Today, Juli D. Revezzo has stopped by to tell us about her novel, The Artist’s Inheritance. She’s generously provided an excerpt and her book trailer for us to enjoy.
ATW: Tell us a little about yourself.
Juli: I’m a Florida gal with a love of all things science fiction and fantasy. I also enjoy reading up on Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology. Some would say I’ve been obsessed with Arthurian legend my whole life. When I’m not writing or editing and revising, I enjoy gardening when the weather’s right (it gets darned hot in Florida over the spring and summer!) and good movies and of course, reading. I tend to *coughhoardecough* books a bit. 😉 Oh, and I enjoy blogging from time to time about all these subjects.
ATW: When did you begin writing?
Juli: I began writing, like most writers, when I was a child, however I didn’t start seriously pursuing the path of a writer until I was 18 or so.
ATW: Can you tell us about your most recent publication?
Juli: It’s about a woman who finds her family victim to an ancient curse laid on them by some angry Welsh gods. She must convince her husband to grant the gods what they wish lest the curse continue, and cost his life.
ATW: How did you get the idea for the book?
Juli: A friend of mine and I challenged each other to write a set of stories for Christmas presents one year. I was reading the Welsh mythological tome The Mabinogion at the time. The idea of what a human might experience if the gods came demanding he live up to his oaths grabbed me and thus, The Artist’s Inheritance—or what was a shadow of what it became—was born.
ATW: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Juli: My main character Caitlin. She has the strength to face down the Otherworld and tell it where to go. 😉 I think, given the same experience, I’d probably chicken out.
ATW: Which character was the most challenging to write?
Juli: The ghostly Civil War soldier. I had to do a lot of research on his era and almost had to just guess at some points how he’d react, and I worried I’d get it wrong.
ATW: Which authors have inspired your writing?
Juli: First and foremost, Fantasy author Michael Moorcock. Were it not for his series Elric of Melniboné, I wouldn’t be a writer. Then, I’d have to say classic authors, like J. Sheridan LeFanu and H.P. Lovecraft have a definite influence on Cait. Also paranormal cozy mystery author Juliet Blackwell. I’m partial to many other authors so this list could be endless if I’m not careful. 😉
ATW: What projects are you currently working on?
Juli: I’ve recently released a side story in the Antique Magic series, Caitlin’s Book of Shadows; the next full book in the Antique Magic series, Drawing Down the Shades is currently experiencing another draft. I hope to finish it and release that this spring. Meanwhile, I’m fast-drafting what looks like might be a fantasy in the vein of Jennifer Roberson. I’m also about to begin revisions on a paranormal romance for The Wild Rose Press.
ATW: If your book was ever made into a movie, which actors and actresses would you cast?
Juli: Alex McLaughlin and maybe Anthony Hopkins for a certain annoying imp. For Caitlin, Danielle Panabaker looks close. After her, Jolene Blaylock maybe. Or Ashely Judd. Ashley would have to change her hair color though.
ATW: How do you handle unfavorable reviews?
Juli: Thankfully, I’ve gotten very few so far but I’d advise other authors to ignore them. Everyone has their likes and dislikes, after all. Not everyone will like our work; that’s just life. It’s best to move on and focus on the good reviews.
ATW: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have five books with you, which books would you choose?
Juli: The Sailor on the Seas of Fate and The Warhound and The World’s Pain (both by Michael Moorcock); The Mabinogion; The Voyage of Bran and either Lord Valentine’s Castle by Robert Silverberg or To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. 😉 I’d probably try to shove them all into the bags, knowing me. hehe
ATW: What songs/artists are on the playlist for your book?
Juli: For my ghost and Caitlin: “Ghost of A Texas Ladies Man” by Concrete Blonde; Also “Possession” by Sarah McLachlan and Matchbox 20’s “Long Day”. Trevor tells me he’s fond of Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “The Other Side” and “Dani California”, Matchbox 20’s “3AM” and Green Day’s “Basket Case”. 😉
ATW: Do you have any special skills, education, or hobbies that enhance your writing abilities?
Juli: I have a degree in both English and art history. Both helped in the writing of the novel. The art history degree tied into Trevor’s art, no question as I had a few art courses throughout it that I was able to channel into him.
ATW: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
Juli: Keep writing, keep learning and read everything you can, especially the classics and, though it’s really easy to, don’t get discouraged.
Thanks for having me here today, Tricia! This has been fun.
ATW: You’re welcome. Be sure to visit with us again soon!
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Trouble only a witch can solve…
Settling into a new home, Caitlin notices changes coming over her husband. When nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking–Caitlin knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair her husband’s carving, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces–the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
Armed with a handful of allies–a coven of helpful witches–she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.
Caitlin walked into the Bean on Tyme Café and found Beryl working behind the counter. Her friend left her station, and hugged her in greeting. “Wait! I have just the thing for you.”
She slipped back to the coffee machines and poured a steaming cup of something; she also opened the goodies cabinet and pulled forth a slice of rich carrot cake. She carried it to a nearby table and Caitlin followed. “Not your traditional lunch, but I hope it will suffice.”
“It’s perfect,” Caitlin said, sampling the sweet carrot cake.
“Good. I won’t lie and say it’s my recipe, but I’ll take whatever credit you wish to give.”
Caitlin giggled and sampled the tea. The strong scent of cinnamon and apple filled her nose.
“Now,” Beryl said. “Stop beating around the mulberry bush. Tell me what’s happened.”
“Nothing’s happened.” She set the delicate teacup aside gingerly. “Trevor is spending all his time with his store—when he’s not hard at work in the attic.”
“I see.” Beryl laced her fingers together and rested her chin on them. “Any more new chairs?”
Caitlin spun the spoon inside her cup. “Half dozen.”
She sipped again and collapsed against the seat, weariness stealing over her. “I guess it’s not so bad. He could have three dozen more. I guess the store gives him more to obsess over. What about this woman you mentioned?”
Beryl looked around the café, and lowered her voice. “It’s a ghost, or in your family’s case, it could be a banshee.”
“Gwrach y rhibyn.” The thought of the ghostly woman in question made Caitlin shudder.
Beryl nodded. “By whatever name, they’re never good.”
Caitlin remained silent, waiting for her friend to fill in the blank she already guessed at.
“Her appearance to someone usually means a death’s about to occur. Let me venture a guess: your family has a strange history.”
Caitlin’s hand shook. She stabbed a bit too hard at her slice of cake. “You have no idea. Trevor . . . He’s going to die, isn’t he?”
“Oh, sweetie, no.” Beryl laid a hand over hers. “Not if I can help it. What about your friend and mine, Mr. Hofter?”
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