Being interrogated today, we have Julianne Snow, poster of songs that reverberate in my skull until my ears bleed. As a way to repay the kindness, I piped in several hours of the Teletubbies singing every national anthem known to man before asking my questions.
Why writing? What drew you to it? Why do you continue?
I have been interested in writing since a very early age. As an avid reader, I enjoyed the way the stories came alive in my head while I was reading. Each night as I lay in bed, trying to fall asleep, my mind would branch out from the words that I had read; creating new adventures and sights to behold. There is nothing better than laying down words that have the potential to open the minds of readers. That’s what drew me to it and what keeps me going. The written word really is marvelous.
If you were freezing to death and the only thing left to burn were the books in your library, what 5 books would you burn last? (And yes, everything else burnable has been burnt.)
Oh, good question! And a hard one to answer!! These are in no particular order by the way…
The Oath by Frank E. Peretti
Subterranean by James Rollins
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Coma by Robin Cook
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Thank goodness for my Kindle!! I don’t have to burn that do I?
(RS – Not unless you like the smell of burning plastic…)
What’s the most challenging thing you’ve done (in life or in writing (your choice))?
So now you want to know the most challenging thing I’ve ever done? Putting together a list of the books I’d burn last! On a more serious note, it was writing my final exam in my 4th year Forensic Anthropology class. For 50% of my mark, I had to tell my professor each and every detail I could determine from a shard of bone that was no larger than the fingernail on my index finger. It’s still amazes me how detailed my report was. Ended up with a very good mark as well, so it must have been worth the stress.
What’s one word or phrase that drives you crazy? Why?
It’s a moot point. It’s used incorrectly more often than not! When I come across it in an article or book, I have to really pay attention to what the author is trying to convey. It’s unnerving to expect the debate to begin, and it never turns up.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve created? If so, who is it and why?
I love all of my characters equally. It would be unfair to single one out – the rest may haunt me in my dreams!
Creepiest place you’ve ever been? Has it appeared in your fiction? Why or Why not?
The creepiest place I have ever been is a decrepit old cottage that is rotting away on a trail that people seldom ever take. I happened upon it one day just as the sun went behind the clouds, delivering an air of dread and apprehension that instantaneously washed over me. There had never been a time when I actually felt the cold sweat of unknown fear run rampant over my skin, until that day. Whether it was the changing of the light or the way in which the front door appeared to open slightly, beckoning me forward, I’ll never know. I can say this with utmost certainty – I have never walked that particular stretch of trail since then. Sadly, it has not appeared in my fiction to date, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. I just haven’t had the proper inspiration to write the story of that cottage; its dilapidated clapboard walls and broken windows shall have to wait their turn.
What’s the best rejection you’ve ever received?
Without wanting to seem like a braggart, I haven’t received a rejection yet. Well at least for my writing… On the other hand, I did ask a boy out in Kindergarten and he told me he was married. It wasn’t funny at the time, but now that I think back, it was.
How did you get that scar?
It’s funny you should ask that. I fell out of the hayloft when I was 9 and had the unfortunate luck to snag myself awkwardly on a nail coming down. Oh, you meant that scar… I don’t like to talk about that experience, except to say it involved a rooster, a rake, running, and a crap load of screaming!
What song would precede your entrance into a room if we all had personal soundtracks?
But on a serious note, it may just be Super Freak by Rick James… You’ll just have to check the next time I walk into a room.
Promote yourself and/or your writing
Hello, my name is Julianne Snow, and I am an author. I currently have one novel published, Days with the Undead: Book One and a fair number of shorts in other places; Childhood Nightmares: Under the Bed, Women of the Living Dead, and Twisted Realities: Of Myth and Monstrosity. I do have a few short stories published in online magazines as well. Check me out; I just might entertain you.
Final thoughts before you run screaming for your life?
What’s that thing behind you???
(RS – Just my shadow…or is it??)
Thank you, Ms. Snow for your informative answers. As you try to find the exit, please enjoy the song that just keeps going and going…