Juliette Douglas is with us today. She writes Western adventures with a touch of romance. Side note: this is what Juliette says about the author picture she sent us: My author photo is taken with my neighbor Arctic Bright View who played Silver in the 2013 remake of ‘The Lone Ranger.’
How cool is that?? Enjoy!!!
1. Tell us about yourself. May include links to Facebook, twitter, blogs, websites, Amazon author page)
In my real life I wash, wax and detail boats for a living.
2. How do you choose names for your characters?
Since I write western historical fiction, I feel names should depict the time period you are writing about as close as possible. I might find a first name on an old gravestone, or in very old obits, mixing and mingling first and last names, til I have one I like.
3. Do you talk about your book/characters as though they are real?
4. Do you listen to music when you write or edit? What kind?
Bluegrass or Malt Shoppe Oldies
5. How long have you been writing?
6. Tell us about when you realized you were ‘meant to be’ a writer.
Seven years ago I woke up with a story in my head, couldn’t get rid of it. Didn’t even own a computer or have internet back then. Finished the first rough draft and sent snail mail to a retired publisher friend. Lo and behold, he loved it, and now have two books published and working on the third in the Freckled Venom Series.
7. Do you have a muse?
God, he is in charge, showing me a talent I never knew I had.
8. How do you improve as a writer? (Workshops, conferences, reading)
It is so rural where I live I don’t get the chance to go to workshops and conferences. So I read blog posts and other tid-bits I find on the internet. I also re-read my work and look at it from a readers point of view to try to improve what I write.
9. Writing quirks or superstitions?
10. Tell us about your current work-in-progress.
Freckled Venom Skeletons is the third book in the Freckled Venom Series and takes place seven years later introducing more vivid crazy characters to the town of White River, Wyoming. I will also be finishing Perfume Powder & Lead * Holy Sisters this winter. Another western adventure series.
11. What book are you reading now?
Louis L’Amour Flint
12. What genre do you write in? What about PoV?
I write western adventure with a tad of romance thrown in. I prefer 3rd person POV.
13. Tell us about writing preparation. Character Profiles? Outlines?
I guess I am really an oddball about this, Nothing is ever written down, no drafts, outlines, etc. That is why I call it a God thing. It is always in my head and I just sit down and begin writing. Sometimes though my characters take over and tell the story the way they want it told. I guess you can tell I don’t follow a formula
14. Do you know how your stories will end?
Most of the time. Of course my characters may decide to change them.
15. Do you books have a message or theme? Or are they purely for entertainment?
Purely for entertainment.
16. Do you have any favorite snacks or drinks that you eat/drink while writing?
Pepsi and water I forget to eat sometimes
17. Tell us about your other passions.
Reading and crafts, HS and College Basketball.
18. What’s something interesting about you?
Nothing really, I’m just an old fart who washes boats for a living and in the winter I hole up and spin tall tales.
19. Share a small sample(limit to one paragraph, please) of your writing… can be a WIP or already published.
Freckled Venom Copperhead:
Flinging open the metal door, Rawley shoved the copperhead in, making her tumble to the floor. Lacy bounced up, but not quick enough, the door slammed into her face with a heavy clank. Thrusting the key in the lock, Rawley turned it, tumblers clinked into place, sliding the bolt home. Cold, hard, blue steel zeroed in on the spitfire standing behind the bars giving him, her own wicked look.
Hands balled into fists, nails digging into her palms, Lacy didn’t back down from his stare, instead, she moved forward and spit.
As he wiped the spittle off his face, Rawley’s tone dropped even deeper and softer in his anger, “Sunshine, you’ve got one hell of a bad temper. You’ll stay in there till you simmer down or hell freezes over.”
20. Anything you’d like to say to your current and future readers?
Just have fun reading the books by Juliette Douglas and enjoy the ride!
Thanks Juliette!! What a great feature.