Jen: Today we welcome Julieanne Lynch to Romancing the Book. Julieanne, will you share a short bio with us?
Julieanne: Julieanne Lynch is an author of YA and Adult genre books. Julieanne was born in Northern Ireland, but spent much of her early life in London, United Kingdom, until her family relocated back to their roots. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she is a full-time author. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University, and considered journalism as a career path. Julieanne has several projects optioned for film.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest release and where the idea came from.
Julieanne: My latest novel, Unbreak Me, is about two very flawed but real characters, Molly & Connor, who become acquainted one fateful day. The story follows their blossoming romance and the personal struggles that both deal with in order to survive. Coming from two very different backgrounds, many obstacles are pitted against them and they must fight for their love. The idea for Unbreak Me was just another dream that had me up in the middle of the night, plotting the general outline. Because I like writing about real life subjects such as depression, addiction, attempted rape, etc, I wanted to incorporate those themes in a novel that delivers a message and I think that is done well in this book.
Three times she filled out the same form, and three times she messed up. Regina looked at her, pursing her lips, contemplating what to say. She could clearly see how the young woman was off somewhere else. She had been singing, engaging more with the residents—finally coming out of her shell.
“If this is what love does to you, long may it last,” she said.
Molly looked up from her failing attempt at filling in her timesheet and blushed.
“You can’t hide the look of love, honey, it’s pouring outta you like it’s the Fourth of July.”
Molly didn’t respond. Instead, she kept quiet, got back to putting in her hours, and smiling as she felt Regina’s eyes on her.
“Deny it all you want, baby girl, but let me tell you something—when love comes along, you hold on to it, don’t let it go,” Regina said as she held her hand over her chest. “And make love like there’s no tomorrow.” Winking, Regina walked away from the small office, laughing and breaking out into song.
Once Regina was out of sight, Molly dropped the pen, picked up her phone, checking for messages or missed calls from Connor.
Her heart threw a little tantrum, but she knew that he’d be in touch, and she really didn’t want to be the one to make the first move. Then she smiled, remembering how she had most definitely been the one in control once or twice over the past weekend.
The bell on the counter pinged. Molly looked up.
“Hey, Eugene, what can I do for you?”
“We need more bleach,” the man said as he chewed on a toothpick, before sniffing and playing with his nose ring.
“Sure, let me just grab the keys and I’ll get you a few bottles from the store.”
Eugene stood, by the front desk as Molly got up. Molly could feel his eyes on her as she lifted the keys from the drawer. She hated how he rested his tongue on his lower lip, breathing heavily. Molly left the small office and began walking down the narrow corridor, passing the dorms. Unlocking the door to the basement, she hummed to herself as she stepped down the stairs, opening to the store door.
Molly didn’t hear the door click behind her.
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Julieanne: When I was sixteen, I used to take extra English and my tutor at the time noticed my love of literature. He gave me a limited edition of Great Expectations and told me to follow my dreams. I owe much of my gratitude to him- Joe Rice. His belief in me and my abilities has been something that has encouraged and inspired me, especially when I hit moments of self doubt. He passed away last year and his death has left a profound emptiness, but I dedicated my last novel to him and that gives me great comfort.
Jen: What age did you discover writing? Tell us your call story.
Julieanne: I first began writing song lyrics and poems when I was 11-years-old. I was a ferocious reader (I literally lived on books)and every time I finished a book, I’d sit and daydream, often becoming lost in my thoughts and it wasn’t until I was sixteen, that I really began putting all my thoughts down onto paper and I wrote my first novel, “Dynamite. I just didn’t know that it would become a calling and a way of life until I entered my 30’s and I had just given birth to my third child. I remember pushing him in his pram one day and I began thinking about the opening passages to a story that I had been toying with, and from that day on I began writing and it has been a whirlwind journey ever since.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Julieanne: I always have a pen and paper or my notebook to hand wherever I am. I note things in my phone and I’ve been known to leave myself voicemails (yes, very weird, but utterly invaluable). Mostly, all my ideas come to me at night and thankfully, I have a very understanding husband who doesn’t mind me switching the light on at 3am.
Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors? What are you reading now?
Julieanne: Anne Rice, James Patterson, Richelle Mead, Charlaine Harris, Rachel Caine, Lee Child, Leigh Russell, Alice Walker & JoJo Moyes.
Now, I am reading The Well by Catherine Chanter – utterly brilliant.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Julieanne: I love nothing more than to chill with a nice glass of wine watching some of my favourite shows – Game of Thrones, Penny Dreadful, The Walking Dead, Poldark, to name a few. When not writing or watching TV, I am a gym junkie. I love working out and began weightlifting in January. I’ve become addicted to the buzz I get in the gym. I also love hill walking, mountain climbing and hanging out with my friends.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Julieanne: I have a very busy year ahead of me. July 12th sees the publication of Fighting Shadows, the highly anticipated 3rd novel in the Shadow World series, which I am incredibly excited about. I am thrilled for all my Shadow World fans to see what happens next for Giselle & co. Then on August 30th, The Claiming, the first book in my Dark Desires novella series will be published, and again I am excited. It’s a very dark, enticing story that follows a secret society that breeds their daughters for billionaire suitors. It’s raw, explicit and utterly thrilling. I have three other novels due for publication from the end of 2016, through to late 2017/2018 – Stone Cold, a crime thriller set between Northern Ireland and Boston, US; Beneath The Lighthouse, a paranormal thriller set in Northern Ireland; and Cinnamon Falls, my return to YA, a witch novel set during the American Civil War.