NAME: Julie Hanson
Q: Where are you from (City, State)?
A: I live in Grafton, Wisconsin
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I’ve been writing for several years, but never had time to really dedicate myself to it until I retired.
Q: Who/What inspired you to begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book?
A: My grandchildren inspired me. Reading stories to them when they were small was so enjoyable that I wanted to be a children’s book author. Creating is in my soul. I was a crafter for many years but writing for children has been my dream.
Q: What genre(s) do you write? Why?
A: Children’s Picture Books. I love the stories and illustrations.
Q: Are your books self-published or traditionally published? Why did you choose your publishing preference?
A: I’m self published. It’s hard to get traditional publishers to accept the work of unpublished authors. I also wanted to do my own illustrations.
Q: Are you a full-time author? If not, do you plan to be?
A: I consider myself a full time Author & illustrator. I spent many hours writing and illustrating.
Q: How many books have you published?
A: Coralie The Cotton Candy Angel is my first book.
Q: When did you publish your first book?
A: I hope to within a month or sooner.
Q: How did it feel when your first book was published?
A: I’m already excited! I’ve been approved by CreateSpace.
Q: How did you celebrate the publishing of your first book?
A: I plan to just relax, enjoy my accomplishment and have a glass of wine.
Q: Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
A: Coralie The Cotton Candy Angel is dedicated to my grandchildren. I also composed a dedication poem in my book to my grandson, who we lost in a tragic auto accident in 2017.
Q: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
A: Planning the perfect blunders for the main character to solve. It’s a challenge but sure is fun!
Q: Do you write every single day?
A: Yes, when I was writing the book. Then I illustrated every day for hours. I learned Photoshop too, which threw a wrench into the timeline.
Q: Do you have any writing rituals or routines?
A: No. Every time I sit down, the pen is picked up. I’m thinking 24/7 of character names and ideas.
Q: How long on average does it take you to write a book?
A: I can’t say yet. For the Cotton Candy Angel, I started it years ago. Then I put it down and picked it up several times. Finally when I retired, I had time to dive in.
Q: Have you ever experienced “Writer’s Block”? How long do they usually last?
A: Absolutely! Sometimes they lasted for weeks.
Q: Any tips you would like to share to overcome it?
A: I just read more children’s books.
Q: What will be your next book release?
A: Not sure. But I definitely will be writing and illustrating more books.
Q: What are some of your goals outside of being an author?
A: Just to be happy, healthy and enjoy life.
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
A: Well, I’m 70 years old and an aspiring author myself. So I would say to never give up on your dream.