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Julie Wray Herman: Down the writer’s path

Rejection is definitely a part of the writer’s life as your own experience illustrates. Let’s talk a bit more about your walk down the writer’s path.

4. It looks like you have been quite focused in your writing career. How did you get your start in writing and have you always written mysteries? Would you like to share anything about your current project or future plans?

I am one of those fortunate people who have both always wanted to write and who have been told they have no talent several thousand times. I’m exaggerating, but each rejection feels like it has the force of a thousand people yelling, “What do you think you’re doing?” I wrote some as a child, but mostly made up stories without actually writing them down. I have done some children’s books. (Not published) I tried romance and that was not pretty. I have no talent for it – and it is much harder than most writers realize to do well. I still have the bruises from where I fell out of my chair laughing when I realized that the hero of the tale would have to have at least three arms to do what I’d had him do to the heroine. Right now I’m waffling. I had planned three books in the landscaping series and have done all three. To my surprise there are more to tell. Yet I feel my characters from older projects calling my name and complaining that they have been left to languish in a distant corner of my computer screen. I have not yet been given a publication date for a fourth Dirty Women book and so I am concentrating on one of my favorites of my old projects. Keep your fingers crossed for Charlotte.

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