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Monday, October 29, 2012

Interview with Julie Ann Walker

Please welcome one of our FAVE Authors, Julie Ann Walker to Book Lovin' Mamas today, where we had a chance to interview her about her SEXY, Action-packed new Series, Black Knights Inc.

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Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Julie grew up in a house full of women – she has three older sisters. As you can imagine, there was no lack of drama… or romance. Her mother enrolled her in a book club as soon as she began to read and it was the small spark that ignited her voracious appetite for the written word. Because of Julie’s early immersion in literature, she found writing came quite naturally. In high school, she won multiple writing contests and was the proud senior editor of The Tiger’s Tale – her school newspaper. During her college years, however, she longed for a challenge. “Reading and writing felt like second nature to me, so I looked for something to stretch my intellectual capabilities,” she recalls. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree, Julie began teaching advanced high school mathematics. “I loved working with the students and facing the challenges of the classroom, but I longed for the occasional snow day when I could race to the local book store, buy two or three new novels, and curl up in front of the fire to read for an entire day.” It wasn’t until a fortuitous move to Chicago that Julie once more returned to her first passion. “Thankfully, my husband – my own personal hero – encouraged my decision to write full time.” Now Julie lives on beautiful Lake Shore Drive with a view that sometimes competes with her deadlines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, cooking, travel, and…reading, of course!

Hi Julie! Thank you for sitting down to chat with us. We are so happy to have you here on Book Lovin' Mamas! 

 1. Tell us 5 things that readers may not be able to find about you on the web. 

 Oooh, straight out of the bag you're asking me to give up my secrets! Well played! LOL! No, but seriously, I suppose there are a few things I can share without forever having to hide my head in shame...
 1.) A love gin and tonics. I know, I know, it's totally an old man's drink. But to me they're so cool and refreshing, so what's not to like?
 2.) My favorite color is red. Most people choose something a little more soothing for a favorite color, but I'm drawn to red's vibrancy and... and... danger? Perhaps there's something in my psyche that leans toward the hazardous side of life; I DO write romantic suspense, after all!
 3.) I make a mean Mediterranean pasta dish. It has olives and sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese. Oh. My. God. It's heaven in a bowl. Not to mention a total carb-fest. Nom, nom, nom!
 4.) In the warm months, I ride twenty miles a day on my bicycle. In the cold months, I hibernate. I'm much like a grizzly bear in that respect...
 5.) One time, in Hawaii, I almost died in a volcanic eruption. (You're not getting any more out of me than that!)

 2. Tell us a little bit how you came up with the idea of the Black Knights Inc. books? 

I knew I wanted to write military romantic suspense. I mean, a man in uniform is about as yummy as it gets, am I right? But I also knew my series, if I wanted it to sell, needed to have a hook. Something to distinguish it from the rest of the books out there. And what's the opposite of a stoic, dependable soldier? Well, that'd be the Harley-riding rebel. So I took a little from column A and a lot from column B; I stirred until frothy and voila! 007 meets Sons of Anarchy... or, as I like to say, Black Knights Inc. 

3. Do you have any writing traditions when writing a book? (Do you have to listen to music, etc.) 

I listen to music at all times EXCEPT when I'm writing. I have this crazy talent for movie quotes and song lyrics. So if a song is playing while I'm writing, I sing along to it. And before too long, I'm typing what I'm singing in my head - and that's not good. But music certainly inspires me. When I'm listening to it while doing anything else, I often find myself running to my notepad to jot down ideas.

4. What's the hardest part of writing for you? 

The hardest part of writing for me is the part where I actually put my butt in the chair and write. My stories are almost fully formed in my head before my fingers ever touch the keyboard, so I have a hard time taking the time to type them out. I mean, I already know what happens. But you guys don't... so I persevere. Le sigh... ;-)

5. Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably... 

...on my bicycle, travelling with my hubby, or fighting with my self-control over whether or not I should have that third helping of Mediterranean pasta.

6. If you could trade places with one of your characters who would it be and why? 

Oh, I'd have to say I'd trade places with Becky. Not only is she tough-as-nails, but she gets to go to bed with Frank "Boss" Knight every night. I mean, I always fall in love with my heroes, but there's just something about Frank...

