First, because there are only a couple days left, let me tell about a wonderful giveaway on Julie Coulter Bellon’s blog. Go there and enter and then read here all about this great book and this marvelous author.
My turn on Julie’s blog tour is tomorrow. I apologize, though, because I am speaking early in the morning at the state-wide writers’ conference for the League of Utah Writers. So I’m posting tonight. The tour is to promote her new book Ring Around the Rosie.
I loved this book. It is my favorite genre. Julie’s characters seemed so real I expected to read about them in the daily newspaper or to see actual scenes connected with the story unfold in front of me as I walked down the street.
It was Bellon’s fault that I did not get much of my work done during the reading of this book. The book was just too compelling.
I asked Julie if she uses any kind of photos or character drawings to work from when she writes. Here is her response.
Nope, it’s all in my imagination. I did use my brother-in-law’s name for the captain, though. At first it was just a placeholder, but then I didn’t change it, and here he is with his own book! Thankfully, my brother-in-law has a good sense of humor.
You said at the back of the book that this was one of the hardest books you’ve ever produced. What specific things did you do to work through the “emotional turmoil” and make it possible to write?
One thing I did was to keep writing. Most of what I was writing wasn’t very good, but I was able to feel some stress relief in just writing. When things got too hard, I gave myself a break, though, and came back to it later. Fortunately for me I have an amazing husband who is so supportive and a fabulous critique group as well, who not only listened to what was going on and supported me through it, but also gave me invaluable feedback on how I could mold the words I was writing into a coherent story. I couldn’t have finished the book without them all!
Am I right in my understanding that this is the last of the Hostage Negotiation Team series? I have missed some of them. Do they need to be read consecutively or are they each independent?
They are stand alone novels, loosely connected because of their Hostage Negotiation Team positions, but their order is All Fall Down, Ashes, Ashes, Pocket Full of Posies, then Ring Around the Rosie. I know, I know, it’s backwards, but I’d already written All Fall Down when the series idea came to me so I couldn’t change it!
I so much enjoyed this book. Any chance you could change your mind and give us a fifth book in the series?
Well, I am writing a novella right now, starring Colby and Sophia. I just loved them as a couple. And I’m so glad you liked Ring Around the Rosie!
Do you have a favorite book you have written?
All of my books represent a point in my life of where I was at as a person and as a writer. It’s fun to go back and see how much I’ve improved and remember all the fun memories associated with each book. I’d have to say my favorite book is my newest one. At least it is today, I can’t promise what it will be tomorrow!
Have you considered submitting this story for television or movie possibilities? I think it would be fantastic!
I would love for that to happen! But I haven’t submitted anything myself. I do have a Pinterest board for who I would want to cast as actors if my stories ever hit the big screen, though. You can see it here http://www.pinterest.com/juliebellon8/if-my-books-were-movies-i-would-cast/.
Here is the back cover copy for Ring Around the Rosie:
Revenge is a dish best served cold . . .
As the ex-wife of a law enforcement officer, Sarah Reed has known loneliness and loss. In order to cope, she makes a life for herself that’s full of routine while building a wall of ice around her heart. Everything about her is as predictable as she can make it until a tiny detour for her ex-husband, Ron, changes her life forever. Caught in a bomb crisis, Sarah is taken hostage by a man who wants Ron and everyone around him to suffer—and his idea of suffering is more terrible than Sarah had ever dreamed.
Captain Ron Reed has seen the worst of humanity in his job with the Hostage Negotiation Team, but he never expected his past to come back with a vengeance—literally. Aaron Starks, a criminal explosives expert, has stolen next-gen bomb technology and uses it to force Ron to bargain for the lives of his team and his ex-wife, Sarah, the woman he still loves. But the situation escalates when Ron discovers that Starks has an even bigger objective in mind—using the bomb to show how vulnerable America and her people truly are.
Ron is willing to risk everything to save his country and those he loves, but when negotiations break down, will his sacrifice be too little too late?
Julie Coulter Bellon is the author of ten romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense and Pocket Full of Posies won a RONE Honorable Mention for Best Suspense.
Julie loves her work partly because she gets to travel to distant lands to research and add an authentic feel to all of her books. Her favorite cities so far are Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She taught journalism for fourteen years and that kept her on the cutting edge of current events and world news—which is where she gets her story ideas.
Julie offers writing and publishing tips as well as her take on life on her blog http://ldswritermom.blogspot.com/. You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website http://www.juliecoulterbellon.com/.