1. When did you first realize you wanted to become a Writer/author?
When I was four. I loved to read and in Kindergarten all I wanted to do was write books. We had an activity station where we could write and illustrate books and I got in trouble for spending too much time there instead of rotating to the science, cooking or other stations. All I wanted to do was read and write all the time. I went to law school and became a lawyer but writing has always been my first love. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to write and publish books.
2. Where do you get your ideas for your book?
Everywhere and anywhere I can. I "steal" things from my own life, my friends' lives, things I see on the news, movies, anywhere. My husband often suggest ideas to me and we talk about how to make the story even better. I'm always thinking of book ideas and my current projects when I'm out and about.
3. What kind of things do you enjoy when not writing?
I love to read and I also like to ski, travel and listen to music. In between writing I like to dance to reggaetón, even though I can't dance! I also enjoy watching movies and TV with my husband.
4. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I've written five published books but I have other ones in different stages. My favorite is Harlow: A Bad Boy Military Romance because the main character, Harlow, has been through so much and is still so strong.
5. Do you have any suggestions to help others who have a passion for writing?
My advice would be that passion only goes so far without effort and work to sustain it. The most important part of writing is just to write. Try to sit down and write every single day, even if it's just a few words. The more you write, the better you'll get. None of us are masters at it and I feel that we are always still practicing our craft.
6. What do you think makes a great story?
Delivering readers what they expect and want out of the story so that they're not disappointed, but also adding some unexpected twists and turns so that they're pleasantly surprised are the ingredients to a great story to me. I think as long as you develop good characters and stay true to what those characters would do while also showing their growth, you'll have a good story. But an important foundation is also making sure that you hit the tropes of the genre.
7. Which Writer/Authors inspire you?
I'm a fan of Melissa F. Miller. She was a lawyer like me who switched to writing. She writes legal thrillers, John Grisham style but starring a female heroine, Sasha McCandless. Her work ethic and quality of writing inspire me. I'm also inspired by Sabrina Paige and Selena Kitt. When I was first learning how to write and publish romance I found their books very helpful and I admire their work ethic and business acumen as well.
8. What are you working on at the moment?(optional)
I'm finishing up a book called Larson. Larson is an ex military outlaw motorcycle club bad boy with a sad and dark past but he finds light and love again with a single mom lawyer named Brynn. I began their story in my Halloween novella Haunted Heart and this book Larson continues their story and fleshes it out into a novel. I am really in love with this Larson guy myself and I enjoy writing about him and Brynn.
9. What genre are your books?
I write sizzling hot bad boy romance! My books feature all types of bad boys including military, sports/ athletes, motorcycle club (MC) and outlaws/criminals. I like to show characters who defy stereotypes and expectations. Bad boys on the outside, with soft spots on the inside for the strong female characters who win their hearts. Depending on the book, I also write suspenseful or dark romance, romantic comedy, secret baby, second chance and even a little bit of mystery. But it's all under the general umbrella of romance and it always features hot, muscular, tattooed bad boys or powerful, possessive alpha males.
10. What drew you to the genre you write?
I enjoy romance because of how it portrays the range of human emotions and tells the story of not just one or two characters but also of a relationship and a couple. I love that it's primarily a woman's genre because I think women rock and I enjoy entertaining my fellow sisters who love to read. I especially love romance because the readers are so voracious! I've had readers tell me they read over 50 books a year or have always carried a book with them since they were young and it inspires me to deliver them more books I hope they enjoy reading.
In terms of the sub-genres in which I write, I first wrote an ex military series (the Bradford Brothers, featuring Jensen, Harlow and Ramsey) and now that series is kind of morphing into an MC follow-up series featuring some of their friends. (Larson is Jensen's good friend). That has all been inspired by my husband's best friend from high school who was in the Special Ops and in an MC and sadly he passed away at around the same time I started writing so he is always on my mind and heart as I write those types of characters.
