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Julie Ryan

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Julie Ryan was born in a small mining village in South Yorkshire. Not venturing too far from home, she studied French Language and Literature at Hull University, where she also trained as a teacher. Then the wanderlust kicked in and she lived and worked in France, Poland, Thailand and Greece. This broadening of the mind has had an enormous impact on her writing. She now lives in rural Gloucestershire with her husband, son and two cats. She is a bookaholic with a one-click addiction.
Her Greek Island Mystery series includes 'Jenna's Journey' newly republished by Booktrope , 'Sophia's Secret' and 'Pandora's Prophecy'. Each can be read as a standalone.

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Julie Ryan Thanks for the question Sharon. I think the desire to write has always been there. I remember even as a child scribbling short stories and even plays …moreThanks for the question Sharon. I think the desire to write has always been there. I remember even as a child scribbling short stories and even plays then somehow life seemed to get in the way. It wasn't until I had my son and could work from home part-time that I started to write seriously. Oh, and some encouragement from a writer friend helped get the ball rolling.(less)
Julie Ryan Inspiration can take many forms but my series was initially inspired by my stay in Greece. It then took me another thirty years before I sat down to w…moreInspiration can take many forms but my series was initially inspired by my stay in Greece. It then took me another thirty years before I sat down to write the book!!! Nowadays, inspiration can come from a song lyric, a character on television, something I'm reading, you name it and it's a potential source of inspiration. That's why I always keep a notebook and pen close by as otherise it will be gone as quicky as it came.(less)
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I'm pleased to announce that Jenna's Journey, the first in the Greek island mystery series is on offer at just 99p/99c. If you like romance with a heavy dose of mystery and suspense all set on a beautiful Greek Island then you'll love this book. Go on, treat yourself and escape with Jenna.
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Henry Miller
“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition.”
Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Herman Melville
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
Herman Melville

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
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message 7: by Dean

Dean Pusell Thank you for being my friend Julie :)))

message 6: by Dale (last edited Jul 19, 2014 04:59PM)

Dale Thele Julie, thank you for the Goodreads friend connect.
Wishing you the very best!

message 5: by Mary

Mary McCoy-Dressel Hi, Julie,

Thank you for the friend add.

message 4: by Peter

Peter Prasad Please hit me up for a review copy of Sonoma Knight: The Gioat-Ripper Case in a month's time. it's got a toffee-posh Brit in it, all villain.

Dianna Hardy Thanks for the friends request :)

message 2: by Billy

Billy Chitwood Hi, Julie,

Thank you for your friendship and good wishes in all that you do. If you might be interested in some info on my books and me, please visit http://billyraychitwood.weebly.com

Have a great weekend.

Billy Ray

message 1: by Susan

Susan Griscom Thanks for the friendship.

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