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Character Interview: Julia Graye from Anne K. Edwards’ Suspense Novel, Shadows Over Paradise




character interviews logoWe’re thrilled to have here today Julia Graye from Anne K. Edwards’ new suspense novel, Shadows Over Paradise. Julia is a twenty-seven year old professional writer living in Baltimore, Maryland. 

It is a pleasure to have her with us today at By The Book! 

Thank you for this interview, Julia. Now that the book has been written, do you feel you were fairly portrayed or would you like to set anything straight with your readers?

I believe I came out of the story fairly well portrayed as I learned some things about myself and that always makes one stronger.

Do you feel the author did a good job colorizing your personality? If not, how would you like to have been portrayed differently?

This is a difficult question because one can never tell how others perceive them. I have always been satisfied with who I am, but I have run up on others who say I’m not feminine enough, or nosy, or don’t conform to their idea of who a woman should be.  My answer to them is, I am a writer, an individual who will be what she wants to be to succeed in her world. So yes, the author made me strong enough to survive the difficulties I encountered in the story which, I may say, are many.

shadowsoverparadise_med1What do you believe is your strongest trait?

I am persistent. I am determined to succeed at my profession.

Worst trait?

I don’t know, unless it is my tendency to see a story possibility in every person or situation I encounter.

If you could choose someone in the television or movie industry to play your part if your book was made into a movie, who would that be?

If you were to ask me what other fictional character from a book I’d choose to play me, I could answer this question a lot easier.  I am a voracious reader, but I rarely go to a movie or watch television unless the show is very well done and interesting.  I find the real world much more interesting than sitting in the dark and watching people play at being someone else. I prefer my own interpretation of characters in a book to those of someone else.  I know this doesn’t answer the question with a person’s name, but I honestly have no idea who could interpret who I am to my satisfaction.

Do you have a love interest in the book?

Perhaps one might develop if I see more of a certain fellow named Jess who I find to be very interesting. He has a great personality and is fun to be with.

At what point of the book did you start getting nervous the way it was going to turn out?

Hmmm. I guess right from the start when everyone except my friend made me feel unwanted. And if I might be so bold as to confess something I know about the author, Anne had no idea of most of the events until they happened. Now that is scary. I mean I was threatened, kidnapped, and someone tried to kill me. If I had know about those events, I might have stayed in Baltimore instead of going to the Mantua Islands. I was scared out of my mind at times.

If you could trade places with one of the characters in the book, which character would you not want to be and why? 

I can’t say I’d want to be any of them since I think they had bigger problems than I did, but most of all I wouldn’t have wanted to be my friend Suzanne since her entire life was turned upside down by tragedy.

How do you feel about the ending of the book without giving too much away? 

After all was said and done, I am satisfied that the book ends on a hopeful note. One thing for sure, I don’t think I’ll ever go into another cave. I’m not claustrophobic, but, after all, wandering around tunnels without light is not something I’d ever want to chance doing again.

What words of wisdom would you  give your author if she decided to write another book with you in it?

The answer is easy.  Let me stay home. However, I know this author fairly well and if she plans for me to have other adventures, they will be dangerous and exciting. My problem is, that I don’t have the same enthusiasm for getting into such predicaments. It’s like digging a hole and when you get it too deep, the sides fall in on you. I’m not sure she knows when to quit digging, and I’m the one in the hole!! So I guess I’d tell this author to be sure she knows what she’s doing. My life depends on it!

Thank you for this interview, Julia Graye. Will we be seeing more of you in the future? 

At this point, I don’t know, but there are requests for another such adventure.  It is possible since she has another idea for me to travel. I hope it’s someplace dry.


anne-k-edwardsAnne K. Edwards has authored and coauthored books in several different genres, from children’s books to mystery to speculative fiction. Currently, Anne is working on a new mystery novel, second in the “Death” series, to follow Death on Delivery. She’s here today to talk about her latest release, Shadows Over Paradise. Visit her website  to find out more.


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