Matthew’s Interview with Julie Davis
Please welcome Julie Davis, author of the forthcoming novel Down East Girl
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you are currently working on or promoting.
I am currently cleaning up last minute edits on “Down East Girl,” part I of a family saga set off the coast of North Carolina. It will be published as an e-book sometime in the summer of 2014.
What genre(s) do you write in?
Fantasy, young adult, and historical.
Do you have an agent and/or publisher, or are you self-published?
MuseItUp publishing out of Toronto, Canada.
How many revisions do you make to something before it sees the light of day?
At least three.
Who or what inspires you to write?
Sometimes I am inspired by something I read, but I often feel that the characters choose me. I feel them talking to me when I am taking a shower or driving. I realize that makes me sound schizophrenic, but that’s the way it is.
Do you outline your stories or are you a non-outline person?
I have a general outline but I often find that the story goes in a different direction than I intended. I go with the flow, because if I try to bend it to my will I get stuck.
What is one thing about you that you’d like your readers to know?
My guilty pleasures include reading People Magazine and advice columns.
What are your three favorite books?
Only three? Okay: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Time Traveler’s Wife, and The Fault in Our Stars.
What are you currently working on?
When I am not tweaking my novel, I am working on a YA novel about a girl who must go and live with her estranged father after her mother dies.
If you could have a conversation with one person living or dead who would it be?
What are you currently reading?
Just finished Eleanor and Park, a YA novel about two geeky teens who detest each other, but eventually connect through music and comic books. It is funny, realistic, and bittersweet.
How do you keep sane as a writer?
I keep in touch with my other friends who are writers and belong to a writer’s group. When I feel stuck, I use writing prompts, or take a walk, or watch TV. Yes, I am a horrible TV/movie addict.
If you could be any character in literature, who would you choose to be?
Elizabeth Bennett or Scout Finch.
Has reading a book ever changed your life? If yes, which one and how?
Reynolds Price’s A Whole New Life, which he wrote about his battle with cancer. It helped me through a very bad period in my life while I was recovering from surgery.
What do you like best/least about writing?
Least: getting started. Best: When I get in “the zone,” and feel as if I am a conduit for the story that wants to be told.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
When you get a rejection or read something that you feel is so much better than anything you could ever write, it is okay to feel discouraged, or even to take a break from writing for a while. But just remember that your goal is to be the best writer that you can be. And never never never never give up.
Thank you so much, Julie, for sharing your time with us.