Interview with Julienne

What do your fans mean to you?
My fans... oh, my. My fans are the people who keep me going on with all the thingamabobs that I write.

I'm not that confident about the stuff I have written, and my fans... well, I'd rather call them my friends... are the people who show me my capacity, my strengths and weaknesses, the things that I excel on, and the things that I need to improve in my writing, and most of all, in myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing helps me escape reality, and make my own little world in my desktop screen.

Even though it's quite fictional, I can mold a world however I want, and make my fantasies a reality.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Five? ONLY FIVE?

Well, here I go! I guess... In no particular order...

The Catastrophic History of You and Me
by: Jess Rothenberg
Basically, this is one of the very few books that really made me fill up inside with so much emotion. It's not all about love, and its mishaps... Moreover, it's about finding yourself... well, even after your death. It's a heart-breaking (literally!) story about how you can find love in the most surreal way possible.

Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by: Jennifer E. Smith
Also, this is about a weird meet-up that turned into a lovely relationship... It's quite peculiar, in terms of the scenario, and yes, it did give me a whole lot of feels...

The Selection Trilogy
by: Kiera Cass
I never imagined a lovely dystopian fantasy that in the future, the countries would all turn back to monarchy, and all those princess-king-queen-prince stuff. Totally worth reading, and Cass' wording is lovely EVERY DAMN TIME.

Maybe Someday
by: Colleen Hoover
Love is blind, yes... but this book shows you that love is also deaf. This book showed me that hearing is not all there is to it... That people have their own ways of hearing by themselves... And once you hear love, you can never un-hear it and pull yourself out!

The Summer I Became A Nerd
by: Leah Rae Miller
Can I just... Can I just totally fangirl by how Miller depicts nerds to be super cute and super fun in this book? Totally. It's a cliche type of love again in this one, popular girl meets nerdy boy... But there's a whole lot more to it than what meets the eye.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are a ton of lovely people that I admire in writing... REALLY, a lot.

First off, I love Kiera Cass. She's the first ever person to influence me in writing a fanfiction about her trilogy, The Selection.
Next, I admire Jennifer E. Smith because she makes third-person-view writing such an easy thing to do... in which, it isn't.
Jess Rothenberg made me fangirl for weeks, Colleen Hoover made me cry for the first time, and Jenny Han made me angry for the first time for her horrible cliffhanger on 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' (oops, spoiler!)

There's a ton more authors that I love, mostly writing Young Adult Romance... and I just simply couldn't lay them all down here, or else you'd have a longer piece of text to scroll!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah... Kind of.

The first official story I wrote was when I was about ten, or so. It didn't even look like a real story. It was just for fun, and so I could find a good use for my new notebook that day. I liked playing with long names for characters, and such... and it wasn't basically a story... it looked like a narrative. Haha.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is very indescribable... It's because I, myself, really do not know how it works.

It's always different every time. Usually, I would listen to a really nice song, and then base a book or a plot out of it, and I just write the chapter whenever I want to. I don't have outlines, or written plans on how I want each chapter to go to contribute to the story. All my plans are in my head, and spontaneously pop out whenever I sit down and type on my laptop.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I absolutely loooove arts and crafts, and drawing... basically all things artsy!

I like keeping my hands busy, splattered in paint, and always making awesome things from nothing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, first of all, my alarm makes me get out of bed each day. Period.

As a high school girl, I'm pretty much energized to live each day like all the other kids:
Pizza, chocolate, Frozen, Disney, books, pie, and Harry Styles.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'd like not to include the children's stories here.

The first I've read, and got me real hooked into YA Romance stories is most probably The Selection.
Like I've mentioned, it got me so inspired to write a fanfiction about it, and that's where my little virtual writing career took off...

It has taught me lots of things, a lot of tips on writing, and that my little ideas could turn out big.
What do you read for pleasure?
Young Adult Romance books... 'cause I love making myself so darn happy... and then making myself cry at the same time!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I looove my Amazon Kindle. The screen is like a legit book, so it's really easy on the eyes.

I would also read on my phone, but usually that would make my eyes hurt because of the glare... And I just use that when I'm in the dark, or when I really really want to read something at a flash.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often visit GoodReads to find my next book... They have a Young Adult Romance list that I really want to read, you know, except Twilight, John Green, and all those mainstream stuff (Yes, I am a hipster)

Also, my friends read a lot of physical books, and I just get an ebook copy of them in my Kindle... because I don't have much space to keep towering books in my place.
How do you approach cover design?
This... is where my artsy magic happens.

I happen to make all the covers I use in all of my stories, except my The Selection fanfiction, in which I used the official cover art of 'The One'. Fairly simple, I don't use Photoshop... since I found the interface quite unwelcoming, and so I resorted to Picmonkey, a photo editing website, which is very awesome, indeed!

My themes usually include watercolor prints, edits of Disney characters smashed together in a photo, and simple things that tell the book's whole story in a glance.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm still working on my Jelsa fanfiction called, Dear Jack. I'm trying to go as slow as I can, so it wouldn't turn out to be rushed, unlike my first two books.

After which, I'll be working on my melancholic poetry book called, Found and Lost... Oh, and I am also thinking about writing an independent young adult romance book based on Princess Diana, and the One Direction song, Diana...
The title is... you guessed it! Diana.
Describe your desk
My desk is the most cluttered thing in my house. There's like two old cans of Pik-Nik that I covered in paper to hold my pencils, and pens and other stuff that fit in it. I have a tiny chalkboard where I write quotes into... I also have a ton of nail polish.

My desk is simply a summary of all that I am in a single glance.
Published 2016-05-19.
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