Author Showcase Feature with Book Excellence Award Winner Julie Whitley

Book Title: Secrets of the Home Wood: the Sacrifice

How did you know you wanted to be an author? I loved books before I could read. By the time I was nine, I decided I could write my own stories, too, and spent many an afternoon writing and illustrating my stories. My favourite English teacher encouraged me to never give up writing. I took courses and continued to write until my first book was ready for the world.

What is your advice for aspiring authors? If you had to do it again, what would you have done differently? Keep writing, take courses that fit with your writing needs, join or create a writers’ group, learn how to accept and give critiques, and find a good editor.

Do you have any writing rituals or practices? I like to write in the morning and I listen to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. I also have a writing journal that I use when I’m stumped. I ask my characters questions and then free flow write until an answer comes clear.

What message do you want readers to remember? Fantasy fuels the imagination and books fire the brain. A good story takes us place we would never otherwise have seen.

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