Juli is one of my fellow authors in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, so I’m delighted to introduce her to you. She’s agreed to submit to my interview, so settle back and see what she has to say.
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MA: Can you say how your main character first occurred to you and how he or she evolved from that first spark to a full character?
Juli: When I first conceived the story, I had the idea to have an artist obsessed with her work, and her husband worried about it. So, originally Caitlin started life as a man. Then when I began rewriting the story, I thought it would work better from a wife’s point of view—how would I feel if this were my husband? What would I do? So it made the switch almost a no-brainer.
MA: Did you choose your subject, or did your subject choose you?
Juli: I chose the subject. I have a soft spot for artists (and an art history degree) so it seemed concentrating on the artist, and the dark side of art, was a natural thing to do.
MA: How do you work?
Juli: Usually, an idea will form and I’ll chew it over a little while, make some introductory notes on the main character, the world and what he or she might be facing. Then I’ll create a little more background for them, who or what they might put at risk by doing what they’re doing. If there’s some sort of real-world history involved, I’ll spend time doing research on that. By this point in the game I’ve probably got at least a working idea of where the character’s headed. After that I fill in the blanks.
MA: Are you involved with email lists and/or social media? Why or why not?
Juli: Yes I am. Your readers can find me on the web at http://julidrevezzo.com and on Twitter and Facebook. The majority of the email lists I belong to are writer based. Why I’m on those… information and connectivity is necessary in this day and age and I must say lists are cheaper than long distance phone calls to all my friends and colleagues.
MA: If you could have an evening with one fictional character, your own or someone else’s, who would it be and why?
Juli: Oh! What a fun question! Let’s see… I think I’d love to bop around King Arthur’s court for a night. Think of the activity of a medieval dinner. Wouldn’t that be fun?
If not him, I’d like to spend the evening with my Cait. She seems like she’d be a good hostess.
Who’s she? Oh, the heroine of my book The Artist’s Inheritance:
Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.
When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her new-found precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family.
If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.
Called a “dark and creepy fantasy” by Kathy Carmichael, author of Your Magic Touch.
It’s available for Kindle at Amazon
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About Juli D. Revezzo
Juli D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics and has a soft spot for classic the “Goths” of the 19th century, in love of which she received a Bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of South Florida. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly. She also has an article and book review or two out there. But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network. The Artist’s Inheritance is her first novel.
Juli D. Revezzo’s site links:
on Twitter: http://twitter.com/julidrevezzo
On Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5782712.Juli_D_Revezzo
Thanks for having me, here today, Marian! I always enjoy visiting.
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Thank you, Juli — and nice segue into your book description! As for enjoying a Medieval feast, allow me to link to to The Society For Creative Anachronism. Tell ’em Lady Maude McEwan sent you. That and a gold coin’ll buy you a flagon of mead.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character becomes obsessed with an old or antique object, either literally or just fascinated by it.