Interview with Jules Robat

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Once I'd read the book "The Outsiders" I was intrigued on how S. E. Hinton had been an author at a young age. I had also gotten to the point where I couldn't really find any books to read that I enjoyed, so I decided to write my own.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given me a place to post my writing & made it easy to let others find & read it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to write down my fantasies & in a way bringing them to life.
What do your fans mean to you?
Basically everything since they're really who I end up writing for. They give me confidence & constructive criticism that I use to help fuel my writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
My first favorite author is Terri Farley. She wrote the first book series I ever finished & read more than once.
My second favorite author is Becca Fitzpatrick. She wrote the second book series I ever finished & read more than once.
I picked up writing tips from both & hope they help my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I usually only write when I'm home alone & have silence, so the only time I'm not is when my boyfriend is home, I'm walking the dogs or cleaning the house.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was a spin off from the "The Outsiders". I never finished it, but I learned a lot from letting people read from I did have.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read romances, that's what mine usually end up being. I'm having trouble finding romances I like though because now the majority of them are with vampires of fallen angels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer real books over Kindles or iPads, but I do read off my boyfriend's Kindle from time to time.
Describe your desk
Oh my gosh, well, right now it's a crazy mess with food, drinks, candy, & magazines, but my dream desk would be very clean & organized with some sort of plant.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town outside of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, but I traveled to my grandparents house in the mountains some weekends. When I turned eighteen I moved to a small town outside of Waco Texas. Living in Texas has helped influence my writing more than it ever did when I lived in Pennsylvania because there's more that fascinates me here & I have more of a free life that gives me ideas on what to write about.
When did you first start writing?
My first try at writing was when I was in seventh grade. My cousin & I worked together on my first two books, I did finish the second one which was a spin off from the "Phantom Stallion" series.
Published 2014-03-01.
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