Author Interview with Julia Hughes

Today I am delighted to host author Julia Hughes as part of her ‘Celtic Cousins’ Reloaded Blog Tour – A Ripple in Time.’

I have long been a fan of Julia’s adventure stories and am delighted that she found the time to answer my questions.

When did you start writing?

Almost as soon as I could hold a pencil! When my sons were small, I’d bang out short stories on an old manual typewriter and send them off to “Women’s Magazines”. That was over twenty years ago, but I can still recall the excitement of receiving my first cheque and seeing my name in print!

What authors inspire you?

Those who are not afraid to take chances and write outside the mainstream. Although having said that, I thoroughly enjoyed “No Country For Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy, but only managed to struggle through the book because I’d previously watched the film.

What is your favourite book?
“To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. No other book comes close. When re-reading, I’m constantly amazed at how she allows her reader to see the world through a child’s eyes. I first read this classic at the age of ten, or thereabouts, and immediately identified with Scout.

What is your favourite piece of music?
Claude Debussy, “La Mer”

If you had to choose a new national anthem, what would it be?
I’m with Billy Connelly. I think the theme tune from “The Archers” is more suited to our country!

What is your favourite poem?
Walter De La Mare’s “The Listeneners”. It’s haunting, and although the traveller has fulfilled his promise, it’s way too late.

Have you any advice for other indie authors?
LOL! I wish I felt qualified to give out advice! My own novels are a mixture of organic and structured writing. Whatever rocks your boat, but until you start getting words down, the story won’t get written. Carol Rivers swears by putting glue on her seat, and that one works for me too!

How important do you think marketing is for authors these days?
Marketing isn’t going to work unless you have a book readers want to read. Yes it’s important, but don’t expect things to happen over night. Instead of marketing, I enjoy opportunities such as this, to be able to appear on popular blog sites, and hope your lovely readers will want to check out my books.

Thank you Julia! I love Debussy’s ‘La Mer’ too. You will find more information about Julia’s blog tour on the fantastic site Words Unlimited.

I thoroughly recommend the ‘Celtic Cousins’ series; you can download Book 1 ‘A Raucous Time’ FREE and Book 2 ‘A Ripple in Time’ will be available again from 10th October – just see below! And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a truly unique prize.

A Ripple in Time: Synopsis

Celtic Cousin Wren makes a psychic connection with a girl emigrating to America in 1912. Through his eyes, she is able to foresee the fate of the ship taking her across the Atlantic. 
Consequently, RMS Titanic steams safely into New York Harbour: an anomaly which creates devastation for future generations. Twenty-first century Britain still has an Empire, and World War One continues to ravage Europe. 
Wren must somehow turn back time, and repair history; even if it means sacrificing everything he loves.

From the author, Julia Hughes: 

An iconic image of the last century, the Titanic represents hope, ambition and tragedy. It also marks the beginning of the end of an era.  However, “A Ripple in Time” isn’t all about the Titanic. It’s about making unbearable decisions, taking chances and allowing faith, and love to grow. 

About this book:

“A Ripple in Time” is a time travel romantic adventure. Protagonist Wren Prenderson was nominated for “Best Hero” in the E-Festival of Words 2013 Awards Hall, and voted by readers into joint second place. 
“A Ripple in Time” has been newly re-edited for a smoother reading experience on your ebook reading device, and is Book two in “The Celtic Cousins’ Adventures” series. 
Book one, “A Raucous Time” is free to download from Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble. “A Ripple in Time” is available from all good virtual bookstores, including: Nook Books, Amazon, WH Smith and Smashwords from October 10, and in paperback from December 10. 

WIN! A customised copy of “A Ripple in Time” FREE entry: unique to you, as your name will appear in print as a passenger on board RMS Titanic. Paperback to be released on December 16. 


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