I’m absolutely delighted to introduce today’s author, Julie Stock. I’ve met Julie in real life (not just drinking tea in my virtual garden, like my usual interviews :) ) as we were roomed in the same corridor at the Romantic Novelists’ Association conference last year. As you can guess from her photo, Julie has a really sunny disposition, and she made my full first conference a memorable one with her friendly welcome.
Good to see you again, Julie!
Where do you live, Julie? I live in a small, rural village in Bedfordshire in the UK.
Where is your favourite place in the world? I’m very lucky to have travelled to some wonderful places in my life so it would be hard to pick one. I do have a very soft spot for Paris though, along with most other parts of France. Paris is where I got engaged, where I went on honeymoon and where I have spent a few other important dates over the years.
What romantic memories! Have you thought of using Paris as the setting for one of your novels?
Being a writer is a great job. What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? The worst job I ever had was my very first one! I had just started at a very large fast-food chain restaurant (you know the one). My shift was seven hours long and within the first couple of hours, I was given the job of cleaning the toilets! It was so awful that I told them I was leaving and I never went back. I managed to get another job in a High Street chemist’s, not long after, which was much more pleasurable.
Oh no! What an introduction to your first employment!
What book do you wish you’d written? I love ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger, which manages to touch me very deeply every time I read it so I would like to have written that book.
What’s your favourite song? Aargh! I can’t pick one song, it’s impossible. Some of my very favourite ones are ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ by Barbra Streisand, ‘Piano Man’ by Billy Joel and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Dire Straits.
If you could meet anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you say to them? I’d like to meet Martin Luther King and to ask him whether he would have protected himself more if he had known just how much danger he was in.
If only we really could go back in time.
What’s your happiest childhood memory? All the time I spent with my grand-dad. He was the only stable male influence in my life as a child and we shared a common love of languages and music that has persisted throughout my adult life.
If you had to marry a fictional character, from film, television, or books, who would it be? That’s a tricky question! I’d be looking for someone with strong principles and a good sense of what life should be about so I’d probably go for Atticus Finch from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’
Great choice. A hero in the true sense of the word.
What’s the most important lesson life has taught you? I think for me it is the fact that you can reinvent yourself again and again. Your life can be whatever you want it to be and it’s important to re-evaluate it from time to time just to make sure that you’re not just doing stuff out of habit.
And finally, please tell us about your latest book, where we can find it, and where we can find your blog/website
My debut contemporary romance, From Here to Nashville, has a country music theme. It tells the story of Rachel, who dreams of being a successful singer in Nashville, and Jackson, who’s over in the UK scouting for talent for his independent record label.
Available on Amazon.
You can contact me via my website, My Writing Life.
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I’ve downloaded your novel, Julie, and I can’t wait to start reading it. And I love the cover! Congratulations again on release.
If you’ve enjoyed Julie’s interview, or have any questions or comments, please let us know. We’d love to hear from you!
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Thank you so much for inviting me to your wonderful blog, Helena. The interview looks very professional!
Thanks, Julie. It’s lovely to have you!
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Hey, Helena. Another delightful interview. So nice to meet you, Julie. I agree with Helena, your picture shows you to be a friendly person. One who’d go out of their way to help someone. Very nice vibe. I love your choice of songs. Parade and Piano Man, especially. And I will borrow you hero. I never can think when people ask this question, but Atticus Finch is an excellent pick. I, too, go for the principled type guy. Your book sounds delightful. Much luck to you with it. I’ll share your blog, Helena.
Thank you for your kind words, Marsha. Lovely to meet you through Helena’s blog. It’s funny how difficult it can be sometimes to answer those kinds of questions but when Helena asked me, Atticus just seemed to pop in to my head!
Thanks for dropping in, Marsha. Wish we could all be meeting up in real life!
Julie, I liked your most important lesson that life has taught you that you can reinvent yourself again and again. I so agree and knowing that this is possible is so important and a message that needs to get out to the world to help others.
The premise for your novel sounds interesting. Best wishes to you on your novel and your future writing endeavors.
It was very nice to meet you via Helena’s blog.
I loved this lesson, too, Susan. I wish I’d appreciated much earlier that it is possible to change your life if you want to. Thanks for dropping in, and for your comment
Thank you, Susan, lovely to meet you too. I just had a big birthday and my eldest daughter is also turning 18 this year, and this message keeps popping up. I think for young people these days, they’re under so much pressure to decide on what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives and I just want my children to know that nothing is cast in stone. I have done lots of different things in my life and I hope they will too :) Thanks for reading.
Lovely interview! It was good to ‘meet’ you on here, Julie, and to read more about you and your book.
Thanks for dropping in, Rosemary. Looking forward to us all meeting up in real life soon!
Thank you, Rosemary. Nice to ‘meet’ you here too. Thanks for reading and for your good wishes :)