Interview with Julie McCarron-Benson

What is your writing process?
I go at it hell-for-leather, get the ideas down and then sort it out later.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do remember the first time I read. It was usual sort 'Jack is a boy, Jill is a girl, Mary is a little girl.' I do remember the delight when the words made sense. THere were not many books around when I was growing up, there was a mobile library the Bookmobile, that came once a month My dad would buy boxes of books for me at auction sales hence I was strongly influenced by British books,often adult ones about the British in India rather than a few from Enid Blyton and stories about girls in boarding schools. They were always playing hockey and going on picnics - most uncomfortable.
How do you approach cover design?
A different part of my life is art. Over a particularly difficult period, I produced a series of works painting emotions. i have been using them as covers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I remember one about a little bee called Betty.
What do you read for pleasure?
Blood and guts novels usually written by men, and mysteries or detective stories written by women. I have a few favourite authors. I love a good yarn. The books are often written in the first person.
Describe your desk
I'm in the corner of the lounge/family room near the wood fire in winter and fan in summer. Close enough to deal with activities in the kitchen if required and close to both the front and back doors. My desk is a converted treadle sewing machine table and I use a laptop. I'm surrounded by my own art work,
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little country town in the central west of NSW, Australia. There are echoes of my upbringing in my writing such as the Country Women's Association and their amazing cooking competitions and spreads at community activities Other wonderful voluntary organisations like the rural bush fires services, Church activities, and the great interest country people have in other peoples activities.
When did you first start writing?
Always wrote but not always fiction, more often policy documents, and submissions.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Betrayal, I think in this last one. And overcoming the effects. This last one lightly skirts over domestic violence. .
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have stories to tell, to entertain and share, experiences and views to generate conversations. Mainstream publishers seem frightened of the ordinary lives people lead and the extraordinary things that happen to them as they go about their daily lives. There seems to be a formula which I cannot fit into. There are no bodies strewn around the landscape in my writing. And I'm not keen on reading explicit sex, I certainly don't write it, I consider that a private matter. Also i am parsimonious with my words. if they are not required for the telling of the story i don't include them.

To my joy I have a growing group of readers, to whom Belle, my main character seems to be a real person!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the story out of my head. I have carried these characters around for years. When the opportunity arrived so that I could write them down i took it. I little thought that there would be six novels! (only published 3 at this stage but the others are well on the way).

Earlier i said my greatest joy was the pleasure other people take in my sorties. Some readers see Belle as a real person. Others absolutely hate poor Sylvie.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a portrait painter (www.julie.mccarronbenson.com) and I garden, and I READ!!!! I also had to get a job to support my creative activities. Still It may be a source of further novels in the future.
Published 2017-08-28.
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Books by This Author

Round and Around
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 62,690. Language: Australian English. Published: October 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Belle Saint James is absolutely outraged! After all she has done to help her best friend Sylvie Sutton! She finds Sylvie’s diary in which Sylvie is slagging off at Belle and whining that belle is not helping her! Sylvie is looking for her niece Nandi whom they all think may have joined a cult. And because it is Sylvie, who could find a man on the moon, there is man complications as well!
Rule of Thumb
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 63,950. Language: Australian English. Published: August 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Wedding Coordinator Belle Saint James is in somewhat of a difficult social situation. The mother of the bride, her old friend Margo, is in the toilet crying, and won’t come out! At first, Belle tries to soothe her old friend but it becomes apparent that Margo has very good reasons for not wanting to go home. What can Belle do to help? Or should Belle do nothing?
Hide and Seek
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 60,780. Language: Australian English. Published: November 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Belle is as surprised as everyone else when the bridegroom disappears between the wedding and reception. He was there one minute, and gone the next! Was there anything she as the wedding coordinator could have done? And should she have involved her lover; Vietnam veteran, ex-policeman, now Private Investigator Marcel Smith in locating the missing bridegroom?
Snatch and Grab
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 62,450. Language: Australian English. Published: August 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When Marcel Smith, private investigator, ex-police officer, Vietnam veteran arrives at the airport a few minutes late to pick up wedding coordinator Belle Saint James, there was only her suitcase travelling forlornly around and around on the turnstile. Meanwhile, Belle find herself tied up hand and foot, gagged, with something over her head. She is lying in horse manure. She is not impressed!