J.J. Anderson

Biography

Julie Anderson is a novelist, writer, blogger and publisher. She writes as J.J.Anderson, both for younger readers - the Al Andalus series, Book I Reconquista - and for older ones - ‘The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales’. All are published by The Story Bazaar.
Julie lives in South London and in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain. Julie blogs regularly under the name ‘JulieJ’, at www.thestorybazaar.com, reporting on current cultural events and exhibitions in London, places and people of historical interest, life and events in southern Spain and writing and publishing. You can also find her on Twitter as jjstorybazaar. Julie edits the annual Story Bazaar Compendium series, containing articles and fiction from a variety of contributors. She co-founded the Clapham Book Festival, now in its third year and curated 'Storytelling' at the Crystal Palace Overground Festival 2017. Her work appears in a variety of places, including on academic courses and other online sites.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest novel is set in 13th century Al Andalus ( Spain ) and follows the fortunes of a group of young people whose city is about to be invaded. All of them have to make difficult decisions and face up to their fears before they get to freedom and safety. It's an adventure story in the classic sense, the sort of story I read when I was young, and sometimes still read, when I want historical thrills.
This is quite a departure from my previous book, a collection of short stories, 'The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales' is my attempt to capture real-life dramas and dilemmas in an English village. There are lots of excellent thriller, fantasy, sci-fi writers out there, but I wanted to show that the everyday could also be interesting, to 'celebrate the quotidian'. So my twelve stories show contemporary life in an unnamed English village - family life, with all its problems, growing up, leaving home ( and returning ) marriage break-up, trying to do the right thing ( and often failing ).
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing for most of my life. I remember writing a novel when I was at junior school, which, if I recall aright, owed a lot to various Angela Brazil-type school stories and has, fortunately been lost in the mists of time. In my career as a Whitehall civil servant I wrote almost every day, it was one of the basic skills required for the job. My output wasn't fiction of course ( though there were one or two press releases.... ). Aside from my then work I wrote for god-children and friends. I remember a short series of illustrated stories for my god-son Tom, now in his late twenties, with a cast of bee-like south American insects who lived on germs. My most recent book, 'Reconquista', a novel set in ancient Al Andalus comes from an episodic story written for my nephew, Luke, when he was eleven ( he is now twenty two ).
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Books

Reconquista II
Pre-release—available September 30, 2018. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Book II in the popular and acclaimed Al Andalus series. In the ancient town of Jerez, five young people must adapt to new lives. Rebecca, love-lorn, reviled and persecuted, Miguel, new head of house Delgado, Ben, the recent hero of the hour and Atta, desperate to find his father. Together with Nathan, the runaway with dangerous friends, their story unfolds as King and Emir jostle for power.
Reconquista
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,880. Language: British English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
It is October 1264. Outside the city an army awaits the signal to attack. Within, fourteen year old Nathan, his older cousin, Rebecca and their friend, Atta, face an uncertain future. On this fateful day, the city they have always known is about to be torn apart. All of them have a vital decision to make. All have a journey to undertake. Not all of them will make it home.
The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,650. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
‘The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales’ chronicles life in a modern, semi-rural English village over one calendar year. The twelve, inter-linked stories have a rich cast of characters, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of family life. Babies are born, children grow, matches are made or marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.

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