Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Interview with Julie Rowe, author of Viral Justice

Inside the Book:

Title: Viral Justice 
Author: Julie Rowe 
Publisher: Carina Press 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Format: Ecopy

As a general's daughter, Alicia Stone has fought twice as hard for everything she's earned in the military. A Special Forces consultant with black belts in three martial arts, she's as strong as her surname implies. No one dares call her Alicia—no one but Colonel Robert Maxmillian, head of the Biological Response Team.

With Alicia at his side, Max must lead the team into northern Iraq to investigate a virus—or is it a weapon—killing the area's population. Charged with guarding his body, she can't help wanting his hands on her body. Max would be the perfect fling. But he demands more.

The heat builds between them, but danger quickly follows. As the two get closer to the source of the virus, they'll have to risk their future to outsmart a scientist with nothing to lose.  
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When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I discovered writing, or writing discovered me, when I was a teen. I didn’t get serious about it until after my first child was born.  I’d read a particularly poorly written book and said to a friend that I could write something better. She double-dog dared me to write a better book.

Challenge accepted.

It took me a year and a half that first book, and no, it wasn’t better. It was crap, but after three re-writes I decided to write a second book, then a third and a fourth, and so on. 

How long did it take you to write the book?

That depends on how you calculate it. It took me 3 ½ months to write the manuscript I sent to my editor. Then it went through a series of edits that all together took another 2 months. 

What is your work schedule like when you are writing?

I write a minimum of 5 pages a day. I like to write some in the morning, again in the afternoon and if I have time at night, I’ll write a couple more pages then as well.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Does talking to myself count? No? How about my choice of background noise while writing? Most people like to listen to music. Me, I like to listen to episodes of M*A*S*H.

In your opinion, what does it take to get a book published?

Persistence. You can have talent, but not the drive to use it. You can take classes, but don’t put what you learn into practice. You can get lucky, but fail to deliver. Persistence is the number one thing that will get you published and keep you publishing.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I’m a lab tech. In my 7 years working in hospitals I saw some crazy stuff, so that’s a deep well to draw from. But, really, it’s mostly me creating worst case scenarios in my head. I also read medical news reports daily, keep track of what the WHO and the CDC is up to. Lots of great info on their websites.

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I was 30 when I wrote my first book. I was 44 when I published my first book. Yep, it took me 14 years. Persistence.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

I love scrapbooking and have a serious paper addiction. I make hundreds of thank you cards to give as swag to readers. I attend the Romantic Times convention every year and give away thank you cards, handmade bookmarks with charms and other creative “paper” gifts. Check out my Pinterest Board to see some pics of my swag! 

Meet the Author

Julie Rowe
Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”.

In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool’s Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. AIDING THE ENEMY (book #3 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2014 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Canadian Living.

You can reach Julie at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

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