Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Count Down to Love by Julie Ford

Welcome to Author Julie Ford

Julie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in English Literature from San Diego State University. In addition, she earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She has worked in teaching, childbirth education and family therapy. Besides writing, she spends many hours working along side her husband at their UPS Store franchise, but hopes to re-enter the Social Work field someday.

She is the author of three women’s fiction novels, The Woman He Married (March 2011) and No Holly for Christmas (November 2011), published by Whiskey Creek Press. The third, Count Down to Love (July 2011), published by Bonneville Books.

Currently, she lives in Nashville, TN with her husband, two daughters and one very feisty fish.


If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Elvis Costello, Kristin Hannah, Kevin Spacey, President Monson and President Obama.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
This question made me laugh. Last year my daughter’s teacher asked her class this very question. My daughter’s answer was—photosynthesis. Everyone else wanted to fly or run at light speed, but she simply wanted the ability to convert carbon to oxygen. As for me, I’d just like to be better at coma placement. Seriously, the ability to punctuate correctly would be considered a superpower for someone like me.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
C. S. Lewis

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Count Down to Love is an entertaining story that will make readers laugh a little, but is also the journey of one young woman who, like the rest of us, desperately needs to find her true self.

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
My next novel is titled The Cadaver Ball and will be coming out sometime in 2013. It’s a women’s fiction/mystery about a woman from Southern California who meets the man of her dreams when she attends Vanderbilt Medical School’s, Cadaver Ball, with her college roommate. One year later she is married and living in Nashville with two step sons and has a sneaky suspicion that something doesn’t feel right regarding her husband’s first wife’s death. Being the curious person that she is, she just can’t help but go poking into the past, which lands her right in the middle of a dangerous conspiracy. The story is sort of a modern twist on the Rebecca and Jane Eyre novels.
Currently, I’m working on a screenplay.

What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I never “decided” to become a writer per se. I’ve always had stories in my head that I would play around with but never really considered turning any of them into a novel. Then, about five years ago, I had just finished chemotherapy treatments for Lymphoma when we moved to a new city. I didn’t know anyone, my girls were in school and I was at home waiting for my hair to grow back when the dialogue and narration for my first novel just started coming to me—insistent, almost, that I let it out. I thought I might as well go ahead and write some of it. So one day I sat down at the computer and started my first chapter. A friend of mine, Gail, agreed to read it and encouraged me to keep going. So I guess you could say that she, along with my husband and my first editor, Heather, inspired me.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
Penelope Jane: A Fairy’s Tale. She’s the ultimate eyelash-high fairy. She only trying to help but ends up causing a bit of trouble—the story of my life.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
It’s funny you should ask because Count Down to Love actually has a song that accompanies the book. As the story unfolds, I thought it would be fun to have Kelly writing a song that echoes her journey and feelings through her music. Together with Brad Hull from Due West and singer/songwriter Aaron McBride, we created a ballad titled, Who I Am.
Visit my web site,, to hear the song.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Write because you love it, because the voices in your head won’t let you rest until you free them onto the page (or computer screen), because to stop is not an option. Keep writing when you get discouraged because even if you never make a dime off your work, the journey was well worth the effort.

How do you react to a bad review?
Truthfully, not so well. Sometimes I even get seriously blocked. But I’m getting better. I mean honestly, I don’t like every book I read, so how can I expect everyone who reads my novels to love, or even like, them?

Skittles or M&Ms?

Favorite music?

Favorite smell?
Cinnamon or Pine. Or, Cinnamon mixed with Pine

Favorite sport?

Print or Ebook?

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate, preferably of the dark variety.

Regular or Diet?

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke with real sugar.

Action or Drama?

Sweet or Salty?

PC or Mac?

Count Down to Love

Abandoned at the altar, Kelly Grace Pickens finds herself left holding not only the bouquet but also the exorbitant bill for an A-list wedding. Homeless, a once promising singing career floundering, and her life bearing an uncanny resemblance to one of her country music ballads, she reluctantly accepts a last minute offer to appear on a reality TV show akin to the bachelor. Pitted against silicon-enhanced supermodels in four-inch heels, Kelly feels confident that she will be among the first would-be fiancés to be excused. Only, when the mysterious bachelor from New York City, Dillon Black, invites her to stay, Kelly finds herself thrust into the vortex of a game she doesn’t have the first idea how to play. Nursing her hopelessly broken heart while avoiding the foils of her fellow contestants, Kelly is oblivious to Dillon’s affections as she wades through hurt and betrayal to discover, in the end, that she has landed firmly on both feet.

Leaving behind Nashville’s Music Row for the majestic Grand Teton mountains, Count Down To Love takes readers on a journey from duplicity to sincerity as Kelly discovers that being true to oneself is the first step in finding happiness and everlasting love.
Grand Prize Giveaway:
As part of the tour, Julie is generously offering a grand prize giveaway of a hard copy of Count Down to Love, a CD of the band Due West, and a copy of the single, “Who I Am”, which Julie and Due West wrote and recorded specifically for the book. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post or any of the other stops on the tour. (Visit the tour page for the full tour schedule.) The more stops you comment on, the more entries you have into the contest!
Giveaway Details:
1 ebook of Count Down to Love
Open Internationally
Ends 9/17/12

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