Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have lived in Cambridge, England for 14 years now. I’m originally from San Francisco- Berkeley, to be precise. Over the years I’ve written six published books, plus five that are online for free. I also write short stories and poetry.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Painting Pretoria is my latest one. I wanted to write on the theme of strong friendships. I also love the ocean, and that is a big player in the novel. Anna, the protagonist, finds her voice through art. I was going through a transition when I wrote it, and I found making music to be really helpful in that process. For Anna, it was painting.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write anywhere. I often feel like writing most just when I get on a train or airplane- so I’ve learned to carry paper with me wherever I go!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was an avid reader growing up, and still read a lot. I have so many influences. Science fiction and fantasy are a big favourite of mine. In recent years, I’ve read more contemporary fiction.
What are you working on now?
The Amber Troll! It’s an adventure set in the Himalayas, and it will be published by Handersen Publishing this March. This one’s for middle grade readers (8-12) and troll-loving adults.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am not sure I’m great at promoting them. I always post them on Facebook and Twitter. I take advantage of kdp free dates and list them on the web, where I can.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Do it for love, and let the stories flow.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If you love the characters, your readers will love them too.
What are you reading now?
Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘The Signature of All Things’. It’s a historical fiction novel with a great storyline and strong characters.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Maybe another middle grade or YA book, once The Amber Troll is out.
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?
Lord of the Rings (1, 2 and 3 … does that count as 1?)
Meditation by Kamalashila (I meditate, and there is much in that book- one to refer to again and again).
Author Websites and Profiles
Giulietta Spudich Amazon Profile