Please welcome today’s featured author, Julie Cross, to Mother/Gamer/Writer! Julie’s here to give us some insight into her writing life, writing advice, and a sneak peek at her latest novel, Chasing Truth. Check out her interview below and make sure to enter the Amazon Gift Card giveaway at the end!
Chasing Truth by Julie Cross
Series: Eleanor Ames #1
Published by: Entangled Teen on September 27th 2016
Genres: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
At Holden Prep, the rich and powerful rule the school—and they’ll do just about anything to keep their dirty little secrets hidden.
When former con artist Eleanor Ames’s homecoming date commits suicide, she’s positive there’s something more going on. The more questions she asks, though, the more she crosses paths with Miles Beckett. He’s sexy, mysterious, arrogant…and he’s asking all the same questions.
Eleanor might not trust him—she doesn’t even like him—but they can’t keep their hands off of each other. Fighting the infuriating attraction is almost as hard as ignoring the fact that Miles isn’t telling her the truth…and that there’s a good chance he thinks she’s the killer.
- Welcome, Julie to Mother/Gamer/Writer. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Well, I’m a mother and a writer…not so much a gamer. I write YA and occasionally NA novels. I have three kids ages 16, 13, and 11. My oldest just started college this fall and is now living away from home. I homeschool my two youngest. So my days are busy and random and I have become a gifted multi-tasker.
- Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?
Do I have any particular writing style? I would say my stories are usually very character driven. Not always intentionally, it’s just the element I like best. As far as odd habits…this doesn’t seem odd to me at all, but it seems to surprise and even shock a lot of other writers whenever I mention it. I tend to write out of order. I just write the scene I’m most interested in on any given day I hop around until all the pieces are filled in. It doesn’t always go out of order but it could.
- Who would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?
My favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Lois Lowry, Courtney Summers, Miranda Kenneally, Huntley Fitzpatrick, and a whole bunch more I won’t because it will a thousand words long.
- What books are currently on your bookshelf?
I have an obscene amount of bookshelves in my house so I won’t list everything on those, but I’m currently reading Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and before that, I read Loving You Easy by Roni Loren. A middle grade and an erotic romance. Lol. It’s like a day in my life. Okay, not really.
- Without giving too much away, can you tell us what were your favorite scenes, chapters, or characters to write?
There are a few chapters in the second half of the book that gives readers a glimpse into Miles’ home (his real home, not the apartment next to Ellie’s). Those were definitely some of my favorites to write. I also love writing the flashbacks that show bits of Ellie’s past both with her family and with Simon before he died.
- In Chasing Truth, Eleanor’s character has been compared to Veronica Mars. How did you come up with the concept for such a snarky and inquisitive character who’s also a con artist?
Well, I imagine most con artists are both snarky and inquisitive. As are detectives. The more I delved into this story, the more the similarities became apparent. I’ve wanted to write a story revolving around a reformed con artist for years and in my mind, that character has always shifted to using her skills for good, specifically to investigate and to get to the truth. In order to find the truth, you need to know when someone is lying.
- If you could give any piece of advice to new writers what would it be? What advice helped you the most on your journey to publication?
What helped me most on my journey to publication was the fact that the second I finished a book, I always jumped into something new. I would send queries and pages for the previous project out to agents and then put that out of my mind and immediately start something new. It helps keep moral up and it’s that whole don’t put all your eggs into one basket mentality.
This or That:
- Tea or Coffee? Coffee.
- Reading or Writing? Both, but if I could only do one, writing.
- Walking Dead or Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones.
- Books or Movies? Books.
- Summer or Fall? Summer.
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions; it has been my pleasure having you on Mother/Gamer/Writer!
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