The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Julia Park Tracey
writer | editrix | author | blogger
From Julia’s Amazon Page
You found me! Yes! I’m the author of “Tongues of Angels,” a sexy contemporary novel about the Catholic Church and a handful of priests who can’t keep it holy. It has sex, religion, politics, and a host of unfulfilled desires that we can’t talk about at the dinner table.
Elsewhere: I’ve been curating the diaries of my late Aunt Doris, the results of which you’ll see in The Doris Diaries. The first volume is “I’ve Got Some Lovin’ to Do,” (Honorable Mention at Great Northwestern, SoCal and San Francisco Book festivals, and a Finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, 2013). The newest one is “Reaching for the Moon” (out in Sept 2013). The actual diaries will be archived at Reed College in Portland, Ore., where Doris went to college, and proceeds from sales of The Doris Diaries will support a women’s scholarship at Reed. I hope you love Doris as much as I did, and still do. www.thedorisdiaries.com
Currently: A couple more novels are on the back burner and my memoir in short story is in the queue. Read a segment from “Wedlock: A Fictional Memoir” in the “Confessions: Fact or Fiction” anthology.
Background Check: I’m an award-winning writer, editor, journalist and activist. I have 5 kids (mostly grown). I’ve been a writer all my life, and blogging for about 10 years. I’ve also been a newspaper+magazine editor+publisher and have been a freelance writer for years. Google me and you’ll see.
Bad Habits: Old books are my crack. I love Jane Austen and British lit. I got my master’s in early 20th century British literature, and that nerdiness hasn’t stopped. I have a thing for DE Stevenson and Nevil Shute, Dorothy Whipple and Rumer Godden. I’m always haunting used book sales, looking to rediscover forgotten early 20th century women authors who still have something to say.
Find Me: Facebook (Julia Park Tracey or The Doris Diaries) and on Twitter (@juliaparktracey and @thedorisdiaries).
From her web site: http://www.juliaparktracey.com/
Julia was the founding editor at the award-winning The Alameda Sun community newspaper, and later became publisher, one of fewer than 85 female newspaper publishers in California. She has also been associate editor at>AlamedaOakland Magazine magazines and co-editor at The East Bay Monthly. Her essays, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications. Julia’s academic publications include critical essays on Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, Jane Austen, and the Harry Potter phenomenon. She has degrees in journalism and early 20th century British literature.
She lives in Northern California and splits her time between Alameda and the Russian River Valley.
Are you set in your ways? Have good habits become ruts? Are your ruts so deep you can’t crawl out? Write about what might happen if someone disrupts your habits and forces you out the rut. What happens?
I wish that people who do hold harmful biases towards other people could be educated about where they come from.
Word of the Week:
From Arlene Miller – our guest in March 2014
And author of the new The Best Grammar Workbook Ever
This is from Arlene’s Miller’s Weird and Wonderful Words Series found on her blog http://bigwords101.com/
iatrarchy – noun – You have heard of matriarchy, hierarchy, and monarchy. Well, iatrarchy is a government run by physicians. Good idea or no?? Don’t get this one confused with kakistrocracy, which is a “government run by the worst people.” I guess you need to figure out for yourself who those people are.