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Author event and giveaway: Juliette Fay

November 27, 2012

I was lucky enough to attend a recent Book Your Lunch featuring Juliette Fay and I found her to be intelligent, charming, and funny!  Juliette is the married mother of four children.  She worked in human services until her third child was 18 months old.  She liked being home with her children but needed something stimulating to do.  When her youngest child was 2 years old, Juliette was reading a really bad novel (which she refused to name) and thought she could do better.  She bought a pad of paper and started her first book while she was on vacation, writing in longhand.  That book has never been published but she learned a lot as she wrote it.

Juliette feels writing is an exercise in empathy and she thinks it’s the best job she’s ever had.  She loves to write from the voice of a child and will ask her children if aspects of her books pertaining to children ring true.  It takes her a year or two to write a book and her characters are real to her.  Juliette likes women’s fiction about family and relationships and listens to a lot of audiobooks.

I haven’t had the chance to read any of Juliette’s books yet but she has lots of fans.  It was obvious during the question and answer period of the event that people love her books and are very attached to her characters.  There were lots of questions about specific characters and events from previous books.

Juliette’s newest book, The Shortest Way Home, is about a man who assumes he has Huntington’s Disease (because his mother had it) so he sets out to do as much good as he can in the time he has on Earth.  He comes to realize he doesn’t have the disease and decides he needs to re-evaluate his life.  This was Juliette’s first time writing from a male perspective – she had her husband read the male scenes to make sure they feel real.

I got Juliette to autograph a copy of The Shortest Way Home for one lucky reader.  To enter to win an autographed copy of THE SHORTEST WAY HOME, by Juliette Fay, simply fill out the entry form.  Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please.  I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Thursday, December 6, 2012.   Winner will be announced on Friday, December 7, 2012.  Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2012 5:24 am

    I read The Shortest Way Home several weeks ago and really enjoyed it. I’ll bet it was a wonderful author event!

  2. November 27, 2012 5:36 am

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. November 27, 2012 7:12 am

    Once again I am so envious of your access to Book Your Lunch events! How lucky you are to be living so close to a great Indie like Fiction Addiction!

  4. November 27, 2012 8:50 am

    Sounds like a very good read.

  5. November 27, 2012 9:17 am

    I can’t wait to read this book. I met Juliette when I was in RI, she was very kind. I wish I’d been able to spend more time with her. I also have her book Shelter Me, and it’s been in my TBR stack for a while!

  6. bookingmama permalink
    November 27, 2012 9:26 am

    I’m one of those fans! Love her characters.

  7. November 27, 2012 9:26 am

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I loved Shelter Me, and I can’t wait to try her other novels. Great post!

  8. November 27, 2012 10:07 am

    I wonder if her first book, the one she wrote out longhand, will ever be published. Nice author feature!

  9. November 27, 2012 10:40 am

    Sounds like an emotional read. I have Deep Down True on my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  10. zibilee permalink
    November 27, 2012 10:56 am

    I am always amazed at the parade of authors that you have coming into your hometown. I wish Orlando could get its act together and do things like this. I mean we have the tourist attractions, and it would be pleasant for authors to stop here and have a little vacation, but it seems that there is no home base from which they can do these types of things. Very cool interview today. Thanks for giving us a chance to win the book!

  11. Beth Hoffman permalink
    November 27, 2012 1:02 pm

    Juliette is a sweetheart. I met her at ALA in 2010 and really like her writing style.

  12. Patty permalink
    November 27, 2012 2:11 pm

    I love her books!

  13. November 27, 2012 3:16 pm

    This book has been on my list for awhile…thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  14. November 27, 2012 3:27 pm

    I would like to read this one. Sounds very interesting. To think you have such a horrible disease…..

  15. November 27, 2012 4:49 pm

    it sounds like she was utterly charming! I too, have not had the pleasure to read one of her books yet but it sounds like one of those perfect for the Sunday afternoon by the fire ~ thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

  16. November 27, 2012 4:53 pm

    The author sounds really sweet and it’s great she shared so much information at the lunch. I’d love to give her books a try sometime.

  17. November 27, 2012 4:56 pm

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Kathy! I will post it in my blog’s sidebar. 🙂

  18. November 27, 2012 8:33 pm

    I would become obsessed with finding out what book provoked her to write!

  19. November 27, 2012 9:21 pm

    I have been meaning to try her books, too. Thanks for the giveaway offer!

  20. November 28, 2012 10:22 am

    What an inspiring author story. Loved her Shelter Me (and I love her book cover style!). Will look for this one.

  21. November 28, 2012 10:44 am

    I loved her other two books and just downloaded The Shortest Way Home to my nook app…gonna read it while I’m on vacation!

  22. November 28, 2012 4:36 pm

    Sounds worth checking out! Thanks for sharing all the details of these author events.

  23. November 29, 2012 7:17 pm

    This sounds so interesting and in high school I had to do a paper on Huntington’s Disease, which was fascinating.

  24. November 29, 2012 7:50 pm

    I was lucky enough to have a sweet friend send me her copy of this one. I loved her first book and liked her second one. This one sounds great and I’m jealous, once again, that you got to meet her!!

  25. November 29, 2012 8:41 pm

    I have one of hers – Shelter Me – lurking on my TBR shelf. This one sounds good, too. I’ll have to put it on my list!

  26. November 30, 2012 1:14 am

    I read this already and it was wonderful. I think you’ll enjoy it too.

  27. November 30, 2012 2:40 pm

    I’ve seen this book around and would love to read it. Now that Gage is two I guess I need to get out my pen and paper 🙂

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