Today we have a guest blogger with us, Indie author Julia King. I hope you enjoy getting to know more about her and her debut novel Félicité Found. I am so excited for her. It’s been a long time coming. Enjoy!
What is the best reading experience you have ever had? My best reading experience was turning the pages of the Twilight saga. Why? Well, that was the first stepping stone to my writing journey; those books, along with the Harry Potter books too. I didn’t enjoy reading much, but back then I was pulled in and haven’t been able to stop reading since. So, in essence, the best reading experience I’ve had resulted in my affair with words.
Physical book or eBook? I like physical books. It is great to handle them and turn the pages. I do have to say that one of these days I will have to invest in an e-reader so I don’t have to pack and carry so many books when I move.
What is your favorite punctuation mark? The emdash. Oh, it is a pretty little lady that links handsome sentences together.
What is your favorite genre to read? Young Adult Paranormal, for sure. I enjoy being swept up in a supernatural story.
What is your greatest fear? To never get married and have children of my own. Yes, a total downer but it’s the truth.
How has social media helped you to reach/retain your readers and fan base? Any words of advice? Definitely! If you haven’t started a blog or using Twitter or a slew of other social media sites then START NOW! I think the best start is to sign up for Twitter and develop writing relationships.
Please give us a peek into your writing life. How much time each week do you spend writing? In the past I wrote an hour or so a night. As of late, it has been more focused on editing and marketing. I hope to get back to the daily writing routine soon. Is your desk messy or clean? Well, my desk is rather small. More often than not, I plunk down in my banana chair (yes, I’ve got one of those) and start typing away. Do you have a schedule or are you sporadic? Sporadic. I’d like to get back into a streamlined schedule, or as streamlined as possible. What helps you stay motivated? Right now, my motivation stems from self-publishing. I went through a tough bout of writer’s depression (which writer doesn’t?). My decision to self-publish has gotten me back into the swing of things.
If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be? It would be jolly good fun to be Katarina Bishop from the Heist Society series. Secretly, I would love to work with a clandestine group of spies dabbling in robbery—for a good cause, of course. The author of this series, Ally Carter, has allowed me to become what I have deep down desired to be and it was thrilling, indeed.
They say that reading is essential to writing. How has reading enhanced your writing? It has enhanced it greatly. Whenever I read a book, I try to learn from it while enjoying the story. Novel reading, in my opinion, is an author’s textbook. If I could have read young adult novels during college, I might have enjoyed my time there better.
Why did you decide to self-publish? I wanted to take my writing to the next level and self-publishing was the perfect avenue. Needing to get my butt back in the writing zone, I jumped off the unforgivable plateau of nothingness before I gave up on my dreams. And I knew beyond a doubt that this is the right course of action. I’m excited! This is not to say that I have given up on traditional publishing. I have snagged an agent once, and I know I can again. My dream publisher’s name will one day grace the spine of one of my books.
Describe Félicité for us. My Félicité is a troubled, mysterious, blond haired girl with amnesia. As she struggles to remember who she is, her past brings back a horrific life. Deep in her heart, she is the kindest person. She loves a boy named Pierre and he loves her back. A lot. And just so you know, Félicité is gorgeous—a triple head turner, if not more.
What inspired the writing of Félicité Found? In 2009, I treated myself to a graduation trip to France and Italy. I fell in love with Paris and when I came home I had dreams laced with the glorious city. One of these vivid dreams turned out to be rather mysterious and stuck with me for weeks. One sleepless night, the dream’s inspiration sparked the beginning and end of the story. The next day I was typing away and now it is my pretty little Parisian gem.
Are you working on anything new right now? I’m currently editing a novel, but I’ve been working on another piece with three other ideas swirling their plots around my mind.
It’s your time to pitch the novel to readers. Why should we buy your book? Well, let’s just admit it; my book rocks some Parisian romance. No, really, I have longed for this story to be read by the general public. I hope that it will inspire others not only to read, but to write. There is a great power in words. I see that Félicité Found has that power surging within her pages. I adore my little cupcake and hope that you do too. Please, oh pretty please, buy it! With sugar on top, too.
Félicité Found is currently available in paperback and eBook at Amazon and B&N.
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Description: Seventeen-year-old Pierre Rousseaux witnesses a young girl take a near fatal plunge off Pont Neuf Bridge into the freezing water of the River Seine in Paris, France. After diving into the racing river himself, he is able to rescue her from a watery death, but only after her head is bashed into the river wall. Upon reviving her from unconsciousness, Pierre realizes she doesn’t remember her past at all.
The girl struggles to recall anything from before she may have tried to commit suicide, not only once but possibly twice. The few glimpses into her life are discovered through dreams that can only suggest her past was horrific and jaded by intense anger.
Her memories may force her to lose everything she has grown to adore, especially the boy she loves more than anything in the world: Pierre.
The girl, Félicité Moreau, must decide if the life she desires is enough to make things from her past right. Pierre struggles to resolve if Félicité means enough to him that he will fight for her, regardless of her past and despite his own personal demons.
With a paranormal twist, Félicité Found is Julia King’s debut Young Adult novel—a horrific love story.
Author Bio: Julia King grew up in a town in the happiest county in Utah. She enjoys reading, music (especially U2), the outdoors, and traveling. She appreciates a good television show. She has quite the sweet tooth. It is common for her to squeal up a storm when she sees a dog. Her favorite breed is beagles, and she longs for the day when she can have one of these furry, adorable friends of her own. And she loves conjuring up stories that swirl sweetly in her mind. Well, until they come to life on the page.