Please welcome indie author Julie Elizabeth Powell

Author Bio

Hello everyone. If you haven't guessed by now I have a passion for words and have twelve books published...all thanks to Lulu and Kindle, much hard work and sleepless nights.  I am an independent author of twelve books in a variety of genres, including fantasy, horror, psychological thriller, murder mystery, mystery adventure, humour, contemporary short stories and non-fiction.  I write for adults and children, though prefer to write fantasy because I don’t like rules and I can have fun.

My eldest daughter has flown the nest and is married to a man who doesn't mind his mother-in-law though my son is still fluffing his feathers.

My middle child is off on a mysterious adventure, the like of which I can only guess...and tried to do so in my first book,
Gone.

I love to read and am looking for ways to double time so to indulge in the mysterious and wonderful and delicious and strange...my favourite kind of story.

Writing is my passion, though I enjoy creating handcrafted cards, jewellery making, scrapbooking, 3D art and dabbling in encaustic art whenever I can.

Oh yes, I used to teach or mark exam papers but now concentrate on writing and enjoying my new life, which materialised, as if by a miracle. Though still dislike all those necessary domestic chores that would, for me, be included in the Rings of Hell!

That's it. Thank you to anyone who reads my books...enjoy the flight!


Book title:  Gone

Although I have twelve books, I would always choose to promote Gone, a very important story to me.


Brief Synopsis:

After Charley dies in her office chair, how is it that she finds herself propelled into the mysterious world of Avalon?

Upon encountering an essence, which insists is her daughter – the one she knows she left behind – insanity battles with fear inside her mind.

The further she delves, the more puzzling things appear, especially after she rises into the Orb of Caprice – a realm of fairies, talking flowers and goblins…and something else, something that lurks in the shadows ready to swallow her whole.

Can she realise in time what it is she must do…or has she left it too late?

Gone is a story inspired by a true event


Personal

What do you do to relax when you are not writing?

I love reading and creating things.  I make all sorts, including cards, jewellery and 3D art, and dabbling in the garden – which has an oriental style (my favourite).  It’s very relaxing when I’ve finished weeding!  A great place to read.


What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always played with words, luxuriated in how the right ones in the right order can create such powerful emotions.  However, I seriously began to write after what happened to my daughter, Samantha.  When she was two, her heart stopped and she died.  She was revived, however, what had made her who she was, had vanished. During the seventeen years of ‘hell’, until her second and final death, I had a question: Where had my daughter gone? Because who she had been had been wiped clean.  So I created a world and went in search of her.  Thus the story called, Gone.  In that instance, Samantha was my inspiration.  Now, I cannot help but feel inspired by everything around me.


Current work

What or who inspired you to write your current novel?

Not my current novel, however, Gone was inspired by what happened to my daughter, Samantha.


Tell us three interesting facts about your book, which are not covered in the synopsis.

Not current work, but about Gone – things not covered in the synopsis:

1) It’s about following an identity, what makes us who we are.

2) It’s a unique fantasy, controversial and will make you think differently.

3) It’s not depressing, but has many levels to it, yet is about hope and contains humour and fun, as well as being serious and, I hope, will help others too.


What research did you need to do for this book?

Purely from my imagination.


Are any elements /characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you have met /known?

Gone was inspired by truth.  I suppose the characters must be parts of people I’ve met, but I’m not aware of this, they seem to show up as if real people – even if an elf!


Tell us a little more about your current work-in-progress.

I am working on four projects at the moment.  Most of my ideas come from dreams but sometimes it can be something that I see or hear or feel – that idea is then put into words and the story flows from there.  I like to write in all kinds of genres to not only challenge my writing, but also it’s because I’d become bored with the same thing all the time.  That’s also the reason I mix genres and maybe surprise readers by not sticking to a formula.

My imagination can take me anywhere at any time and for the most part I let the writing flow, allowing the characters to lead me.  

The spark for one of the books came in a dream and it began as one thing but has developed into another.  I suppose it’s a murder mystery but involves looking into the falseness of image and what humans think of as important and how greed is the path to evil.  It’s called, Dirty Business and I’m about ¾ of the way through.  It may change because I like twists and turns and surprises.


Apart from Dirty Business, I’m working on a humorous look at ‘happiness’ – something connected to my novel, Misadventures Of Fatwoman.  I’m also working on another collection of short stories and poems, as sometimes ideas can only go so far and I don’t want them to disappear – hence a short story or a poem will pin it down – it’ll be called, Expressions.  Lastly, I’m slowly working on a love story of sorts – I never do anything straightforward. J It will have a twist and will not be a romance in the usual sense with a touch of fantasy – it’s called, Changing Angels.


