Welcome back to one of my favourite guests, Julia Sutton
I love your books, and I know that you have a new one out very soon. Can you please tell us about it?
Hi Meanie, firstly thank you very much for having me as a guest on your blog 😊
The Lake of Lilies is available for pre-order via Amazon now. It is a romantic mystery, which I wrote way back in 2013. It was originally released in 2014 with an American publisher but was only available for a short while as it was taken off the market. About six months ago I decided to send it to my current publisher to see if they would be interested in it. Happy to say they accepted it. It’s subsequently been re-edited and has a new cover which I’m very pleased with. I’m very excited that it’s been republished, it was my first novel and I very much enjoyed writing it. Hopefully the sales will be good and I’ll receive positive reviews.
I’m also waiting for The Year of New Beginnings to be edited and released. This is the last book in the 4 book School of Dreams series and is about five people who meet while studying for an English degree at a UK university. It’s a fun read filled with romance and drama and chronicles a group of people’s life and dreams. It should be out within the next few months. 😊
As well as writing for adults, I love writing stories for children and am hoping one day that they will be turned into picture books. I’m currently in the process of pitching my stories to publishers / agents, so fingers crossed and watch this space!
Where do you get the ideas for your books from?
Mainly from my overactive imagination lol!
I had the idea for The Lake of Lilies while I was sunning myself on holiday in Turkey.
The School of Dreams was inspired by my own experience of attending university. I studied English at the University of Wolverhampton from 2001 – 2005. Years later I decided to have a sort out and was looking through essays which I had written. I thought it would be a great idea to write a series about a group of people’s lives while at university and the School of Dreams series was born.
Do you have much support for family and friends for your writing?
Yes, I have tremendous support from my family and friends 😊
My mum has to be my number one fan, she has always been one hundred percent supportive. Now I have finished the School of Dreams series, she intends on writing to the BBC to see if they would be interested in turning it into a drama series. My friends have also been great; encouraging me, purchasing my books and writing reviews. I’ve made some wonderful friends on social media (like yourself Jan 😊) who have shown interest in my writing and have been so kind and supportive. Too many to name.
Do you think that you would like to write full time?
I currently set aside 2-3 hours for writing per day, so I guess I’m classed as a part time writer. I live a busy life; looking after a house, caring for children, walking my dog. Ideally in the future I would like to be able to devote more time to writing.
Who are some of your favourite authors?
I love reading contemporary romance fiction by authors such as Carole Matthews, Milly Johnson. I also love a good horror – books by Stephen King, James Herbert, Phil Price.
Where is your ideal writing space?
My ideal writing space is my summer house in my garden. It’s so peaceful and there are no distractions. I don’t have internet in there so I don’t get distracted by social media either lol. In the winter I write at the dining room table. I also sometimes go down to my local library. Anywhere really that is quiet.
What are some of the things which you like to do when you have free time?
I love walking, drawing, reading and of course writing.
If you were a flower or plant, which one would you be, and why?
I think I would probably be a rose, because they are beautiful, fragrant and romantic.
How do you keep your wonderful hair looking so good?
Aw, thank you for the compliment. My hair is naturally curly so I’m lucky that I don’t have to spend a lot of time on it. It can get very dry though so I do invest in a good conditioner and like to use the nice smelling hair masques.
Where would you like to be in ten years?
Happy and healthy, surrounded by my wonderful friends and family. An established writer of children’s picture books and adult novels 😊
Will you now be writing more books like The Lake of Lilies?
The Lake of Lilies is a romantic mystery. I haven’t planned on writing in the same genre, I want to focus on my children’s picture books and my contemporary holiday romance, which I am currently writing. I also have plans to write a Christmas themed book and a mental health related book. After that who knows, I might write another romantic mystery.
Is there an excerpt of the Lake of Lilies which you would like to share with us?
When Lisa had started planning her gigs, the thought of singing for forty-five minutes seemed a daunting eternity. Now, while she was actually performing, it flew by. Lisa ran through her playlist with clarity and precision, bantering with the crowd in between songs. The hidden extrovert inside her took over, and she moved across the stage with confidence, swaying in time to the music. Encouraged by the crowd’s enthusiastic response, she belted out each song, successfully hitting all the high notes. By quarter past nine, she had sung seven songs and reluctantly bade a temporary farewell to the audience. Lisa was pleased to hear audible groans as she stepped off the stage, and Gary once more took possession of the microphone. She made her way to her parents’ table, where she was greeted with huge grins and claps.
“Want a drink babe?” Gregg offered, digging deep into his trouser pocket for change.
“Yes please,” gasped Lisa. “A vodka and coke will do nicely thanks.”
Her sister raised an eyebrow while her nan laughed merrily.
“You deserve it. That was GREAT!”
Lisa smiled at her nan’s loud, enthusiastic verdict.
“Thanks Nan,” she replied, glowing with happiness.
She heard other family members congratulating her, but part of her mind was concentrating on the second half of her gig and frantically running through her song choices, hoping they would appeal to the varied audience. She need not have worried, the second half of her gig proved very successful, and she had people dancing in their seats and singing along with her. The call for an encore meant that she was on an extra ten minutes than she was scheduled. Lisa finished singing her last song with a feeling of euphoria, which was compounded by the crowd’s positive reaction. As she was saying her goodbyes, she noticed her dad’s partner, Tom, had appeared at her parents’ table. He was dressed in full police uniform. Jim was leaning close to Tom with a serious expression on his face. Tom was listening intently and looked across at Lisa on more than one occasion. Lisa had a sense of foreboding, which followed her off the stage and back to her parents’ table. As she neared, Jim straightened, smiling briefly at Lisa.
“Hi gorgeous,” he greeted, removing his hat and tucking it underneath his arm. Tom stood up, a serious expression on his face. “Lisa,” he began slowly. “There’s been a discovery of a body by the lake.” He paused while Lisa gasped and felt the colour drain from her face. “It’s a young girl, and it fits the description you have given us. We need you to come down to the station and make a formal statement.”
Lisa nodded silently, the memory of the girl fresh in her mind. As she shrugged into her coat, she replayed the scene again, and the girl’s screams resonated in her memory and drowned everything else out.
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