Today, we have author Judy Nickles visiting Just Write! And because she was my very first Follower, I thought it apropos that she should be my first Guest Blogger. Judy has two books coming out in June 2010 from The Wild Rose Press.
Welcome, Judy. Let's begin . . .
AM: What kind of stories/books do you write?
Judy: According to my mother, I was born 100 years too late. I love anything historical, but the Depression Era and World War II are my favorite periods to write about. However, I do have some contemporary ideas “in the works”.
AM: How long have you been writing?
Judy: Was I born with a #2 pencil in my fat little fist? Maybe. The Big Chief writing tablet became my best friend in grade school. After that, I moved on to hunt-and-peck on my father’s ancient upright Underwood. When I was 14, “Santa” brought me my very own Remington Quietwriter. It made a trip across the Atlantic and back again before finally giving up the ghost. Two electrics, a word processor, and two computers followed. In short, I’m not sure when I didn’t write!
AM: How long have you been writing and seriously pursuing publication?
Judy: In 2007, I retired from teaching and determined to learn something about the business of getting published. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m getting there.
AM: How many manuscripts did you complete before you sold?
Judy: I wrote a couple of really bad novels that have gone to their reward (or not) in the trash and a couple of pretty-good ones for which I’m still looking for the right home.
AM: Please tell us about receiving “The Call”—
Judy: Discovering The Wild Rose Press has been a special blessing. They rejected the first novel I sent them—but the editor who reviewed it took great pains to explain that it was rejected because it didn’t fit TWRP’s standard of a romance—that it was a family saga. She encouraged me to send it to publishers who dealt with that genre and also to submit to TWRP again. So I did, to the Vintage Rose line, and that manuscript plus a sequel were accepted and will be released within a week of each other in June.
AM: To expand on your "Call Story"-- I'm assuming you got "The Email." What did you do when you read it? Scream? Faint?
Judy: Actually, I think I just smiled broadly. I screamed and shrieked when I won the editor's choice award for "A Very Kate Christmas" which was published in an anthology. In fact, I squealed so loudly and so long that the dog came into the study to see what was wrong with Mommy! But no, I think I just sat and smiled about the email from TWRP.
AM: How did you feel when you found out you sold?
Judy: I felt very gratified--and also wished that my mother had lived to see the day. She would have been very pleased and proud. (She died of breast cancer in 2003.)
AM: Who was the first person you told?
Judy: No idea--probably the house elf when she made the usual Murr call that night. By way of explanation, the house elf is a young lady who attached herself to me and adopted me as an extra grandmother. Or I may have told the kids first when they came to pick up Hanna that evening if it was a Hanna day. I was still keeping my granddaughter Hanna then. I'm sure I emailed my various online writing friends (not TWRP-related) very soon. I am very sure that I blogged about it, too.
AM: How did you celebrate?
Judy: I don't remember. If it was a day that I kept Hanna, I was too tired to do any celebrating!
Thanks for a great interview, Judy!!!
And now for the blurbs . . .
Where Is Papa’s Shining Star? is coming June 18, 2010, from The Wild Rose Press.
Wealthy Alan Ashley, blinded in World War I, returns home to face a challenge to his ability to run the family business. As the case goes to court, he is drawn to the cheerful, ever-optimistic Lenore Seldon, his defense attorney’s secretary. When he wins his case, he offers her employment, but she declines and disappears from his life.
Ten years later, frail and in desperate need of work, Lenore answers his ad for a personal assistant. He hires her with the agreement that she will live in, chaperoned by his housekeeper,
so that she can drive for him, and he can teach her to use the Braille writer. She is the perfect employee, but he senses that she is frightened of something—or someone.
When he finds himself falling in love with her, he must uncover her secrets in order to save their relationship---and to save her from herself.
Finding Papa’s Shining Star is coming June 25, 2010, from TWRP.
In the dark days of the Great Depression, when eleven-year-old Bobbie Rycroft
becomes Annie Ashley, cherished daughter of Alan and Lenore, she leaves behind a life of fear and deprivation. Or so she believes as she grows to womanhood, sheltered in an affluent home with every material possession and opportunity.
Graduating from Vassar just as America gears up for war, she enters into a hasty marriage with David Levinson only ten days before he goes overseas. When he returns, they are strangers.
David loves Annie deeply, but he realizes that she cannot live in the present until she has made peace with her past. When he urges her to find Bobbie, Albert Rycroft's shining star, she insists that Bobbie is dead. But David knows that Bobbie is very much alive and that his own tangled connection to her past could put Annie in danger of losing her life.
Judy, thank you for being with us today. Good luck with your books!!! May you have mega sales and awesome reviews!!!
Visit Judy at www.judynickles.com and The Word Place.