Today I’m thrilled to be able to share my interview with author Julie Anne Lindsey. Julie’s debut novella, Bloom, came out earlier this year and her debut novel, Death by Chocolate, came out earlier this month. She’s a writing machine, and, just between you and me, I think she might have super powers.
Man, I wish I could write like this girl! Which is why I am so excited to have this interview kick off my newest series, “Write Like a Girl”. For the next the few Wednesdays, I’ll be sharing interviews and posts from some of my favorite women writers. Some of my own rants on the subject will, no doubt, show up as well.
Without further ado, please welcome Julie Anne Lindsey!
Death by Chocolate was inspired by an old Cary Grant movie, Arsenic & Old Lace, I grew up watching with my mother. This is my modern day take on that movie. Death by Chocolate follows two delightfully unstable housewives who happen to knock off a few annoying neighbors. The acts aren’t necessarily intentional, but they aren’t mourned either. Together they stick it out, trying to get away with murder, come what may. I love how quirky these ladies are and how despite that, they “get” each other. I have a few girlfriends who’d gladly help me cover some broken laws, I’m not sure about murder, LOL, but they’ve got my back and it makes me smile. Everyone should have someone who’s ready to leave the country for you if you need them to.
The ladies who bake the brownies for the church bake sale aren’t the ladies you’d expect to kill their husbands. What was it like writing characters who do something so contrary to what you would expect them to do?
I’m a huge fan of irony. I love all things unexpected. I think this is why I chose these ladies for my killers. No one would ever expect them to be dangerous. They look like Betty Crocker. They dress appropriately and expect ladies to behave like ladies. The fact they take this to the extreme and also send thank-you baskets laced with poison, cracks me up. Yes, they tried to kill you, but what did you expect when you wore jeans to a play? Dress like a woman! LOL You have to pick your battles. I mean, who cares about a little arsenic when there’s a woman out there speaking in slang somewhere. Unacceptable!
You’re a work-from-home-mom and a prolific writer. How do you do it? Do you write when everyone else is asleep? Do you write in the moments between everything else that happens during the day? Seriously, how do you do it?
I write all the time. I write late into the night and early in the morning. I write while I make dinner and wait on trains. I can’t seem to stop. It’s like some sort of addiction behavior. I’ve been known to scratch notes on receipts, napkins and even my arm when necessary – which is probably why my husband buys me a new notebook for my giant purse for every occasion. I enjoy the escape writing gives me, so when inspiration or insanity strikes, I write it down.
You write. You blog. You tweet. You’re supportive of a gazillion other women writers. AND you’re a dedicated wife and mother. Do you have super powers?
I do! No. Not really, I guess, but how cool would that be?! I just really love what I do and I love women and writers and anyone at all who chases a ridiculously unattainable dream. I mean, if no one tried, where would we be? In a cave in the dark somewhere. I think we should never stop reaching for the stars, and I KNOW someone is going to be the next big hit, why not you or I? The only reason I can think of is if we don’t try . So, this is me trying.
About Death by Chocolate
Ruby Russell has reached her limit. When she discovers her hipster husband has a dirty little secret, she whips him up a Viagra-infused-chocolate mousse punishment, but in the morning, her husband’s a stiff. Armed with a lifetime of crime show reruns and Arsenic and Old Lace on DVD, Ruby and her best friend Charlotte try to lay low until after Ruby’s son’s wedding, but a nosy therapist, meddling minister and local news reporter are making it very difficult to get away with murder.
You can find my blogging about the writer life at Musings from the Slush Pile
Tweeting my crazy at @JulieALindsey
Reading to soothe my obsession on GoodReads
And other books by me on Amazon