Author Interview: Julie Shackman

What is your debut novel, Rock My World, about?

Ruby Cameron is an ambitious reporter for a local paper where she is fed scraps of news, and lives with a man whose “idea of living dangerously is to leave the heating on when we pop out to the shops.” But after catching her squeaky clean boyfriend in flagrante delicto she ups sticks and moves into her own small home, only to discover the ghostly presence of a cheeky rock star who becomes her confidant as the dynamics of her small town, and her feelings about her dashing new boss, begin to throw up more questions than she can answer. Will Ruby discover who she really is, and perhaps more importantly, who she wants to be?

Describe your novel’s heroine, Ruby Cameron.

Ruby is passionate, creative and hates injustice. She'll always stand up for what she believes is right. She's also kissed a few frogs in her time and thinks that maybe she isn't destined for love....

Why did you include a paranormal element in your novel?

The idea of making Stevie, my rock singer, a ghost, just came to me as I was scribbling down ideas. When I was pulling my plot for Rock My World together, this notion appealed to me and put a different spin on the story.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

Yes, always, right from the time I started taking an interest in books when I was at school.  If I'm not in the middle of reading a book or writing something, it just doesn't feel right to me!

Who are your favorite authors?

There are so  many great authors out there but I particularly love writers such as Wendy Holden, Jenny Colgan and Sophie Kinsella

What was the last book you read that you loved?

I've just finished Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon. That was very moving and so beautifully written.

What do you like to do for fun in your spare time?

I'm a huge music fan, especially rock. I also read a lot (I think most authors do!), love going out for long walks and enjoy movies - rom-coms are my favourite.

Why should people read Rock My World?

If you love rock music nostalgia, enjoy a laugh and a cry, and want to read about a charismatic rock singer or a sexy, arrogant journalist who has a brush of Bradley Cooper about him, then Rock My World is for you!

What do you want readers to know about you?

Like so many writers out there, getting published hasn't been easy. But I honestly think if you are determined enough and want it enough, it will happen.

There were a few times when I did consider giving up but I'm so glad I didn't. Keep reading and keep writing!

What are you working on now?

I've just finished writing my second novel, a rom-com about what happens when "celebrity" collides with the so-called "ordinary" and I'm polishing that at the moment. I'm also pulling together research for my third novel (also intended as a rom-com), which has a well-known historical figure as its main character.

Thanks, Julie!