Author Interview: Julie Ryan

Do you argue with your characters? If so, who wins most frequently?

I don’t plot out my novels in detail so my characters frequently interrupt my train of thought to do something I hadn’t foreseen. Once a character introduced his brother to someone. I didn’t even know he had a brother! Occasionally I have to rein them in but most of the time I love the way they constantly surprise me.


What makes a story interesting to you to write? How about to read?

I’m hoping it’s the same for both. As a writer I love writing about foreign climes, specifically Greece and I know it wouldn’t be half as enjoyable for me if I set my books elsewhere as it’s a way of reminiscing. Besides that, it has to have a good plot and strong characters.


How do you escape writer’s block?

I go off and do something else until the block has resolved itself in my mind. Sometimes that means going back and deleting a Chapter or two where the story doesn’t flow and then hopefully it’s back on track.


What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

Persevere! Sometimes when it’s not going well, you need to remind yourself of how far you’ve come.  I think as a writer you need to have a thick skin in order to cope with either rejection or a bad review.


What’s your writing fuel?

Chocolate, more chocolate and when that fails, chocolate biscuits.


The best joke you ever heard:

I’m useless at remembering the punchlines. This is one my seven year old told me from school:

“Why does a giraffe have a long neck?”

“Because it has very smelly feet.”


The Rapid Fire section:


Ink, Typewriter, Computer:


Coffee, Tea, or Hard Liqour:


Hot, Cold or Warm:


Cat, Dog or Bird:


NC17, R or PG13:




Jenna’s Journey

Sophia’s Secret


Social Media






Synopsis – Sophia’s Secret


Kat has never understood why she was sent at the age of seven from Greece to live in England with her Aunt Tigi. When she receives an email from her grandmother, the first contact in over twenty years, informing her of her mother’s death, she knows this could be her last chance to find out the truth. Little by little she finds out the shocking facts as her grandmother opens her heart.  It seems everyone has a secret to tell, not only her grandmother, as Manoli, her school friend, also harbours a guilty secret. Then there’s a twenty year old mystery to solve as well as a murder and what happened to the missing Church treasure?



5 thoughts on “Author Interview: Julie Ryan

  1. thegreekurn September 26, 2014 / 8:58 am

    Many thanks for hosting me Dahlia

  2. Casey Sheridan September 26, 2014 / 10:33 am

    Great interview! I always like to know I’m not the only chocolate fanatic out there. 😀

    • thegreekurn September 26, 2014 / 10:43 am

      An author necessity I should think, Casey

  3. Katie Phillips September 26, 2014 / 12:43 pm

    Super little interview. Learnt a lot about a lovely author x

    • thegreekurn September 26, 2014 / 12:51 pm

      thanks Katie – you mean not everyone listens to characters in their head?

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