Today, I have a special guest on my blog, author Julia Hughes. She just released a YA fantasy novel, The Griffin Cryer, which I recently read and highly recommend. One of the many five stars reviews this novel has already received says: “Among the vast sea of titles labeled for young adult readers, The Griffin Cryer is a gem worth discovering. Julia Hughes’s novel is a fresh take on griffins’ folklore, and her fifteen years old heroine, redhead Frankie Shaunessy, is fierce and full of life. The story flawlessly intertwines the expected drama of a teenager in high school with the unexpected factor of parallel universes temporarily opening into ours. By calling her dog, Frankie accidentally summons a griffin and his Rider. What happens next is a ride full of action that will make you laugh and cry along the way. I couldn’t put the book down. For young adults and adults young at heart.”
Now, let’s read Julia’s answers to my eight questions.
When you were a kid you wanted to be…?
An Explorer! I wanted to find lost pyramids, discover the resting place of the Titanic, and be the first woman on the moon.
The first book you read was…?
I’m pretty certain my first ‘read alone’ was “One Rainy Night” written and illustrated by Pelagie Doane. It’s about a little girl who couldn’t resist the gentle patter of rain falling, and slipped out of her bedroom in her nightgown to explore the dark and rainy night.
You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?
My English teacher kept embarrassing me by reading out my work to the class. It wasn’t until recently that I had time to write a full blown novel, then I discovered just how much I still had to learn!
As a reader, your favorite genre is…?
In fiction: Thrillers – I’m also a proud beta reader for Stephen Spencer, an indie writer whose Paul Mallory Adventures are in my opinion amongst the best. Non fiction: I’m currently reading Bill Bryson’s “A Short History of Nearly Everything.”
No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?
LOL my last kindle read was “Linda of the Night” an excellent fairy tale, and I’m not hiding anything!
20 thoughts on “Julia Hughes”
Julia ‘the explorer’ Hughes! And I thought your middle name was ‘curiosity’ 🙂 Hm..same thing, isn’t it. I’m so happy to have connected with you and your extraordinary tales, Julia, for they take me on the most magnificent journeys. Wonderful site, Monica! Of course, I’ve been enamored of your art since my hands held Julia’s ‘A Ripple in Time.’
Hi, Doreen 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for the compliments. I agree with you, Julia is an exceptional storyteller.
Thank you Monica, for inviting me to your lovely site. it was fun turning back the years! Thank you too Dody Elizabeth, for all your support. If you can guess my middle name, you can have my first born:D.
Truly my pleasure, Julia! But, now I’m curious about your middle name… 🙂
LOLOL! Have you discussed this with your first born? The ‘E’ of Elizabeth is actually code for Extraordinary Explorer and ‘she’ is definitely intrigued 🙂
What a fabulous interview I am one of the many fans of your books and will be following you on your blog hops. The little girl that dreamt of being an explorer has excelled herself, you have a gift of storytelling and The Griffin Cryer is a magical book.
Thank you Charlie:)
Beautiful book, brilliant author.
I love this book. Is the paperback for sale anywhere? Amazon says ‘out of stock’ all the time.
Hello Sarwan, and hello Mia, and thank you both for the compliments; I knew I should have been over here on Monica’s site sooner – such lovely company:) Apologies for Amazon being out of stock, this situation should be remedied within the next few days, and certainly by the 26th of March.
Love this book, and a signed copy would be amazing.
I agree on both counts:)
Thank you Sean and Monica, you’re both too kind:)
Excellent interview and look forward to getting hold of a copy 🙂
Brilliant interview and look forward to reading my own copy
Thank you Sylv:) Monica has many special gifts, had so much fun thinking back to the first book I ever read – fingers crossed for everyone in Monica’s draw xx
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Great interview, Monica and Julia. A signed paperback of The Griffin Cryer would make my bookshelf really special 😀
Crossing fingers for you, Cinta!
I am too, Monica 😀