Julie Wetzel, author of Kindling Flame and Granting Wishes, among several other books, has just published On the Accidental Wings of a Dragon, book one in her Dragons of Eternity series. She is currently on a book tour directed by Juniper Grove Book solutions that is promoting her new romantic fantasy novel. As part of that tour, she has stopped by for an interview.
I have a love-hate relationships with books. I love reading them, delving in the story, and living with the characters. I hate the fact that they wrap me up in their world and leave me sleep deprived and begging for more.
When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?
I started writing in 2011 when my sister went into the Navy. The first piece I was proud of was a short story that was printed in a horror anthology. Unfortunately, the anthology was only printed for the backers of a Kickstarter project and will not be printed publicly.
Please describe your work ethic as an author.
Work ethic? Well, I try to write as often as possible without ignoring my family. But sometimes thing happen and I forgets that life exists outside of my books. When it comes to special requests or edits, I try to jump on them as soon as I can. Overall, I think I have a fairly decent work ethic.
How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?
It’s really hard to find a balance. There aren’t enough hours to get everything I want to do done. I fit writing in whenever I can. It usually cuts in to the time I have to sleep. But, somehow, with the help of the amazing men in my life, I manage to get most of my things done.
What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?
The next five years. I don’t even know what I’m going to have for dinner tonight, let alone my plans for next five years. I hope to finish the two series that I have started and a plethora of half-baked manuscripts waiting on my computer. I also hope to retire from my job to work full time on my books. I would like to do a little traveling, but other than that, I have no idea.
Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.
When I was sixteen, I worked in the catering department at a haunted amusement park. One evening, while cleaning up after a catered picnic, my coworker and I were sent to gather the last of the food from the cooler in the shelter. As we went out, we were surprised to find a young girl in a blue dress standing in the middle of the picnic shelter. It was well after dark and we had been closed for a while. No one should have been there. When we called out to ask if she was lost, she looked at us then turned and walked straight through a six foot tall privacy fence. Needless to say, the shelter did not get cleaned that night.
I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that is a real or not… either way it’s a GREAT story!
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