Juli D. Revezzo is a Florida girl, with a love of fantasy, science fiction, and Arthurian legend, so much so she gained a B.A. in English and American Literature. She loves writing stories with fantastical elements whether it be a full-on fantasy, or a story set in this world–slightly askew. She has been published in short form in Eternal Haunted Summer, Dark Things II: Cat Crimes (a charity anthology for cat related charities), Luna Station Quarterly, The Scribing Ibis: An Anthology of Pagan Fiction in Honor of Thoth, and Twisted Dreams Magazine. She is author of The Artist’s Inheritance, Caitlin’s Book of Shadows (of the Antique Magic series) and has recently released her debut paranormal romance novel, Passion’s Sacred Dance.
She also has an article and book review or two out there.But her heart lies in the storytelling. She is a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.
What inspires you to write?
I’ve been telling stories all my life. Where they come from, everywhere, I suppose I take inspiration from beloved ancient tales, from dreams, from life. Digging into the heart of issues and situations–especially something I’m passionate about–more often than not can get a character chattering in my head. I find just about everything can become a good story with a little work and imagination.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m mostly a pantser, though I might start with a character sketch (Character x does this for a job, character y does this) just to get a feel for them and for what the bare plot might be. Then I’ll just start typing and blurt scenes out onto the page. Once the story takes hold in my mind, if necessary, I’ll go back and research whatever it was the first attempt suggested and from there, I’ll do a little more plotting. Yes, I am backwards in that way, but too much research I’ve found sometimes stops my whole writing train, dead. I’d rather get at least a good chunk of a manuscript written before I bog myself down with details. After I’m finished with the first draft, I’ll let the story sit for a week or more to get it out of my head, then go back and revise and check my facts and fix what needs to be fixed. After that, I send the manuscript off to beta readers and editors. From there the whole ugly revision process begins. 😉
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes to both. A lot of the time I dream of them. That’s where they start “babbling” so to speak. From there I can get down enough to get the story rolling or fix a problem. If I don’t dream about them, that’s when I know the manuscript won’t get finished.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write what you like to read, damn trends. If you don’t like your work, you’ve lost something of yourself. Other than that, don’t let rejections stop you. Know that every manuscript you write is a learning tool. Your first may actually suck when you go back and read it later, as may everything you write. Everyone thinks that from time to time. Heck, you’ll hear “My new book is my best ever” from any writer if you keep track of them long enough. Just keep writing, and learning, and trying. If you believe in your storytelling ability, you’ll get to where you want to be eventually.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’d submitted other manuscripts over the years to editors and agents with no luck more than “Gee this is great but I can’t fit you into…” type responses. Then in 2010, I decided to submit Passion’s Sacred Dance to The Wild Rose Press when a friend told me about them, and another pointed me to their fantasy line. I submitted it with fingers crossed and lo and behold, it fell in the hands of an editor who adored it and here we are with it on the market. Like I said above, never give up. You never know what door might open for you. There are more opportunities out there now than ever before.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m grateful for the ebook revolution both as a reader and a writer. But it makes me sad for the future of writing. What’s published on ebook tonight? I don’t think it will survive the way countless books have over the centuries. I agree that we need to find something to replace the limited resource of paper, but I’ve had a lot of people ask me for physical/paperback versions of my work and be disappointed to learn some aren’t available in paper. I think that means something. I foresee a day when people get sick and tired of having to buy every new gadget on the planet just to be able to read a file we want to call a book–a file that doesn’t really exist except in something that you can lose to a computer glitch. I like paperbacks for that reason alone, along with just the tactile sensation of holding a real, paper and ink book. The companies that sell ebook readers will have to become cross-compatible and come up with a way to permanently store those books for the book buyer, or risk losing out to paperbacks, eventually, I think. What that will be though, I have no crystal ball to say. Stories will survive, it’s just a matter of how they’ll be delivered that’s the question.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
paranormal romance, fantasy, and dark/supernatural fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print