Friday, February 12, 2016

Interview with Julie Rowe, author of Viral Justice

Inside the Book:

Title: Viral Justice 
Author: Julie Rowe 
Publisher: Carina Press 
Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Format: Ecopy

As a general's daughter, Alicia Stone has fought twice as hard for everything she's earned in the military. A Special Forces consultant with black belts in three martial arts, she's as strong as her surname implies. No one dares call her Alicia—no one but Colonel Robert Maxmillian, head of the Biological Response Team.

With Alicia at his side, Max must lead the team into northern Iraq to investigate a virus—or is it a weapon—killing the area's population. Charged with guarding his body, she can't help wanting his hands on her body. Max would be the perfect fling. But he demands more.

The heat builds between them, but danger quickly follows. As the two get closer to the source of the virus, they'll have to risk their future to outsmart a scientist with nothing to lose.  
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When and why did you begin writing?

I discovered writing, or writing discovered me, when I was a teen. I didn’t get serious about it until after my first child was born.  I’d read a particularly poorly written book and said to a friend that I could write something better. She double-dog dared me to write a better book.

Challenge accepted.

It took me a year and a half that first book, and no, it wasn’t better. It was crap, but after three re-writes I decided to write a second book, then a third and a fourth, and so on.

What inspires you to write and why?

The voices in my head won’t shut up. Seriously, the world needs more hope, and that’s what I want to share with people. No matter how difficult the task, the job, there’s always hope.

What genre are you most comfortable writing?

I love writing romantic suspense with a medical twist.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began?

I had a lot of mentors who taught me so many things. Dianne Drake ( and Lori Wilde ( to name just a couple of people.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?

Letting go of fear. Fear of putting all of myself on the page. It’s tough to open yourself up and do that. Scary too, because you have to reach down into your own emotions in order to get them on the page.

Do you intend to make writing a career?

Yes, writing is my full-time job, though I teach part-time.

Have you developed a specific writing style?

I write with a fast pace and a lot of action, and I try to create plot lines that aren’t predictable.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?

This is a tough question. Quote often readers have a very different opinion on what a writer’s strength is. I think my greatest strength is walking the line between fact and fiction in the medical details (bioterrorism). My editor says my ideas on bioterrorism are scary. That’s the problem with facts, they’re almost always scarier than most fiction.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?

My favorite quote is from Brigadier General (retired) Chuck Yeager:
You don’t concentrate on risks.  You concentrate on results.  No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.

Meet the Author

Julie Rowe
Julie Rowe’s first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and northern Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “No one would believe them!”.

In addition to writing contemporary and historical medical romance, and fun romantic suspense for Entangled Publishing and Carina Press, Julie has short stories in Fool’s Gold, the Mammoth Book of ER Romance, Timeless Keepsakes and Timeless Escapes anthologies. Her book SAVING THE RIFLEMAN (book #1 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2013 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. AIDING THE ENEMY (book #3 WAR GIRLS) won the novella category of the 2014 Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Her writing has also appeared in several magazines such as Romantic Times Magazine, Today’s Parent, and Canadian Living.

You can reach Julie at , on Twitter @julieroweauthor or at her Facebook page:

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