A Talk With Julia Crane
Author of Coexist
1) Where did you get the idea to write your debut novel, Coexist?
I think the idea has always been in the back of my mind. Years ago, my husband told me he had a dream about a big elf battle. Which was strange because he never recalls his dreams. When I was halfway finished with Coexist, I remembered that. I figured it was always in my subconscious. Also, growing up I was always teased about having elf ears and coming from an Irish family. We heard many stories about sprites.
2) I've read that you used to write frequently as a child. Did you always know that writing is what you wanted to do?
Not really. I was one of those kids that changed my mind on a regular basis. However, I always got my ideas from books. I wanted to be a detective like Nancy Drew, a spy, geologist, anthropologist etc... I've always loved reading and getting sucked into the stories.
3) Is it difficult to put into words what you envision in your head as you describe characters and scenes?
Yes, it can be. I don't usually have trouble with the big picture, but the smaller details I really have to be conscious to show and not tell.
I tried to think of a creature that had not saturated the market.
5) In Coexist, the elves have various powers such as invisibility, healing, and teleportation. If you were an elf, what power would you like to have the most, and why?
Hmm, I have always wanted to be able to read minds.
6) Coexist is told in multiple perspectives, alternating between characters. Was it difficult at times to not give too much away, yet still give the reader enough to keep them interested?
For me, it was the only way I could tell the story and get out as much information as needed. I've heard most people find it easier to write in first person - that is not the case for me at all. I really struggle with first person for some reason.
7) What has been the most difficult challenge being a self-published author?
Finding a good editor.
8) Can you tell us a bit about what you are currently working on?
I'm working on a spin-off to Keegan's Chronicles which will be called "Anna"; I'm also co-writing a novel with Nolia McCarty; and in 2012, I plan to work on a witch series.
9) Do you believe that there is a possibility that mythical creatures exist in our day-to-day lives, as they do in Coexist?
Of course, anything is possible.
10) Lastly, what advice would you give to any young readers who someday wish to become recognized authors?
I LOVE hearing from readers who hope to someday become authors. My advice would be to write and don't stop. Life likes to get in the way, but don't allow it. Even if it just means keeping your own personal journal. Read tons, and watch people pay attention to the little details.
-This is T.B. with Another Book Back on the Shelf...
Until Next Time, Keep Reading!