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1. Your debut novel, The Broken, was released by Black Opal Books on January 18, 2014. Do you have plans to write another novel or a sequel to The Broken? When do you expect it to be available?
I am currently writing a sequel to The Broken, and I have another one in the works to follow that. The second installment should be released by Black Opal Books sometime in 2015.
2. What/Who inspired you to become a writer?
My mother encouraged me to write. She told me that it was what I was born to do. I’m glad she got to see most of my first book finished before we lost her to a brain tumor in 2008.
3. Why do you write in your genre?
I taught middle and high school for almost 10 years. Young people are my passion. They experience too much too young in today’s world, so I write that I might, in some small way, help them navigate the tragedy and suffering they will inevitably face in their own lives.
4. What sparked the idea for the story in debut novel, Broken?
Great question! The climax of the book, where Rose faces a demon intent on claiming her soul, is based on a nightmare I had at age 24. The demon in my dream wanted my soul and was going to kill me to get it. (When I told my husband about it the next morning, his words were something like, “You are one twisted woman!” I think he may have been right about that…)
5. What is your favorite scene in The Broken?
I think it may be when Rose (the main character) visits her surrogate father for the first time after a horrific injury. It reminds me of my last visits with my mother before her death—bittersweet and full of love.
6. Who is your favorite character in The Broken and why?
That would definitely be Ouriel San Miguel. He is the male protagonist, a romantic interest for Rose, and the only person who believes she is capable of more than the role she’s assigned herself in life. (He’s also based on my very cranky and very awesome husband.)
7. Who is your least favorite character in your novel and why?
This is a hard one…I’m thinking my least favorite would be Ana Ruiz. She’s the resident mean girl at Rose’s high school and, again, based on someone I actually went to school with. Neither of them are very nice people.
8. Who are your favorite authors and why?
Zora Neale Hurston has always been my absolute favorite. She lived in a time where women—especially women of color—were treated mostly as non-entities. But her writing never focused on either of those things. Rather, she wrote of what it meant to suffer in life, and the suffering she portrayed calls out to all of us—no matter our race or gender—thereby bringing us closer to one another. She had a way of expressing what it meant to be human in a way we can all relate to.
9. Being an Army wife, you’ve likely lived in different locations. Of these, which one did you find the most interesting?
I adore Virginia. As a native El Pasoan, my heart will always belong to Texas, but Virginia is a fascinating, beautiful place to live. Fort Eustis/Newport News was my favorite place to reside in that state, and I kept my hubby and kids busy with weekend trips to historical sites. For me, the most enjoyable of those were the Petersburg National Historic Battlefield, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, and the James River Plantations. (Wait, is that too many? Never mind. You can never have too many fantastic places to visit!)
10. What’s one thing about yourself that you believe readers would find fascinating?
Most people can’t get their heads around the fact that I was born a week before my parents’ 20th anniversary and am the youngest of 9 children. (Crazy, right?) One of the things I focus on most in my writing is the importance of family, and Rose’s relationship with her sisters is based directly on my experiences with having five of my own. They are all much older than I am, and I grew up mostly alone or with their children. The isolation I felt as a child is reflected in the strained relationships between the sisters in my novel.
Meet The Author:
Julia Joseph taught theatre for nine years in Texas middle and high schools, where she wrote and produced three original plays for her students. In 2011, Joseph left teaching to devote all of her energy to her own children and to writing a novel. She earned her B. A. in English Literature and Language with a focus in Drama from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.
Joseph spends most of her free time reading, writing, and chauffeuring her kids between activities. She lives happily with her husband and two children wherever the Army happens to station them.
For more about Author Julia Joseph, visit her website at http://www.juliajoseph.net