Julie Ann James lives in Sarasota, Florida. Her passion for words came at an early age and has inspired her to plant seeds literally all over the globe. She is the founder of the Peppertree Press book publishing company and The Pepper Tree Literary Magazine, an avid public speaker, a published children’s author and novelist.
Book description: Irish Jewel is about a young executive woman who meets the love of her life on a business trip. Amy Reid, about to turn 29 falls in love with her soul mate, Michael Cambridge. He is handsome, charming and extremely wealthy and well known by all that live in the heart of the antiquated and historical Dublin, Ireland. He sits in the power chair as the CEO of a jewelry store chain called Irish Jewel passed down from his father and his father before him. She says yes to his proposal and then they plan a destination wedding in Dublin.
It doesn’t take long before her dreams of becoming Mrs. Michael Cambridge take a turn for the worst and the deep dark family secrets that were once buried in the Ireland dirt come to the surface for all to see. The intrigue, the mystery and the danger Amy will find herself in will captivate the readers and leave them with an unforgettable ending right down to the last word.
When did you decide you wanted to become an author?
I have been a writer since I was ten years old, it seemed only natural that I would continue writing as an adult. I started out like most writers submitting short stories to magazines, hoping for that byline and then venturing off into creating children’s book stories for early childhood level. After becoming a publisher, I was surrounded by amazing talented writers and challenged myself to write a novel. My first book, Haunted Echoes was a paranormal mystery and from that book forward, I was hooked. I am in the process of writing my third novel and the fourth is swirling around in my head, getting ready to put pen to paper.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Yes, I am the publisher and founder of the Peppertree Press book publishing company in Sarasota, Florida. Since the company’s inception in 2006, we have published over 800 titles for authors from all over the globe. To spend the day in a cozy office surrounded by books written by so many amazing and creative writers is beyond a dream come true.
When it comes to writing, are you an early bird, or a night owl?
I am a night owl and my writing day starts around 9 pm and lasts until at least midnight or until I finish a chapter and I am happy with it. I don’t write every day, but there isn’t a day that I don’t think about writing or think about my characters. They are always with me and I always have their best interest.
As an author, what is your greatest reward?
There are a couple of things that come to mind. For me I think it would be typing the last word on the page and finally finishing my book. The other reward would be to hold my book in my hands for the first time. It’s the best feeling in the world and gives me a sense of accomplishment.
How would you describe your creative process while writing this book? Was it stream-of-consciousness writing, or did you first write an outline?
I know there are many writers that will plot out the entire book and outline each character and each scene down to the finest detail. For me, I write as I go along and sometimes surprise myself on the “who done it” in the end because I really have no idea what is going to happen. It could take a very twisted unexpected turn for the greater good and that is the fun aspect of writing fiction.
Are you a disciplined writer?
I would like to become more of a disciplined writer. I think the thing we call life can sometimes get in the way of our writing. However, there is not a day that I don’t think about my characters or storyline and perhaps make notes on a napkin if I have to in order to keep the juices flowing.
What type of book promotion seems to work the best for you?
I love to create an event on Facebook, give a title and invite my friends and family to my office for a book signing and open house. For Irish Jewel, the event was appropriately titled: A Gem of an Evening. I have to admit, I found myself stalking my own event to see just how many people were planning on coming by for a signed copy of my new book.