Interview with Julia von Rist

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I was in the First Grade, and I had a crush on a boy who could not have cared less about me. I wrote a two-page story where he asked me to marry me.
Describe your desk
It doubles as a sewing table, so my old trusty Singer is on one side and the sewing project du jour is on the other.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Years ago I came across the yaoi genre, and it really resonated with me. I began to write a script for a manga, but the publisher I had set my hopes on went out of business, and that was it. Life got in the way after that; I tried writing a serious, coming-of-age novel, but it was an uphill battle...mostly because I do not really like coming-of-age stories.

Then the e-book revolution happened. I found my script, reworked it into a yaoi novel, and enjoyed every minute of the process. I am hoping to publish "The Lion of Palmyra" at the end of May.

It is a love story set in the Middle East during the Crusades. I have a soft spot for period adventure movies, even the corny ones; they remind me of Saturday afternoon TV marathons when I was growing up, and I've tried to recreate the feeling: the exotic locale, the handsome heroes, the witty banter, the near-saves and, of course, the epic battle at the end.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My IPad. I won it in an essay-writing contest nearly three years ago; it has gone through a few covers already and the Home button gets temperamental some days, but I cannot imagine my life without it. (OK, I can, but it would be very sad.)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in a universe of my own creation, and being "in the zone" where the words just flow and the everyday world disappears.
What are you working on next?
A new yaoi novel set in Paris during the Belle Epoque. There is a struggling painter, an oh-so-handsome and ambitious model, and an unscrupulous art collector.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens. He was the Stephen King of his time. He had an eye for what sold and great marketing skills. His use of the language is delicious; the description of David Copperfield's household management troubles is hysterically funny.

Emilio Salgari; an Italian writer in the 1800s who wrote adventure books set in exotic locations. I read the whole Sandokan series growing up, and it ruined me for Enid Blyton.

Jules Verne: again, another spinner of fantastic tales in faraway places. I'm sensing a theme here...

Mario Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize of Literature in 2010. He makes a game of sentence structure. I read him when I was growing up, and he opened my eyes to realities of South American life that I did not even know existed, sheltered young thing that I was.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee and a dog begging to go for walkies.
Published 2014-03-06.
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Books by This Author

Prisoner of the Minotaur
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,900. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Greece
A monster. A prince. A broken-hearted lover. The Minotaur is all three. Exiled to the Labyrinth, Prince Asterion is haunted by the memory of the one man he ever loved. Kleon's only thought is to avenge his lost lover. As he witnesses the torment and sacrifice of his fellow captives, he finds his true destiny, one that goes beyond his own personal quest for revenge.
The Lion of Palmyra
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 26,370. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Medieval
A thrilling story in the Yaoi tradition: a Saracen prince willing to do anything to protect his city and his people; a Crusader knight who must decide between a forbidden love and his honour as a warrior. The war has ended, but the battle has just begun. The fate of the city will not be decided in the battlefield...but in the bedroom.