Writing /publication process

What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?

I write as it flows, changing if necessary or if another idea pops up.  The characters dictate much of the story – strange but true – although I must want it or I wouldn’t write it.


What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?

I need quiet to write.  Just me, my PC, keyboard, fingers and brain.


What prompted you to self-publish your current book?

I imagine like most authors, I’ve tried the traditional route, but nobody was interested, but I found Lulu, and then Amazon Kindle, and so I published.  I prefer the control of being an independent author, although the promotion and marketing are killers – especially with no money.  I’d love the hype machine!!!  I cannot find an agent or publisher- maybe I’m just too different?  I have been called an alien because I don’t fit in...maybe? J  Or maybe a matter of not following rules?


What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?

1) Discipline – must keep going.

2) Distraction – life is a nuisance, although my wonderful husband constantly encourages me to write, even if the tea is burnt or non-existent.

3) If I ever become stuck in a story, I write something else – I don’t believe in writer’s block only temporarily derailed on that particular story.  Hence why I usually have more than one project on the go.

Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point.  How do you overcome it?

I’ve never had writer’s block.  If I ever become stuck in a particular story because I’m not sure where it’s going, I’ll write something else.  Short stories are a good way of exercising the mind for brief periods of time and can help the flow of major works.


What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring author?

If you want to write, do it.  Take no notice of anyone if that’s what you want.  Believe in yourself.


Genre

What genre does you book fall into?

Gone is a fantasy.


How did you get interested in this specific genre?

I like fantasy because it suits my imagination – no limits, no rules, no formula.


You as a reader

Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?

1) Dean Koontz – I love the imaginative plots, wonderful dialogue, the mystery and that extra ingredient that’s in all his work.  You’d have to read them to understand.  Unlike Stephen King (another favourite), Koontz’s books have an element of hope.

2) William Shakespeare – because he understood every emotion and the human condition.

3) J.K Rowling – because she writes an amazing, satisfying story.


What was your favourite book as a child?

When I was a child, I loved books that involved magic.  Some of the fairytales were scary – especially Hansel and Gretel – didn’t like that, but books by Roald Dahl, especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, were brilliant because the child ruled.


What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?

I read a vast amount because, not only do I love it and it’s important if you’re an author, but also that I review for others to support them, knowing the struggle, so it’s difficult to choose favourites in the last twelve months...um, okay, I’m going to say: Nicholas Forristal’s Chronicles of M series.


What is the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?

There are so many gems out there...Last book recommended: Richard Stephenson’s Resistance.  An amazing follow on from book one (Collapse) which immerses the reader in an apocalyptic future, with fabulous characters and fantastic plot – the writing is wonderful.  Having said that, I’m currently reading Gae-Lynn Woods’ Avengers Of Blood (book two Cass Elliot series) and it’s fantastic, bringing back realistic characters and continuing the rooting out of evil.  I definitely recommended book one, The Devil of Light.  The Godslayer series by Ron Glick I’ve also recently recommended because of the richness of the story and wonderful characters and descriptions of other ‘worlds’ (it is very difficult to pick only one).


Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?

I tend to read on Kindle now because night time is all that’s left in my busy schedule.  I prefer a paperback but then I’d need a light – don’t want to disturb hubby J


Hollywood is calling...

You’ve had the call from Hollywood and they want your opinion on who should play the leading roles in the film based upon your book.  Who would you choose, and why?

Dawn French or Victoria Wood – Charley – humour /pathos /sad /mask of happy

Emma Watson – Jenny – young, beautiful and talented

Sean Connery – Ezrin – old, wise, twinkle in his eyes

All great at acting and would fit the roles, perfectly.


The film of your book is now going to need a soundtrack.  Which musician(s) would you want to write and play it?

Sting – something like Shape of My Heart, with Dominic Miller or something by Thomas Newman (Whisper of a Thrill)


Favourites:

Drink – water

Meal – Indian Food

Holiday destination – Florida

TV programme – Once Upon a Time

Film – Legend

Method of travel – train

Sport – swimming


How can people connect with you?

Website: http://www.freewebs.com/julizpow

Blog: http://julieelizabethpowell.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter: @starjewelz

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Where can readers find your book?

Amazon UK

Amazon.com

Smashwords

Print copies also on Lulu and Createspace




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