**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with DEB JULIENNE
Editorial Note to my Readers: I’m shaking up the interview questions for 2014 so you, my reader, can get to know the highlighted author a bit more beyond their genre and book release dates. With a different interview each week, who knows what they might reveal about themselves! 🙂
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
Hi, I’m Deb Julienne. I live in the Tahoe National Forest Basin…my little bit of heaven on Earth. I work for a large computer software company based out of the bay area. I was born and raised in San Jose, California and moved to the mountains about 15 years ago.
I love gardening, sewing, and playing in the kitchen. In fact I’ve been entering my jams, jellies, preserves, and sauces in the County Fair the past seven years and winning like crazy. Last year I had 12 entries and came home with 16 awards, including 4 best in Divisions and 1 Best in Show. The Best in Show was for my Peach-Tahitian Vanilla-Butterscotch Schnapps preserves. The judge cracked me up when he said it was so good he wanted to take a bath in it. Now that’s a compliment.
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
I write Romantic Comedy and Romantic Suspense. I write romantic comedy because that’s the story of my life. I write romantic suspense because I like how the suspense is sort of like figuring out a puzzle.
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
I want to fly…for quick escapes from the real world.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
Oh, boy…have I…and I figured it out…I have a habit of getting to chapter 7 slump and that’s when I smack into a brick wall.
I’ve had this happen on a number of books.
I have to give credit to Tawny Weber with showing me how to break the cycle. She came to speak to my local RWA chapter and one of the things she said resonated with me…she said she got stuck on one of her books as well. And that she was finally able to figure out that it was because she was afraid.
When asked she admitted it was her character feared something…I instantaneously realized my problem was not just my character, but myself. Let me explain.
My heroine in the opening is told she has to take on additional columns or be let go, and the topic is sex and love. When I thought about it I realized while Sabrina feared how she could write on such subjects with no experience, I too feared I couldn’t represent her fears because I didn’t put myself in her shoes. Once I put myself into her shoes, I finished the book in a week.
It wasn’t just that book, the same thing happened to the other two books of the series. I was able to finish them as well in less than three weeks each.
This really stopped me from having any kind of block. I just have to ask what my character fears most then take her there…and ask myself what I fear about showing that character properly.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
The synopsis, what else…you spend all your time writing 60K+ only to have to condense it to 5 pages and still and enough elements of GMC, emotion, and passion to convince an editor to read it.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Hot diggity…I get to cook? Oh, man we’d have a blast. Spring is coming…I’d break out the BBQ for some grilled asparagus, corn on the cob, twice baked potatoes, BBQ chicken, and French bread, with Strawberry shortcake for dessert.
6. What is your typical day like?
7 a.m. to 6 p.m. I have my day job. Then I fix dinner, and write until 11pm.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
This is a hard question because to me they all go together. You can’t write a character if you don’t understand their conflict and you can’t add the emotions if you don’t get the character. I start with and idea about the person…then figure out “a” conflict, then add emotions, then redefine the conflict to make sure it’s strong enough.
8. A penguin walks into your office, right now, wearing a sombrero. What does he say to you and why is he here?
A penguin walks into my office wearing a sombrero and says, “It’s time for another cruise…start packing.”
Funny you should ask…my husband and I did a Mexican Cruise in 2007. It was “finally” our honeymoon, 25 years late. It was also our first vacation, NO KIDS, and our birthday present that year.
We were torn about Mexican cruise or Alaskan cruise…we joked that if we went to Alaska we’d see a dolphin wearing a parka or if we went to Mexico, we’d see a Penguin in a sombrero. We had a cold winter that year and were in desperate need of warmth.
9. If you could wave a magic wand, what ill in the world would you solve and why?
Diabetes, hands down. I’ve watched diabetes eventually kill my mother. Both my in-laws had or have it. FIL has since passed, but MIL has it and just doesn’t get how the disease works, which makes being her caregiver a bit difficult at times. My husband has been suffering the effects of it since 2000 when stress and his health eventually led to his first heart attack at 40, and that’s when he was diagnosed with diabetes. I hate how it screws with his health.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aids is set to be released by Lyrical/Kensington Books on 3/3/2014.
Links to Deb’s website, blog, books, etc.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Deb and her release, SEX, LIES, AND BEAUTY AIDES, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench!! Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Deb will give away a print or ebook (reader’s choice) copy of her book, SEX, LIES, AND BEAUTY AIDES to one of her lucky readers who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs!! Don’t miss this chance to read this story!! Thanks, Deb, for sharing your stories with us!