Thursday, March 15, 2012

Author, Author all about it!!

Thanks for joining us and please welcome a fantastic author,

Julie Anne Lindsey

It's great to have you here today, can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m Julie! I live with my 3 small children and my incredibly patient husband in a lovely rural Ohio town. I have everything I could want, plus books! It’s like a tiny utopia over here. LOL. I’m silly and forgetful and get my foot stuck in my mouth sometimes. On occasion I wear two shoes or climb into the passenger seat when I’m the only adult around. But, more or less I get things done. And I’m almost always happy about it.

Just from your picture you can tell you're a bubbly and fun person. I love that. So what or who initially inspired you to become a writer?

It’d been years since I’d read anything for pleasure. My desk creaked under weight of parenting books and home school materials. Then my third angel arrived and I was up nursing at 3am. I caught Twilight on pay per view. (Yeah. I said it). And that as they say was the beginning of the end for me. Everything changed. My husband brought me home the books after I talked him to death about the movie. And I was swept away. When I finished her series, I knew I wanted to do that too. Maybe not quite as well as Ms. Myer, but I wanted to write something that some other bleary eyed woman would pick up and smile. I want to pass on that tiny escape. A little rejuvenation for someone else who’s teetering on a great precipice in her reality. I hope I can do that. Just a smile. It can change your day.

What kind of research do you do for a novel and how extensive do you get?

So far I haven’t had to do much research. My novels are contemporary, usually in places I know and about subject matter I understand. On occasion, a topic will pop up that I need to spend an hour delving into but for the most part, I haven’t needed to research much. Yet.

Do you have a special place you like to do your writing? Such as an office, a spare room, the dining room table, your couch?

When our little Princess arrived three years ago, the office became her bedroom. So, as a writer, I’ve always worked on my laptop, sitting criss-cross-applesauce on my couch. LOL It leads to interesting story arcs with three children running around me and cartoons playing five feet away. On the flip side, I’ve honed my ability to focus through a hurricane.

As a reader, what types of works do you like to read and do you think they influence the genre/genres you write in?

I read YA at an alarming rate. I can’t stop. I love the genre. YA definitely sparked my desire to write sweet romance. It’s not the age of the YA characters that draws me in. It’s the YA author’s ability to create palpable chemistry between her hero and heroine. I love the swoony butterfly feeling I get from YA and hope to bring some of that to life in my sweet romance efforts.

What is your favorite method of in laptop, desktop, Ipad or the old fashioned pencil and paper?? And do you plot out your story or go with the flow of your muse?

I write on my laptop. But when I’m away from the computer, I will send myself texts, write ideas on napkins, store receipts or my arm if necessary. I can’t afford to lose a good hook!

When you need a break or some time off from the trials of being a writer, what can you be found doing?

Ahhhh I read. There’s nothing like an awesome novel to carry you away. I also have a handful of favorite television shows that get me laughing. In the event I can leave the house….I run away with my husband. Anywhere. I’m blessed with an awesome husband and we have fun anywhere.

Your Favorite 5

1) Favorite color - pink

2) Favorite dessert - hot fudge brownie sundae....or turtle sundae with chocolate ice cream, oh and whip cream + cherries on both

3) Favorite Season - Fall. I like the wardrobe & shoe choices it affords me LOL + Sunny days AND cuddlebug nights SCORE

4) Favorite sad song- No favorites. I avoid sadness. In fact, I can't even think of one LOL I guess I always turn them off.

5) Favorite Romantic movie - You've Got Mail. I love that they fall in love before they meet. LOVE IT. This movie inspired my 2013 Honey Creek release Written on Her Heart. *Swoon*

And a bonus, what is your ideal romantic vacation?? Spa + ocean views and I am a happy girl. Lots of alone time, pampering and ocean sounds 24/7. *sighs* THAT sounds marvelous dahling.

Where can our readers find you??

You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile
Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey
Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads

Is there an upcoming or current release you would like to share with us today and where can we find it?

Yes! My debut novella, Bloom, released late in January. Bloom is a sweet romance and it launched the Turquoise Morning Press’ new line of Honey Creek Books. I have two more like Bloom coming this year. Together they make my Seeds of Love series. I’m really excited about Honey Creek books. They will come from different authors in varied genres, but all focus on the same fictitious small town in rural Ohio. I’m an Ohioan through and through. Writing about the place I love is an extra thrill.
Bloom by Julie Anne Lindsey

In a town filled with her past, she never expected to find her future…

Seven years ago Cynthia left Honey Creek with a broken heart. Three years ago Mitchell arrived with one. Now Cynthia’s come home, and these two hardened hearts can’t stop arguing. If they’d only take a break long enough to find some common ground, they might be surprised to find love can grow anywhere.

If they’ll let it, love will find a way to Bloom.

*Bloom is book one in my new Seeds of Love series. I’ll be planting those seeds all year.

You can find Bloom and more books from me at

I hope you’ll make a visit to Honey Creek. It’s a beautiful place where anything can happen. Kick off your shoes, relax into that porch swing, cuddle up to a steamy cup of tea and maybe my debut novella, Bloom. Taking a trip to Honey Creek is as easy as Amazon : ) See you there!

Well Julie, before we let you escape, do you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share? I like to cook and am always looking for new recipes to share and try myself :)

In honor of the new Honey Creek Books line and my great state, I want to share a recipe I’ve been making with my mom every Thanksgiving since she could prop me up in my high chair. My daughter helps now too. (By helps, I mean she eats my peanut butter while I pretend not to notice).

Buckeyes – AKA Chocolate/Peanut Butter Heaven

1 (18 ounce) jar creamy peanut butter
½ cup butter (softened) or ½ cup margarine (softened)
1 lb confectioners' sugar (about 3.5 cups)
1 tablespoon vanilla
12 ounces chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)
3 -4 ounces paraffin wax (I use 1/4 of a standard block)


1) Cream peanut butter and butter.
2) Add sugar and vanilla and mix well.

3) Form into 1 inch balls and refrigerate.

4) Melt chocolate chips with parafin wax in a double boiler.

5) Dip balls into chocolate with a toothpick about 3/4 of the way covered.

6) Place chocolate side down on waxed paper.

7) Let set at room temperature or refrigerate.

About Julie:
I am a mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus. Most days you'll find me online, amped up on caffeine & wielding a book.

Julie, thanks so much for being with us today. It was great getting to know you.  We definitely look forward to having you join us again on May 6th for your next book release. 

Thanks to all our readers and hope you enjoyed learning about this great author!! 

Come back soon,



  1. Great interview, Julie. I can't wait to read Bloom and all the Honey Creek stories. I'll definitely have to snatch this recipe for Buckeyes. Yummy!

  2. Great interview. I love the cover of Bloom.

  3. Hi Taryn! Let me know if you make Buckeyes and I'll be over :)

    Janie! Thank you :) I love the cover too. Turquoise Morning did an amazing job and I am so happy!

  4. Thanks Taryn and Janie for stopping by. Julie I won't be able to tell my husband you shared that recipe. He will bug me until I make them :)