Julia London: A Self Portrait
Julia London Revealed
About Julia London
What is your birthdate?:8/1
Previous occupations:public administrator
High school and/or college:University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em Horns!
Name of your favorite composer or music artist?:Mozart
Favorite movie:Pride and Prejudice in all its many versions
Favorite television show:The Office
- Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
- A. Fun Happy Creative Healthy Independent Irreverent Loyal Blessed
- Q. What is your motto or maxim?
- A. Live Outside the Box!
- Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
- A. Surrounded by love and free of worry. That's true happiness. Or so I have been told.
- Q. What’s your greatest fear?
- A. Losing the ability to write, either physically or mentally
- Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
- A. In a cottage in Ireland or Scotland writing a really fantastic book.
- Q. Which living person do you most admire?
- A. Barack Obama, for where he started and what he achieved.
- Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
- A. In writing, the word 'just.' In speech, I think I say "You've got to be kidding me" way too much. No one is kidding me quite that much.
- Q. What do you regret most?
- A. No regrets!
- Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
- A. Photography
- Q. What is your greatest achievement?
- A. becoming a published, working, author
- Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
- A. I can be rather vain (she says with a flip of her recently styled hair)
- Q. What’s your best quality?
- A. I get along with almost everyone
- Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
- A. I talk with my hands
- Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
- A. Mr. Darcy.
- Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
- A. lying
- Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
- A. I would like to say it's something noble, like helping the elderly. But the truth is I read or watch TV
- Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
- A. I'm doing it!
- Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
- A. Truthfulness, Loyalty, Kindess
- Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
- A. No hesitation - chocolate
On Books and Writing
- Q. Who are your favorite authors?
- A. Jane Austen, Marian Keyes, Phillipa Gregory, Nick Hornsby, Augusten Burroughs
- Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
- A. Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen The Handmaiden's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
- Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
- A. Write something every day, even if only a paragraph.
- Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
- A. Write faster!
- Q. How did you come to write Summer of Two Wishes?
- A. I was intrigued by the lives of people around me who had sons, daughters, spouses and other family members going off to war and coming home, some of them after multiple tours. I thought about the changes families and soldiers go through during long separations and how some are better than others at reclaiming the lives they once had. I wanted to test the ultimate bounds of change: What if a woman was told her soldier husband, the love of her life, had died in the war? What if she struggled to accept his death and finally picked herself up and went on with her life? What if she fell in love again? What if...what if it was all a mistake and he wasn't dead after all?