Interview with Juli D. Revezzo

What's the story behind your latest book?
The short story Sing a Mournful Melody is a nod to the old Gothic vampire movies of the '60s. Though I wasn't around when they were first released, I've caught them on television, from time to time. I was in college when I delved into the stories that inspired them, but the romance of those old horror tales never left me. When I saw the picture of the Graphophone that inspired the story, I thought it only logical to set Maribelle's story in the corresponding timeline and because I love to add the fantastic, was delighted when she brought the supernatural along with her.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing with an eye to publishing almost 20 years now, but I was always a little nervous about self-publishing. It wasn't until E-publishing became so accepted the last few years that I changed my mind. I sat down and worked out The Artist's Inheritance, formatted, edited it, and held my breath and hit publish. Now I'm hooked. ;)
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm grateful for them and any and all reviews and plugs they might be gracious enough to give. I'm glad readers enjoy my works.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me in writing is being able to tell my stories. We don't live in the days of fireside bards anymore, but I feel like I'm part of the long tradition when an idea grabs of me. Other than that, I find joy simply in the creation of the story. The what if, and what comes next, is what keeps my fingers flying over the keys.
Who are your favorite authors?
Fantasy author Michael Moorcock is the biggest influence on me, then the classic authors like Poe, Mary Shelley and J. Sheridan LeFanu. Also authors like Tanith Lee, Meg Cabot, romance fantasy author C.L. Wilson. Some indies like S.G. Rogers and...oh, countless others.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was ....maybe seven at the time and the story was a quaint little vignette about a wedding between two fairies. Took place right in my own backyard too.
What are you working on at this moment?
My Antique Magic series--Drawing Down the Shades and the currently untitled sequel to The Artist's Inheritance. The series continues to follow my heroes Caitlin and Trevor as they grow into their new life as partners with the gods and ghosts around them. Particularly Caitlin will face more obstacles and mysteries in her own quest to appease the help those souls in need. And yes, the Civil War soldier all my readers seem to love might soon make another appearance. I've visited a few Civil War sites recently in research for that. However, if I say anymore, I might give away a spoiler! :) You'll just have to wait and see. I've also got a few more goodies up my sleeve, including a new Gothic romance.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read a lot and every once in a while, I like to piddle around with photography and crafts. :) The photography thing tied into a minor character in The Artist's Inheritance and Caitlin's Book of Shadows. Without it, who knows what he might've been?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find them mostly through word of mouth, from friends. Also through Facebook and Twitter (it does work, folks, at least for getting my attention!)--and of course, poking around through Smashwords. After that, if I like the blurb, I might give a book a shot.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read? No, but it was probably something about King Arthur. The first story that made me want to be a writer came along in high school. A friend of mine encouraged me to read Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock and I fell in love with fantasy and started writing my own stories. I hoped I could one day be like Michael Moorcock. :) I'm still trying!
Published 2015-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Mourning Dove Locket (Antique Magic, Book #4)
Series: Antique Magic. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,440. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Antique shop owners Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer deal daily with the nuisance of ghosts. After a young girl offers Caitlin a gold locket, however, she notices it’s oozing with paranormal energy and recognizes in the girl all the signs of a budding witch in a dangerous crisis. Can she and her covenmates help the girl embrace her powers before those beyond the veil extract their revenge?
Sing a Mournful Melody (A Gothic Short Story)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,780. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Tragedy has left Maribelle grief-stricken. After her beloved husband is murdered, his body disappears from his crypt. Worse, ghostly voices call from the widow's Graphophone. Is she losing her mind, or does something wicked this way come?
Changeling's Crown
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,650. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Disgraced faery godmother Ianthe doesn’t count on her new assignment throwing her into the path of handsome ranch hand Briak McGee. Even stranger, she never thought she’d fall in love with a human. But everything she touches in and out of Everland these days seems to backfire on her. Could love be just the thing to turn her luck around?
Drawing Down the Shades (Antique Magic, Book #3)
Series: Antique Magic, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,350. Language: American English. Published: January 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Business can be hell... Life is good at Starfort Collectibles until the owners, Caitlin and Trevor Fulmer, acquire a beautiful statuette with a murky past. Shortly thereafter, mysterious hauntings wreak havoc on the couple when a ghost in the attic threatens retribution. Caitlin presses her coven for help before the ghost succeeds in meting out deadly punishment—on Trevor.
Caitlin's Book of Shadows (Antique Magic #2)
Series: Antique Magic, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 18,850. Language: American English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
While combing through the personal effects of famed blogger Caitlin Fulmer, her curator Abigail discovers a long-lost diary of secrets. Will Caitlin’s Book of Shadows reveal whether or not she was a witch--or if evil truly stalked her family?
The Artist's Inheritance (Antique Magic, Book #1)
Series: Antique Magic, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,970. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The balance between good and evil can be an art... or a curse. Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor's art. Until Trevor inherits his brother's house, and with it, his part of a family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means becoming a witch.