Author Julia Willow
Julia is the author of the young adult, coming of age novel, The Scavenger.
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1. Tell us about your journey to this point.
I started my writing journey in first grade. I have a classic, Harry Potter inspired story. That was the series that really set off my love for both reading and writing. Although my first “books” weren’t the greatest quality, they helped hone my skills and discover my unique writing style. It wasn’t until I reached high school that I got serious about my writing and started my debut novel, The Scavenger, which was published in November 2017 at the age of 17. It’s been an amazing journey so far and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next!
2. What are you working on now?
Currently, I’m working on a new thriller novel. It’s looking to be a new stand-alone book, not a sequel to The Scavenger. I’d like to have it out in 2019, so keep an eye out for that on the horizon :)
3. What was your hardest scene to write?
Once I had the idea, the writing portion was actually pretty straightforward for this scene; getting the idea was the problem. I feel like a lot of authors have trouble wrapping up their book, and I was no different. I had spent a lot of time with these complex characters and the relationships between them didn’t feel like they could just get tied off in a neat little bow. It took a long time to come up with the right sequence of events that took the characters to where they needed to be. There were times where I would just sit at my computer, running through scenarios in my head and trying to find the one that worked. It took a long time, but eventually, I got it!
4. Tell us something no one knows about you.
A lot of people don’t realize this but my dream job is to work for the Disney company as an Imagineer. Writing is my passion, but I also really love the STEM field. WDI is one of the only professions in the world where I can combine my love of engineering and storytelling. I can absolutely see myself working for them one day. But don’t worry -- I’ll won’t stop writing!
5. What are your hobbies?
Aside from all book-related activities, I’m also a music geek. I’ve been in my school’s marching band for three years (I’m actually a drum major this year). Outside of school, I also play the piano, guitar, and flute. Music helps clear my mind and focus on whatever task is before me, and it really comes in handy when it comes to writing.
6. What is your favorite quote?
“You must choose between what is right and what is easy.” -- Dumbledore.
This quote really struck me even as a child, but it does so even more now. In this day and age, the lines between right and wrong blur so easily and it can be difficult to find the right path. We all suffer from sloth at times, and it’s important to remember that the right thing often requires a lot of work.
7. If you could be a character in any novel you've ever read, who would you be and why?
I would absolutely choose to be Legolas from The Lord of the Rings. His hair is always so perfect, he an expert archer and he has a dwarf for a friend. What more could you ask for?