I first met Julie back in 2016 when she appeared at The Folkestone book festival talking about her memoir about her adoptive daughter. It feels like a lot longer than four years but I do feel privileged to call this lovely lady a friend. My interest was sparked by her first talk about writing a memoir so it was that that prompted me to start one of my own which Julie has encouraged and advised on. It is not easy sometimes when emotions are involved but Julie writes hers with so much feeling that you cannot put it down once you start. You can read my review about this here and I would recommend it as it really is amazing how fate can change your life.
Then the next year Julie returned to Folkestone with Lisa Cutts, another amazing author I also feel privileged to call a friend. The talented William Shaw joined them in a super discussion hosted by Lennox that I felt could have gone on all afternoon. My review is here.
2018 saw me travel to Whitstable for an evening of greatness by my two favourite people who also are local best selling crime authors. To catch up with Julie and Lisa was super plus I get all the news first about their plans and books. You can read all about that here.
In 2018 I went to Julie’s book launch for Disappearance at Ore, that was held in Faversham to coincide with The Faversham Literary Festival. What an amazing day I had and I know that her books are great but I must say those book cupcakes were delicious. I also did an author spotlight about Julie where she very kindly answered questions and we gave away one of her new books.
The most amazing thing happened when Julie wrote her next book and to be honest, I am still overjoyed about this and have it all framed at home. When Julie wrote the acknowledgements for her book she included my name in there, I do not think anyone has ever done anything so amazing. Me, a blogger trying to do reviews and blog about what is going on in My World and a well-known author has put my name in her book!
Last year Julie came to Folkestone for a book signing in Waterstones so I caught up with her for a coffee as we tried to put the world to rights and how Julie was going to get the huge poster home that they had in their window!
A year ago, it does seem a lot longer than that, was when Julie came to my writing group for a Q&A about her writing, books and career. A fascinating evening for everyone that again could have gone on for a lot longer but I had to get Julie back to the station for her train.
Murder On The Downs is Julies latest book, the next one in this series is being written now so it will be released next year. From writing scripts for Eastenders to a series of crime books plus the environment work Julie does, where does she get the energy from? Lockdown and shielding have been hard for many but it has let this author start to write a physicological thriller that I am really looking forward to reading.