Inspiration for The Red Flag

November 30, 2018

Julia discusses her inspiration for writing The Red Flag and the exploration of the idea of villainy on the blog, Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots, in her guest blog post:

What would a villain have to do to lose support from a sympathetic audience? We as humans have a love for the underdog, for the misunderstood hero. We look to the Golden Age of Piracy for adventure, romance, and treasure. We root for the small thieves, the soul-tortured swashbucklers, and cheer when they do the right thing or grow a heart. Pirates were just trying to live a better life, after all, and weren’t real villains. Or were they? When I started The Red Flag, I had one goal in mind: to give readers the truth. Pirates were some of the cruelest people who ever lived. And they enjoyed being cruel.

Read the rest of the post here: Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Audiobook in Production!

November 23, 2018

I am excited to announce that The Red Flag is now in production for an audiobook and will be narrated by the talented Thomas Cardwell!

Tom is not just the perfect narrator, having captured the tone of the book, but he has also successfully and wonderfully brought each of the characters to life. It’s been surreal to hear Captain Boswell’s voice out loud just as I have in my head, and I hope all of you will feel the same.

The audiobook has officially entered production today which means Tom has just begun to record it. While it does not have an exact release date yet, it should be completed in about a month. Aside from being recorded, the book will also have to go through review quality checks.

I will, of course, keep you all updated as necessary. For now, spread the word, and join me in welcoming Tom aboard!

To learn more about Tom, visit his website at

November Progress Report

November 17, 2018

The science fiction project is well under way. The first draft is about halfway done. The original goal was to have it done by November 30, but it looks like a more realistic end date will be between December 8 and December 15. The story itself is progressing quicker than expected. My total word count goal had been 65,000, but it will most likely be closer to 60,000. For comparison, The Red Flag finished at 64,000. There may be opportunity for expansion to hit the goal after all, but we’ll just have to wait and see how it progresses naturally.

Once the first draft is complete, it will have to go through several rounds of revision, so I don’t expect to have a completed manuscript until early 2019. It’s too soon to be more specific as there’s no telling how much revision the draft will have to go through. I will, of course, keep you all updated.

I have lately been thinking about the historical romance project that I have planned to start once the science fiction one is done. Random scenes have been popping into my head and I’ve been writing them all down. I really only have a general sense of the plot and it wouldn’t do well to start planning it while I’m still working on something else. Still, I can’t help but feel eager to begin as the characters and story have slowly begun to take shape. The same thing happened while I wrote The Red Flag. When I was halfway through with that draft, ideas about the science fiction project continually came to me.

So, there is a lot to look forward to. Right now my focus is on finishing the first draft of the science fiction project. There are a couple of other developments relating to The Red Flag that I think will be cause for excitement, both of which I will announce within the month.

As always, thank you for the continued support. My aim has always been to please.



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