Author Interview with Julie Doherty
Updated: Aug 28, 2018
My next interview is with historical fiction author, Julie Doherty. Julie currently has a new release, The Scent of Forever, coming out on September 12, 2018, which is available for pre-order on amazon.com. She is also the author of Scent of the Soul and Scattered Seeds.
When Julie's not writing, she can be found enjoying many other activities in the Pennsylvania area where she lives. But why give them away? Let's get started with his interview already!
1. Why do you write? I always thought it was because I love telling stories, but I'm starting to think I write because I need to create worlds I can control.
2. What's an interesting fact about you? CNN interviewed me by phone once, and I spent the entire conversation being snide because I thought it was a prank.
3. Do you have any other artistic talents beyond writing? I sing, although the passage of years hasn't helped the quality of my voice. I also spent a number of years as a calligrapher and about 10 more as a canine artist. I guess when you grow up the daughter of a painter/musician, it's natural--and maybe even expected--to take an artistic path.
4. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
I'm a binge writer who becomes her characters, so it exhausts me. I love that feeling, though. If I leave my office spent, it's been a good day.
5. Does a big ego help or hurt writers? Man, I don't know, because I'm at the other end of the spectrum on that one. On one hand, a big ego can make a writer seem unlikeable. On the other, it probably fuels the courage necessary to try new things.
6. What is you writing kryptonite? Definitely stress. I tend to feel everything deeply, which is a blessing and a curse for a writer. It's a blessing in terms of adding depth to characters, but when I'm in the throes of emotional turmoil, my writing brain simply shuts down. Other writers can push through; I've tried, but I end up staring at the screen thinking, Wut er werds?
7. Have you ever gotten writer’s block? Oh, sweet mother of mercy, I have it now with a manuscript 50% complete. For me, when this happens, it means my inner critic senses a problem with the story. As soon as I work out what the problem is, the dam will burst, but until then, I'm in agony.
8. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? No, but I wish I had. I have a steamy romance up for pre-sale. I wish your name was on it, Rebecca!
(Interviewer's note: Um...no. My daughter would kill me!) 9. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want? I think I try to do both. If you don't give readers what they want, nobody will buy your stuff. Maybe later, when I'm a household name, I'll try something rebellious and revolutionary.
10. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? Today? Probably, because thanks to the Internet, you can research body language for any emotion. Look at psychopaths -- some of them (like the antagonist in my latest release) practice facial expressions in a mirror.
11. What other authors are you friends with and how do they you become a better writer? As a member of Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers of America, I'm friends with many talented authors. I'm not sure about other genres, but in the romance industry, senior authors are unbelievably generous in sharing knowledge and advice. The same generosity exists among my publisher's authors (Soul Mate Publishing), who use a private Facebook group and an email loop for sharing ideas and encouragement.
12. As a writer, what would you choose as you mascot/avatar/spirit animal? A chameleon. I want to experience all the colors.
13. How do you select the name of your characters? Sometimes, I have no choice, as I must weave my plots among known figures in historical settings. For fictional characters, though, I consult Google (probably like every other writer in the world). If I'm writing about Scottish or Scots-Irish characters, I'll pick names that readers instantly recognize as Scottish. For example, Angus MacDonald, Hamish Campbell. You can't go wrong with those. For other characters, I blend the names of people I know or search a book or magazine sitting nearby. Sometimes, I even slip in the name of a particularly faithful reader.
14. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process? Silencing my inner critic. When she gets her mouth in gear, she goes at me like a chain saw artist on an oak stump.
15. Does your family support your career as a writer? Yes, until I start talking about plot problems or the vein of historical gold I just stumbled upon during research. Then, they turn into bobble head dolls.
