Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a bonafide 3-year band mom who has been a closet writer most of my life. I currently have one completed novel “The Secret They Kept” and prefer sales directly through my website www.julietdjones.com This is allows me to connect more personally with my readers as well as send them their books author-signed.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“The Secret They Kept” was inspired by my frustration as a band parent to raise much-needed funds for marching band programs and doubles as a fundraiser.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to write by hand while lying in bed and then transcribe my writing onto my computer.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Allie Walker, author of “On My Way Home”
J.K. Rowling, author of the “Harry Potter” series
and of course Mr. Stephen King!
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on book 2 in The Tacet Septenary Series. The kids are now home from band camp and things in Glendale are getting eerie as some secrets are revealed, new secrets are being fostered!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My website, social media sites, and I honestly enjoy working with local high school booster Club presidents and band directors to set up a table at games and donate 10% of my proceeds specifically to that school!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write your story! Get it onto paper and stop worrying so much about every sentence or even sentence structure. Get the story down first – this is your roughdraft. Once you’ve completed your rough draft, I always recommend taking a week or two, maybe even three, away from your book and give your brain a rest. Then return for first round edits. You will find that your second draft will be phenomenally better than your first! Repeat as necessary until you are sure you are ready for a professional editor as they are expensive. My second biggest piece of advice is to consider hiring a local English teacher with a reputation for being the grammar police! This will be more affordable and allows the teacher to be part of something which could turn out to be really big. Be sure to give that teacher proper credit in the acknowledgement section of your book!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Every rejection gets you one step closer to acceptance so never give up!
What are you reading now?
I actually am re-reading “The Secret They Kept” because I want to insure that book 2 flows smoothly
What’s next for you as a writer?
Completing book 2, continue querying agents while I continue marketing my book
What is your favorite book of all time?
Anything by Jane Austen!