MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JULIET VANE!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Juliet Vane. My books are YA gothic mysteries, with some romance thrown in for good measure.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The trilogy is about a group of classical music students who are under a lot of pressure to perform. The main character, Lissa, has had a rough recent couple of years, and now she’s in this haunted old building where people tell ghost stories. When one of the elements from a story happens in real life, Lissa has to investigate.
I like spooky stories (but not too spooky!) and I love music. I journaled about it a lot, knowing I wanted to write a trilogy with those elements. When the idea hit for an intensive classical music program in a haunted old building, I knew I had to write it.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I had to research classical instruments and music. While I play some piano, I’m not nearly as good of a musician as the characters in this book. I spoke to a couple of experts—one a classical violinist, the other a piano teacher. And I listened to a lot of classical pieces on YouTube.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
If I had to pick, I might choose the prequel, April’s Ghosts. I really like a friends-to-lovers romance, which is what we have there. Plus, of the four books, that one has the scene that scared me the most. I had to leave the guest room at my mom’s house and go hang out with her for a few minutes to calm down, hahaha.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I write in the mornings, and I work from home (freelance editing) in the afternoons. Sometimes I do marketing and business things in the evenings, sometimes I write more, and sometimes I veg out and watch Grace and Frankie.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
Yes, I do have a new book in the making! No title yet, but it’ll be another gothic romance/mystery.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Names have to feel right to me—for the character’s personality mostly, but also the decade in which they were born. It has to feel realistic and true.
Where do your ideas come from?
My notebooks. If I don’t have an idea, I freewrite until I do.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
For fiction, I’ve tried everything that I’m interested in. I wouldn’t mind writing more humorous fiction. And someday I’d love to write a nonfiction book about writing.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Not being able to make enough time for all the books I want to write.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think it would be a lot of fun to have one, but my time is better spent writing. Someday maybe I’ll be able to pay someone else to make one for me. 😊
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Signing one of my paperbacks and giving it to my mom as a surprise.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
I know it’s a stereotype, but…I really like being able to work in my pajamas.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
At the computer, typing away.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes. I don’t think that’s a requirement for being an author, but that’s how it’s been for me.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Make time to sit down and write. Fight for that time and guard it fiercely.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I would be editing books. Or maybe working in a bookstore or library.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read reviews. Luckily, I haven’t gotten anything nasty. If I did, I hope I would be able to shrug it off and say, “Well, my book wasn’t for them.” I think it was Beth Revis who said, “Some people don’t like puppies. Or Harry Potter.” The idea being that not every book is going to be for every person, and that’s okay.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
I honestly love brainstorming, writing, revising, editing. Each part of the process has its own joys. I suppose the business side of publishing isn’t my favorite (promotions, advertisements, tracking sales and data), but I’m learning to love it because it’s part of the gig.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Sure! Here are a few paragraphs from the end of the first chapter:
I gestured to the walls to the side of the display case. “These black and white photographs show the cavern in its early days, when people were still exploring, and finding bones. But we’ll have plenty of time to examine them when we come back up. Now, who’s ready to climb down the passageway and hear a scary story?”
Hands shot into the air, and a couple of people clapped. Overall, the vibe I got was that this crowd was skeptical. Likely they were here because friends had sent them, but they didn’t really know what they were in for, not yet.
Soon, every person in this room would be mine, caught in whatever story I decided to weave for them. If they were lucky, I’d allow the monsters to be slayed, I’d allow the hero and heroine to kiss in the sunset, and I’d put the ghosts to rest.
And if I didn’t? Well, that was a lesson everyone had to learn eventually. Because at my “young age of seventeen,” I’d already learned one big lesson: not everything has a happy ending.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother. She started reading to me when I was an infant. Also, my parents and brothers were often reading their own books, too. My family wasn’t rich, but they placed a lot of value on literacy.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I’ll read just about anything if it has a strong voice. Margaret Atwood is one of my heroes. Her books make me sad and happy at the same time. Also, I love how her name is her brand, and she can write whatever she wants.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I really like Kirsten in June’s Blood. She isn’t perfect, but she’s kind.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energizes, for sure.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Staying up too late writing. Then I’m too tired the next day to write. It’s better if I make myself go to bed early and start fresh the next day.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I try to find a balance. First of all, I’m only going to write a book that I want to read. From there, I try to find others who would want to read it, too.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️