New Romantics Press welcomes Julia Wild

Julia Wild

An Interview with talented novelist – Julia Wild 

Firstly, I must thank Lizzie Lamb for inviting me onto this wonderful blog.

Julia, you have always been unfailingly kind and supportive of New Romantics Press so it is our pleasure to have you on our blog. So, pull up a pew and tell us something about yourself.

I’m the current Hon Secretary of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, I’m just beginning my third year in the position. The post involves dealing with day to day admin of the RNA taking and producing minutes after meetings. I’m lucky to be working with such a fabulous bunch of hard-working committee members. Until I joined the committee, I had absolutely no inkling of all the effort that goes on behind the scenes of the RNA.

 

 

 

My writing life began in childhood when I would dream up stories to star in. As time went on, I wrote stories for chums, involving them and their choice of pop star/film star – or boy in our class. It was always romance, at its most innocent.

Before I married I had a variety of jobs, bank work (was politely asked to leave due to numeric dyslexia, which I didn’t know I had) Nightclub waitress (mini-skirt, butcher’s apron, white knee boots) loved it – but had all my tips stolen from apron pocket. Needlewoman Shop assistant in Regent Street, legal secretary…

 

 

 

As you do I married, had children, and then one fateful Saturday in 1989, I was given a Saturday job looking after a double glazing showroom. Well, as you can imagine, it wasn’t the busiest shop in the street! Once I’d done a bit of dusting and hoovering, I pulled a romance book from my handbag and began reading… And pretty soon thought: ‘I can do better than this.’ Anyone who writes knows – it’s seriously not that easy and there is so much you can only learn by actually writing. The obsession began. I wrote tomes – a contemporary crime/romance, three whopping historicals – 250 thousand words each – typed and retyped many times!

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In 1993, I won a competition to spend a week on a historical writing course and whilst on this, one of the tutors, the late Pamela Cleaver said I must join the RNA. I joined the New Writers’ Scheme and spent until 1997 submitting a variety of historical, contemporary romances and medical romances until in 1997, my book was accepted for publication. It was called Dark Canvas and went on to win the RNA’s New Writers’ Award (now the Joan Hessayon Award). Since then I had another four books published and Illusions won the RNA’s First Romance Prize (now the Rona Rose) in 2003.

 

 

 

The publishers closed though in 2003 and in 2014, when I was made redundant from my library post of 18 years– I decided to go through the process of publishing my backlist. Once I obtained the rights back, with the help of the Society of Authors, who are amazing. I had help and advice on self-publishing from several RNA members – Lizzie Lamb included (thank you, Lizzie!) Freda Lightfoot and Jenny Haddon. I’m sure there are more who I spoke with – apologies for not mentioning your names.

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One of the highlights of self-publishing was to bring out a new book, Moon Shadow – a book that was accepted by two publishers but never made it to print. In 2016, I brought this one out and it felt wonderful to free it from the office drawer at long last. A lovely university art graduate called Bori worked on the covers for me, and as anyone who has been involved in this process will know – it does take a lot of tweaking.

To read a sample, buy or share this book, click here. 

I write as Julia Wild and have recently freed my 18th Century romances from their corsets in the cupboard. One of them is currently with my editor friend who will tell me honestly whether it is worth working on! I hope so – I did shorten it from 250 thousand words to 96 thousand words, and I think when you do that, you can never be sure it has worked! Time will tell.PhotoFunia-1464513640

Before I leave, I must say thank you again to Lizzie Lamb and the New Romantics’ Press Blog for generously inviting me along here.

The pleasure has been all ours, Julia. See you very soon.

Julie Vince (Writes as Julia Wild) – do go over to her Amazon page for reviews, blurbs, and much, much more about her books. 1-PhotoFunia-1496071553

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About Lizzie Lamb

I write contemporary women's fiction mostly based in Scotland with hot heroes, feisty heroines and always a happy ending. Along with three other authors - Adrienne Vaughan, June Kearns and Margaret Cullingford - I formed the New Romantics Press under which all our books are published.

Posted on August 26, 2017, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. So great to be able to welcome the lovely Julie onto our blog page. I hope some of you take a look at her books when you have a moment.

  2. Lovely post and great to learn all about you and your books, Julia. 🙂 X

  3. A great post. Really interesting to follow your path to publication Julia.

    • Morning, June. I was glad of the chance to interview Julie on our blog. I hope it brings her books to the attention of more readers.

      • Julie Vince (writes as Julia Wild)

        Hello there, June, Lizzie and Mags, really appreciate you leaving comments here. A big thank you! xxx

  4. Mags Cullingford

    Julia’s fascinating, and inspiring story of her experience as a writer with all the highs and lows this obsession entails is a lesson to all novelists yet-to-be published, unpublished, independently published, and just plain old fashioned published. Never give up on your dream. And readers, buy Moon Shadow and enjoy.

    • Thanks Mags. As you say, there are highs and lows in this game. Overall, ups outweigh downs and I certainly wouldn’t want to do anything else.,

  5. Julie Vince (writes as Julia Wild)

    Definitely agree with you, Lizzie! Thanks to you and New Romantics Press for the comments and shares, much appreciation to you all – what a great set up!

  6. I’ve really enjoyed reading about your writing life, Julia as I love your books.

  7. What a brilliant blog, pleasure to read, I’m extremely proud of you mum xx

    • Thanks for your kind remarks, Penny. I’m sure you are very proud of your mum as she has achieved more than many writers.

      • She’s bloody fantastic 🙂 I’m very lucky.

        Thanks for asking her to do this, it’s a great idea 🙂

    • Julie Vince (writes as Julia Wild)

      Thank you SO much, Penny, you are a sweetheart for leaving a comment and sharing on Facebook. Lizzie and the New Romantics Press run a great ship – and any shares help get us all ‘out there’! Safe travels, lovely.

  8. Our pleasure. Julie has always been very supportive of us and our writing ambitions. xx

  9. Adrienne is out of internet reach ATM, otherwise, she would have joined in with the conversation !!

  10. Hi all, just back in the loop and loved, loved, loved the blog. I work with Julie regularly as part of the RNA team and she is a delight, super efficient and great fun to be around. What a very impressive author career too! Good luck to continued success, Julie. X

    • Glad you’re back, Adrienne. Yes it was lovely to have Julie as our guest, and I can imagine that she is a great committee member, as well as an author. Hope to see everyone at the winter party in November.

    • Julie Vince (writes as Julia Wild)

      Hi all, thanks so much, Adrienne, for your great comments. Huge apologies for delay in responding, it has been one of those ‘dip-in-and-out’ days! Lovely that you’re home safe, and again, I can’t thank you enough for your uplifting response, and Lizzie also, for always being so upbeat. New Romantics Press are awesome! xxx

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