Friday, June 30, 2017

#pimpmybio PitchWars 2017


Hi! I’m Julia. Nice to meet you. Let me tell you about myself.


The first book I ever wrote was a….software manual!

I’ve been lucky enough to write professionally in various capacities since 2001. But as I say in my queries, fiction is what gets me through the lunch hours and witching hours. 


I have a job in advertising.

Yes, like Mad Men. Minus the affairs and crazy gender inequality. Ok, both of those still exist on some level, but I refuse to acknowledge either! And I don’t wear a suit. I also don’t smoke. So then nothing like Mad Men.


Married, 2 kids, Denver, 50s ranch home, chocolate > vanilla


Jane Austen
For her realistic characters, depth of romance, humor and obsession with hypochondriacs. I’ve read Persuasion more than 12 times, once on a flip phone. 

Jane Austen

P.G. Wodehouse
For his clever turns of phrase, screwball comedy and interesting characters with unabashedly selfish motivations. 

Author, P.G. Wodehouse

IMPORTANT NOTE: Yes, I love modern fiction too. I’m not a total snob. Here are some of my favorite books written in recent times (anything during my lifetime is recent━don’t you dare tell me otherwise. I’m not old, dammit!): Fangirl, The Night Circus, To Say Nothing of the Dog, The Scorpio Races and Portuguese Irregular Verbs.


I love reading Sanditon completion stories. This is Jane Austen’s unfinished novel that has been “finished” by many other people. It’s like a choose your own adventure! Some of these are terrible (because let’s face it; you have to be kind of pretentious to attempt this) and that’s part of the fun. Like Mystery Science Theater 3000 for books fun! This one is actually amazing and the author handles it very gracefully.


I thought it would be fun to take the premise of His Girl Friday, put the characters on a college campus and then riff off it (not a strict retelling). I set my version of this romantic comedy in the 90s because it made more sense for the state of journalism and the plot. I ended up with a fun, quirky story that also tackles some tough issues.
His Girl Friday

The blurb (blurb is such a weird word, amIright?)

Samantha Hale may be the star reporter for her university newspaper, but working for the editor and ex-boyfriend, Tor Mackelroy, is too much to take. If Sam wants to keep her scholarship, she’ll have to get her bylines elsewhere. She’s moved on and she has a new broad-shouldered football-star boyfriend to prove it.

But the ever-resourceful Tor is one step ahead, ready with an offer Sam can’t refuse—a shot to write the story she’s been pitching for months about a serial rapist who drugs his victims and leaves them love notes. It may have been nothing but rumors before, but now he has a victim ready to go on record.

As Sam throws herself into her final story, discovering the identity of the “sweetheart rapist” gets personal when a friend becomes the next victim. She will stop at nothing to get her scoop and take this rapist down, even if that means putting herself in danger.

What Sam doesn’t expect are the mysteries stacking up about Tor himself. Why did his photographic memory fail the night they unwittingly spotted the rapist? And why is this born-with-a-silver-spoon-his-mouth guy suddenly working four jobs?

When her attempts to blow the lid off the story blow up in her face, who will be left standing by Sam’s side—the reliable new boyfriend who makes her feel safe or irrepressible ex who broke her heart?

EAT YOUR HEART OUT, TOR MACKELROY is a 63,000-word romantic comedy offering a fresh take on the premise of the 1940s film, HIS GIRL FRIDAY. Set in 1998, this nostalgic story harkens back to less technological times, when grunge bands and flannel were all the rage and everyone still relied on a physical newspaper, not the Internet, to get their daily news.

So that's it! Thanks for reading. Happy #PitchWars, everyone! Go here for the blog hop.