My name is Julie Catherine, and my writing and artwork are published under the pen name J C Edwards. I'm an artist, poet and writer from British Columbia, Canada. My poems have been published in various anthologies throughout North America, and my debut poetry book, Poems of Living, Loving & Lore, was released in August 2012. I'm a member of the Society of Classical Poets and an Affiliate member of the Association of Independent Authors. I'm here today to promote my poetry book; thank you so much, J M Kelley, for having me as a Friday Featured guest!
Give us some details about the work you’re promoting.
Poems of Living, Loving and Lore is a journey through the seasons of life. Living explores the simple beauty of nature, a child’s rapturous delight in rain showers and the beginning of summer; the tragic plight of the homeless, forgotten souls, and our struggles to overcome obstacles and finally have the courage to stand in our own personal power. Loving guides us through deep wells of emotion; the seductive lure of deception, heart-breaking moments of love lost, and glorious heights of passion in love that transcends all. The collection’s finale, Lore, delights the senses in poetic tales of fantasy, myths, legends and fairies. Classical and traditional writing forms impart a haunting, melodic quality that affirms the depth of feelings reflected in the words, engaging us intimately in the sheer beauty of poetry.
I'm currently working on my second collection of poetry, Essence of Woman, which I hope to self-publish later in 2014. I'm also working on my first novel, a contemporary romance, and have a middle-grade adventure novel set in Georgian Bay, Ontario on the back burner for a few years down the road. That story has been in my head forever, but it's not ready to be written just yet.
What’s your personal motivational mantra?
My favorite quote: "One day the sun will shine again. Make sure there is a part of you that is still ready." - "Be Calm", Daisy Seal.
What genre do you write in, and why did you choose that one in particular?
I've written poetry all my life, mostly in classical formats, because that's what I grew up with. I love the structure and melodic quality of traditional poetry, which seems to have become almost a lost art these days. I do write unstructured, or free verse poetry as well, but I'm absolutely entranced by classical formats - just as I'm moved and inspired by Mozart and Beethoven; Shakespeare and Monet.
What genre would you like to write in that you haven’t tried yet? What is the draw?
I'm currently working on two full-length novels as well as my second poetry collection. One is a contemporary romance, and the other a middle-grade adventure novel. I'd also love to write a really good mystery story one day! I always wanted to have Jessica's life (Murder, She Wrote) in Cabot Cove; writing mystery books all day, living right by the sea - how idyllic can you possible get? I've always loved reading mysteries, so it's almost a given that one day I want to write one, too. As you can tell, I don't like to be tied down to one specific genre, lol!
Do you prefer to read in ebook format or traditional print?
I thought I'd always be a traditional print book addict, because I love the feel of a book in my hand and can literally spend hours poking around in used book stores. However, physical disabilities have cropped into my life in the past several years, and there are days when I just can't hold a book without a great deal of pain. So, I've finally succumbed to the digital age and now have two e-readers: a kobo and a kindle. I still prefer physical books, but must admit that e-readers hold tons of books and are so easily portable that I rarely go anywhere now without at least my kindle.
Favorite book when you were a child?
I know I'm dating myself, but my all time favorite book as a child was Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God, by Paul Gallico. It's a delightful book, set in Scotland, about a cat and her influence on a family. The book is written as if it's Thomasina, the cat, who is narrating - and I still cry every time I read it! It was also made into a movie; The Three Lives of Thomasina - and I cried over the movie, too.
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