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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fade To Blue--Interview With Julie Carobini

It is my pleasure to be hosting Julie today as one of her blog tour stops! Please give her a warm welcome. Every comment will be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of her book, Fade To Blue.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

Sure! I write seaside stories filled with faith, flip flops, and waves of grace. My family and I make our home on California’s central coast, and I’ve written five novels plus hundreds of published articles on everything from parenting, to team building in the workplace, to Christian surf dudes on a mission.

How did you become interested in writing?

My father wrote magazine articles on the side, including interviews with entertainers such as Fred Astaire and Fred MacMurray. Always loved that! I too became an article writer almost twenty years ago, but I always yearned to create fiction. I wrote two novels that did not sell, but as they say, third time’s a charm, and my debut novel, Chocolate Beach, released in 2007 (re-released with recipes in 2011 as an eBook). By that time, I had a renewed faith in God as well as a redefined focus on the kinds of stories he was leading me to write.

Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?

I hope readers get lost in the story and the beautiful setting, that they revel in God’s creation as much as I did while writing it. I also hope they experience the Good Shepherd’s gentle leading (Psalm 23), and fall in the love with the concepts of forgiveness, sacrifice, and grace—as much as they do the breathtaking locale.

What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?

Although I’ve been compared to some amazing writers—something that humbles me—I also know that God made each one of us uniquely. I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5. One unique aspect of my books is the focus on God’s creation of the sea and everything in it. My characters have loved dolphins, sea lions, otters—even giant, glowing sea anemones. But they take that admiration a step further by drawing closer to the God who made such beauty.

As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?

Just that I hope people reading this are encouraged to follow their heart’s desires with the Good Shepherd as their guide. God took all the lows and highs in my life and created something new with them. Although I’d always wanted to write, I had no inkling that I’d be writing beach-themed novels one day. I just kept praying and writing and seeking until an idea popped into my head. I followed that idea, and now find myself talking about my fifth novel filled with ‘waves of grace.’ Be encouraged!

Thank you so much!
To hear more, check out this great video interview of Julie:


Becki said...

I have heard a lot of good things about Fade To Blue! Many authors touting it on fb! So nice to read about you and your book Julie.

Hugs to you Michelle!

Jessica R. Patch said...

I have found some of my best times with the Good Shepherd has been on vacations where I get to walk out to the beach early in the morning all alone.

I would love to read Fade to Blue and of course, Chocolate Beach--with recipes? You had me at chocolate!

Great interview!

Claudia Rizzi said...

Nice interview PLUS.....she has a super cool last name!

Living by Grace said...

You had me at chocolate, too! :) Great interview and inspiring to see how God is leading Julie in such a creative and positive direction with her writing! Jerri

Michelle Massaro said...

Thanks for your warm thoughts, ladies! The winner of our drawing will be announced on Friday. =)