Many of us would love to have the career that Julie Garwood has had. Like many writers, her love of storytelling came when she was a child. She didn’t write until later, but when she did? Wow… she has dozens of books in a variety of genres. I enjoyed learning more about Julie and I hope you do, too.
First off, I love your website. So very clever and creative. I especially like the part where fans show pictures of themselves reading your books. How did you come up with that?
Thanks, I’m so glad you like it. I think the idea for the readers’ pictures came from my wunderlust. I’ve always loved to travel, so I thought it would be fun to see where some of my books have been. We’ve received some wonderful shots. It’s just unfortunate we can’t post them all.
You have a writing career most of us dream of. How did you get your start?
I’ve always loved writing and telling stories, so I guess you could say my start came from the encouragement I received as a little girl. I didn’t become serious about writing as a career, however, until I was married and had three children. I completed my first book after my youngest began kindergarten. I did a great deal of research on submitting my book to publishers, but by a stroke of luck I didn’t have to go through a long process of submittals and rejections. I was at a gathering after a local writers’ conference and happened to meet an agent. She asked me to send her what I had written. Shortly after that, I got word that she was able to sell it to a publisher. My book was the last entry in the publisher’s catalog, so I definitely started at the bottom, but little by little, I moved up.
Tell us about your latest book. What do you hope readers take away from it?
I’m working on a book called The Ideal Man. It’s due out next summer. I hope my readers will be swept up in a great romance, but I also hope they’ll be intrigued by the suspense and even laugh a little along the way. When they turn the last page, I want them to say, “That was fun.”
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
There are so many things I want to do. I have several contemporary novels on the horizon, but I’m always a little homesick for the Highlands, so I’d love to write another novel set in medieval Scotland. I’ve also got a couple of ideas for young readers. I suppose my ultimate goal is to be able to write faster so that I can get to all these projects.
Whats the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
There are so many books that have influenced me, but the one that immediately comes to mind is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I was a teenager when I read it, but I can still recall needing a glass of water after reading a description of the Oklahoma dust bowl and the plight of the migrants. It was then that I realized what power words have and how a writer can transport you into another world.
Book youre currently reading?
I’m still working on The Ideal Man, so most of my reading the last couple of months has been non-fiction for research.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Lately, there hasn’t been a great deal of free time. I come from a large family, so there always seems to be some gathering or celebration. I’m very lucky to have most of my family living in the same city. When I can get away, I love to travel.
Where can we learn more about you?
Whenever there’s anything new to announce, I post it on my website.