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This podcast is brought to you by the Australian Writers' Centre. Connect with Valerie, Allison meeting girls from Boston listeners in the podcast community on Facebook. So you want to be a writer Facebook group. Julietta Henderson has been writing professionally for more than 25 years with her work appearing in books and publications in the US, UK and Australia. Welcome to the program, Julietta. Oh, thank you very much, Allison.
And thank you for that lovely introduction. Sounds just like me. So Norman is your first published novel, but you've been writing professionally for a long time.
So tell us about the kinds of writing you've been doing over the years and how you got your start with that. So yes, you're quite correct.
So I've been writing for a long, long time. I've been writing since I wasreally, but professionally, I started, yeah, it'd be over 25 years now.
And the first professional job I had actually was working for a photographer byu Merced dating quite well known now and has moved to America and made his fame and fortune. But I met him by chance, actually, and he asked me to come and work for him. And then within, and I worked for him in his gallery selling his photographic art, because I was a very, very keen photographer, amateur photographer, and that's how we came to meet. And then his business expanded into a publishing company, his own publishing company. And I moved into the creative department, which was, the creative department was me, the photographer and a graphic deer.
And so I did all the copy for just his images around the gallery, the little blurb and things like that, then I expanded to doing bios and things like that and then moved into… Someone fun first dates Miami had done his Moreno Valley girl and white boy dating a while before that, but then I moved into doing all the copywriting for his books.
And that was sort of, I worked there for a good many years, maybe 10 years and got a couple of large format books under my belt, which was very exciting for me. And then after that finished, I moved back to the UK where I've been back and forward for the last 25 years or so. And I started working in a marketing company. So I dating Canton OH models all their copywriting. And then over the years — and I actually still work for them all these years later, I obviously just contract because I'm back here in Australia — but I still do writing for their website.
And as any freelance writer knows, if you have to, if you want to call yourself a writer, you have to pretty much do anything and everything. And so just over the last few years, I don't know, 10 years, I guess, I've done everything from — and currently still do — real estate copywriting, I do the occasional article in a magazine or newspaper or, you know, inflight magazine, and things like that, but I'm a little bit Henderson lazy with that these days, because you actually have to pitch and put a bit of work in to get that sort of work.
As you would know. So, but mainly I'm doing things like writing for people's websites and writing that sort of, which I think I coined the term myself in my head, and then I possibly i Denver Colorado CO dating an older woman use it, but a lot of it is the writing that you would do like what we're calling content now.
So you know, that goes out there into the ether. And, you know, those of us who write a lot of it know that in many cases, it's never going to be read. But it's for, you know, SEO purposes and things like that. So I haven't done any of that for a while, but I did a lot of that. And I actually think that that was the perfect training ground for more creative writing, because you have to, you know, it has to be, you know, very good writing because Google can recognise, you know, rubbish and all that sort of stuff. But it is very disposable, if I can use that term.
Funny have to sort of get used to the meet that you spend your day writing this stuff date spots in Champaign possibly people won't read but it does teach you to be a very good self-editor and not to be precious about your words because there's always more words.
No, it's about the hundred and first. But no, no, not really. It's definitely the first one that's ever been published. It's probably, I would say I have three that are in various states of completion, but will probably now never be completed. One I was working on for a very long time, and it is, you can't see me, but I'm doing the inverted commas Arlington TX dates, it is finished.
But romantic date night in Avondale, it's not meet. But this, but The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman is the first one that I went all the way, all the way to the end, and then persisted and then didn't get, you know, sort of side-tracked by some other kind of shiny idea somewhere else, which is what I'm very prone to doing. Okay, so when did you… Let's sort of have a look at when you first, when did you first start writing fiction?
Like how many funny do you think you've been working off and on at various bits and pieces of Henderson Probably for, probably for 15 years, I would say. But if you sit, unless you actually sit down and do it, it's just another one of those things. And people will stop listening to you after a while. But I did start saying someone at least 10 years ago, and I was actually doing it sort of very quite seriously, or what I considered seriously, which now, having finished my first and working on my second, I know I had no idea what serious really was. But yeah, so for a long time.
And I, you know, I think I've in my head, I sort of had to look at it as, I can look at that in two ways. I should have, you know, I should have had dating a native Waco TX girl book published 10 years ago.
Why was I wasting my time? Why did it take me so long? I mean, I didn't ever have any, I didn't have any doubt. Without sounding, you know, big headed or anything, I didn't have, because I wrote for a living, I didn't really have any doubts that I could write.
But writing a book is very different, as you well know. Writing a book, writing a long 90,words is very different to writing words or even words. And so I think those 10, 12 whatever years it was that I was fluffing around, telling people I was writing a book and, you know, living in Paris and pretending to Seattle i ready to get engaged a — Oh, I wasn't pretending to be a starving writer; I was a starving writer.
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You know that was, I think that was my training ground. And in order to make peace with myself, at that time that I, you know, could be perceived as being wasted, because nothing came out of it, I'm choosing online dating Nashville Tennessee TN times look at that as my very long apprenticeship.
It does take a long time to work out how you write a novel.
Portland Oregon OR expectations dating service locations something that we talk about a lot. And that transition from writing for other people to writing, you know, something that is entirely yours is something that I have also talked about. And it is, as you say, a very, very different process. What was it about this one that made you persist all the way to the end?
Like, why? What is it about this book, do you think, that's different to the ones that you've done before?
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I think, genuinely, I think I absolutely fell in love with the characters. And I… It was easier for me to keep going than it was for me to stop and put it in my hard drive.
And, you know, watch Netflix for another weekend. And they, this little boy and his mother showed up in my head and they just wouldn't go away.
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And so I started, I was writing something else at the time, speed dating and Scottsdale I started out with them. And I just couldn't stop because I wanted to see what happened myself. And I didn't want to, I didn't want to give them up. I wanted to spend time with them all the time.
And I became quite obsessed, as you have to, I think, when you're writing a book, you know, whether it's obsession or, or persistence, I don't know. Probably the same thing. But I just, I really wanted to, without sounding corny or cliched or anything, I wanted to honour them, and I wanted to bring them to life and I wanted their, I just wanted to tell their story.
And so I just kept on going until their story was told.