7. Who designed the covers of the Black Knights Inc. books? (because they are BEYOND sexy) =)

They are smokin' hot, right? And the lovely design folks at Sourcebooks deserve the honors. Of course, I have to give a shout-out to the custom bike-building community, too. Because those motorcycles you see on the covers are not computer generated. Nope. Those are REAL! And, to my great honor, there were talented designers out there who were generous enough to let me use their creations for my covers.

8. If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? 

I actually DO travel quite a bit. It's a dream of mine to visit 100 countries before I die. So far, I've seen around forty - which sounds like a lot, but it also means I still have a long way to go. I'll tell you this much, I think my next adventure is a going to be a motor-scooter tour of Vietnam. If I ever make it past this current deadline, that is...

9. If you could have any super power, what would it be? 

Easy. I'd fly. Can you imagine the exhilaration, the freedom? Oh... I think it'd be divine!

10. Is there any specific you would like to say to the readers out there? 

Thank you for reading!

Quick Short Answer Questions 

11. Favorite Restaurant Quartino - 

northern Italian fare served in a Spanish tapas style setting. Sounds complicated, but it's really not. And the food? No words...

12. Favorite Place to Write/Read 

I write in my home office. Like I said, I need structure or the pages never actually materialize. But I love to read in my big, cushy, leather recliner.

13. Favorite Movie 

Oh, this is tough. I love going to the movies and I watch a ton of them. But I'd have to say Out of Africa is one I can sit down and enjoy over and over again.

14. Favorite Singer/Band 

Green Day. Did I just date myself?

15. Favorite Tv Show 

Currently, it's Breaking Bad. But there's only one more season. NOOOOOO!!!!

Hell on Wheels
(Black Knights Inc #1)
Publishing Date: 8/7/12
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Read my Review, HERE

Black Knights Inc.--Behind the facade of their tricked-out motorcycle shop is an elite special ops team assigned the jobs too hot for anyone else to handle. 
 Hold On Tight... 
 Ex-Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool--and his distance--which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister...and totally off limits. 
 Rough Road Ahead 
 Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley--or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty international organization. With Nate, her life is in the most capable hands possible--but her heart is another story altogether.

In Rides Trouble
(Black Knights Inc #2)
Publishing Date: 9/4/12
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Read my Review, HERE

Rebel with a Cause 
Becky "Rebel" Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys-she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them. 
Man with a Mission 
Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank's way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it's just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back-whether she says she needs him or not.

Rev it Up
(Black Knights Inc #3)
Publishing Date: 10/2/12
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Read my Review, HERE

He Never Misses a Target 
Jake "the Snake" Sommers earned his SEAL codename by striking quickly and quietly - and with lethal force. That's how he broke Michelle Carter's heart. It was the only way to keep her safe - from himself. Four long years later, Jake is determined to get a second chance. But to steal back into Michelle's loving arms, Jake is going to have to prove he can take things slow. Real slow... 
She Aims to Make Him Beg 
Michelle Carter has never forgiven Jake for being so cliché as to "love her and leave her." But when her brother, head of the Black Knights elite ops agency, ticks off the wrong mobster, she must do the unimaginable: place her life in Jake's hands. No matter what they call him, this man is far from cold-blooded. And once he's wrapped around her heart, he'll never let her go...

Thrill Ride
(Black Knights Inc #4)
Expected Publishing Date: 4/2/13
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Ex-Navy SEAL Rock Babineaux’s job is to get information, and he’s one of the best in the business. Until something goes horribly wrong and he’s being hunted by his own government. Even his best friends at the covert special-ops organization Black Knights Inc. aren’t sure they can trust him. He thinks he can outrun them all, but his former partner—a curvy bombshell who knows just how to drive him wild—refuses cut him loose. 
Vanessa Cordova hasn’t been the team’s communication specialist very long, but she knows how to read people—no way is Rock guilty of murder. And she’ll go to hell and back to help him prove it. Sure, the sexy Cajun has his secrets, but there’s no one in the world she’d rather have by her side in a tight spot. Which is good, because they’re about to get very tight…


Unknown said...

SONS OF ANARCHY! !! That's exactly why I will be bingeing on BKI this week. Guns and motorcycles. Rawr!


@Talk Supe,

Now THAT'S what I like to hear! LOL!

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