An Interview w/ Julie
1. What lead you to write a book series like this? What made you feel qualified?
I've always had an itch to write a book or a series, but never able to finish one. This story appeared to me in chunks and I basically filled in the blanks. It's no joke that God helped me write the book. Without Him I wouldn't have had the inspiration to put word to page. So anything that is good in the story is from Him, and anything you don't like is my fault. Sorry!
As far as qualifications go, I'm still not sure I am qualified to write, but I did anyway!
2. In what ways did you find it easy or hard to relate to your main character?
I think most author's would admit that it's hard to disassociate yourself from your main character. Especially when you're writing in First Person. Do I think I'm Audrey? NO! But there are definitely elements of "me" in her. Getting in her head was like finding her in my own and giving her a voice. When my and her voice was the same it was easy. But when she wasn't thinking like I was, it was harder to get her thoughts on paper.
3. Do you believe you’ve written an accurate description of the afterlife?
Nope! And to be honest this has been one of the things that has always bothered me throughout the writing process. There are biblical elements in my book, but so much of the world I created came from my imagination. I worried that people would mistake my book as my literal translation of the after life. That is would be too Christian for the non-Christian, and not Christian enough for the believers. I've had to come to terms that it is what it is and trust that God will work it out in each individual's heads. Although I do kind of hope that some of us will be able to kick a little demon butt after we die.
4. Who is the reader who is going to love this story? And why?
Over the past years the age lines drawn for Young Adult readers has blurred considerably. No longer are young adult books only for those in middle and high school. I believe Twilight had a lot to do with that. Before there was a tiny section in a book store for young adult books, now you enter and there are rows of young adult books. Therefore, I don't think there's a particular age for the reader. I think it will appeal to people who love to read adventure stories with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I think the audience for Life After: Huntress is broad, the word about the book just needs to get out. It's a fun read!
5. Will this book appeal to non-Christians?
I certainly hope so. One of my most faithful and encouraging beta readers is a non-believer. I've asked that question to her repeatedly, and she thinks that this isn't a story just for those who believe in a Holy God. It's exciting enough to capture a broader audience. I always wanted this story to be for the Christian and non-Christian alike, so I hope the readership will be diverse.
6. If there were one message you could get to your readers through your book, what would it be?
Oh gosh, after all my talk about the book appealing to Christians and non-Christian alike I'm going to blow it here. Oh well. The one message I want to get through to my readers is that God is real and that He loves each and every one of us desperately.
7. What parts of the story were the most fun to write? And which parts were the hardest?
I'm a girl, so I'll just put it out there, the scenes involving Logan and Audrey were my most fun to write. And then a close second were any of the fight scenes...I did have fun writing the scene with the devil as well. The hardest were the bridge scenes that supplied important information to the reader and moved the story forward.
8. Any spoilers you can reveal for the next book in the series?
Oh, yikes! Am I supposed to reveal that? I'm not sure, my publisher has been a little hazy on the details of that. I do have some scenes from the book that hit the cutting room floor during editing that I've included on the site. I couldn't just not let them see the light of day! These may or may not effect the storyline of the current or future Life After series. You'll just have to wait for the book to be released to find out!