About Julien Ayotte:
Julien Ayotte is no stranger to writing, although Flower of Heaven is his debut novel. He has since published the sequel, Dangerous Bloodlines. In his long career in the corporate and legal worlds, he has authored countless articles in business and legal journals. Ayotte holds a BS, MBA, and PhD, all in finance and business. He was also an adjunct professor of finance and investments in five different graduate school programs in RI and MA. He was a corporate officer of Textron Inc. and an executive director at two prominent law firms in the area for the last fourteen years of his career. He lives in Cumberland, RI with his wife, Pauline. They have three grown children.
What inspires you to write?
The ability to tell a good story from beginning to end is very rewarding to me. I have always frustrated people by knowing how stories end. I love it when readers tell me how much they have enjoyed my books. That makes me want to write more.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have trouble following an outline for the whole story, but it is helpful to keep track of the dates in the book so as not to sound foolish writing about wrong time periods. But the story is done primarily spontaneously on a day by day basis. It seems to all fall into place by the time the ending occurs.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course I talk to my characters. If I’m going to convince readers they are in the characters shoes, it has to be convincing.
What advice would you give other writers?
If your first book doesn’t fare well, keep on writing. Maybe the second or third book will be the one that hits the mark with readers. Just ask John Grisham why A Time to Kill took almost four years before it finally took off.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Rejections by literary agents are all too common. After 125 rejections, I decided to self-publish because I knew my work was good. I don’t begrudge agents for the rejections because they get hundreds of requests a week from unknowns like me. But if you stay at it, and what you write is acclaimed by your readers, in time you will succeed.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Like full service brokers, literary agents will continually face competition from self-published works going forward. they are no longer the only avenue to take.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: mystery, suspense, thrillers, intrigue, romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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