About Julie Shackman:
I am a contemporary romance author from Scotland.
My first two novels, "Rock My World" & "Hero or Zero" were published digitally by Not So Noble Books in London, but "A Room at the Manor" is my first traditionally published book. released by Allen & Unwin.
It is also out in audio book from Bolinda.
When I'm not reading or writing romance, I write verses and captions for greetings card companies and enjoy long walks; music; travel and watching movies.
What inspires you to write?
I love reading books and that has definitely inspired me to write from an early age.
I have to listen to music while writing and love listening to lyrics. I often find that the words give me inspiration and encouragement and can very often trigger new ideas.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am more of a pants writer than a plotter!
I tend to start with characters and setting and take it from there.
I also find that I am unable to write at home. Twitter lures me away too much, so I go to my favourite tea shop each weekday morning and write there for at least a couple of hours.
I find it easier to write long-hand in my notebooks to begin with and then once I return home, I'll type it up on the PC.
I try to write at least 1,500 words day and will sometimes write at weekends if I feel I need to catch up, otherwise I protect weekends as family time.
How do you develop your characters?
I often find my characters do speak to me but then they will surprise me or shock me by doing something unexpected – but that is usually great fun!
I will begin my sketching out what they look like' their traits and personalities etc and then take it from there.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many authors I admire, but my favourites are Jenny Colgan; Wendy Holden; Sophie Kinsella & Trisha Ashley. They make characters come to life and describe settings so vividly, you feel like you are part of the story.
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Audiobook
Where to find out more about the author
Julie Shackman Home Page Link
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