Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Julian: Hey, my name is Julian Coleman. My age is…say, what?
Fiona: Where are you from?
Julian: I’m from Richmond, Virginia
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Julian: I have a BS degree in Computer Science and a MBA. I’m married to an Army officer. We have a son and a granddaughter.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Julian: My latest news is that I’ve released the second in the Prophet’s Mother Trilogy. I’m currently working on the final book, and then after that I will turn the trilogy into a screenplay. Wish me luck.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Julian: I suffer from night terrors. It’s not as bad as when I was much younger, but still terrifying. I actually put the shadow I saw in my nightmare into the trilogy. When I actually saw it in my dream-wake state, I was never more terrified in my entire life. I will never forget the hatred that emanated from the shadow like it had substance. I remembered burrowing myself into my husband, and how I couldn’t stop shaking. If I die in my sleep do not believe folks when they comment that I died peacefully. All that means is that I lost the fight. I write to save my sanity.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Julian: My mother says that I was always writing, but I think the first time I thought I needed to write was at the age of ten. I had a black binder that I just jotted down thoughts. It was my unofficial first book.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Julian: My first “published” book was based on an ex-boyfriend. He was charismatic, bold and incredibly sexy. He was also unpredictable and intoxicating. We were a bad combination. I used to tell him that he drained the life right out of me. He took it as a compliment. I turned him into a demon/vampire. I believe I got the last laugh.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Julian: Titles are always difficult for me. For the first book, I sort of borrowed from Anne Rice…The Demon Lover’s Chronicles. It sounds sophisticated. For the Prophet’s Mother Trilogy, I honestly don’t know. I’ve nursed that story inside of me for so long that I can’t remember how the title evolved.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Julian: I think my readers find my style of writing challenging, God Bless them. I create throwaway characters. Their whole purpose is to move the plot along. They must be easily identifiable, credible and most often very likeable. This is a tactic I picked up from an early Stephen King novel. I found it very effective. But sometimes when I use this approach, I tend to lose people or confuse folks. Which is why my stories have to be compelling. Like Stephen King, I do believe that sometimes you have to kill your darlings. (I’m sure I’m messing up his quote.) This is also incredibly painful, but the plot is very important. So yes, sometimes my main characters might not make it to the end of the story.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Julian: I have a humorous book about a pampered canine diva. Yes, she is real and she tries to rule our household. I couldn’t make up her antics. I’ve had my Cher for over a decade and her love for me is iffy. She’s also my muse. What can I say? I love that b—h.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Julian: I don’t travel to craft my works. However, there was a part in Cesar’s Revenge where the main character, Angelina, was saying goodbye at the L’ecole de Militarie in Paris, France. It was a site I had plucked off the internet. The locale was perfect for my book. Years later when my husband and I traveled to France, I saw astreet sign for the L’ecole de Militarie. It was so odd feeling that sliver of reality juxtapose against my fantasy. It brought tears to my eyes. All I could think of was, “I’m here. I’m here.”
