Julie L. York

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I have a vivid memory from about 4th grade, 9 or 10 year old or so, sitting at my desk in my bedroom, looking outside my corner windows. I had a story in my head but, for some unknown reason, I was trying to tell it in poetry form. (Yes, I still write poems, and lyrics.) It had to do with the ability to conjure and summon lightning and having it hit the large trees in my back yard. It was a perfectly clear day, and lightning terrified me. Don't ask. I was a weird kid. I've never stopped writing since, even if the stories got thrown away.
Who influenced your writing?
This is easy. Roy Hagar and Joyce Welch, my 10th, 11th, and 12th grade English teachers. In 10th grade I was struggling with going outside my comfort zone. I didn't like where I was, but had no idea how to grow. Mr. Hagar challenged me to view the Bible as literature, which was offensive at the time, because it was sacred scripture. I fought it for a bit, then opened my mind to the lyricism of King David and storytelling of Isaiah and Job. I didn't learn sacred truths, but I learned that truth can be written beautifully. He was also my 12th grade English teacher, when I was SO done with high school. He graded me against myself, which I asked him to do, and it wasn't easy getting those A's. He could tell when I was calling it in, full of crap, and wouldn't let me get away with it. Because of him, I always do my best when writing anything. The first time.

In 11th grade, Ms. Welch had us write eight to ten essays and stories throughout the year. There were guidelines, but she allowed me the freedom to find my voice through experimentation on each essay. She even gave me an A on an essay I made up because I had written such a convincing story about what a rotten teen I was outside school. She'd believed me, until my last sentence told her it was all made up. Without her in-class freedom to find out how I wrote best and play with styles, I wouldn't have my voice... and just like singing, having a strong voice as a writer is more important than grammar and sentences.
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Redeemed, Act II
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Series: Redeemed. Pre-release—available December 13, 2014. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Published by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Act II of II Drew is just beginning to get his money back, and Kenzie is still trying to find her place within her family. With his feet firmly rooted, finally, in a belief in something besides himself and sex, Drew begins a new journey, with a new family. Something he never thought he have. But even a testimony of Jesus, and desire to be better, problems don't disappear.
Redeemed, Act I
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Series: Redeemed. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 99,370. Language: English. Published: November 15, 2014 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Christian » Romance
Act I of II Filthy rich writer of music, Drew, is very gifted. He thinks his sex-filled, godless life is perfect. Until his "accidental" infant daughter is plopped into his arms. Until his money is taken from him. He stops kicking and screaming, and becomes determined. Why can't the rich man get into heaven? Can an amoral sinner really be redeemed?
Traitor: An Aleph Novella
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Series: Solomon Aleph Stories, Novella Six. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,580. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Alan Stevens has long been used to following orders, first as a Marine recruit, then later as a Drill Instructor, training the recruits according to the rules. Reluctant to take the offer to be Solomon's Lieutenant, in charge of all the Hunters and Alpha Units inside the U.S. Military, he now is one of Solomon's closest advisors and friends. Novella #6 - based on characters from "Solomon Aleph."
Slivers: An Aleph Novella
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Series: Solomon Aleph Stories, Novella One. Price: Free! Words: 42,910. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
This is an excerpt from each of the Aleph stories: Solomon Aleph, Hacker, Defender, Shomeyr, Father & Mother, and a two chapter peek at Traitor, a soon-to-be-released novella. My hope is that you'll fall in love with each man and woman as much as I have. Deeply felt characters never truly leave their authors alone...but continue to come back and haunt, until every story has been told.
A Just Man & A Highly Favored Woman: The Story of Joseph & Mary
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,300. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Christian » Historical
Ever since Jesus made his humble appearance just over 2000 years ago, there has been much written about Him and His life. But, how was He raised? Being the Son of God, were His earthly parents really a necessity? What did his family really know about him? Beyond the Biblical account, little is known of Mary, and Joseph has just a few verses. Historical Fiction
Father & Mother: An Aleph Novella
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Series: Solomon Aleph Stories, Novella Five. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,310. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2013 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Jethro & Sarah are a force to be reckoned with. Step back in time, where Jethro Aleph and a hot female, Sarah, have their first explosive meeting, through pivotal moments of Solomon's young life, to Jethro's death, and to their current lives. Novella #4 - based on characters from "Solomon Aleph." Events take place in the past, and present, and the bad guys randomly cause havoc.
Shomeyr: An Aleph Novella
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Series: Solomon Aleph Stories, Novella Four. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,770. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Someone has to watch the Weres, making sure they don't get themselves killed. Judah Rasmussen is not a normal human. Vetted as a child for a secret organization, even with special schools, military and Mossad training, it's years of effort before knowing werewolves are real. Novella #3 - based on "Solomon Aleph." Events take place in the past, and present, and the bad guys randomly cause havoc.
Defender: An Aleph Novella
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Series: Solomon Aleph Stories, Novella Three. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,340. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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Fitzwilliam Pederson might hate his name, but he loves his best friend, Solomon Aleph, fiercely and undeniably. Picked by Solomon to become the Alpha's Lieutenant, eventually, doesn't mean an easy ride. Primed from childhood to become the first University graduated Were doctor, his teasing personality hides Solomon's most vehement Defender. Novella #2 - based on "Solomon Aleph"
Hacker: An Aleph Novella
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Series: Solomon Aleph Stories, Novella Two. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,070. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Gregory Todd is one of Solomon Aleph's Lieutenants; his most trusted, the Hacker. Gregory's mathematical mind sees things no one else does, but he needs glasses to keep from tripping over cracks in the sidewalk. He created a digital safety net needed by Solomon to drag a Region full of Weres into the current century, but can't remember to eat. Novella #1 based on "Solomon Aleph."
Solomon Aleph
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Series: Solomon Aleph Stories, Book One. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,100. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2012 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Jamie had no idea that she was special until the day she literally ran into a General. But he wasn't just any General. In fact, he wasn't human. And neither was she. Solomon Aleph is the Regional Alpha, in charge of all Weres in North America. After meeting Jamie, his worst nightmare has come true. Book 1.
Lady Bryn
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Price: Free! Words: 31,720. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2012 by Julie L. York. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
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Sometimes what you see is not what you get, and people aren't really who you thought they were. Victorian Romance Novella - With a free preview of “Solomon Aleph” and the contemporary paranormal Aleph Series.


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