Interview with Julie Shelton

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching the characters grow and develop and work out their problems.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are awesome! I love hearing from them, getting their feedback, their input, their encouragement. I feel that I have become friends with most of my fans and I love that.
What are you working on next?
I am working on Book Four of my new seriesThe Doms of Passion Lake. The Doms of Passion Lake are a group of former SEAL teammates who get together and buy the derelict, bankrupt town of Porterfield, Virginia, along with thirteen square miles of surrounding land, and turn it into the thriving tourist destination of Passion Lake, Virginia. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the town boasts not only the large, deep-water lake from which it derives its name, but also farmland, grazing land, a couple of creeks, scenic trails, and a World War I era airfield. The amenities offered include a lodge with cabins, camping, boating, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, a main street featuring both quirky and elegant little shops, and excellent restaurants. Passion Lake is around 30 miles down the road from Marshall’s Creek, where Jesse Colter, Adam Sinclair, and Sarah Marshall, the heroes and heroine of my first three books, Loving Sarah, Owning Sarah, and Keeping Sarah live.
Many of the Doms of Passion Lake were minor characters in those three books about Jesse, Adam, and Sarah. Along with many of my readers, I felt they deserved books of their own.
Who are your favorite authors?
Cherise Sinclair, Maya Banks, Lexi Blake, Shayla Black, Lauren Dane, Sophie Oak, Avery Gale, Ashe Barker, and so many others much too numerous to name.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The chance to work on my current work in progress.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching TV, shopping, traveling.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a play called "Fairies in the Garden", which was a mishmash of dialogue, ballet, music, and, of course, fairies. My three-year-old sister and I performed it for our doting parents.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember mostly stories that were read TO me--Beatrix Potter books, Dr. Seuss's The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and The King's Stilts, The Five Chinese Brothers, by Claire Huchet Bishop, Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gag. Also all of the Winnie-the-Pooh stories and poems of A.A.Milne. As soon as I learned to read, those continued to be my favorite books for many years. In fact, I became a children's librarian, based partially on my love of children's books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Watership Down, because even though it is a book about rabbits, it is so engrossing that, at 500 pages, it's' not nearly long enough. All the Harry Potter books, because they aren't long enough either. The DaVinci Code because it kept me riveted from the first page to the last, an old, out-of-print book named Mara, Daughter of the Nile, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, and anything by Cherise Sinclair.
What do you read for pleasure?
Erotic, BDSM romances--the same thing I write.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Samsung Galaxy tablet
Published 2015-05-21.
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