Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Julie Michel, I am a new author who has just published the first in a series of books based on Hunny, the Golden Retriever.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Hunny Finds a Family was inspired by my own pet dog who is named Hunny. My family and I adopted Hunny when she was 1 year old, she is about to turn 13 and we absolutely love her, we can’t imagine our lives without her. This is my way of honoring her and all the unconditional love she’s given. With this series Hunny will live forever and not just with us but with everyone who buys a book and gets to know her!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My writing process begins with me locking myself up in my office, turning on some soothing instrumental music, reviewing my notes and just getting started!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The main influence for my Hunny series came from Norman Birdwell and his series of Clifford the Big Red Dog books.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the 2nd book in the Hunny series which is titled Hunny goes to School.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My primary method of promotion for my book is my website but I have also been blessed to have my book promoted and endorsed by an actor in Hollywood.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
For children’s book writers:
Write from your heart! Children are very open, they see things for what they truly are and are drawn to truth and honesty.
When sitting down to write make sure you’re in the right mindset, get out of your adult body, take yourself back to when you were a child and remember what you loved to do, the kind of stories you like to listen to and the feelings you had when you played make-belief!
Then let your fingers move, the ideas will flow and before you know it you’ll have an amazing book in front of you!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” ― Jim Carrey
What are you reading now?
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
What’s next for you as a writer?
Once I’ve finished the Hunny series I have another series of children’s books that I will be working on which will include magic and time travel!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor
The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Author Websites and Profiles
Julie Michel Website