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Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Sunday Spotlight featuring Julie Dewey



Julie Dewey


Book Blurb:

Raised on a farm outside of Westchester County, Tabitha Salt, the daughter of Irish immigrants, leads a sheltered existence. When tragedy strikes the family, the ten year old and her mother are forced to move to the notorious Five Points District in New York City. Known for its brothels, gangs, gambling halls, corrupt politicians, and thieves, the Five Points is a chaotic slum. The women find work as laundresses, struggling every day to survive in their squalid living conditions. 
When tragedy strikes again, Tabitha finds herself on the streets of New York City, alone. 

Summoning her courage and willing her legs that are numb with fear and grief to move, she takes to a life on the streets. Stealing food and running from the law, Tabitha dreams of the future. 

During this time the Sisters of Charity were plucking orphans off the streets with promises of a new life. Children were told to forget their pasts, including their religious beliefs, families, and names. They were to become Christian and were given new identities, only then could they board the orphan trains. The orphan trains carried the destitute children out west in search of new homes. Siblings were often ripped apart and many didn’t find homes but became indentured workers in exchange for room and board. 

The looming decision would alter her life course; boarding the train meant leaving everything and everyone she knew behind. Vulnerable and afraid she made her decision. 

The story is a true to life chronicle reflecting the saga of hundreds of thousands of homeless or neglected children who were placed on orphan trains from 1854 to 1929. The orphan train movement led to numerous reforms having to do with welfare and child labor laws. Many people believe it is the origin of modern foster care.


Book Blurb:

Set in the majestic yet untamed Adirondack Mountains of New York more than a century ago, an extraordinary story unfolds about a little known town called Saranac Lake. The town is home to a man with a disease known as consumption, white plague, or as some called it, the red death. It is here that Doctor Edward Livingston Trudeau finds a hopeful cure for tuberculosis in the form of open air. 

Trudeau’s patients vary in age, gender, class, and race, but they have one thing in common. They must all choose to embrace life, even in the face of death, if they wish to heal at the sanitarium. 

Christine, a woman at the helm of her family, has already lost two children to the dreaded plague. But when her daughter, Collette, contracts the disease, she is determined to keep her alive. Venturing into unknown territory, Christine risks her own health and that of her unborn child, as well as her marriage, to help her daughter seek a cure that to many is absurd. Christine embarks upon a life-changing journey as she moves from caregiver to patient. In the face of adversity she must find the courage to sustain herself. 

When Lena, a factory worker and mother of three, begins coughing up blood she is faced with a decision no mother wants to make. She either stays with her family and risks her own death, or leaves her loved ones behind while she goes off in hope of a cure at the 'Sans'. 

Big Joe, once a strong man for a traveling circus, seeks a quiet place to live out his final days in hiding. When he is sent to the Sanitarium, he is terrified to learn he will be housed with fellow circus performers for he is a hunted man. Gaunt and thin, he can only hope no one from his past recognizes him in his current state. 

Little Amy, a six year old child, must care for her entire family of seven, all whom are afflicted with different forms of plague. When she is diagnosed with a very rare form herself, she is sent to the Sanitarium and put under the care of Dr. Trudeau. Alone and afraid, Amy faces her fears and allows herself to dream of a future. 

With a cast of characters so vivid, One Thousand Porches is a heart warming and engaging story that will instill hope and faith in even the most pessimistic reader.


Author Bio:

Julie Dewey is a novelist who resides with her family in Central New York.  Her daughter is a singer/songwriter, and her son is a boxer.  Her husband is an all-around hard working, fantastic guy with gorgeous blue eyes that had her falling for him the moment they met. 

In addition to researching and writing she is an avid reader.  She is also passionate about jewelry design and gemstones.  She loves anything creative, whether it be knitting, stamping, scrapping, decoupaging, working with metal, or decorating. 
Visit her at www.juliedewey.com to get your reading guide for this book and to read an excerpt from Forgetting Tabitha, the Story of an Orphan Train Rider.


Hi Julie and welcome to my blog

Firstly can you tell us about yourself?
I am a sister, daughter, wife, and mother of two awesome kids. My daughter is a Nashville crooner and my son is a boxer. My husband is the love of my life and it’s all good.

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, starting with poetry.

What inspired you to start writing novels for your chosen genre?
Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read, so naturally I was inspired to start there.

