Monday, 11 June 2018

#MondayMeet - Julie Sanford

Monday Meet Author Q&A
This Monday we're thrilled to have Julie Sanford talking to us about about her novel Love's First Fall.

What inspired you to write Love's First Fall?
Although this can be read as a stand alone, it is also the third in a trilogy. It was apparent after writing my second book that Christopher, a supporting character in book two had a story to tell. This book explores his story.

Where is Love's First Fall set?
Queen's Hospital Romford, Essex. Both my lead characters are medical professionals. Queen's is my local hospital. The book is set in and around there as I'm familiar with the area, dialect and surrounding clubs pubs and restaurants.

So is Christopher your protagonist?
He's not! I wanted to write Christopher's story, however it's from the perspective of his psychologist, Elizabeth. As is often the case in my writing, Elizabeth developed into a troubled character and was able to council Christopher through his troubles whilst healing herself.

It sounds quite dark...
Love's First Fall is a dark contemporary romance. It covers some really adult dark themes, but ultimately all comes good in the end.

How long was the process from idea to publication?
Longer than my previous two novels. From start to finish Love's First Fall took six months.

How long have you been writing?
Surprisingly not very long. An avid reader - all writers are right? I did not seriously consider writing until September 2016.

Do you have any writing routines?
With six kids in tow. I write if and when I can!

Have you learned anything during your writing process?
Don't assume to know all there is to know about writing. It's an ever evolving process that is a constant learning curve.

What advice would you give an aspiring writer?
Sit and write. If you have the imagination the stories will flow. Writers can come from all walks of life. Dont assume you are not educated enough or articulate. I'm just a girl with a laptop and very little self belief yet I'm three novels deep. If I can, anybody can.

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