Shelf Envy with Julie Anne Nelson

Welcome to the first ever Shelf Envy of 2013! Sad, isn’t it? I need to get back into this. I just haven’t been able to find the gumption to go and bother authors or bloggers to invade their privacy.

Here’s hoping that Julie will be the first of many this year!

As I’ve just mentioned, the first victim of invasion of privacy this year is Julie Anne Nelson, author paranormal novel about seven girls born on the same date who will do anything to change everyone’s perception that they’re evil. I definitely need to read this soon!

She’s gracious enough to share a bit of her reader self by showing us her bookshelves and answering a few questions regarding the books that she’s read.

I wish my bookshelves are just as organized. I see some pretty heavy classics and a nice selection of YA. Other people’s bookshelves is fascinating to me. I’m a nosy person in general and there’s nothing like snooping at other people’s bookshelves that puts a smile on my face. 🙂 Anyway, I’ve asked her a few questions regarding her collection. Read on.

What was the last book you purchased?
Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution by Coppinger. 
I am a crazy dog person and have my dogs in classes for all sorts of things, and this book was recommended to me by a great dog trainer.  Because I am deep in the fourth book in my series, I am not reading many fiction books that I haven’t read before.  I tend to read like an addict, so if I start a book, it owns my mind until I am finished.  That doesn’t really help with finishing my own books, so I mostly read non-fiction that I can read more sensibly or fiction that I have previously read and loved.

Is there a book that continue to influence your style of writing?

Anne of Green Gables (and series).  I think that Anne is such a spectacular character because of her quirks, and anyone who has read my writing knows that I have quirky characters with both assets and flaws.  We certainly wouldn’t love Anne as much if she weren’t occasionally ridiculous (as we all are… or at least, should aspire to be).

 Name a book that you’ve read more than once.

I reread many books because once I fall in love with a story world, I love to go back again and again.  The one I have read the most is The Mountain is Young by Han Suyin.  It is a beautifully written book that connects with me on such a deep level that each time I read it, I feel like I know myself better.

 If you have to giveaway all your books and you’re only allowed one to keep, which will it be?

The Lord of the Rings definitely because it is so long and intricate that you could read it a thousand times and still have something new to find each time.
Name your top 5 authors of all time. 

Jane Austen
L.M. Montgomery
J.R.R. Tolkien
Han Suyin
C.S. Lewis

Thank you, Julie for indulging my curiosity! I’m shamed to say I haven’t read any of the Anne of Green Gables books (I know!). I have seen all of The Lord of the Rings movies but did not give the books a go. 

Julie Anne Nelson’s passion for young adult fiction stemmed from her six years teaching middle school social studies and English. Her goal now is to add a new voice to the already impressive landscape of young adult writers. Julie currently works as a technical editor and in her free time writes like there is no tomorrow, reads like a junky, and pines for opportunities to wear her favorite high heels.

Please check out her book!

Available in Kindle or Paperback!

In the town of Dunlowe, being different can be deadly. No one knows this better than the seven girls born on the exact same day, at the exact same time. From birth, they’ve been feared, judged, and controlled. And yet, still loved by their families. Still hoping for a future. Still believing that acceptance would one day come. As their seventeenth birthday approaches, events occur that leave Cecily Daye and the other girls grasping with the possibility that their oppressors might have been right about them all along. Maybe they are as evil as the town has believed. But without an answer, they must make a choice when the town turns on them: to die or to run to the one place no person would follow—they must enter The Wild Wood.

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