Monday, January 02, 2012

Guest Blogger - Julie Day

I'm thrilled to be kicking off the New Year by introducing my lovely friend, Julie Day, author of young adult book The Railway Angel. Julie is a fellow RNA member and writes romance and young adult. She kindly agreed to be interviewed and to tell us a bit about her new book.
Julie, how did you become a novelist?
I became a novelist following recurring dreams in the night. This dream stayed in my mind during the day, and I realised the only way to get it out of my head was to write it down. Once I started writing, that was it. Ideas and more ideas came. That was over 10 years ago now.
Tell us what The Railway Angel is about?
The Railway Angel is about fifteen-year-old Lizzie, who becomes an angel after dying suddenly following a dare that goes wrong. She is sent back to Earth for a test, to stop another teenager from self-destructing and ending up like her. Along the way she finds she has magical powers, as well as the school she now belongs to. It is now free from Smashwords.
What inspired this story?
I think what inspired me to write it was reading lots of stories in the papers recently about teenagers and young adults doing silly things like running on tracks and doing other stupid stunts. I thought what would happen if they became guardian angels to other teenagers like them.
Any advice for aspiring writers?
My advice to aspiring writers is to keep persevering. You will find your own voice and what you like writing and when you do, you will find it easier to write those stories. Also, look out for different opportunities to get your work out there.
What do you have planned next?
I am working on the second angel story, which is Danny's story. He briefly appeared in Lizzie's story. I am also planning a series of adult romance ebooks with a touch of magic, both for a digital publisher and as an indie author. You can see what I like writing about, can't you? Magic.

Thanks Julie, the book sounds brilliant!
The Railway Angel
After a game of dare at a train station goes tragically wrong, fifteen year-old Lizzie Hammond becomes a lost angel, until she is tested and sent back to Earth to stop a teenager from risking their life on railway tracks, with persuasion and newly discovered magical powers. Passing her test, Lizzie now becomes a ‘Guardian Angel.”
Available from Amazon UK also Amazon US, Smashwords and other e-tailers. The perfect gift for a teen in your life!


Debs Carr said...

This book sounds lovely. Thanks for the interview and good luck to Julie withnher writing.

Talli Roland said...

Great interview, ladies, and best of luck to Julie!

Sandra Mackness said...

Thanks Nell and Julie for this peep at The Railway Angel. I'll recommend it to a teens' book club I know of. Might even be tempted myself :)

Jean Bull said...

Julie's book sounds fascinating, I think that I might be tempted too!

Julie Day said...

Thanks, ladies. Esp Sandra.

Nell Dixon said...

Hi Deb, hope you had a good new year.

Nell Dixon said...

Thanks Talli

Nell Dixon said...

Hi Sandra and Jean, thanks for stopping by. It's free at Smashwords right now and only pence from Amazon so a good investment.

kathryn evans said...

I've got it on my (metaphorical) reading pile Julie :o)