Hey everyone! We would like to welcome Author Juli D. Revezzo as our Spotlight Author!! We have an interview and cover with synopsis. The book sounds good. So let's get started.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
A friend of mine and I challenged each other to write a collection of stories for the Holidays. That inspired the earliest version of The Artist's Inheritance. I'd been reading the Mabinogion (a collection of Welsh mythological tales) and wondered how a modern man and woman might react if the gods came asking that they live up to a familial agreement.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Aside from reading and re-reading the Mabinogion, the civil war era fort in Pensacola, Florida figures in. I read everything I could find online about it, and also I have friends who study the Civil war. Whenever I hit a snag in my research into the Battle of Fort Pickens, I'd send them off cries for help.
What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I try to do most of my writing throughout the day. The best time to get ideas down is usually first thing in the morning, then I pick at the scenes the ideas present throughout the day. I struggle with carpal tunnel now and then, so I figure if I can get at least 500 words out, it's a good day. I usually try to top it but not go too far over 1500, 2000 sometimes incapacitates me.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
It differs from manuscript to manuscript. Sometimes it's just getting past chapter three, sometimes it's the self-doubt that creeps in. Sometimes it's *shudders* dealing with edits.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Being able to create a story that makes me happy.
What makes your book different from others in this genre?
I tend to try to remain respectful of the Otherworld, when I approach it in my stories, even when I'm making their creatures the bad guys. So many times paranormal authors make the ...well, paranormal creatures out to be the bad guys just for the sake of it, and don't realize or understand the mythology they're stepping in. It's almost as if "because it's not my mythology I can do whatever I want with it." I find that distasteful so I try not to emulate it. I have friends who are pagans, and so I've read a bunch of their stuff over the years and they'd probably beat me with wet noodles if I did anything less. ;).
Are any of your characters like you?
Caitlin, I think, though truth to tell I am not as good a gardener as she.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Murphy's Law, no doubt. *laughs*
What paranormal creature would you be if you could?
A fairy or a were of some kind I think.
When and why did you begin writing?
Oh, when I was a child. I wrote my first story about a fairy princess who decided to have her wedding in my front yard if I'm not mistaken. Why? Telling stories just always came naturally so, finally putting them down on paper seemed the next logical step.
What do you do when your not writing?
I read a lot, fiction, non-fiction, just whatever strikes me at the time so it's my first go to for relaxation. I also enjoy movies, from SciFi to romantic comedies and some (emphasis on some) horror movies if I'm in the mood.
What is the first book you remember reading?
Mom had me reading for as long as I can remember, Little Women, Nancy Drew and things like that. The first that I chose? Probably Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock.
This or that questions:
Coffee or soda
Both, though starting the day with coffee is a preference.
summer or winter
Winter, as it gets us past hurricane season. Worst darned time of the year, sometimes.
Demon or angel
Angels. They're just nicer.
Car or truck
I have a car, so I could say car, but man, sometimes it would be nice to have a pickup.
Cabin in the woods or condo on the beach
Cabin in the woods, I think. So long as Jason's not on the loose. ;)
Trouble only a witch can solve...
Settling into their new home, changes come over Caitlin’s husband Trevor. He’s obsessed with a beautiful chair he's carving, a passion that smacks of his familial curse. Armed with little experience of the supernatural, Caitlin must proceed with caution. If she fails to break this cycle of damnation, she’ll lose forever the one thing she loves most: Trevor.
We would like to thank Juli D. Revezzo for being our Spotlight Author today!