Posted by Rachel Grant
One of the best things about blogging at Kiss and Thrill is having the excuse to get to know authors we’ve met only briefly at writer’s workshops (and when I say “workshop” it’s a euphemism for “bar”). It’s great fun to meet writers at workshops and talk craft and business, but the drawback is the crowds and the noise (and the pricey drinks). I
picked up met Julie Ann Walker at a workshop a year and a half ago and was thrilled to see her success this fall, when her debut trilogy hit the New York Times bestseller list.
I’m delighted to introduce our readers to Julie, who writes sexy, thrilling suspense centered around Black Knights Inc.–on the surface a tricked-out motorcycle shop, but really the cover for a team of elite special operatives.
Julie is giving signed copies of the first three Black Knights Inc. books to one lucky commenter.
Rachel: Julie, welcome to Kiss and Thrill!
R: And I have a pint of my favorite ale. This feels just like a
bar workshop! 😉 So, what published author (any genre) turns you into a total fangirl? Is there a particular book or is this based on their entire body of work?
J: I have to pick just one? Geez, don’t make me work for this or anything. LOL! But, hmmm, let’s see… *scratches head* I guess it’s best if I represent our lovely genre – the BEST genre in all of romance… nay, all the literary WORLD – and choose the reigning queen herself, Suzanne Brockmann. I love how she pushed boundaries in her Troubleshooters series. I love that one of her heroes was gay. I love that she – gasp – actually wrote a rape scene that was harrowing and graphic and real, and that it didn’t end up cut into a million pieces, lying like sad confetti on the editing-room floor. I love that her stories were always a twofer, with dual romantic relationships for me to sink my teeth into. I love that when the situation was dire, she threw in some gallows humor, not to take the edge off, usually, but to subtly accentuate each of the characters’ personalities. Basically, I just love her. And if I ever get the chance to meet her – fingers crossed – I’ll probably prostrate myself at her feet, swearing life-long fealty. So… yeah, you might consider me one of her fangirls. 😉
R: Hmmm. I wonder if she hangs out at the bar at RWA National?
J: *swoon* Just the thought makes me giddy!
R: Have you ever written fan fiction, and if so, what work was it based on? If you haven’t, what would you be tempted to write fan fiction about?
J: I’ve never written fan fiction. But if I had to choose a series I was sad to see end, a set of characters I’d like to continue to follow, it would have to be Christine Feehan’s The Drake Sisters series. I want to see babies being born, dangit! I want MANY more sexy times between the characters. I want to see magic and mayhem and what their mystical-power-imbued offspring will get up to. Did I mention I want more sexy times between the characters???
R: Facebook or Twitter?
J: Oy. Now this is actually a more difficult question than you might think. Simply because I LOVE the literary community which, as we all know, is made up of fans, writers, reviewers, bloggers, etc. So, I adore Facebook for the opportunity it provides me to connect with readers on a daily basis. But, in the same breath, I adore Twitter because that’s where all my homegirls hang out. I get to talk shop with other authors who are struggling with characters and plots – just like me. I get to touch base with bloggers and reviewers who are fundamental in getting the word out about new books. So… I guess my answer is BOTH. And, yeah, yeah. That’s a total copout. But that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
R: What is the strangest weapon you’ve used to kill off a character, either on or off-scene?
J: Well, I wish I could say I’m really creative when it comes to death scenes, but the truth of the matter is, I tend to eighty-six everybody in the usual manner. Gun shots, stabbings, garrotings. I will say I’ve been toying with the idea of chopping off a villain’s head with a rotating helicopter blade. But then the question becomes, do I chop off his head at the neck? Or do I just nip the tip? Take off the top three inches or so? See, these are the types of questions we romantic suspense authors ponder on a daily basis. Perhaps we all need to go to group therapy. Obviously we have some not-so-subconscious violent tendencies. LOL!
R: Tell us about your upcoming release.
J: THRILL RIDE is the fourth book in the Black Knights Inc. series, and I think it’s the hottest one yet. Of course, I’m biased. 😀 In a nutshell, it centers around ragin’ Cajun, Richard “Rock” Babineaux, and Vanessa Cordero, the Black Knights’ resident communications specialist. Set mainly in the jungles of Costa Rica, the book opens with Rock on the run after having been listed as a rogue agent. When Vanessa goes to find him, she inadvertently leads the men who are hunting him right to his door. Bullets fly, engines rev, and hearts race. Plus, you know, sexy times…
Thank you, Kiss and Thrill, for having me on today. It’s been a blast!
Okay, I have one more question for Julie–and our readers–to answer in the comments: describe your dream motorcycle. Julie is giving one lucky commenter signed copies of the first three Black Knights Inc. books! Check back on Thursday to see if you are our winner. Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address and contact us within ten days to claim the prize.