Interview with Julie:
1. What subject did you teach before you became a writer?
I taught English, Information Technology mainly.
2. What is your least favorite domestic chore?
3. In A Murderer's Heart, you have this almost uncanny ability to see into the human psyche, did you spend hours doing research? interviewing people?
I've always been fascinated by how the mind works and over the years I've learned /experienced many things. I don't spend hours researching, as most of it is in my brain /instinctive, but if I need to research a particular area, the Internet makes it easier.
4. Your fantasy books are so different from your suspense books, do you do different things when you are writing different genres? listen to different music, write in a different room?
My favourite genre for writing is fantasy, because I can use my imagination and don't have to stick to any rules. I love making up anything about everything, it's fun and there are no limits. I do like the challenge of trying other genres /mixing them too. I write in silence, whatever the story, but the ideas flow from wherever I am, especially in dreams.
5. What is encaustic art?
Encaustic Art is using an iron with wax to create pictures. It's great fun and no picture is ever the same. There are many techniques that can be used with different parts of the iron and it's a fabulous medium for 3D and fantasy art. I used one of my pictures for my recent book (psychological thriller /fantasy) Lost Shadows.
6. What author or authors have influenced your writing the most.
My favourite authors are Dean Koontz and Stephen King because I like the mystery that surrounds them. Whether or not they influence me I'm not sure, as everything influences /inspires me.