Julie Bozza

Biography

I was born in England, and lived most of my life in Australia before returning to the UK a few years ago; my dual nationality means that I am often a bit too cheeky, but will always apologise for it.

I have been writing fiction for over thirty years, mostly for the enjoyment of myself and my friends, but writing is my love and my vocation so of course that’s where my dreams and ambitions are.

In the meantime, technical writing helps to pay the mortgage, while I also have fun with web design, photography, reading, watching movies and television, knitting, and imbibing espresso.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. An astonishingly well-crafted book about a young woman looking for a good solution to an impossible situation, and winning through almost despite herself. Elizabeth and Darcy's individual journeys are a very snug fit with two of my favourite tropes.

Possession by AS Byatt. A terrific pair of intertwining stories allow for the full gamut of triumph and tragedy. Absolutely gorgeous.

Cyteen by CJ Cherryh. An intriguing detailed look at personality, politics, morality, and who knows what beside. I find more to ponder every time I read this.

Amgalant by Bryn Hammond. She's my sister, I should say, but I'd love these books anyway. A vivid, funny and heartfelt tale of the life of Temujin, whom history knows as Genghis Khan, with a scope that effortlessly shifts from the intimate to the epic of the Steppe and beyond.

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien. Another detailed wonderful epic. Are you sensing a pattern here? I first read this too early at 13, but then I came back to it a while later, and have re-read it countless times since. I have always been so very much in love with Aragorn, but for me Samwise is the real hero of this tale. Not a perfect book, I have concluded, but I love it unconditionally.
What do you read for pleasure?
I do love revisiting old favourites, though I don't often indulge myself thus. I mostly write male-male romance, and of course I very much enjoy reading in that genre, too. I love reading literary biographies - and, really, anything to do with the Romantics. Otherwise, I read quite widely, often non-fiction, depending on the necessary research for whatever I'm writing at the time, or merely on whim.
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Books

Call to Arms: Modern LGBTQ+ fiction of the Second World War
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 97,710. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2017 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Seventeen stories, thirteen authors, a second war. Once again Manifold Press's writers explore the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their war-time experience in cities, towns and countryside across the world. Amidst war and peace, in the thick of violence or in an unexpected lull, these stories of the Second World War take the reader far and wide, from loss and parting to love and homecoming.
A Night with the Knight of the Burning Pestle
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 38,990. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2017 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
It's the last night of a well-received run of Beaumont's play. Dale loves playing Rafe, but is plagued by niggling doubts raised by Topher, who plays Jasper. Topher thinks something is missing in Dale's life. Dale sees no point in reprising the one night on which they were not-really-friends with benefits. Maybe this joyously chaotic play can provide them with answers as well as distractions...?
A Certain Persuasion: Modern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by Jane Austen's novels
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 114,060. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Modern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by Jane Austen's novels. Thirteen stories from eleven authors, exploring the world of Jane Austen and celebrating her influence on ours.
The ‘True Love’ Solution
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 45,890. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jules Madigan loves his family and his job, but yearns for a Happy Ever After. He indulges in buying an old typewriter once used by his favourite romance author Ewan Byge - but realises he’s been defrauded. As a result, he makes friends with Police Constable Leonard Edgar - and with Ewan Byge Himself! But the course of True Love never did run smooth. Soon Jules is facing some harsh realities.
A Pride of Poppies: Modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 67,630. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2015 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A London pub, an English village, a shell-hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment camp … Unspoken loves and griefs, unexpected freedoms, the tensions between individuality and duty, and every now and then the relief of recognition. You’ll find both heartaches and joys in this astonishing range of thought-provoking stories.
Mitch Rebecki Gets a Life
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 49,230. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Investigative journalist Mitch Rebecki loves his job and loves New York - but when he makes an enemy of a crime boss, Mitch’s editor sends him out of harm’s way to Sydney. In exile and working on lifestyle pieces, Mitch is miserable. But he makes a friend or two, meets a man - and discovers that Australians do organized crime too, in a small way. Mitch soon finds himself in too deep on all counts.
The Thousand Smiles of Nicholas Goring
Series: Butterfly Hunter. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 56,510. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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Dave and Nicholas have been happily married for seven years now, but as an Australian prime minister once observed, “Life wasn’t meant to be easy.” A threat to their beloved waterhole forces Dave to try asserting unofficial custodianship of the Dreamtime site. A visit from Nicholas’s nephew Robin brings more drama. And there’s always the question of Nicholas’s health hanging over their heads.
A Threefold Cord
Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 58,210. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Grae and his co–stars Chris and Ben have a chemistry. Certainly they are friends and Grae is tempted to ask for more … After the beautiful tart Chris has the temerity to turn him down, Grae settles into a loving relationship with the chivalrous Ben. But the idea of Chris never quite goes away – and when Chris suggests the three of them spend a night together, Grae glimpses an unlikely solution.
Of Dreams and Ceremonies
Series: Butterfly Hunter, Book 2. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 45,760. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2013 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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It seemed like a great idea at the time... Aussie Dave Taylor followed Nicholas Goring to England, and they've become engaged. Now Dave has to cope with a mansion of family and servants, making wedding plans and visa applications, and wondering why on earth he’d want to wear a ‘mourning suit’. He’s not sure if it will prove any easier, but Dave would love to just skip ahead to the honeymoon...
Albert J. Sterne: Future Bright, Past Imperfect
Series: Albert J. Sterne. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 61,500. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Three young boys on a collision course: Albert Sterne – isolated, driven, fiercely intellectual; Fletcher Ash – bright, dedicated, with a strong sense of justice; John Garrett – hurt, marginalised, determined to repay the world in kind. The eleven stories in this companion volume expand on the lives of the characters from the author’s "The Definitive Albert J. Sterne", which should be read first.
The Definitive Albert J. Sterne
Series: Albert J. Sterne. Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 165,970. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2013 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Albert Sterne, forensics expert with the FBI, is so obnoxious on the surface that no-one bothers digging deeper. When he’s sent to Colorado to investigate a serial killer he meets Special Agent Fletcher Ash and they end up reluctantly joining forces to unravel the case. It’s only a matter of duty, though; it can’t be more, because Albert doesn’t do friendship – and he certainly doesn’t do love!
Homosapien ... A Fantasy About Pro Wrestling
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 66,530. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2013 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Patrick and David are friends who run a gay bookstore, and life seems simple enough until the day when unexpectedly he walks in – six feet tall, gorgeous and built like a dream. But Homosapien isn’t welcome in their world; he’s a professional wrestler, and everything he does is fake. So he can’t really be gay, can he, or interested in either one of them? Can they even trust a single word he says?
Butterfly Hunter
Series: Butterfly Hunter, Book 1. Price: $5.95 USD. Words: 57,350. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2013 by Manifold Press. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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It started as a simple assignment for Aussie bush guide Dave Taylor – escort a lone Englishman in quest of an unknown species of butterfly. However Nicholas Goring is no ordinary tourist, and his search is far from straightforward. As Dave teaches Nicholas everything he needs to survive in the Outback he discovers that he too has quite a bit to learn.

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