Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I an an ex schoolteacher who moved into local politics and began writing novels when I retired from a period of tutoring dyslexics.
I have written seven novels and contributed to three poetry books.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest novel was ” A Bend in the Lane”which was the fourth in a series about a Sussex family and their difficulties. This time the grandmother met a charming gentleman who suggested she invest in an Italian Villa. The books were inspired by a learning disabled boy and the opportunities that there are locally for the less able to succeed. I wanted to show that such difficulties can be overcome with the right help.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Only writing in longhand first, in bed or on the dining room table.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Stephen King novels but when I tried to emulate him it didn’t work. I think the books I read as a child have had the most influence. I don’t remember much of what I read now.
What are you working on now?
After a talk on pocket novels I thought I might have a go so I have started one about a marriage bureau.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My best method is word of mouth, taking books with me and giving talks. I have a website but it is for promoting myself as an author rather than selling books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get your work edited. You can’t do it yourself. Even if it is just a couple of beta readers they will find mistakes that you have missed.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Trying to get paid for writing. Self publishing is fun but I don’t make a profit.
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 survival manual,a book of edible plants, an atlas and an empty notebook.
Author Websites and Profiles
Julie Round Website