what not to do from her failed suitors.
Though her methods seem nothing short of mad, he falls fast and hard for the pixie-haired pie-pusher. She thinks they’re all wrong for each other, but Ethan teams up with the tea leaves to prove they’re so right.
Currently, I’m working on a story called Nutcases. It’s set in the future, in a world where peanut butter has been banned (*gasp* The horror!), and my hero and heroine run an underground peanut butter bootlegging business.
5. Favorite part of the writing process?
Dialogue! I absolutely love writing dialogue. Often, that’s how my ideas take flight. I’ll start with a line or two of dialogue…then bam! A new story is born. What people say (and don’t say) defines who they are as characters. Plus, you can jam a whole lotta humor into a scene heavy on dialogue, and that’s my most favorite thing!
6. Least favorite part?
Keeping things organized and staying in the flow. It would all be so simple if I could just write and write and write and finish a novel in a day, but life gets in the way. I try to do a bit of writing each afternoon or evening, although it’s not always possible. Sometimes, days (and even weeks) go by between writing sessions, and that’s where it trips me up. I forget where I was, who was doing what, how I planned to deal with such and such an issue, and so on….
- Desktop or laptop? Laptop! Because it can sit on my lap!
- Pantser or plotter? More pantser than plotter, but I’m hoping to reverse that. Stay tuned.
- Desk or chair (or other)? – I prefer writing in bed. I’m like Marcel Proust that way. My best ideas come when I’m semi-horizontal.
- Sexytimes or shut the door? Well, I don’t so much write the sexytimes anymore, but I love, love, love reading about them!
- Ebook or paper? Ebook, definitely. I’m crazy about my Kindle!
- Light or dark? Gimme the light! I’m a morning person through and through.
- Indoors or outdoors? I love the outdoors, but when I’m writing, I prefer to be indoors. Less chance for bugs and other flying things to attack me or my screen.
- Player or spectator? Put me in, Coach!
- Salty or sweet? Can’t I have both?!
- Cake or pie? Cake!
- Beach or pool? Beach!
- Iron Man or Captain America? Iron Man all the way. I love the sarcastic wit, plus, hello! RDJ is a hottie!
Thanks so much for interviewing me! Happy reading, my friends!
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