Are there any other genres you’ve written?
I am currently working on a romantic comedy. It’s a lot less research and I can have more fun with the details.

Have you published any other novels, if so can you share the details?
I have published a historical fiction book, One Thousand Porches. It’s about the tuberculosis epidemic and sanitariums in Saranac Lake. Writing this was very cathartic for me because of my issues with lung disease. Interestingly, half way through the book we found out I had a great grandmother that stayed in one of the very sanitariums I was writing about. It was meant to be written.

Are you working on anything new right now and can you tell us more?
In addition to the romantic comedy, I am also writing my third historical fiction. This book is called The Back Building, and is about the Willard Insane Asylum on Seneca Lake. The research is incredible, and I find the topic of mental illness to be underwritten about and acknowleged.

What motivates and inspires you to write?
I love to read and have written for as long as I can remember. To most people pumping out ten thousand words a day is exhausting, to me it’s exhilarating.

Can you offer any advice to the fledgling authors, just starting out?
Just keep at it! It will all come together!

What is/are your all-time favourite novel/s?
Oh boy, I have so many favorites! As a child my favorite was Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. As an adult, I have fallen in love with Isabelle Alende, particularly Daughter of Fortune. Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonder and March. Mary Pat Kelley has written a lovely novel, Galway Bay and Nancy E Turner, penned These Is MY Words. Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series is pretty amazy and I could go on and on.

Can you tell us who your favourite indie author/s is/are?
Elle Casey, hands down.

What are you reading at the moment & would you recommend it to us?
I just finished Mudbound and it was excellent.

Do you have a favourite quote, if so what is it?
“Life is too short to be little” and “Happiness is not a destination, it is a way of life.”

Do you decide on your book title first, or do you write the book and then the title is decided later?
I usually write the book, and then choose a fitting title.

Do you have a day job, other than writing – if so can you share?
First and foremost I am a mom. Other than that, writing is what I do!

Do you like to write while listening to music and if so, does your book have particular playlist you’d like to share?
Intersting question, I have never considered writing while listening to music. I should try it.

If you were stranded on a faraway island:- which of your characters would you like to be marooned with and why?
Definitely Scotty. He’s a hard worker and easy to be around!

Which type of book do you prefer to read?
a. ebook
b. paperback
c. hardback
d. Non – I listen to audiobooks
I read a lot of paperbacks. That’s not to say I don’t use my Kindle because I do, I just still enjoy going to Barnes and Nobles and browsing and coming home with a large stack of books.

Do you have any input in the Cover design of your novel?
Yes. I work hand in hand with a graphic designer to get the cover I want.

Apart from writing, do you have any other hobbies that you’d like to share with us?
I love to make jewelry and have been doing so for ten years. It’s just another form of expression. I also knit, and decoupage. I love to walk everyday and spend time with my family.

Are you a morning person or a night owl or an inbetweener?
I am definitely a morning person. Give me a cup of coffee and I ready to go!

What’s your least favourite part of the writing process?
The only part of the writing process I find daunting is the editing. It gets easier though, because I am learning as I go to correct along the way.

What is the one book you can’t live without?
My dreamers guide. Weird right? I have these crazy dreams and always need to look up what they mean!

Are you a:
a. Laptop Writer
b. Desktop Writer
c. iPad Writer
d. Pen and Paper Writer
Desktop all the way.

If you didn’t write or you went through a dry spell (aka a bit of writers block), what would you do to fill the creative void instead?
I would shop, clean my house, eat out, be with my awesome friends, exercise even more, and do whatever craft was hot for me at moment.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would have to say I want to go to the town of Wylam in Whales. It’s my maiden name and I think it would be a super cool experience. Although if my family had a choice, we’d vote for someplace like Hawaii.

If you had a choice – a dream come true - which would be your preference: Your books serialised - a weekly show or made into movies?
I’ve had dozens of readers tell me my book, Forgetting Tabitha the Story of an Orphan Train Rider should be made into a movie.

Tell us one thing that no-one else knows about you – your darkest secret if you dare!
This is deep and dark. I am starting to write Erotica……it’s a great little genre and it’s lots of fun!

Finally, what 7 words best sum up your novel?
Accurate, intriguing, vivid, thought provoking, sweet, not so sweet, and honest.


I really hope you enjoy Julie's novels, I'm getting my copies!

Have an awesome day and I'll be back with quite a few authors and their novels this week, starting tomorrow, so I hope you can join me then.

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