Interview with JULIA TALMADGE

What's the story behind your latest book?
Harper Gensis dives into the concept of zombies....after all...if you are dead...have ceased to be alive...and then someow are reanimated....aren't you a zombie?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing since childhood...mostly poetry but in the course of the last five years that has turned to novels. I love short stories and being an indie writer gives me the freedom to do express myself more fully.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By them taking a chance on indie writers they have given those of us without power, finances, or prestige the ability to publish. It is easy to get a story published if your parents are famous...but not so easy when your dad is automobile mechanic...your mother a housewife.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To share my creativity with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything...just the sheer idea that someone is Austrilia is reading my books...absolutely wonderful.
What are you working on next?
I just completed a novel about a woman who becomes a vampire of sorts...for those that know me...I tend to flip the paranormal a bit...it is a sort of dairy about her journey through the addiction process. After all...vampires are obsessed over blood...so being obsessed over anything...usually in psychiatric terms...makes you addicted.
Who are your favorite authors?
Emily Dickenson, Edgar Allen Poe, Andre Norton
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life...I love it. My partner laughs because I tell her I'm living at least to two centuries...why not. I love everything about being alive.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work...as a social worker...by day. When not writing or working...I cycle...love it...and knit...sew...play with my dogs...and most of all spend time with those that I love.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was Carmel Rose...actually that is the first published story I wrote...there are a couple previous ones that aren't published...I...well...frankly I just had problems with them so I won't publish them till I have a chance to clean them up.
What is your writing process?
I usually get an idea...thought...see something that inspires me...it could be a building...plant...animal...then I start....sometimes...I can't stop...the thoughts rush through me...then...there are the times I get to a place where I get stuck...that's why I have just as many half written unpublished stories on my ipad.
How do you approach cover design?
I use my partner's photography...she's a brillant photographer.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Science Fiction of course...I'm hooked on the genre...and it's hard for me to watch, read, or consider anything else...addicted I guess.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ipad...I love Apple...have all the devices.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't have much money...social workers...well we are definately the crazy people who work for little pay. I utilize facebook, twitter, and recently took my first ad out in bent com in LA.
Describe your desk
Messy...both work...and home. My ipad is my desk too...I carry it everywhere and do write...everyplace including once on an 18th century reproduction schooner in key west.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in South Florida and have visited Savannah, GA; New Orleans; N. Carolina; and Charleston. You will see alot of these areas in my books. I can't help but inspired by their beauty, mystery, and people.
What is the most difficult areas within a story to write?
For me...sex...I know that most writers have no problem with that area...but I was brought up very strict...Roman Catholic...so at first...it took alot for me to actually write words like naked, breasts, chest.
What do others say about your novels?
Mostly I get positive feedback...thought at times...I do have someone critic my grammer...and I have to admit...it isn't my strongest suit.
Has your family been supportive of your writing?
My partner...yes...she is very supportive, encouraging, and always tells me she can't imagine where I get my ideas from...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have read many books but I guess the tell tale heart...somehow...it terrified and intrigued me.
Published 2013-10-25.
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