Monday, September 30, 2013


Julie K Rose's books have garnered great critical acclaim as well as award honors. Her first book, The Pilgrim Glass, was a finalist in the 2005 Faulkner-Wisdom and semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Her latest work, Oleanna was short-listed as a finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition. Let's see what she has to say...Inside the Writer's Study.

What is your favorite word?
Well, in terms of definition, it's compassion. For pure joy of reading or saying it, it's susurration. But, sadly, for regular daily use, it's f—k.

What is your least favorite word?
There's plenty of concepts I don't like, but no actual words I don't like.  Except maybe sausage? It just sounds weird and kind of gross.

What turns you on?
Intelligence, humor, and compassion.

What turns you off?
Selfishness and entitlement.

What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of wind in the trees, the ocean, my purring cats, my husband's voice.

What sound or noise do you hate?
Booming car stereos. See: selfishness and entitlement.

What is your favorite curse word?
F—k. Closely followed by sh!t.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Counselor/therapist, art historian, or national park ranger!

What profession would you not like to do?
Telemarketer (been there, done that, awful).

If heaven or the after-life exists, what would you like to hear God, The Source (or whatever Deity you may believe in) say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
Welcome. Great job, kid.

In one sentence, describe your newest or most recent release.
OLEANNA is the story of a woman's quest for freedom set against the backdrop of Norway's independence from Sweden during the summer of 1905; based loosely on the lives of my great-great-aunts it is a character-driven story of finding one's path and persevering in the face of change and loss.

You can learn more about Julie and her books at


Denise said...

I loved Oleanna. What an ingenious concept to write a whole novel about the lives of unknown great aunts and the reasons that they may have had, for being the only ones in the family who did not emigrate!

M.C.V. EGAN said...

What a fun interview! She is full of fun humor...loved it!