Interview with Juliet Braddock

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I could put crayon to paper. I always created stories when I was a young child -- about myself, imaginary friends and family members. When I learned how to print, my mom encouraged me to write them down. She even bought me a child's typewriter for my sixth Christmas!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Fantasy is always fun, and when you're a fiction writer, you have the opportunity to create new worlds and characters that can make readers laugh, cry, shout out in anger or squeal for joy. It's about creating and stirring emotion. And when you can transport readers into another world, it's really quite magical.
In 2017, you lost most of your sight. Talk about that, and tell us how it's impacted your writing career.
I was diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called Pseudotumor, which is a form of Hydrocephalus. Essentially, I have excess spinal fluid on my brain which pressed against my optic nerves and damaged them to the point where I'm now legally blind.

The one thing I wasn't about to give up when I lost most of my sight was my writing. In fact, my books got me through and forced me out of bed. Almost immediately, I discovered assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. With magnification software, I can see the computer screen.

Since then, I've published two books -- BLEMISHED and SMITTEN. Yes, it took me a little bit longer to edit, but I just learned to budget my time and my deadlines accordingly.

And yes, I still write sexy romps. Who says people who are blind can't be kinky, too?
What's the story behind your latest book?
SMITTEN is an erotic comedy romp through Paris and Provence.

I'm a true Francophile. I've been to France close to a dozen times, and I adore the country and its people. I listen to French music. I'm even known to make crepes on a Sunday morning. And my readers know that when it's appropriate, I'll use France as a setting in my erotic novels.

I also wanted to portray an older heroine who's just as sexy and determined as her younger counterparts on the road to find her happily-ever-after. Enter January Gallimore. She's 35, and a lifelong submissive who knows what she wants--and stops at nothing to get it. She has to choose between the older French rock star Etienne, her Dominant partner of five years, or the younger Englishman Nigel, whose awkward attempts to impress drive her wild.
What are you working on next?
My Work In Progress, BLINDSIDED, is actually inspired by my own experience with vision loss. This is such a special book to me, and I can’t wait to share Josie and Oliver’s story with my readers.

Last year, I lost most of my sight due to a rare neurological condition called Pseudotumor. Of course, the author in me got to thinking about the level of trust that’s necessary between two lovers when life’s challenges complicate the lifestyle.

Although she relinquishes sexual control, Josie Rossi is fierce. Born and raised in New York City, she gets what she wants at whatever cost—everything except for her former colleague, Oliver Billington.

BLINDSIDED is a second chance at love story with two rival journalists who must decide if they can forget their tumultuous past and build a new, albeit different, life together in the face of their greatest fight ever.

I'm aiming for a Spring 2019 release.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love good food, good wine, travel and theater with the amazing friends I have in my little circle. And even though I'm now legally blind, I still indulge in the finer things in life.

Paris is my second favorite city to New York, and I'm quite a francophile -- but my French is terrible! My next major trip will be to Scotland next year!

There's also nothing quite like spending the evening at a Broadway show, and I'm lucky enough to live in New York to be able to explore my passion for the theater. I'm also so very grateful that I have a low vision specialist who fitted me with special binoculars that enable me to see the stage.

My rescued Russian Blue, Coopurr (named after Anderson) also usurps much of my time, but he's so cute that I let him get away with it.

Other than that, I have a full-time job in marketing and communications, which I love just as much as my writing.
Published 2018-08-05.
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Books by This Author

Smitten
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 148,100. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
January Gallimore has arrived at a crossroad in life. Aside from a short-lived scandal that made her the darling of the BDSM lifestyle, she’s America’s Sweetheart, of sorts. She built a career starring in romantic comedies, but she can’t seem to figure out her own love life. Will she choose the older Frenchman who makes her body sizzle…or the younger Englishman whose charms leave her SMITTEN?
Blemished
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 168,240. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Tragedy joins artist Chloe Cabot and rising advertising executive Gavin Fletcher. Together, they discover solace in each other’s arms. Just as emotion transforms them from reluctant strangers into unlikely but enduring lovers, heartbreak strikes their relationship again, forcing an unforeseen reversal of roles.
Bound
Series: Manhattan Bound Series. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 125,170. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM
Through dungeons and castles in the most glamorous cities around the world, Drew, a rising star on Broadway, brought publicist Maxine’s wanton desires to life. Five years later, changes have come to their lives. Although their pursuit of kinky pleasures never wanes, will they discover that the happiest place on earth really is right inside their own chaotic home?
Wrapped
Series: Manhattan Bound Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 170,770. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Sweeping through the glitz and glamour of New York’s high society and the drama unfolding in the dressing rooms of Broadway, Maxine Kirk dares to embrace a darker side of romance with Broadway star Drew McKenzie. However, as the nightmarish details of Drew’s unimaginable past emerge, will Maxine take a bow and make her exit…or if she’ll stick around for the encore?
Knotted
Series: Manhattan Bound Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 168,620. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
As their love continues to flourish, Maxine Kirk finds herself ensconced in Drew McKenzie’s world, where power reigns in his all-consuming lust for her. From a blackout in Manhattan to a back alley in Paris to a castle in the Loire Valley, their dark romance knows no boundaries. Passion and peril collide, culminating in the explosive revelation of the enigma that’s followed Drew for years.
Weakened
Series: Manhattan Bound Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 106,170. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » BDSM, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Against the glittering backdrop of New York City, budding theatrical publicist Maxine Kirk stumbles into the arms of her beloved teenage crush—rising star of the Broadway stage, Drew McKenzie. Quickly, Drew reveals his daring Dominant nature, unleashing desires that test both Maxine and Drew of their own intentions. But in this high-stakes game of trust, only the strongest survive.