Author Interview: A Blind Eye by Julie Daines

Welcome to Author Julie Daines

Julie Daines was born in Concord, Massachusetts, and was raised in Utah. She spent eighteen months living in London, where she studied and fell in love with English literature, sticky toffee pudding, and the mysterious guy who ran the kebab store around the corner. She loves reading, writing, and watching movies anything that transports her to another world. She picks Captain Wentworth over Mr. Darcy, firmly believes in second breakfast, and never leaves home without her verveine.


If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want with you?
The Norton Anthology of English Literature
Toilet paper
What is one book everyone should read?
Shakespeare. Everyone should read at least one Shakespeare play in their lifetime. And Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. And probably Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. And…

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
A power that makes it so I can get whatever I need without getting off the couch. I’m not sure what that’s called. Teleporting? Warping? Super Lazy Zapping Power? But if I’m snuggled up in bed and suddenly realize I left my book downstairs, that’s when this superpower comes in handy. Also the Snap Your Fingers and Dinner Is Made superpower would be awesome to have. 

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for any of your characters?
I would pick “Right Before My Eyes” by Cage the Elephant for Christian’s theme song. Blindness, both physical and mental, is a big theme in this book, so this song sums up his situation very well.

How long do you generally let a story ‘marinate’ in your brain before you start the book?
My story ideas bubble and churn for a long time. I have to wait until they reach the right stage of tenderness before cutting them open and laying them out on the page. 

What is your favorite scene in the book?
I’d have to say my favorite scene is the getaway scene in the mall. I had this sudden idea that Christian could stash Scarlett in a stroller and sneak away past the bad guys. I don’t know why, but I laugh every time I read it. 

Do you write as you go or do you have the book all planned out from page 1?
Like most people, I’m a mix of pantser and planner. I know the beginning and the end, but sometimes the road in between gets a little twisty.

What makes your novel stand out from the crowd?
A Blind Eye is a fun YA romantic suspense, told in a contemporary voice. But this book is not all fluff. It has some big themes that hopefully make the reader think about how they see relationships in their own life–and perhaps what they don’t see.

140 characters or less Tweet about your book:
When Christian finds a blind girl hiding in his car, his attempt to runaway becomes a race to save her from death by scientific experimentation. 

What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Writing! I love writing on rainy and stormy days. There is so much more imagination in dark and turbulent weather than plain old sunshine. 

Favorite quote?
“Angry people are not always wise” -Jane Austen

Character most like you in someone else’s book?
Dare I say Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde? I try so hard to be a nice, totally conforming, mild-mannered mom on the outside, but inside? I think there’s something scary in there…

A Blind Eye

Life has dealt Christian Morris one blow too many. After his mother’s untimely death left him in the care of his distant, workaholic father, family life became anything but happy. Now, after eight years of neglect and loneliness, he can’t think of a reason to stay. The promise of a new beginning beckons, and with bags packed, Christian embarks on what he anticipates will be an uneventful roadtrip to Canada—and freedom from his pain. But in a twist of fate, his plans take a drastic detour in the form of a beautiful and frightened girl. Scarlett, a British teenager, suddenly appears in his life—and she’s in trouble.

Blind since birth, Scarlett Becket has virtually been abandoned. Following her completion of school, Scarlett’s world is shattered the night she’s abducted from her temporary London flat. Unable to see her kidnappers, she is uncertain as to who they are or why they chose her. What she does know is that in a series of vivid dreams, much like those she has had before, she has foreseen a grisly murder—and this time, she’s the victim. Scarlett’s narrow escape and encounter with Christian has provided her a temporary refuge, but it’s only a matter of time before her captors pick up her trail.

Determined to protect Scarlett, whatever the price, Christian embarks on a dangerous course as he fights to keep her alive. And in entering the twisted maze of betrayal and redemption, he quickly realizes that life looks different when you may not live to see tomorrow.