Author Julie Arnold talks about her writing and her new release, Nothing Ventured.
- What was your first encounter with the writing world? I wrote my first story when I was seven years old, on our family’s huge, ancient dinosaur computer. It was about people stranded on a desert island, it was all shades of awful. My nine-year-old cousin attempted to collaborate, but I promptly rejected all his advice and sent him packing. I realized early that I’m headstrong when it comes to my writing! I wrote with the focus of a laser beam until I reached “the end”. And that’s still how I write today.
- How did you get the idea for your book? Piecemeal, actually. The setting was inspired by summers at my grandparents’ house in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. I have great memories from that house (which looks exactly like Maizey’s…at least in my head). Jax is largely inspired by my husband, Daniel, who loves tree farming, hockey, and cool cars. As for Maizey…she’s my literary twin. Insecure on the inside, plucky on the outside. She’s determined to prove a few things to herself, a situation I understand well. Writing her story was a personal journey for me.
- Tell us why we’ll love your book. Maizey captures the spirit of so many women. She’s talented and capable, but doubts herself. She tackles challenges with a brave face, even though, inside, she’s riddled with fear. She wants to love and to trust, but past hurts stand in the way. Every woman can both admire her and relate to her. Jax, on the other hand, is a female dream: strong, supportive, patient and brave. He’s not too hard on the eyes, either! The chemistry between them is irresistible, and the suspense of their story will keep you on the edge of your seat.
- What does your writing process look like? A laser beam. Seriously. I tune out the rest of the world and jump head-first into my fairytale land. Mayhem could erupt all around me, and I wouldn’t notice. Sometimes I lapse into story mode when I shouldn’t, which results in missing an exit, conspicuously staring off into space, or gasping and running for the nearest pad of paper. Once I’m in writing mode, everything else melts away and I see the story unfold before my eyes. I feel like a bystander furiously jotting down notes.
- What do you do when you’re not writing? I think about writing. All. The. Time. And while I’m doing that, I take care of the three little loves of my life: Jack, Ben, and Madeline, and the big love of my life: Daniel. I also teach French, run, grocery shop, clean and do laundry. All while imagining the next scene in my book. Occasionally, I eat and sleep.
- Where can readers find you online?
Book Blurb: When Maizey Faye’s fiancé dumps her, leaving her with nothing but a lonely little tree farm in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she sees it as the fresh start she so desperately needs. So what if she knows next to nothing about tree farming. It can’t be that hard, right? Wrong! She’s in over her head, and if she doesn’t figure it out soon, she’ll lose everything.
Maizey never imagined her salvation would come in the form of her handsome business rival, Jax Lawson. She’s not sure if she can trust him, or if he’s just another traitorous man to add to her growing list. But when she starts receiving mysterious messages and dangerous threats, she has no choice but to accept Jax’s help. With her life on the line, she’ll learn real soon whether Jax is sincere about his affections or if it’s all been a lie to get his hands on her farm.