Today it’s with absolute pleasure I welcome debut author Juliet Madison to my My Secret Life segment. Juliet’s first book FAST FORWARD came out only yesterday with Escape Publishing. I can’t quite recall when I first “met” Juliet – although I know the first time I met her in person was at an RWA conferences – but she can probably remember. Why? Cos she doesn’t drink Diet Coke and so her memory is probably a lot better than mine!
Anyway, I was lucky enough to read one of her manuscripts in a writing contest and then I “met” her and critiqued the synopsis of FAST FORWARD for her. I absolutely loved the concept and Juliet’s fun and humorous voice shone through even in the synopsis! I cannot wait to read the novel in full!
But it’s not me you’re here to “listen to” so without further rambling, here is the new author extraordinaire herself:
Do You Have The Creative Curse?
The desire to be creative is something I can’t escape. Since childhood I’ve been fascinated by the concept of ‘making something out of nothing’; turning a blank page into art, or expressing myself through the written word. I love the inspired energy that comes with it, the creative process, and the rewarding outcome. When I’m being creative, I’m being ME.
I’ve always loved a good story so it’s no wonder I discovered a passion for writing fiction myself, even if it did take until my thirties to figure it out! But before then, my creative muse was fed by other means. I still wrote in some form or other throughout my life – poetry got me through the turbulent emotions of adolescence, and I’m pretty proud of my eight year old self’s illustrated short story ‘The Secret Coffin’, but my creative urges resulted mostly in drawings and artworks. You could never leave a blank piece of paper lying around near me, it would soon become a fairy sitting in a magical tree, or a catwalk-worthy fashion design of my own creation (well maybe not catwalk-worthy, but I probably thought so back then!).
Needless to say, art was my favourite subject at school. I went onto art studies after leaving school too, and continued experimenting with different artforms and mediums. One of my favourite things to do was draw portraits of my favourite celebrities. Here are a couple of them – a young-looking Johhny Depp:
And Janet Jackson (who also inspired my love of dance):
I don’t draw very often nowadays, but recently tried my hand at creating canvas wall art. The purpley-red swirling design is titled ‘The Vortex’. I hope to create more wall art when I get the chance, but time seems to be going faster these days and I find myself preferring the creative expression of writing.
Before I got into writing seriously, my other creative pursuit was dancing. I did a bit of ballet as a child but mostly taught myself to dance growing up; making up dance routines to Madonna in front of the bedroom mirror (hands up if you did that too – I can’t be the only one!). I did the odd dance class here and there, but got into it seriously when I was accepted into a dance show in Sydney when I was nineteen. After the thrill of performing I started going to classes in contemporary dance and ballet, and after I had my son I joined a new class especially for adults where I met other mums and was eventually asked to teach some of the classes. I taught, attended classes, choreographed, and performed in local concerts for about five years and that time holds many great memories for me. Dance was an emotional expression in physical form, and I loved how it created something that was visually appealing and interesting to watch. After leaving the dance world to focus on my health career for a few years, I then left my health career to homeschool my son and begin my amazing journey into the writing industry…
I love the power of words and the power of the imagination to create characters and weave a story together. Through writing I can experience everything I’ve wanted to experience. I can, in a way, dance through the written word, and create an enriching sensory and emotional experience both for myself and (hopefully) the reader.
Some of my characters have creative talents and hobbies too, I can’t help but bring my experience into their lives. I have a character who is a stay-at-home mother trying to find time for drawing and painting and make money from her passion, and I have another character who has a creative gift in playing and composing on the piano. Kelli, the main character in my debut novel FAST FORWARD (just released – yay!) has a creative gift in design that she’s been suppressing ever since a traumatic childhood experience. Through her journey in the story she’ll have to come to terms with her past in order to be the person she was meant to be.
Whether it’s through art, dance, poetry, or fiction writing, doing something creative is a NEED for me. Almost a curse in a sense, but a good curse to have 🙂
Do you have the creative curse? Tell me about the creative pursuits you enjoy or would like to enjoy, and you could win a $50 or $25 Amazon gift card. Plus, if you purchase my debut novel FAST FORWARD and forward me the receipt you’ll get an extra entry!
Here’s the blurb for FAST FORWARD:
Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her 25th birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.
Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband, and hideous support underwear forever?
Buy now from your preferred online ebook retailer, or through the publisher at: www.escapepublishing.com.au
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And HERE’S A GIVEAWAy!!!
Prize: First prize of a $50 Amazon gift card, second prize of a $25 Amazon gift card.
How to enter: Leave a comment about the creative pursuits you enjoy or would like to enjoy. Get an extra entry in the draw by purchasing Fast Forward and forwarding* your receipt to fastforwardbook(at)gmail(dot)com
(*remove (at) and (dot) and replace with @ and . This email address is only for the competition and not for enquiries)
Terms: Open worldwide. Winners drawn at the conclusion of Juliet’s February blog tour and notified via email. Winners have one week to respond or new winners will be chosen. Good luck!
Thank you Rachael for having me on your blog today!
You are ABSOLUTELY welcome Juliet! Everyone be sure to enter Juliet’s contest AND buy Fast Forward because I KNOW it’s going to be an awesome read!!