APW: DIY Interview – Julie Rieman Duck

Name: Julie Rieman Duck


What is your blog URL?

What is your website URL?

What is the contact information you are willing to share?
Email – skodobah@yahoo.com
Twitter – www.twitter.com/skodobah
FB – www.facebook.com/aplaceinthislife

Where were you born?
San Gabriel Valley in Southern California

What schools did you attend?  What was your course of study?
San Clemente High School
Saddleback College
I studied English, of course

When and how did you discover you wanted to be a writer/author?
In the third grade, I discovered the ‘Little House’ books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I wrote, illustrated and put together my first book, “Kittyland” and was hooked.  My first published work was “Duckcat” in Highlights, the children’s magazine.

Are you a published author?   Yes

Please list your published material, with dates?
I am a published magazine writer and editor, but that could go on and on. As for books, ‘A Place In This Life’ came out in late-September 2011.

If these materials are books, are they still available, and from where?
Yes!  They’re available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.

Please tell about your first publication – what was it, when, how you felt when it happened, problems you may have had, etc.
My agent recommended that I publish ‘A Place In This Life’ myself. It took some time to format the manuscript according to each book seller, as well as obtain cover art from my artist colleague. There were many steps involved, but worth it when completed.

Please tell about the most memorable moment in your writing career.
It was a call from a small outdoors publisher who offered me a job as a copy editor. That was more than 20 years ago and it set me on the road to where I am now. I was absolutely thrilled to be in publishing – magazines, books, whatever has words.

Have you won any awards? If yes, which award(s) and when?
Back in high school, I won several awards in the Academic Decathlon for essay writing, as well as an award from the National League of American Pen Women.

Have you been on a ‘best seller’ list?  Which one(s) and when?
Not yet!  ‘A Place In This Life’ has, however, garnered several 5-star reviews.

What problems have you encountered in your career and how did you deal with them?
Frustration with people who didn’t know what to do with my writing. I carried on and kept submitting queries and making contacts on Twitter. It’s who you know that drives any career.

Did an established writer mentor you in your early days? 
No. I like to feel that I learned young adult writing from Judy Blume. She had it nailed – the emotions, the feelings and thoughts of puberty and beyond. Later, when I got into publishing I learned from editors and writers about how it all works.

What genre do you most often write?
Young adult (YA)

What other genres have you written? 
Adult, self-help

Who are the authors who most influenced your writing and your career?
Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary and Laura Ingalls Wilder. I adore Laura’s ability to cherish everything she experiences with a concise and tasty description.

Who are the authors your read most often?
Okay, I do have the entire Twilight series.  However, I am a fan of Anne Rice (better vamps there), Dr. Judith Orloff and Dr. Wayne Dyer (self-help rocks).

Please list the conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars you have attended during the past year?
None this year, but I did attend the West Virginia Writer’s Conference in 2010. I don’t have a lot of time to make the rounds.

Have you mentored an aspiring writer?  Would you mentor, if the opportunity arose?
I have mentored, I would gladly mentor

What would you tell an aspiring writer who asks you for assistance?
It depends on what they need, but I always offer insight and hope. There is a strategy to all of this, wrapped around a writer’s heart. The two are like oil and water but they must work together to accomplish the goal of creation.

What advice would you give to all up-and-coming writers?
Learn your craft. Write copy, write poetry, scribble words. Develop good editing skills and read the dictionary for fun. Becoming a good writer takes time, and whatever you write will help you get there sooner.

Are you involved in the ‘writing scene’ in your community/area?
Very active

Please tell about your other community activities.
I am a former editor of the Basset Hound Rescue of Southern California newsletter, and work as an editorial assistant for a professional magazine. It would be an honor to help kids with cancer, as my first book is deeply involved with that.

What is the name of your current project?
‘The Joy and Torture of Joshua James’

What is the expected release date?
February 15, 2012

What is the genre? YA

Please provide details of your upcoming blog tour, book tour, and/or book-signing.
I am setting up a blog tour that will hopefully happen in February, as well a publishing frenzy for ‘The Joy and Torture of Joshua James.’

Is this work a stand-alone or part of a series?

Do you have any project(s) planned for the future?  Yes

Please provide some details of the project(s).
I have two books on submission the traditional way through my agent – SWELL and little rooms. I would like to share those with my readers as soon as possible.

What is the anticipated release date?  N/A

What conferences/courses/webinars/workshops/seminars do you plan to attend in the next 12 months?
Would love to go to SCBWI in Los Angeles, as well as the Los Angeles Times Book Fair in April.

Are you involved in publishing in any other capacity?
Editor, Reviewer, Other

If ‘other,’ please specify.
I beta read and provide editorial services. I am also a guest blogger for Apex Publications and YA Stands. Not to mention that I am a marketing copywriter.

Please provide any information  you would like to share that is not covered above.
I love books and writing – when I see that passion in someone it inspires me to continue being my best. If I can help other writers achieve their goals, then my job is done.

I’d like to thank Julie for participating in the DIY Interviews program.  See the details in the left column on how YOU can do your own interview, too.  I’ll post all the interviews here, and then post them on the DIY Interviews Archive page with a Shortlink for your promotional needs.

Happy Writing!


PS: Please take a few minutes to read the updated, revised and edited Wedding Chapter Rev. from my soon-to-be-published book (2012) ‘Janelle’s Time.’ You’ll meet Richard and Janelle Grayson, the newlyweds, AND, meet Duke Logan Conor (he crashes the wedding) from my upcoming book, ‘Logan’s Time.’

The TIME Series – by Dayna Leigh Cheser
Janelle’s Time – Release: March 2012
Moria’s Time – WIP – NaNoWriMo Project, 2011 Winner
Adelle’s Time – Planned
Logan’s Time – WIP

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