1. What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Outside? People willingly go out there?
2. What do you want readers to take from your books?
I want readers to enjoy the hours they spend with my books. I want them to laugh, and see the world as a better place. I see myself as a purveyor of rose colored glasses. Except in the future people won’t wear glasses so I guess they’re more rose colored ocular implants.
3. What made you decide to write in your current genre?
I’ve been reading science fiction and fantasy since I was a kid. I’ve also read a lot of romance—starting with Regency romances when I was ten or twelve. My first attempt at a novel—when I was 17–was a regency romance with an American heiress. I never finished the book, but there were lots of snuff boxes and dance cards and insipid tea.
When I came back to writing, I had a story living in my head. It had been developing for years, like my own personal movie. It was definitely a science fiction story, so that’s where I went. I wrote it and put it away for years. Then I wrote a completely different story, which is a genre mash-up of cozy mystery wrapped in chick lit, set on a space station. I published that one, and eventually came back and re-wrote the first one and published it as well. I’ve been in space ever since.
4. Tell us about your current release/or new release?
My most recent book is Krimson Flare, the fourth (and final!) book in the Krimson Empire series. The series is about a military wife named Quinn who is framed for treason. The government throws her in prison—death row—and she escapes to get back to her children. With friends she picks up along the way, she goes on to take down the corrupt government. Sashelle, the caat from my short story, is a supporting character in the Krimson Empire—but she kind of steals the show.
5. What does your writing space look like?
It’s a corner of the family room with an adjustable (stand-up) desk and an extra monitor. It overlooks the living room—it’s an open plan home with a second floor loft. It’s got lots of books and papers scattered about, and too much dust because I’m the world’s second worst housekeeper.
6. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?
I love my iPad. I use it write sometimes, to communicate, for social media, to watch videos, and to read.
On a more basic level, I really couldn’t live without my glasses. Life would be a huge blur.
7. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?
Yes. I write happy, hopeful science fiction. I don’t like to kill anybody. Except the occasional victim whom we’ve met only as the dead body. Even the bad guys usually survive to go to jail.
8. How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
In some ways all of my characters are me at different phases in my life and if I’d experienced different things. Some of my villains are people I knew and didn’t like very much. That’s one of the perks of being a writer—making your enemies look bad.
9. Is there one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing?
I keep thinking someday I’ll write a rom com— romantic comedy. Some of my sci fi is pretty close to that already, so it wouldn’t be a huge shift. But I’d use a pen name, just to help readers keep them separate.
10. What do you do when a flash of inspiration hits you at an inopportune moment?
Ignore everyone around me and work it out in my head. I tend to write and rewrite in my head many, many times before I get to the keyboard. So I’ll go off into a haze and work out the scene or idea, and then wonder why people are staring at me, or glaring because I’m ignoring them. It’s not an endearing trait. The lockdown has been good for me, because with only my family around, I’m not upsetting anyone else.
11. What’s next for you?
I’m working on a new series that takes characters from my least known series and puts them into a humorous Space Opera story—more in keeping with what my readers expect from me. I don’t have a title yet…sign up for my newsletter and I’ll let you know! https://juliahuni.com/sign-up/
12. Where can we find you on the internet?