Romance author Julia Rachel Barrett is a multi-published author who has written poetry, and even had articles published in medical periodicals. When not working on her latest romance, she works as a hospice nurse, spends her time blogging, hiking, cooking...and loving Gerard Butler movies. ;) I spoke with her recently and she agreed to take time out of her busy schedule for our little series...
A Conversation with Julia Rachel Barrett
Hi, Julia, thanks for being here! Come Back to Me is your first foray into the New Adult genre. What inspired it?
Julia Rachel Barrett: Real life. The basic story is true, names and circumstances have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty alike. I wrote the story a number of years ago, back when there was no New Adult genre. My publisher at the time had no idea what to do with it or how to categorize it.
Cara, *ahem* goes through many ups and down in Come Back to Me, is there anything specific behind the story that you care to share with us?
Julia Rachel Barrett: Cara definitely has her ups and downs. A few readers have commented that the bad stuff she lives through is not believable—it’s too bad! Having lived through Cara’s story I’ll tell you it was even worse. Bad things do happen to decent people and everyone copes in his or her own way.
What drew you to try your hand at the New Adult genre?
Julia Rachel Barrett: The story came first, the label later. The thing is, I had no label for the story but as the New Adult genre grew I realized it was exactly what Come Back To Me had been waiting for.
By what authors would you say you are influenced?
Julia Rachel Barrett: Too many to count. I love all sorts of authors, literature, genres.
That's the truth! :) Now that Come Back to Me is re-released, what can curious fans expect from you next?
Julia Rachel Barrett: I’m actually working on a YA book—one of those stories I dreamed from start to finish. The working title is Caleb Wiseman. We’ll see! I’ve been busy editing and re-releasing a couple books.
Cool! We will be looking forward to them all. You also write, shall we say, steamier romances. What’s drawn you to that genre?
Julia Rachel Barrett: The sheer fun of reading a romance draws me to the genre. A well-written romance is more than it seems. It’s an archetype – the hero’s journey from the depths of despair to redemption in the arms of his or her true love. What can be better than that?
True and more or less one most everyone can relate to. It has remained an archetype for those reasons, I'm sure. If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have pursued instead?
Julia Rachel Barrett: Oh, well, I’m already a registered nurse, but I am also a pastry chef. I think I’d just bake all day if I wasn’t writing.
So you have worn many hats. (can you come bake for me? ;)) Do you have any advice for aspiring Romance authors?
Julia Rachel Barrett: I’m awful at giving advice, but I guess write what you know. Follow your heart. Tell a great story. The most difficult challenge a new writer faces is simply putting the proverbial words on paper. My advice? Do it. You can fix any mistakes later.
That’s good advice. One more question then we’ll let you get back to writing (and baking! ;)) Where can my readers learn more about you?
My pleasure, Julia. Thank you for taking time out to be here today! Folks, if you’d like to learn more about Julia Rachel Barrett’s many fine stories, see her site and twitter, above. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Siren-Bookstrand.