Author Interview: Julie Duxbury

Julie Duxbury

1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment.

A. Currently working on my first Fantasy novel and the fourth in the Consequences series.

2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.

A. Dark Dimensions has been out since April 2021 and is about a clan of vampires and humans who are lost in dimensions after a scientific mishap. More of a science fiction/military book than fantasy or horror. Its sequel, Dark Reign, is currently in editing.

Heart of Deception has been out since August 2021 and is more of a mystery book about a thief who ends up working for a royal family and helps foil a plot to overthrow the royals. The sequel to this, Legacy of Risks, is being released on 22 February 2022 and the third book, Dangerous Heart, has just been submitted to the publisher. As I said earlier, the fourth book is underway at the moment.

3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!)

A. Editing. I’d much rather be creating new works than polishing, although it can be interesting to see the writing being polished. Still dislike it, though.

4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning?

A. Brand new writing – whether it’s in the current work or a new piece. Dialogue and action are my favourite parts in the writing of each book.

5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.)

A. Any writer who can write humour. I can write small pockets, as in the snips that happen every day but to actually write a funny novel? That I can’t do.

6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best?

A. Funny you should say that. My editor keeps telling me off for hurting my characters – or downright killing them off. My answer to them would be that I do it so that they will grow into the best versions of themselves.

7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why?

A. Hmm, that’s a tough one. The stakes would be survival. I would like to think my main character would win – whether it’s my thief or my vampire – because of their quick thinking and talking. They’d bluff their way through a game of poker.

8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.)

A. Following the “best 10 rules”. A lot of articles come out that say “if you follow these rules, you’ll sell books”. I think that’s a trap to create cookie-cutter books.

9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe.

A. As I said, Legacy of Risks, Consequences Book 2 is being released on 22 February 2022. I asked to delay it for a week to coincide with my brother’s birthday. Chocolate cake? Gotta be a mud cake!