Interview with Julie Embleton

Who are your favorite authors?
I have a strange mix of favorite authors! I love Emily Bronte and George Eliot. Charles Dickens' works draw me back again and again . . . I've lost count of how many times I've read Great Expectations. Of a more recent era I follow Margaret Atwood, JK Rowling, and many of the authors that write for the young adult genre such as Sarah Rees Brennan and Lauren Kate. Saying that, I've enjoyed so many fantastic reads over the years that there wouldn't be enough space for me to list them all. Any author that holds my attention and leaves me thinking about their characters long after I've closed the book is on my favorite list - even if I can't remember their names right now!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a daughter - that's reason enough to inspire me out of bed each day! I do like to plan out the day in my head before I get up, though. Once I know what I'm at it tends to motivate me to get vertical. The only time I bury myself back under the duvet is if I've been writing into the wee small hours and have frazzled my brain; then I'm definitely a lot slower about flinging back the blankets . . .
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Once the mundane day-to-day stuff is done I love to keep busy with projects around the house. Anything that involves decorating, renovating or crafting makes me happy. I'm also very lucky to be living by the sea, so I tend to gravitate towards the water regularly, whether it be walking on the beach, strolling around the harbor or sitting by the rock pools while my daughter messes about. My paid job (unfortunately, writing does not pay any bills!) is in personnel, and I work three days a week. I fantasize about being a full-time, well-paid author. Hey - a girl can dream!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was a short story that I wrote for homework when I was about fifteen. My english teacher was impressed enough to read it out to the class and I got so many positive comments that it motivated me to begin writing in earnest. The story revolved around two teenagers who took part in an experiment about the superstitions surrounding Friday the 13th. (Would you believe, as I answer these questions, today's date is Friday 13th!!) The name of my teacher was A. Creedon, and to this day I like to slip her surname into my stories as a way of thanks.
Describe your desk
My desk is my kitchen table. It's a very old, wooden, round, drop-leaf table that my brother and sister and I grew up around. When the aged table isn't available my lap takes its place. In a perfect world I would have my own small office for writing in. The whole room would be painted white, flooded with natural light, sound-proofed, heated and enclosed within a time-suspension capsule so that I could work without having to worry about stupid things like having to sleep, use the bathroom, eat . . . .
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing a reader talk about my characters as if they are real people. I've had some readers tell me that my characters have often popped into their heads and made them wonder about how they are and what they're doing, only to realise that they're only fictitious people.
Another joy is when I'm writing the first draft. I get very excited about transferring the story from my over-stuffed brain onto the page, and the words usually pour so fast that my fingers can't keep up on the keyboard. When I read back on what I've written (ignoring the many typo's etc) it's always very special to finally see the story changing from scattered thoughts to real words.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. As an author, especially an e-book author, most of my writing day is spent in a state akin to solitary confinement. When I hit 'publish', and I know my heart and soul has just been released to the world, there's no big fanfare, applause, congratulations, camera flashes or glasses of champagne. But then a review might pop up, or a comment might be posted to my Facebook page, and no word of a lie, it makes me feel connected again. Hearing from anyone who follows my work genuinely makes my day. If I could, I would hug you all. You may not like it, but I'd do it anyway.
What are you working on next?
I have two projects on the go right now. The first is a massive undertaking; a trilogy, of which the first two books have been written. Again, it's young adult fantasy, but more complex than 'Bound' or 'The Untitled'. I would absolutely love to see the trilogy published in print and am not so patiently waiting to hear back from the dozens of publishers who have my submission. Despite book three of the trilogy nowhere near ready for downloading from my brain yet, I'm already knocking about a few ideas for a follow-on trilogy . . .

The second project is the sequel to 'Bound'. It's all still brewing in my head right now, too (yes, there's WAY too much going on in my poor head) but if all goes to plan I'll be starting work on that before the year is out.
Have you any good jokes?
No. But I'll tell you this one anyway:

The past, the present and the future all walk into a bar. It was tense.

I know, I know . . . . so bad . . . .
If you could have a magical power, what would it be?
Can I pick two magical powers?? The first one would be the ability to fly, the second would be the ability to halt time. I think I could keep myself very entertained with both of those!
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

The Untitled
By Julie Embleton
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,580. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
'Never, ever consort with the residents'. It was the one rule Joe's father had insisted upon, but when Joe meets the assasin who has been created to kill supernatural beings just like him he has no idea of just how catastrophic the consequences of breaking that rule will be.
Bound
By Julie Embleton
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,300. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2012. Category: Fiction
Nyah Morgan’s Alpha has aligned with dark forces and his plans for Nyah break the most absolute of Lycan Laws. Maimed by his magic she turns rogue, her condition drawing the unwanted attention of Dean Carson, an Alpha who is determined to learn the truth she hides. Nyah’s bound wolf is slowly killing her; both her evil Alpha and her newly-found Mate can save her, but which one, and at what cost?