Author Interview : Julia Goldhirsh

Julia Goldhirsh was born and raised in Coconut creek, Florida. She spent one year working in Japan as an ESL teacher and loves traveling and teaching. She has been writing ever since she was in elementary school, and her favorite stories to read and write were always fantasy and mythology books. She started out writing on writers’ cafe and all poetry. RPG writing became her favorite past time in high school. She has won a short fiction award in high school from the Broward County Lit fair for her short story “Night Sprite.”

She loves to talk about lesser known mythological creatures. Her most recent obsession is with Nymphs, Enchantresses, and the Encantado. Know as wandering teacher on her travel blog and adventuring writer on her author blog, she also writes about traveling, adjusting to different cultures, and the process of self-publishing. We have some interesting conversation.

Q. What pushes an individual to write?

In my case, sometimes it’s a desire to see a story I have in my head that no one has written. I also really enjoy writing about mythologies that I feel aren’t getting talked about enough. I have a desire to write and give life to the strange ideas in my head.

Q. What is the writer made up?

Stress, self-doubt, imagination, determination, procrastination, and impostor syndrome.

Q. As an author, what do you worry the most

That my work won’t be good enough or that it’s never going to be as good as “insert famous author here.” I also worry about not meeting deadlines, or I won’t be able to make it “perfect” before the deadline. Have a perfectionist streak.

Q. What was the last book you’ve read before deciding to write in this type of genre? How does it affect your style of writing?

Poison Study. I loved the world-building and the characters and their impressive abilities. It affects my writing because I try to make my characters have compelling motives and personalities like Maria V Snyders. I also like making my characters in more of a moral grey area like Maria V Snyder’s characters.

Q. In which aspect of your personal life do you relate the characters?

I relate to my main character’s feeling of being trapped, distaste for her relatives, and impulsive nature.

Q. Which scene from the book were you having trouble writing?

I had a lot of trouble writing a scene where Gabriel is trying to make a morality decision. It was a situation I couldn’t relate to, and I had trouble getting into his head for that one.

Q. Do you prefer to travel when you seek inspiration to write, or would you rather stay home and read novels to find a new writing style?

I like to do a bit of both. I’ve done a good deal of travel, and my travels often inspire scenes for my fantasy novels. The Philippines and Japan were great places to pull from to create otherworldly scenes.

Q. Do you prefer to travel when you seek inspiration to write, or would you rather stay home and read novels to find a new writing style?

I like to do a bit of both. I’ve done a good deal of travel, and my travels often inspire scenes for my fantasy novels. The Philippines and Japan were great places to pull from to create otherworldly scenes.

Q. What private and personal belief do you have in your life? 

I believe that if you have something you want to write, write it even if it’s not popular or famous. I know it made me feel better to write my novella and get it out there finally. I let other people hold me back for far too long.

The Spellbound is available via Amazon.