Jen: I had the pleasure of meeting Julie Ann Walker at the Authors After Dark Convention and now we are excited to have her join us at RtB as she celebrates the release of Born Wild. Julie Ann, will you share a short bio with us?
Julie Ann: Julie Ann Walker is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Black Knights Inc. romantic suspense series. She is prone to spouting movie quotes and song lyrics. She’ll never say no to sharing a glass of wine or going for a long walk. She prefers impromptu travel over the scheduled kind, and she takes her coffee with milk. You can find her on her bicycle along the lake shore in Chicago or blasting away at her keyboard, trying to wrangle her capricious imagination into submission. Look for the first five books in her fast-paced series: Hell On Wheels (August 2012) In Rides Trouble (September 2012) Rev It Up (October 2012) Thrill Ride (April 2013) and Born Wild (November 2013). For more information, please visit www.julieannwalker.com or follow her on Facebook www.facebook.com/
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Julie Ann: Born Wild is the book Black Knights Inc. fans have been waiting for. The hero and heroine, Wild Bill Reichert and Eve Edens, have been dancing around each other since the second book in the series. Readers have an inkling there’s history between the two… deep, dark, delicious history-MEOW! And in Born Wild they finally, finally get to find out what all the hot fuss is about. And it is hot, even if I do say so myself. LOL! *fans face* Like all the books in the series, readers can expect sexy motorcycles, heart pounding mayhem, a bit of mystery, and tons of sexual tension. Haven’t jumped on the BKI bandwagon? Well, now’s your chance!
Jen: At what age did you discover writing?
Julie Ann: Oh, my goodness! I’ve been writing as long as I’ve been reading. Which would be about thirty *mumble, mumble * years. My mother, an elementary school teacher who knew the power of the written word, enrolled me in a book club before I even started kindergarten. A new book would arrive in the mail at the first of every month, and I would ravenously devour it in one sitting. Then I would laze about wondering what happened after “the end.” Next I started writing about what happened after “the end.” So, I guess you could say I began my writing career by penning Beverly Cleary fan fiction! Oh, Beezus and Ramona – not to mention Ralph Mouse – were such fun characters to take on new adventures! LOL!
Jen: Describe your writing in 3 words.
Julie Ann: Catherine Mann said it best I think… Alpha, Edgy, and Hot! Thanks, Cathy! *waves*
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Julie Ann: That lovely little invention called the smart phone has been a game changer for me. Now, when a new idea pops into my head, I just type myself a reminder in my “notes” application and my iPhone automatically sends me an email. How convenient is that? And how in the world did I ever live without it?
Jen: How do you come up with characters names?
Julie Ann: I’m strange in that my characters tend to pop into my head fully formed, foibles, strengths, weakness, and names completely intact. There are times I wish that wasn’t the case. I think I’d like to angst about character names like some authors I know. That way I could give them really awesome handles like “Demetrius” or “Alistair.” Aren’t those yummy sounding? Alas, so far none of my characters have come to me with those kinds of names…
Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?
Julie Ann: It’s funny, but the character I most identify with is Ethan “Ozzie” Sykes. He’s a bit of a nerd. I’m a math major – enough said. He’s a trekkie. *raises hand in the Vulcan greeting signal* He loves to quote moves. (That rug really tied the room together.) And he’s in love with 80’s music. (Pat Benatar, Quiet Riot, Journey… anyone? Anyone?)
Jen: What’s next for you?
Julie Ann: Oh, I’m so glad you asked! Hell for Leather, the sixth book in the Black Knights series, debuts early summer 2014. It features ex-FBI agent Bryan “Mac” McMillan and the super sexy bartendress we’ve all come to know and love, Delilah Fairchild. I won’t give too much away, but readers can look forward to a chill-inducing terror plot, flying bullets, an attempted abduction, and some sexy times that are so hot my fingers darned near caught on fire while I was typing them. *wink*