Julie, how long have you been writing?
I have been writing as long as I can remember. I once placed in an essay contest in second grade and knew from that moment on I wanted to be a writer. And a veterinarian. And a ballet dancer. And a doctor. But I finally narrowed it down to just being a writer.
Nicely done. Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in Canada and came to the United States to attend university. I met my husband and ended up staying in the country. We live in Utah with our eight children.
Good for you. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
As a former journalism teacher, I read a lot of newspapers and keep up on current events. Iâ€™m always thinking what if a situation hadnâ€™t turned out this way? What if terrorists had done this or that and what if this rogue agent or awesome Hostage Negotiation Team foiled the plot, and by the end of my â€˜what ifâ€™ game, my book idea is generally born.
Sounds great. Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
My husband. It sounds so cheesy, but he has been my biggest cheerleader through all the highs and the lows. He has supported me and encouraged me and without him I wouldnâ€™t be writing at all.
(Mine too) What is the name of your book?
The first novel in my Hostage Negotiation Team series is called All Fall Down and it won the RONE award for Best Suspense last year!
Hereâ€™s the back copy: Ring around the rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes we all fall down . . .
That simple rhyme turns negotiator Claire Michaels’ current hostage situation into an international incident. Claire just wants to help get everyone out safely, but as the crisis escalates she realizes she’s dealing with an al-Qaeda operative who has the means to become another bin Laden—with the potential to attack America. Claire has her own personal reasons for wanting to stop al-Qaeda, but time is slipping away as negotiations break down. Can she overcome her scars of the past in order to get the hostage out alive and possibly stop an assault on U.S. national security?
Navy SEAL Rafe Kelly is on leave to recover from a knee injury he suffered during his tour in Afghanistan and he doesn’t expect to be fighting terrorists on his home turf. But when he is taken hostage and his brother is kidnapped, Rafe teams up with a hostage negotiator in order to stay alive and get his brother back. The terrorist is always one step ahead of them, however, and the situation quickly turns from desperate to deadly. Will Rafe be able to save himself and his country without anyone he loves getting caught in the crossfire?
The RONE award congratulations, Julie. Is there a book trailer for your book?
No, but I have a Pinterest where Iâ€™ve pinned all the pictures of actors that I would love to play my characters if it ever became a movie. You can see that here: http://www.pinterest.com/juliebellon8/if-my-books-were-movies-i-would-cast/
Will do. Do you have a favorite character, why?
I love the heroine, Claire, because sheâ€™s strong yet vulnerable and is really good at her job. I like her back and forth with Rafe and how quick she thinks on her feet. I wish that was me! Usually I only think of good comebacks and such the next day or when the conversations are long over.
🙂 What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I would hope they would come away from my books feeling like theyâ€™d lived a little adventure with a dash of romance. That they would think that this is some nice entertaining fiction that made them stay up past bedtime just to see how it ended.
Wonderful. Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
Never give up. Follow your dreams and find the path that is right for you. Donâ€™t let anyone make you think you arenâ€™t good enough. You can do it! The only difference between a published author and an unpublished author is that one gave up.
Very good. What are your new years goals?
To read 114 books, write one novel and one novella, and to find and eat at least one Canadian chocolate bar every month.
LOL…Where can we find your book?Â
You can find it at Amazon here:
You can find it on Nook here:
And you can find out more about me and my books, get some great book reviews and read some awesome writing advice at my blog http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com
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