Several months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Juliet Inforzato who is now a newly self-published author! Her novel Journey to the Light is on Amazon today. This story is very special to me not only because it is a poignant, important, and down-right good story, but it is also one I had the pleasure of working on with her. No, I didn’t write the book (every ounce of that credit goes to Juliet) but she graciously hired me to beta read and edit for her.
Everything you need to know about the book before reading it is above, and now I want to introduce you to the author and allow her to take you behind the scenes of this book through some questions I’ve asked her! Enjoy the interview and don’t forget to check out Juliet’s book and all that she’s doing online.
Lydia: What initially inspired you to write this story and what has the overall journey been like for you?
Juliet: I was actually inspired in my junior year of high school to write a story about a sick girl and the problems she goes through. I also love romance and mystery, especially young adult, so I just kind of started writing. I stopped writing for a few years, but picked this book back up over quarantine and fell in love with the characters all over again. The experience of writing a novel and having it published is beyond exciting.
Lydia: The main character, Sarah Amato suffers from Cystic Fibrosis. In the “about section” of your book, you mention that you yourself have many chronic illnesses. What can you tell readers about your experiences and how they have led you to write this story and connect so deeply with Sarah?
Juliet: I have an array of illnesses, but I do not have Cystic Fibrosis. I chose this illness instead of one of my own to make sure Sarah wasn’t me and that I was still creating a fictional character and story. However, our experiences in the hospital mirror each other’s and I connect with Sarah a lot. All of the mental feelings she has towards living with her illness, I share, and having my own experience made it easier to write accurately.
Lydia: What is the number one thing you want readers to take away from this story?
Juliet: The number one thing I want readers to take away from Journey to the Light is definitely that everything will be okay in the end. Sarah goes through a lot in the book, both emotionally and physically, but she ends up okay. I’m not saying what okay means because I don’t want to spoil it. But I just want my readers to be inspired by this strong girl and everything she went through, and know that even though things may not work as you planned, they worked out how they were supposed to, and everything works out in the end.
Lydia: Besides, Sarah, who would you say is your favorite character to write and why?
Juliet: My favorite character to write was probably Christina. She is just everything you want in a friend and more. Writing Christina was complex because she was different from Sarah, but yet just as strong and resilient.
Lydia: Congratulations on publishing your first book! What are your writing plans for the future?
Juliet: Thank you! I have a lot of novel ideas for the future but I have already begun writing the first book of a trilogy! The trilogy will be called “The Secret Princess Series” and I am so excited to share that with everyone when it is completed! I am thinking about traditionally publishing it, as well, so it may not be out for a while.
Lydia: If you were able to go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?
Juliet: I know this is corny, but I would love to go to Disney World right now. Like Sarah, I’m obsessed with Disney, and I plan on visiting in early 2022 with my boyfriend, if the pandemic allows!
Thank you, readers, for joining Juliet today! We hope to see you all on Amazon later looking at her book. 🙂
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