For my sports books, which include Out of Bounds: A Bad Boy Sports Romance and some follow-up books to that featuring some of the same characters, which I've started but haven't published yet, I'm inspired by football which is a sport I enjoy watching although I don't put too much of the technical stuff into the books because it's more about the bad boy athletes! I'm also inspired to do a rock star book because I love music and one of my characters, Ramsey, is in a band and plays the guitar so I need to write about the love lives of some of his band mates. But I haven't gotten that far yet; those stories are on deck!
11. Which Actor/Actress would you like to see portraying the lead character from your most recent book?(any book you like)
For my characters in Haunted Haunt/ Larson, I was going to say I would like Claire Danes to play Brynn and Gerard Butler to play Larson. But my characters are probably quite a bit younger than these actors. So I will say Jeremy Allen White as Larson and Emma Greenwell as Brynn. These actors already play the characters in the TV show Shameless but I've always wanted the characters to get back together so if they can't on Shameless then they can come star together in the movie made out of my book!
12. Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time. I have two young sons and I still do some legal work although I've been trying to transition to full-time writing for a while now. Once my sons are in school I hope to do it full time and I also hope not do any more legal work as soon as possible. If I can help support my family with my writing then I just want to concentrate on that.
13. What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me it is just finding the time and mental clarity to do it with everything else going on in my life. I hate when I'm really into what I'm writing and then my flow is disrupted by Real Life. It's often hard to pick back up where I left off later with the same energy and focus. I think I need a retreat to a writer's desert island or something!
14. Any tips on how to get through the dreaded Writer’s block?
Right now I have more ideas than I have time to write but that has only come from writing so much. I feel that the more you write (and read!) the more ideas you'll come up with. If I'm starting a new project or can't think of what to write I just do a writing prompt or I read something that sparks my own ideas. I think that reading a lot is as important to being a good, productive writer as writing is.
I have a writers' day book that tells me what to write about on a certain day if I'm stuck, and I also look for writing prompts on Pinterest. But for me what works best is keeping a list of ideas as they come to me that I don't have time to get to at the moment, and going back and reading them when l want to write the next thing.
I think that having some kind of writing notebook is important because good ideas seem to pop up at the most inconvenient time but they can be used later. For me it's usually emailing myself the idea from my phone. If I'm walking my son in his stroller or driving him to an appointment or rocking him to sleep or if I have moment to myself in the bathtub (I love bubble baths!) and an idea comes to me, I often dictate it on my phone and then just press send so I have the email to look at later. And then I try to organize my ideas on my computer when I have time. Organization is not my strong point but I think it's important to try to keep ideas handy for when they're needed. When I see articles or photos that spark ideas or could relate to my work in progres, I pin them to my Pinterest board.
15. Do you read much, and if so who are your favorite Authors or genres?
I read a lot but "a lot" is relative now that I have young kids. More often I listen to audiobooks these days while I clean, nurse or rock one of my sons, or drive them around while they sleep (my toddler often refuses to nap unless he's in the car so that gives me audiobook time!) I like Melissa F. Miller, Elizabeth Berg, Elizabeth Strout and Andre Dubus among many others. Right now I'm into listening to audiobooks written by funny female comedians. Amy Poehler's and Tina Fey's were good and I want to read or listen to Mindy Kaling's and Amy Schumer's books next.
16. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
I’m very grateful for my readers and I look forward to hearing from them at any time about anything. They can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm on Facebook and I enjoy talking to my readers on there. I've co-founded a Facebook group with some other female writing friends of mine and we call it a Sorority, where women can feel free to let loose and be themselves. The Bad Girls of Romance is the public page and the Sorority of Sin is the closed group. I'd love for any of my readers to come join us there.
17. How can Readers discover more about you and your work?(please provide proper links)
My catalog is available at my Amazon author page: http://hyperurl.co/JCAPB. To stay updated on my latest new releases, sales, free book promotions and exclusive bonus content, please sign up for my newsletter, Juliana's Bad Boys! You will receive a free book for signing up. You can sign up at this link: http://hyperurl.co/NLSBP
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview 😊
Thank you for the great thought-provoking questions. I appreciate being featured on your blog. Please let me know if you need anything else from me! ~Juliana