Welcome to Julie Lawford: A Writer’s Notepad

I’m Julie Lawford and I’ve just published my first novel.

Singled Out is a gritty psychological suspense story set on a singles holiday in Turkey.  Think sunshine holiday romance… but only for a moment. For when the sun goes down on this group of guests, things get very dark for some.

You can read more about Singled Out here.

I’ve been blogging for a while, mostly about the experience of writing fiction and navigating today’s constantly shifting publishing landscape. Lately I’ve been slipping in a few topics which relate to Singled Out too – the ups and downs of being single, Turkey – one of my favourite places in the world, foodie matters and the psycho-side of life. I love it when people read and comment on my blog, so please, don’t be shy, join the conversation.  You can click here to check out my blog or select BLOG from the menu bar above.

Singled Out Is available to buy in paperback and Kindle e-book from Amazon. Click on the pen icon to subscribe to my mailing list for publication updates.

Thanks for dropping by.  Please stay a while, join in and share the experience.

21 thoughts on “Welcome”

  1. Only just came across your page. Best wishes with your novel.

  2. Congrats. See you’ve made the transition to julielawford.com. Hope it was painless!

  3. So cool! Congratulations on the upcoming book. That’s really exciting.

    I grew up as an expat in Turkey (baby to college with a few trips to the US – parents worked there). It’s such a deep and lovely country! What’s your connection there?

    • Thank you! I have no connection with Turkey other than I’ve taken several holidays there over the years and I love the country, the people, their warm hospitality, the food, the scenery, the raggedy coastline, the sea, the beaches…..; basically the soul and spirit of the place. I thought it would make a great setting for my first novel. I guess I’ll find out whether others agree with me in a week or two. :)

      • I completely agree. It’s a fantastic setting.

        When I was a kid we had summer vacations at a beach (Kizkalesi) with an actual ruined castle on a tiny island a quarter mile from shore. We’d swim or canoe out and climb the old towers. I mean, how do you beat that? Incredible! And I still miss the food.

        Best wishes for the book launch! Can’t wait to hear how it goes.

        • I have many wonderful memories of my Turkish holidays, but favourite are the several times I’ve spent days and whole weeks at a time on-board a Gulet, motoring, or better still, sailing the coastal waters around the Bodrum or Dacta Peninsulars. Funnily enough, there’s a Gulet in my story…

  4. Hi Julie! I am happy to be visiting your blog for the first time. Congratulations on your first novel ‘Singled Out’ and your blog. I am confident that great days lie ahead for you in writing and blogging. I do wish that your candle shines as brightly as possible.

  5. While on our holiday I had the chance to read your book Singled Out.  As usual reading your words were nothing short of delightful, fun, interesting and awesome.  I loved the main character Brenda. I could see her so well and also found her in actuality while on a boat tour in the thousand islands.  It must have been her.  The plot was great, easy to follow, fun to figure out and the twists and turns were delightful.  I learned a great deal more about you as a person through your book.  It seems to me Turkey is one of your favorite places in the world.  The way you described the wonderful foods and treats were so detailed along with the drinks.  Lots of sex authorized and unauthorized.  X was played like a cello by the best of the best.  It all went the way it should have.    
        I love your writing style, always have dear lady.  My wife is now reading it as well.  Hope she enjoys it as I did so much.  Thank you for the excellent mental journey.  Looking forward to your next book.  Thank you for sharing your sagacious mind.

    • Hi Bill, I’m so very glad you enjoyed Singled Out! I hope you don’t mind that I have very slightly edited your comment, to remove the spoiler, just in case anyone stumbles across it unawares. I learnt a great deal from writing this first book, and as my ideas begin to come together for the next, another challenging time for Brenda, I hope to put what I’ve learned into play. I hope your wife enjoys it too – and that you both had a lovely and happy vacation.

  6. Good luck with your first novel Julie. How exciting!

  7. It was lovely to meet you at the Bloggers’ Bash in London! I’ve finally got proper internet access again to catch up with everyone’s blogs :)

  8. Hi Julie,
    Thank you for visiting my blog, cicampbellblog.wordpress.com and commenting on my post there. Especially since it brought me here to yours. I couldn’t resist your book when I followed the link to Amazon, and I bought it. I can hardly wait to read it, but I have to finish reading one I’m reviewing first.
    From the ‘look inside’ feature, your book looks well written and well edited…just what I was trying to encourage in other indie authors. For me, it is a huge selling point. The fact that your story grabs my attention is another.

    • Hi Christine,
      Thank you for visiting my blog in return. I would have commented rather than just ‘like’ the post, but life and client business got in the way, so I’m so glad you found your way here to my blog, as I shall now go back and comment properly.
      I’m so glad you liked the look of Singled Out – it’s quite a dark story, a bit gritty in parts, but I’ve taken great care in editing, and it’s always lovely when people notice this. :)
      Until I started to edit, I didn’t realise just how much was involved, and how many layers there were to the editing process. You can’t do them all at once either, you have to peel them away, one at a time. I was mentored through an early draft of Singled Out and my mentor gave me good advice – she said, if you want to be good, you have to be prepared to ‘do the work’, by which, she meant those layers of editing. Check out posts tagged ‘editing’ for some of my editing pains!
      I do hope you enjoy Singled Out as you read it, and I will enjoy looking back through your posts and checking out your novels too.
      Thanks again for connecting!

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