Monday, April 15, 2013

Author Interview: Replacing Gentry by Julie N Ford

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Describe your book in five words or less.

Rebecca/Jane Eyre meets Nashville Tennessee.

How did the ideas for your books come to you?

The inspiration for Replacing Gentry was ignited by a question my daughter asked regarding spirits. The paranormal elements I’d originally intended for this text were eventually edited out but still, the plot originated with her inquiry. Then, one of my favorite books is Rebecca. I decided to blend my story with DuMaurier’s, make it modern and Southern, and voila, Replacing Gentry was born.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Whether we want to call it fate or God’s will, life has a way of directing us down the proper path. If we’re able to learn from, and trust in the power’s that be, and allow a source greater than ourselves to lead us, sooner or later, we’ll end up right where we belong.

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?

The hardest part about writing is that I don’t enjoy the business end of it. I don’t like stressing over sales and bad reviews or the way publishers/agents want to niche me—that in order to make money, and a name for myself, I have to stick to one genre. I simply love to write and I want to create as many different types of stories as my brain can come up with.

The easiest part it that I love it when the plot and/or words just seem to flow effortlessly as if being sent from a special place I have yet to discover. It truly feels like my own little miracle.

What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?

My current WIP is a women’s fiction best described as The Graduate meets Steel Magnolias.

Why did you choose to write for specific genre?

I haven’t found a specific genre I want to stay with. I’ve written a drama, a romantic suspense, a romantic comedy, and now a women’s fiction mystery/suspense. My next novel is more of a general/women’s fiction. I mostly write books for woman because that’s what I most enjoy reading. I also love suspense, elements of mystery and humor.

What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?

Nerve-racking. Like I said before, every one of my novels has been a little different. I never know if readers who enjoyed Count Down to Love (a romantic comedy) will also like Replacing Gentry or No Holly for Christmas that have more intrigue. Or vise versa. And then Replacing Gentry has less romance then the other two as well. My hope is that there will be a little something for every reader in each of my stories.

What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

How does it feel to be a world-renowned author? LOL. ‘Cause I’m not.
My answer? Splendid.

What was your road to publications like?

Hours of writing, excitement, hope, rejection, hope, rejection . . . **rinse, repeat** Acceptance! Editing…editing…blog tours, website, Facebook, giveaways. In other words, enduring literally hours of self-promotion. (Don’t believe what you see in the movies regarding book tours and fancy book signing parties. It doesn’t happen.) Then the there are reviews—good and bad. And there are bad reviews, and then there are bad reviews on Goodreads. Ugh! Brutal. Lastly, the first royalty check arrives…chirp, chirp, chirp. Seriously? Writing is not for wimps!

Replacing Gentry

When Marlie agrees to attend a cadaver ball at Vanderbilt Medical School, she did not expect to actually see any cadavers. Or, that a strange apparition would issue her a chilling message.

Despite the cadaver's warning, Marlie is married a year later to Tennessee State Senator, Daniel Cannon, and living in a plantation-style mansion with two step sons. Add to the mix her growing suspicion that something is amiss with the death of Daniel’s first wife, Gentry; and newlywed Marlie is definitely in over her pretty Yankee head.

What begins as an innocent inquiry into her new husband’s clouded past, ends with Marlie in the midst of a dangerous conspiracy.

A modern twist on the classic Gothic romance novels of Rebecca and Jane Eyre, Replacing Gentry follows Marlie’s precarious journey as she learns the truth about the man she married.

Replacing Gentry will be released on April 9th
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Author Julie N. Ford

Julie N. Ford graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in English Literature. In addition, she has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. Professionally, she has worked in teaching and as a Marriage & Family Counselor. She is the author of two women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married and No Holly for Christmas, published in 2011. In addition, she wrote a romance/chick-lit novel, Count Down to Love, also published in 2011. Count Down to Love was a 2011 Whitney Award finalist. Her next novel, Replacing Gentry, is due for release April 9th, 2013.

Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one hedgehog.

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