Q&A and Giveaway with Julianna Stone

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What inspired you to start writing?

My love of books and discovering Christine Feehan. I picked one of her Carpathian novels and was hooked and then I thought that I would like to try one myself! Luckily for me, it worked out.

How long have you been writing?

I wrote my first paranormal in the spring of 2008, we sold it that fall. His Darkest Hunger was published in March of 2010!

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out?

Finish. The. Book. Hands down the most important because if you never finish, what’s the point?

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

I don’t suffer from writer’s block, but I did have writer’s fatigue last fall. I’d written a ridiculous amount of books and my brain just needed to rest. So I listened and I took 3 months off and it was the best thing I could have done.

What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?

I think this question is personal because what works for one doesn’t always work for someone else. I like a book that will make me laugh, cry and you know, give a tingle now and again!

What comes first, the plot or characters?

I can’t think about a book until I have a character in my head and then I can’t move forward until I have the perfect name.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to tell us about?

I’ve just finished my 2nd YA novel, the first, BOYS LIKE YOU releases in May 6! In addition to that I’ve got JACK coming this summer, book 2 in my Family Simon series and we’re just now chatting about more Crystal Lake books!

What are you reading now?

I just finished reading a re-read of Gone Girl for book club. A crazy roller coaster book with an ending that I hated, but oh how I loved the book.

How do you come up with the titles to your books?

It depends. For the Bad Boys books, the original titles were all based on Bon Jovi songs. The Day He Kissed Her was originally Lay Your Hands On Me. But, titles most always get changed and that’s usually a decision the publisher makes.

Describe your writing space.

I have an office on the main level of my house, but I write on a laptop so I tend to move around depending on mood.

What is the hardest part about writing for you?

When to change out of my pajamas.

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

When I’m on deadline, I write 2-3 thousand words a day and I stick to it.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I need absolute silence. Like if someone walks down the hall I yell.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I hang with my family and friends. I love baseball and golf, both of which I play in the summer.

Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?

I love hearing from readers! Usually they email to ask when a book is coming out, or to tell me how much they enjoy the books. Sometimes they’ll email to say they love the books but wonder why there is sex and swearing in them!

What is your favorite food? Least favorite? Why? I love Mexican food and I hate peas with a passion.

Have you ever eaten a crayon?

Yes.

What is the most embarrassing thing your mother ever did to you?

Well, she let my grandmother cut my bangs when I was about 6. That was pretty awful.

How do you keep your writing different from all the others that write in this particular genre?

I don’t do anything in particular. I think that we all have different voices and that’s what makes us different. I do think my contemporary romances tend to lean toward the heavy side and that might be a bit different right now.

What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

I’m short.

If you were stranded on a desert island and were only allowed to have five modern conveniences with you, what would they be?

Cell phone, laptop, kindle, fridge, ipad so that I can play candy crush.

Do you use a pen name? If so, how did you come up with it?

I do. Juliana is my name, but Stone is my mother’s maiden name. The publisher thought it was much easier to remember than my married name.

Do you listen to music while writing? If so what?

Nope. Absolute silence is needed.

What are your favorite TV shows?

The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, The Blacklist and Criminal Minds.

What is your favorite meal?

Anything Mexican.

What group did you hang out with in high school?

I hung out with them all. I was that kid. The floater.

What would we find under your bed?

All the cat toys in the world.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Australia. Hands down. Always wanted to go there.

Do you write in multiple genres or just one? If just one, do you ever consider straying outside your genre?

Right now I’m writing contemporary romance, contemporary YA, sci fi middle grade and paranormal romance. It gets confusing, LOL.

If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?

I’d love to make myself invisible.

If you could keep a mythical/ paranormal creature as a pet, what would you have?

I want a unicorn!

Comments

  1. Interesting title info

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  2. Great interview. 🙂
    I enjoy learning about authors and what makes them tick. 😉
    If I was a writer, I would most likely be like you and need silence. Sometimes I get easily distracted. How do you keep track of the different stories and series that you write? Do you use a spreadsheet, notebooks, sticky notes?
    Thank you for sharing a little about yourself, Juliana.

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