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Julian: I’ve had several wonderful graphic artists, Fiona Jayde Media, Steven Novak, and Melinda Burt. Why so many? I’m kind of demanding. But, I do my part. I review pages of photo stock (sometimes for hours) until I see items that fit my vision for the book cover. Once I find the photos, I suggest a preferred layout. The color, font and moodiness is left up to the artist.My current graphic artists is Miss Kitty Honeycutt at Nightowl Book Services. Not only is she gifted, the woman has the patience of a saint.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Julian: There’s always a message in my novels. Always. For instance, The Demon Lover’s Chronicles was about obsessive love. However, the real love was between the sisters. Rachel challenged death to save her sister’s life. Their bond was intense, otherworldly and timeless. In, The Prophet’s Mother, the love is familial. The powerful deity was unstoppable in her grisly search for her kidnapped son.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Julian: Yes, I have a blog page of favorite writers. While I read and write paranormal, I love all types of books. Right now I reading NR Hairston, but I also like Kasper Beaumont, Rhonda Y.C. Johnson, and Robert Germaux. I’m also a reviewer, so I get free books from The Library Thing. If I ain’t writin’ then I’m readin’. But my all-time favorites are still my gurus – Anne Rice and Stephen King.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Julian: The funny thing is that I don’t let folks know I’m an author. Julian Coleman is a pseudonym, my way of honoring my deceased grandmothers, so my name is not attached to my novels. Aside from my very supportive family members, I can’t name an entity that has supported my commitment. I don’t consider this a bad thing.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Julian: I think I will have to see when I shop the screenplay, but for right now writing is an expensive hobby.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Julian: Yes, I think I could’ve done a better job tying the first and second books together. If you don’t read the first book, then confusion is likely while reading the second. I’m not happy with that outcome, so I’m hiring a brand new editor to work me through that issue. It may just mean incorporating a prologue. Hopefully we will fine-tune this problem ASAP. I believe in providing a quality product. That’s how I earned my award: providing quality entertainment.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Julian: I had to think like a man. My husband an officer in the military so I got feedback from him on soldiers. His insights helped me form the Harry character, a soldier turned police detective.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Julian: Wow, never thought of it. Harry is Japanese, so someone handsome yet rugged like Ken Watanbe.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Julian: Yes. It will be tempting to do so, but don’t give up. Also, I would strongly suggest spending time at the www.kboards.com Writer’s Café. Writers sharing with other writers is priceless. If you’re not comfortable contributing, read, read and read some more. If I’d found them years ago I would’ve saved myself a lot of pain and money.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Julian; Thank you! You guys are terrific!
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Julian: I’m just opening, The Spring Child’s Whisper by Gary Warner
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Julian: I’m not sure, but it could’ve been either a comic book or a book on Greek Mythology. Superheroes, right?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Julian: Man’s humanity to man makes me cry. It give me hope for us as a human race. So it’s a good cry. What makes me laugh? Stand-up comedians, and screwball comedies. I have favorite movies like Hell Baby, or Predator II.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Julian: Yes, Mother Theresa. She questioned her faith (our faith), but she continued to give of herself despite the odds. I love that woman. Harriet Tubman, who faced the odds and led people to freedom…my version of Wonder Woman.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Julian: Yes, I’m a distance running. My husband and I are training for two half-marathons and hopefully a full marathon in November. I’m not a fast runner, but I predict that I will finish – it will be ugly, but I will finish.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Julian: I love horror movies, which isn’t the same as torture porn. I hate that stuff.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Julian: I love pizza, and anything with pasta. My taste in music is diverse. Sometimes when I write, I need music to put me in a certain mood. For example,imagine the Sounds of Silence, which begins:
“Hello darkness my old friend.
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Within the sound of silence.”
Just Wow! Who couldn’t write a moody, somber even creepy tale after listening to those words sang by Disturbed. If you read the end of the Prophet’s Mother, you would see how the song influenced me.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
Julian: God gave her the strength to help the children.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Julian: I’m in several book groups (Book Boast, Book Funnel) where I cross promote with other authors. It’s great for sharing ideas and books (freebies or nearly free books). I have two websites, http://juliancoleman.net and http://ravenhorrormaven.com. My blog pages are designed to be, well, creepy. This is where I house my nightmarish tales or dark thoughts. Visitors can view my videos, and sign-up for my newsletters – which are issued monthly. In my newsletters, I offer chances to win Amazon gift certificates, plus other freebies.
Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B008Y2S6X4
Stolen Prophet: The Prophet’s Mother Book 1
Malevolent Sadness: The Prophet’s Mother Book 2
Really, Cher? A Story with a Dog in It.
Cesar: The Demon Lover’s Chronicles: Book 1
D2D (for Kobo, B&N, etc.) https://www.books2read.com/u/4jKqO5
Cesar: The Demon Lover’s Chronicles: Book 2
D2D (for Kobo, B&N, etc.)https://www.books2read.com/u/mlKXkW
Rise of the Priestess: The Demon Lover’s Chronicles: Book 2
D2D (for Kobo, B&N, etc.)https://www.books2read.com/u/49xAWw