Cover Reveal for TAKING THE STAND!

I’m very excited to share with you the cover for the last book in The Crossfire Trilogy. Once again, Bold Strokes Books did an amazing job! This book may be my favorite of the entire trilogy and I can’t wait to share it with you on April 1st, 2015. But for now, here’s the blurb: There’s a time for justice. Then there’s a…

Why I’ve Been So Quiet

Hello everyone! I know I’ve been super quiet on my blog for the past month, but I have a good reason. Actually, I have a quite a few good reasons. The first reason is that I have been busy launching The Crossfire Trilogy by introducing the world to Caught in the Crossfire, the first book. This has taken me on a…

Thoughts from the Charlotte Airport

I’m sitting in the airport at Charlotte, waiting for my flight to bring me home to Minneapolis. The past three weeks have been a whirlwind of book readings from Minnesota to Wisconsin to North Carolina, where I have been working to give my first book, Caught in the Crossfire, its best chance at finding its readership. I’ve read the pontoon chapter, the stone-skipping…

HOW TO USE INTERVIEWS TO WRITE PEOPLE, NOT CHARACTERS

(Originally written for and posted on Clutter Your Kindle, June 10th, 2014) Have you ever loved a book so much you grieved when it ended? Have you ever re-read a book simply because it felt like visiting a good friend? Yeah, me too. I’m convinced that books like those share one common denominator: they are filled with people, not characters. No,…

Keep the Emails Coming!

I received an email recently from a reader named Rachel about my blog post titled, “I Met A Lady One Night Last Week,” originally published on May 22nd, 2014. First, let me say that I love hearing from readers. You may always write me at juliannrichbooks@gmail.com. I will write back. Secondly, let me say how much fun it was to respond to Rachel. I…

I Met a Lady One Night Last Week

And she was stunning. Though not in a young and firm and brimming with idealistic optimism sort of way. No, this lady was weathered, full of hard-won wisdom, and capable of captivating me utterly. “Thank you!” I said that first evening when the rain sprang up and I was caught unprepared. She offered me her smile, yellow, and her umbrella,…

NOLA Bound!

So I’m just about as excited as I could possibly be. Why? Because in a little over a week I’m heading to the French Quarter in New Orleans for the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival! Here are the things that I’m the most excited about: 1.) Exploring the French Quarter with my son. Matthias has always had a fascination with…

Open Letter to The Loft’s YA Conference Attendees

Dear Aspiring Writer at The Loft Literary Center‘s Children’s and Young Adult Conference, First, it was such an honor to meet so many of you last weekend. I loved those moments after panels when we had a few minutes and you told me about where you are on your journey. I want you to know what an incredible honor it was…

I’m turning 48

Not today, but soon. So I’m awake at 3:30 this morning, thinking about what that means. Beyond, of course, the fact that I now wake up at 3:30 in the morning with more frequency than can be assigned to many other facets of my life. Hormones. They’re a fickle thing, baby. But they’re not the sole reason I’m lying here…

Cover Reveal for Searching for Grace!

Here it is, everyone, the final cover for my second book, SEARCHING FOR GRACE! SQUEE! Thank you Len Barot and Sheri (BSB Cover Artist)! I LOVE IT! Book 2 of The Crossfire Novels! RELEASING SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2014 FROM BOLD STROKES BOOKS! THE BLURB: First it’s a rumor. Then it’s a fact. And then it’s on. Camp is over and Jonathan Cooper returns…