Author Spotlight – Fiona Tulle
July 10, 2018 • News
CJC: How did you get started as an author and what made you want to pursue that field?
Fiona: Well. This is a loaded question Chris. I’ve been writing all my life, but never really thought it was possible for me to publish. I read a few indie books and fell in love with how accessible a lot of indie authors were to their readers. I then attended a book signing and I realized I was surrounded by people like me and so I started writing a story that was in my head for years. That book became Pursuing Hope: Part One.
CJC: What hurdles have you overcome while striving towards your goals?
Fiona: I think my greatest obstacle has been myself. I have had to sit in front of a blank document and come up with a story. I’ve experienced every sense of emotion with each story with the hardest one to overcome is hate or fear that people won’t read the book. As I write more, my confidence grows. I can’t change my circumstances but I can change how I react.
CJC: Which novel has been your favorite to write and why?
Fiona: Hands down, by far, Abounding Love. It will always be a book held near and dear to me. I think I left a piece of my heart in those words. That was where our friendship budded too. Sitting with Brad and writing and listening to his life was a means for me to grieve. Writing his book and his story helped me face this world without a best friend.
CJC: For those looking to become an author, what advice would you give them?
Fiona: Do it. Just write. And write until you want to hit publish. Ask people to read it. Tweak your style, but don’t change you. This isn’t easy, but it’s the most rewarding career I have.
CJC: Favorite motto?
Fiona: No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. – Aesop
CJC: In one word, how would you describe your writing style?
Fiona: Chris, this is a cruel question to ask an author. Let me pull out my thesaurus..
How about simply, “me”?
CJC: Which author inspires you the most and why?
Fiona: Don’t laugh, but Valerie Tripp who wrote several American Girl Doll series. She was an author who became a penpal when I was young. I need to find her address and write her to thank her for her words of encouragement. Oh and Judy Blume <3.
CJC: What is your writing process like?
Fiona: Well, it involves a lot of 4 letter words. No, just kidding. Usually I plot a story in my head or have a scene playing over and over. I write out a basic outline and then write scenes as I see them and then write around it.
CJC: Goals for the remainder of the year?
Fiona: An anthology project, a darker novella called Royally Bound and the start of the release of The Wish Series (eeeek! These covers with Alli and you are amaziiiingggg. Tiffany is awesome)
CJC: What new projects are you currently working on?
Fiona: Right now? I’m heavily focused on Royally Bound and the first book of The Wish Series. Royally Bound is sexier, darker than my typical so it will be the first in my Tulle in the Dark venture. The Wish Series will be a return to my strong female roles with a flare of romance.
CJC: Any final thoughts you would like to share with the CJC Photography readers?
Fiona: Reading is an opportunity to escape into a new world with new people, don’t ever hesitate to try a new adventure with a new author. You might be surprised, you’ll find yourself writing perhaps!
CJC: I wanted to say a special thank you to the amazing Fiona Tulle for taking part in this interview. I have had such a pleasure collaborating with her and I can’t wait for our future projects to release. Chosen For Me is now available!