Interview with Julia Matthews

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing allows me to de-stress, by using my over active imagination. It allows me to escape into my own little personal realm of peace and tranquility. To me with my anxiety issues, it's has been a huge life savor.
What are you working on next?
Working on Book Three of the Journey Series. Book One, Journey To A mate was co-written with Vickie Matthews. Book Two, Anything For A Mate was released in July. Release date is still pending for book three, Claiming My Mate.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow, choosing a favorite author for me is difficult. I read on average at least four books a week, unless I'm in a super writing frenzy.
Which Authors inspired me?
Some of the authors that inspired me are Lora Leigh, Andrew Gray, Amber Kell, J.L. Langely, Christine Feehan, Stephen King, and believe it or not Mary Higgins Clark. I love to read, and read in many genres but my favorite is anything to do with paranormal.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are pretty much anything by Stephen King, because he was the one who truly got me started reading. Yet, I'm also very partial to the Dark Series by Christine Feehan, as well as the Breed Series by Lora Leigh.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Fun time is spent watching television shows, movies, family, and mainly reading.
What is your writing process?
My writing process to begin with was free write then revise (multiple times). I'm currently trying out an outline method that I hope will allow me to produce more as well as better stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and I periodically read over the ones that I wrote to begin with just to show that I have made huge strides in my writing skills.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was a child, but didn't start to even consider it writing till around the age of twenty. Was dead set on never putting any of my work for others to read. But after my miscarriage a few years back, my writing increased family and a doctor of mine convinced me to give it a shot, in hopes of pulling me out of a deeper battle of depression. It worked. Since then I've helped edit and publish all of my mom's short stories, and cowrote one book with her. Plus, have one out of my own and more in the works.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mainly having total control of what I write, and when I publish. Also a tiny bit of fear of rejections. What can I say. I'm like most, hate rejections.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover designs are approached like everything I create. An open mind, and letting my imagination run free. If I can come up with a good design myself I use it. If not, then I out source the cover design.
Published 2013-09-15.
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