We have a very special guest today! Please welcome Women’s Fiction author, Judy Walters!
Tell us what first drew you to writing.
I’ve always written, since I was a little girl. I always knew I wanted to be a writer. It’s just something I’ve always done, and I don’t know why, but I don’t feel complete without my writing.
What do you write?
Women’s Fiction, stories about common people struggling with uncommon situations, many of my novels have some kind of medical twist.
You were an editor in your previous life. How much has the publishing industry changed since you left?
I was an editor a long time ago — I stopped working in publishing about 19 years ago, right before my younger daughter was born. At that time, and people will laugh now, my office was just setting up email and I was afraid I would never learn how to use it!
What seems to be the recurring theme(s) in your stories?
I like to write about families struggling with unusual but not unheard of problems. In A Million Ordinary Days, a woman is struggling with Multiple Sclerosis, and that struggle extends to her family. Other books I’ve written focus on families struggling with Autism, adoption, and infertility.
You have a new book coming out soon. Tell us about it.
My latest book is called A Million Ordinary Days, and it’s due out March 14. It’s the story of one woman’s fight against Multiple Sclerosis to try to live a normal life both with her career — working with pregnant teenagers — and raising her teenage daughter.
Which do you prefer: traditional, self publishing, or both?
I’m not one of those people who strongly prefers one way or another. Both are valid ways to publish. All of my books have been self published so far, but if I ever had the chance to have the traditional publishing experience, I think that would be great, too.
In your opinion, what are some of the biggest obstacles facing writers today?
One of the biggest obstacles is the ability to get published. People with wonderful novels can’t find publishers and feel uncomfortable or unsure of self publishing. People who had great publishers lose their contracts for a variety of reasons and then don’t know how to publish their next books.
Allison Wheeler is fighting a war inside her body, a war with Multiple Sclerosis that she doesn’t want to acknowledge and certainly doesn’t want other people to see.
As Allison’s health deteriorates, she tries desperately to hold on to all that is important to her – her family, her career as a social worker for pregnant teens, and most of all, her independence. As her ex-husband and two daughters rally around her, they’re fighting their own demons – Glenn, in a new relationship, is afraid of shifting the comfortable companionship that he and Allison have built since their divorce fifteen years back. Melanie, whose sad past haunts her, is an adult realizing that adult life is not all it’s cracked up to be, and Hailey, a junior in high school, is debating how she can go off to college knowing that even though she desperately wants to spread her wings and fly, her mother may be too ill for her to go. Just when they all think they’ve made peace with their lives, they must readjust to a “new” normal – or risk losing everything they’ve struggled to hold onto.
Release Date: March 14th, 2017
Want more info on this book? Go to Judy’s website!