Thank you, Tam. It is a pleasure to be at Night Owl Romance.
We would love to get to know you.
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I just turned 50 in September, quite a milestone since as a child I believed 50 to be ancient. I live in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. I began my 28th year of teaching in August and work in the school I attended as a teenager. I am happily married to a wonderful, supportive husband. He recently purchased a roll top desk to help me in my writing career.
What's your favorite genre to read?
I love reading historical fiction. I began reading Victoria Holt as a teenager and graduated to Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers as I got older. There are many historical authors that I still love to read, when I'm not writing.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
I don't have a typical writing day. Because of teaching and varied extracurricular organizations I sponsor, I write when I can. Instead of daily goals, I strive to complete 75 pages a week. When I do get to write, I usually fix dinner, wash dishes, and then write until 10 or 11 at night.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I've submitted a time travel short story entitled "Yankee Angel" to The Wild Rose Press. The story is set during the Civil War period at Antietam. If this is accepted, I hope they will consider my other short stories in my Angel Series set during the same time period. The other manuscript I'm working on is a Scottish historical with a taste of paranormal.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
In general, I see myself retired from education. After 33 years, it will be time to pass the chalk to a younger educator. With that retirement, I hope to have more time to write, research, and travel.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
Because all my books are historicals, I complete tons of research before I begin writing. My college degree in English/Literature helps with my research. With my recent Civil War Series, I was able to use my husband's knowledge. He is a huge Civil War buff. I really do enjoy the research process. I always seem to learn something every time I begin a new book.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
The year 2001 was the first time I decided to submit my writing to a publisher. Strangely, I was encouraged by my students to publish. After much consideration, I sent out my first manuscript. Since that time, many students have stayed in contact with me, and some have come to my book signings.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
For my larger manuscripts, I do outline. My novels have numerous twists and turns in them, so I can't imagine not planning them ahead of time. For my short stories, I am a "panser." For those unsure of that turn, it means to write by the seat of my pants. I start with the beginning and am sometimes surprised by the way it turns out.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I belong to the greatest critique group. Of the six of us, three signed contracts this year. We focus mainly on consistency, ideas, and plausibility. I would advise anyone thinking about joining a critique group to give it a try.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Readers my contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
My website is www.judilynne.com
Currently, I don't have a blog. I guess that will be next on my "to do" list. How can readers find out more about you and your books?
Readers can find out more about me and my books at my website: www.judilynne.com. They can purchase my newest book, Aidan's Chance, from Borders, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or from my website. If purchased from my website, I will send and autograph it.
Thank you for this opportunity!