Today is my stop on the A Song for Julia tour being hosted by Authors Angels.
Read on for my interview with Charles and giveaways for
an e-book copy of Just Remember to Breathe
a chance to a win $250 Amazon gift card!
AUTHOR: Charles Sheehan-Miles
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHED: 5th December 2012
Everyone should have something to rebel against.
Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Six years later, he’s still at odds with his father, a Boston cop, and doesn’t ever speak to his mother. The only relationship that really matters is with his younger brother, but watching out for Sean can be a full-time job. The one thing Crank wants in life is to be left the hell alone to write his music and drive his band to success.
Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father’s career and dominating her family’s life. Now, in her senior year at Harvard, she’s haunted by a voice from her past and refuses to ever lose control of her emotions again, especially when it comes to a guy.
When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.
When reading your Goodreads author bio I saw that you’re a former soldier and involved with lots of military based activities and organisations. Is your involvement in these behind the inspiration for the storyline?
There’s an old dictum that writing instructors use: to write what you know. But I’ve always liked the way Donald Maass put it in his book Writing the Breakout Novel: write about the things you care about. I’ve always been one to write about the things that I’m most passionate about. For me, that’s always been the human condition, trauma, war, love: the things that matter.
The experience of having served in a war—of having killed another human being on a battlefield—changed everything about my life. I spent years dealing with guilt and trauma and a firm belief that there should be a better way to solve our problems than putting young men and women against each other on a battlefield.
That said: A Song for Julia takes place in the context of the buildup to the Iraq war in late 2002. But it isn’t about the war, or the anti-war movement. It’s about people, and their relationships, and sometimes how those people are drawn into bigger issues. Because Crank’s father is in the National Guard, and Julia’s father is a diplomat, they are in some ways drawn into this conflict, but the story centers on who they are, how they fall in love, the barriers they have to struggle with, and most of all Julia’s growth and change after a traumatic experience.
Do you have any rituals when it comes to writing? Best place to write, a specific time of day etc? How do you fit writing time in to your schedule since you’re not a full time writer?
As far as rituals go, music is eseential to me. When I’m writing a book, I usually develop a playlist which has music which in some way relates to the theme of what I’m writing about. I have to squeeze in writing whenever I can. I’m up at 4:30 am every day, writing until it’s time to get ready to go to work, then I usually run off and take a lunch break and write more then. It’s harder to get any writing done in the evenings, because I’m a parent, but I usually try to at least get the first couple sentences of the next segment down before I go to bed, and I daydream the next chapter as I’m falling asleep. That usually helps me wake up primed to write.
What genres do you read? Do you have a favourite author and favourite book?
I read very widely, in a lot of different genres. Over the years that’s included suspense, military thrillers, fantasy, romance, almost everything under the sun. The books that mean the most to me are the ones that mean something: that have depth and emotional pull and tell us something about the human condition. It’s hard to pick a favorite writer or favorite book because there are so many wonderful ones out there!
As a blogger I love finding indie authors, spreading the word about them, and helping them to get their book/s known to others. What’s your favourite part of being a writer and everything that goes with it?
Probably the biggest inspiration is when I get an email from people who’ve been touched in one way or another by something I’ve written. I write about issues that mean a lot to me, things that I’m passionate about, and it’s wonderful to get responses from people who feel the same way.
Thanks so much to Charles for answering my questions.
I loved finding out more about his writing proccess, what inspires him and what he reads!
Charles is offering an e-copy of Just Remember to Breathe. another of his books, to one lucky winner at Have Book will Read.
Just enter HERE to be in with a chance of winning. Ends 24th December.
Charles is also offering a $250 Amazon gift card as the grand prize for the A Song for Julia tour.
Get your entry in HERE. Ends 25th December.
Good luck to everyone who enters 🙂
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