16. Tell us about you new book.
It's up for pre-sale now at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G9PK2BZ , with a release date of September 12th. While it stands alone, it is the third in a series about characters who are both soul mates and carriers of angelic DNA. Fate tears them apart in SCENT OF THE SOUL, but at the end of that book, we caught a glimpse of them reuniting in 2013. My latest release, THE SCENT OF FOREVER, shows their reunion in full detail. It's a love story 900 years in the making, so I did my best to silence my inner critic and "let go" on this one. Here's the blurb:
Author Ann McConnell doesn’t know she’s reincarnated—or that she carries angelic DNA. She only knows she’s alone and off the rails since Mike left her sitting in a fertility clinic. Now, her career is in a nosedive and Mike’s all over Facebook with his girlfriend and new baby.
Battling despair, Ann focuses on renovating her ancestors’ cabin. When she finds a gold torch hidden there, it amplifies her sense of smell and sends her into a tailspin. Curious about her ancestors and their powerful relic, she embarks on a journey to explore her heritage. Her quest steers her toward Somerled of Argyll, whose descendants she can now identify by scent. She travels to Scotland in search of his grave, unaware he’s her 12th century soul mate. He’s reborn, nearby, and trying to find her. So is her demonic stalker.
If Ann can’t escape the foul clutch of a madman, it will spell disaster for reuniting souls, and—unthinkably—for humanity itself.
My heroine battles a demonic antagonist in this one. In truth, I battled one of my own to write it. There's a lot of me in this novel. Readers can't miss the raw emotion as my character feels her way along the jagged facets of infertility. They might swoon when my hero takes my heroine's hand and says, "Stay in Scotland. Marry me." I know I did when my own hero did that very thing, only it was in Ireland. ;-)
17. Who's Your Favorite Character? That would be William, because he reminds me so much of my husband when we first met. He is certainly rough around the edges and a bit (okay, a lot) crude, but oh-mah-lord sexy, and beneath his basalt exterior, he's a big lump of soft caramel. Readers are going to love him as much as I do. They can hear his sexy voice at the beginning of the book trailer for SCATTERED SEEDS, my second novel, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNzrVFnl9Ts …
18. Why Should We Read it? Give Me Your Best Elevator Pitch.
Because when two flawed characters reunite after 900 years, it's a recipe for angsty perfection.
19. What's Your Idea of Success About This Book? I always planned a three-book character arc using stories that stand alone, but I quickly learned that readers wanted a "Happily Ever After" ending right away, not the "Happy for Now" I gave them in SCENT OF THE SOUL. My latest release will satisfy their yearning in an unexpected way. When they turn the last page, they're going to sigh happily and look for the box of tissues.
I also want the book to speak for the many infertile women out there suffering in silence. In fact, I dedicated the book to them. It's not an easy subject to cover. I hope my character says what they sometimes can't.
20. Where Can We Find Your Book? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G9PK2BZ
21. If Someone Wrote a Book About Your Life, What Would it Be Called? Who Would Play You? The Price of Passion. You know, I don't watch much TV, and I haven't been to a movie in years. It would have to be someone with a strong personality who doesn't mind getting her hands dirty. Honestly, I don't care, just as long as Liam Neeson or Aiden Turner plays my husband. ;-)
22. Epitaph on Your Grave.
Oh, it's already planned, my darling: See, I told you I was sick. Thank you so much for the interview, Rebecca!
I want to thank Julie for being my guest interview this week. You can find Julie on the following links below:
GOODREADS: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/532434.Julie_Doherty … AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE: http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Doherty/e/B00T1Z61ZI … TWITTER: https://twitter.com/SquareSails
Julie Doherty expected to follow in her artist-father’s footsteps, but words, not oils, became her medium. Her novels have been called “romance with teeth” and “a sublime mix of history and suspense.” Her marriage to a Glasgow-born Irishman means frequent visits to the Celtic countries, where she studies the culture that liberally flavors her stories. When not writing, she enjoys cooking over an open fire at her cabin, gardening, and hiking the ridges and valleys of rural Pennsylvania, where she lives just a short distance from the farm carved out of the wilderness by her 18th century ancestors. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers, and Clan Donald USA. (not to be confused with Donald Trump)