Today we are joined by Julie Cosgrove, an award-winning novelist of 15 books. Let’s get to know her better with three questions. Our first question, what do you love most about the writing process? The least?
Julie: The thing I love most about the writing process is the rough draft. I’m mostly a panster, meaning I have a basic idea of my plot, but develop it as I go. It is fun to see the twists and turns emerge as I go along. It’s similar to piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. I get stoked when the story comes together, and the ending make sense! (And surprise my readers, too.)
I used to say the editing process was the least favorite, but I have come to appreciate my editors and see that it’s like polishing silver. We all apply hours of elbow grease in order to make the manuscript shine and I am truly indebted to them.
Marketing is my least favorite because with so many books out there, and many so unfortunately poorly written, I think readers are inundated. It’s hard to persuade them to buy mine when it is the 50th post on that particular Facebook book lovers’ page that day or the 1,500th tweet. I find targeting Christian and mystery readers helps, but even then, I often feel as if I am shouting in the wind. So, I greatly appreciate guest blogs like this. Thank you!!
You are right, the rough draft can be like a puzzle, but in the end there is a beautiful story told. Next question, give a shout out to a writer friend and your favorite book they’ve written.
Julie: Oh, that is so hard because there are quite a few faith-based authors who I have come to know and love professionally and personally. Each has been so supportive of my books. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of Anna Kittrell’s books and her newest, The Commandment, is thrilling. I honestly stayed up into the wee hours to finish it. She is also an amazing Christian poet.
It is so encouraging on this journey to surround ourselves with other authors who will encourage us along the way. Final question, were you a young writer, late-bloomer, or somewhere in-between?
Julie: Young. I took creative writing in school, won awards, and was actually published in a national magazine. Then life, marriage, work, churchwork, and child-rearing wrestled for my time. Then I bloomed again eleven years ago at the age of 55 when three friends suggested I try writing for a living. But, that’s still young, right?? Since 60 is the new 40, I figure I am entering my prime.
That’s great. I’m sure the years of child-rearing gave you wisdom and inspiration for your writing. Thanks for sharing with us today.
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Julie Cosgrove Bio
In addition to being an award-winning novelist of fifteen published books, Julie writes devotionals for several publications and websites. Her own blog, Where Did You Find God Today? has readership in over 50 countries. She is a professional speaker for women’s and writers’ groups. Visit her website at www.juliebcosgrove.com.
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