Interview with Julienne Russell

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
LOL, I do. In high shcool for a portfolio assignment I wrote a nine page erotic romance. It was the sexiest thing a virgin could have written and it got me a fantastic grade. That grade was the reason I kept writing; that and the personal note my teacher left encouraging me further.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Snuggling with my beautiful baby, reading, and taking walks. I also enjoy watching movies, baking, and crafting.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to see the words that match up to the images in my mind.
What is your writing process?
1: write idea in idea book, save for three years.
2: retrieve idea and write fly-by-seat-of-pants chapter
3: reread chapter 12 or more times until the character start talking
4: develop profiles, long term story, and conflict
5: write 2nd draft until complete, save for one year
6: reread story, be amazed, question everything, rewrite story.
7: edits
8: edits
9: edits and rewrite
10: Final edits, save for up to 6 months
11: Final edits again, and either trash can or publication.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without even one of them there would be no point in sharing my tales.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In I Am Lady Sasha: Journey from Slave to Slave Sasha was born in a post apocalyptic world where she was sold as a slave by her brother; her only living blood kin. After submitting to the most depraved desires of her Master Sasha is offered an opportunity that makes her world change drastically. From serving one Master to serving all those within the community walls Sasha finds her head out of the stocks and peace in her heart.
What are you working on next?
After IALS: Journey from Slave to Slave is published I'll be working on a more contemporary romance with a large religious twist. As a whole the story is being written in parts rather than chapters. After all five parts are put together that will be the next release. However, that story is still untitled...
Who are your favorite authors?
Jeaniene Frost, Mya Banks, Dan Brown, James Rollins, and of course the classics like Fitzgerald and Burgess.
Describe your desk
A mess. A massive mess with notebooks, and loose pages everywhere; pencils and pens tossed here, there, and anywhere. There are files piled up on my printer, and a stack of mail that I havent looked at in at least three months! It's just a mess.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. My husband is so supportive of almost any project I face him with and my daughter is simply a miracle. Why would I not get out of bed for them?
Published 2016-02-03.
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