This week I talk with western author Juliette Douglas who has penned the Freckled Venom Copperhead series. She has a natural talent for writing westerns and has as down to earth a personality as you’ll ever find. Enjoy!
1) What is a day in your life like?
My day is probably pretty boring to some. I rise early, write some, take care of post emails, etc.
2) Do you work outside of writing?
Yes. As I say on the back cover of my books, I’m just an old fart who washes boats for a living. I like that because it frees me up to write all winter.
3) How do horses fit into your life and stories?
We always had horses when I was growing up. Now, I don’t have any. But still appreciate their beauty and the gift they give of themselves.
4) What genre do you write in and what led you to write those types of stories? How long have you been writing?
I write older western adventures with a little romance thrown in. 1870’s to 1880’s. I kept waking up with these western stories percolating around in my head. They drove me nuts until I began writing them down. I didn’t even own a computer back then. Now, I’ve killed four and on my fifth computer. God showed me a talent I did not know I had six years ago.
5) What is your most favorite story that you’ve written and why?
Had started two before the Freckled Venom series. They stunk so bad I deleted them. Now they have been re-written into future books. I only have two books out at the present time. Lacy’s story, Freckled Venom Copperhead was my third attempt at writing. And this one seemed to click. Many times the characters took hold and wrote their own stories, I just typed the words. Lacy will always be close to my heart as it is the first book of many I have in my computer.
6) What is your writing process like and how do you think it contributes to your stories?
I’m an oddball. Nothing is ever written down. No outline, no draft. I just sit and it seems to flow as I type. I don’t have a formula I follow. I just sit and write.
7) What do you think makes your stories unique?
I have a friend who had a brother-in-law who wrote the scripts for Bonanza. When they visited the set, my friend asked the brother-in-law how they kept coming up with new stories all the time for the show. The brother-in-law smiled and replied. “We don’t. We take an old story and put a new twist on it.”
That’s what I do. Take an old story and put a new twist on it and you have a new story. A female bounty hunter is a new twist on an old story of male bounty hunters. Now a days, this makes a story line unique. Also my story lines are more action/adventure than romance, though I do include a teasing dash of that in the stories.
My books appeal to a wide audience. From teenagers to grandparents, and all those in between.
8) What do you have in the works and where can people find out more about your books?
My website is currently under construction and will be up shortly. In the meantime you can find me on Facebook. My books are on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as Google books, Goodreads, Authorsden.com, and Bearhead Publishing.
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WORKS IN PROGRESS
Freckled Venom Skeletons Fall 2014
Perfume Powder & Lead
Bed of Conspiracy
The Freckled Venom Series was fun to write and I hope others have just as much fun reading the story!
Our next interview will be with Laura Crum who is not only an avid horseman but a terrific writer as well. Stay tuned! Also check out Kimberly Castillo’s Book Blog! She’ll be doing a book highlight of Lost Betrayal in the very near future!
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