Happy New Year!

Skateboarders at Venice Beach
Skateboarders at Venice Beach

I hope you’ve had a great start to the year. I’ve been flat out working all summer. My friends and family would probably say otherwise, that I’ve been lazing around on holidays, that I’ve barely had my laptop open. But that’s just the point.

Viceroy Hotel library, Santa Monica
The hippest library in Santa Monica – at the Viceroy Hotel
Paradise, New Zealand
The road to Paradise, on New Zealand’s South Island

I’ve been travelling, gazing out of plane windows, eavesdropping at restaurants, chatting with strangers, reading books, watching movies, gathering characters, uncovering settings, and generally getting inspired.

Yes, I know – research is tough, but someone has to do it.

And now comes the time when I have to do something with all of those snippets of life – pictures, notes, plane tickets, maps, memories. I can’t wait to get started.

Good luck with your projects for 2015.

Julie

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Julie (J.E.) Fison writes for children, teens and adults. Her first fiction series - 'Hazard River' - is fast paced and fun with an environmental twist. The stories were inspired by a family holiday on the Noosa River. Noosa is also the setting for Julie's first story for teenagers - Tall, Dark and Distant. Her other books for young adults are Lust and Found and Counterfeit Love. She also has two books in the new Choose Your Own Ever After series that lets the reader decide how the story goes. Julie blogs on writing, travel and life as a mother of boys.

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