Friday, April 9, 2010

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JULIE COULTER BELLON.

Julie Bellon's new book, Dangerous Connections, is now in stores. I thought you might like to know a little more about the author behind the book.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Well, I originally wanted to be a burlesque dancer, but when that didn’t work out I turned to writing. Haha. No, not really. I’ve always known I wanted to be a writer. When I was little, I even re-wrote endings to films like Return of the Jedi to suit my own purposes. (My ending had the party being from Han Solo and Princess Leia’s wedding.) Writing has just always been a part of me.

Tell us a little bit about your new book.
 My new book is Dangerous Connections, about a French counter-intelligence agent who comes across a terrorist plot, but before she can do anything about it, she is captured by the terrorists and her brother is shot. A handsome American doctor tries to help her, but gets caught up in the espionage himself and it’s a race against time as the fate of nations hangs in the balance. It’s all set in Paris and I love the international feel to it.

Tell us about your other books.
My first book was Through Love’s Trials, a novel about a lawyer who finds out his firm is involved with terrorism. My second book was On the Edge, about a Canadian CSIS agent who finds a biological weapon in a private hospital in Uganda that is set to come to the U.S. through Canada. My third book, Time Will Tell, is about an American woman who goes to London after her son is killed and is pulled into an international terrorism plot against the American president. My fourth book was a non-fiction book called, The Eagle Scout and Duty to God Awards: What Every Parent Should Know. It’s a book to help parents with scouting, and helping to cross-reference requirements that work for both awards. It helps with record-keeping and gives all the hints I learned in having so many boys of my own. My fifth book was called, All’s Fair, and it was about an army doctor and his female colleague who are captured by insurgents, and asked to do something no patriotic American would ever do. I loved the international feel and pull of current events on this one.

What inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
Writing is my de-stressor in life. I love just sitting down and creating something on a page, something unique that came out of my own thoughts. It’s invigorating.

Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your writing? Do you have a writing mentor? Not really. I enjoy a lot of different writers, and I love to read, but I think my writing style is pretty unique.

Location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now - city? Suburb? Country? Farm? If you could live anywhere you want to live, where would that be?
When I was younger, my family moved around a lot. I’m from Canada and have lived both in small towns and big cities. I love the wide open spaces in Canada and the inherent friendliness of the people. I also traveled quite a bit when I was younger to the United States, Greece and Mexico, with a stop in Germany. Since I’ve been married I’ve been able to travel all over the United States and in France and England. I love exploring new places and just soaking up the ambience of a different country. There’s no place like home, though, and after all the exploring, there’s nothing better than my own pillow and bed. And honestly, I think it doesn’t really matter where I live, as long as I have my family around me.

Bring us into your home and set the scene for us when you are writing. What does it look like? On the couch, laptop, desk? Music? Lighting, handwriting?
My computer desk is between my kitchen and family room, so even when I’m writing, I’m right in the thick of family life and activities. I don’t get a lot of computer time, actually, so I think a lot about my scenes and when I get a chance, go to the computer and get them down. It’s sort of handy, because I can keep an eye on my kids if I need to, or dinner, and still get some work done. My background music is usually Barney or Sesame Street and yes, sometimes I find myself humming to it.

 Do you watch television or movies? If so, what are your favorites? Do they inspire your writing?
I don’t watch a lot of television. Currently, my favorite shows are Castle and 24. I like the sharp wit in Castle (and plus it’s about a writer!) and 24 always has those plot twists that keep me guessing. I hope my books have some wittiness and plot twists in them, too!

How has being published changed your life?
Well, I’ve met a lot of wonderful people through my writing, and I’ve been privileged to hear how my books have touched them. I also have to dress up to go to the bank and the post office now, because everyone there reads my books and knows who I am.

Do you have any book signings, tours or special events planned to promote your book that readers might be interested in attending? If so, when and where? Also tell about your blog and website.

I am the Thursday blogger for Six LDS Writers and a Frog blog (http://sixldswriters.blogspot.com) and my website is www.juliebellon.com I have a quarterly newsletter that I send out with sneak peeks of my upcoming works, deleted scenes, booksignings, and contest info, of course I think it’s something you wouldn’t want to miss. I currently have several booksignings planned, and am participating in a Water for Warriors charity drive to help the water for our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq taste better. All the information on what I’m doing and what’s coming up for me is on my website and I update it often, so people can check back.

Thank you for the interview. I really enjoyed talking to you!

Thank you, Julie!!!

12 comments:

  1. Great interview, Kathi. I love being introduced to new authors. I'm looking forward to reading your new book, Julie!

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  2. Thanks, Laura! I think you'll enjoy Julie's book.

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  3. Super interview - sounds like a great book :)

    I love that she writes in the midst of family and chaos - me too!

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  4. I really like Julie and her posts at 6 LDS Writers and a Frog are always thoughtful and useful. =] I love that she writes suspense because I love reading it, too! Great interview, Kathi!

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  5. Jemi, I marvel at both of your abilities to work with so much going on around you. :)

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  6. Laura: I love her suspense as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. I became aware of Julie when I attended the Storymakers conference last year. Haven't gotten a hold of one of her books yet though. Thanks for the interview - I need to check out one of her books and yours too. Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.

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  8. You're welcome, Mary! Thanks for stopping by. If you're going to the conference this year, look me up. :0)

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  9. I think her book sounds really cool and any one who is an author is amazing.

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  10. Elizabeth, I'll tell Julie what you said. I'm sure that will make her day. :)

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  11. Kathi, thanks so much for doing this interview with me and I loved reading all the comments. You guys are so sweet! Let me know what you think of the book when you read it! :)

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