Author Archives for Julie Andresen

Word Count

April 7, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: This blog is a follow up to Size Matters and How Big Is Your Canvas? where I discuss in general terms imagining one’s story in terms of a painting. I can tell a writer is new to novel writing when I encounter a mismatch between the size of the story... read more


Miami & Palm Beach

March 24, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The second-to-last stop on our Southeast Coast Road Trip was Miami. I skipped right over this part of the trip and wrote all about Cuba (see parts 1, 2, 3, and 4), but I wanted to make sure I shared about this part of our journey too. We stayed two... read more


Cuba – Day Four

March 21, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For our second daytrip we decided to go to the closest fancy beach, Varadero, a little more than two hours east of Havana. To the north of the peninsula is the Gulf of Mexico. To the south is the Bahia de Cardenas. The peninsula is so narrow that, at some... read more


Cuba – Day Three

March 17, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For those who have been to any other Caribbean island, what’s remarkable about Cuba is its size. It is much bigger than, say, Puerto Rico. Three hours to the west, in Pinar del Río, are the tobacco farms. Four hours to the south and west is the town of Cienfuegos... read more


Repost: On the Term ‘Bodice Ripper’

March 15, 2017 2:46 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

This post originally appeared on my Goodreads page in 2014. On May 2, 2014, the New York Times reported the sale of Harlequin Enterprises to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. The NYT reporter opened his piece by writing that when the acquisition was announced, “cheap jokes inevitably started to fly. It... read more


Havana Cuba — Day One

March 7, 2017 9:00 am Published by 1 Comment

Title Image: Spanish Embassy on San Francisco Square So … last Tuesday morning when I woke up, I had no idea I would be in Havana, Cuba the next day. But that’s what happened. Here’s how: Friend and co-author Phillip called me to say he had a last-minute invitation to... read more


On First-Person Narration

March 3, 2017 7:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

I originally published this article on my Goodreads page (come follow me!), but I realized I have not talked about all the misconceptions surrounding the romance genre here, so I’m reposting this blog for you all to read today. It is a truism that many first novels are written in the first... read more


Day Tripping in Central Florida

February 28, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Take a morning walk along the St. John’s River in Sanford, an easy 30-minute drive north of Orlando. On our road trip from Charlotte NC to Miami, the third stop (after Charleston and Savannah) was St. Augustine, Florida. Established in 1565, it’s the oldest continuously settled city in the US.... read more