For my final Friday Night Drinks of 2019, I am joined by author and fellow RNA member….Julie Ryan.
Julie, thank you for joining me for drinks this evening. First things first, what are you drinking?
Champagne if we’re celebrating, lime and soda if I’m driving.
Champagne all the way then, it’s nearly a new decade. If we weren’t here in my virtual bar tonight, but were meeting in real life, where would you be taking me for a night out?
A lovely little Indian restaurant I know where the staff are friendly, the food is good and you can almost always get a table.
Wonderful, I love Indian food. If you could invite two famous people, one male and one female, alive or dead, along on our night out, who would we be drinking with?
Stephen Fry as I think he is a wonderful raconteur so he would keep us amused and Joanne Harris, who just happens to be one of my favourite authors.
So, now we’re settled, tell me what you are up to at the moment. What have you got going on? How and why did you start it and where do you want it to go?
I’ve just started an MA in Creative Writing so everything else has been put on hold for the moment. When I manage to organize my time I have two books on the go, both set in Greece. I’m hoping to finish the first one at least before I finish the MA.!
Exciting! What has been your proudest moment since you started writing and what has been your biggest challenge?
I think seeing my first book in print and that moment when you hold it and realize everything in it came from your imagination. A wonderful feeling. The biggest challenge for most indies is to sell copies. I’ve built up a following but after the initial rush, sales invariably dwindle.
What is the one big thing you’d like to achieve in your chosen arena? Be as ambitious as you like, its just us talking after all!
I would love a three book deal with a reputable publisher, representation by an agent and then a film deal. Sorry, I’m greedy – that’s more than one big thing. Seriously, if any of those were to happen I’d be absolutely thrilled.
What are you currently working on that you are really excited about?
A new series which features a wedding in Greece, a boutique hotel and an unlikely romance.
I love books set in foreign climes! I love to travel, and I’m currently drawing up a bucket list of things I’d like to do in the future. Where is your favourite place that you’ve been and what do you have at the top of your bucket list?
Greece is my spiritual home and I try to visit as often as I can. There’s so much to see and somehow it always draws me back. On my bucket list is Delphi, closely followed by Meteora. Hopefully, I’ll get to tick one of those off next year.
Tell me one interesting/surprising/secret fact about yourself that people might not know about you.
When not reading, blogging or writing, I belong to an amateur dramatic group. Each year we perform a pantomime, which I love. Next Spring though, I get to direct a farce that I’ve written – my directorial debut.
Books are my big passion and central to my blog and I’m always looking for recommendations. What one book would you give me and recommend as a ‘must-read’?
John Fowles The Magus. I always find something new in it each time I read it and I owe my love of Greece, at least in part, to this book.
On a remote Greek Island, Nicholas Urfe finds himself embroiled in the deceptions of a master trickster. As reality and illusion intertwine, Urfe is caught up in the darkest of psychological games. John Fowles expertly unfolds a tale that is lush with over-powering imagery in a spellbinding exploration of human complexities. By turns disturbing, thrilling and seductive, The Magus is a feast for the mind and the senses.
I have not read this one, I will add it to the list. So, we’ve been drinking all evening. What is your failsafe plan to avoid a hangover and your go-to cure if you do end up with one?
I rarely drink too much these days. I learned my lesson at my wedding when I had a hangover for two days!
Oh no! After our fabulous night out, what would be your ideal way to spend the rest of a perfect weekend?
Reading with a cup of coffee and a bar of chocolate by my side – my cat curled up at my feet and the house to myself. Bliss.
Julie, thank you so much for joining me and sharing a chat. It has been a great way to round off 2019.
When three sisters, Ginny, Sally and Molly are brought together at their father’s hospital bed, they are forced to confront not only the prospect of a future without him but also the secrets of the past that have kept them apart.
Their father, Eddie Matthews, drugged up on morphine, seems to be rambling but could he in fact be reliving previous lives as a Tudor monk and as a soldier on the Front in WW1? Struggling to speak he reveals that he has a secret and urges his daughters to ‘Find Rose’. Can the sisters put aside their differences to fulfil his last wish?
Julie Ryan’s roots are in a small mining village in South Yorkshire, England. After a degree in French Language and Literature, wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. Her spirit enriched, her imagination fired, Julie started a series of mystery romances; thrillers set in the Greek Isles. In a new departure her latest novel, Finding Rose, has two historical timelines, the Tudor Court and the First World War.
A prolific and well-known book review blogger, Julie does her writing and reviewing from rural Gloucestershire, where she lives with her husband, son and rescue cat. She manages to write a book a year although without their help, she would probably write more quickly. She is a book addict and will soon need either a bigger house for her collection or a new husband!
Next week, I will be kicking off a new blogging year by having Friday Night Drinks with book blogger Els Ebraert from B for Book Review, so please do join us. In the meantime, I would like to say how much I have enjoyed and valued your support over the past twelve months and wish all my readers and followers a very