Pink Lemonade Diary (Pink Lemonade Memories) by Juliette Hill
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend and colleague, author Juliette Hill. Juliette took time from her demanding schedule to share some of her thoughts and to offer a look into her life as a newly published author. Juliette launched her writing career last fall with the release of “The Christmas Spirit of Starlight Cove,” which was also included in Annie Acorn’s 2011 Christmas anthology, “One Last Gift.” Her debut YA novella, “Pink Lemonade Diary,” was just published by Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC.
Q. Tell me, Juliette, where do you get the inspiration for your stories?
A. Great question, Beverly! The inspiration for my stories generally comes from my love of tradition and my childhood memories of the people, places and events that impacted my life.
Q. What are some of your hobbies and interests, and how do they find their way into your writing?
A. My hobbies include crafting, painting, quilting, decorating, decoupage, cooking, and hunting through flea markets and antique stores for unique finds. These activities always seem to find their way into my writing, incorporated into my characters’ lives and story lines.
Q. Do you ever wish a vintage object could tell you its story?
A. As you know, I love all things vintage, as evidenced by the name of my website: onevintageheart.com! I’m drawn to vintage objects because I enjoy imagining the history and the stories behind them, the stories I wish they could tell me. If only they could talk, I wonder how those stories would differ from the tales I envision.
Q. You sound like a romantic at heart. How does this influence your writing?
A. Yes, Beverly, I truly am a romantic at heart. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been captivated by a good love story, especially in classic books and films such as ”Casablanca,” “Roman Holiday,” “Pride and Prejudice,” and “Romeo and Juliet,”, to name a few! I enjoy creating romantic characters and situations that tug at the readers’ heartstrings.
Q. You set your first story in coastal Maine and your second in coastal Georgia. Is there a place you would love to research for a future tale?
A. There are many places I’d love to go to do research for future projects, but if I had to narrow it down, I’d have to say the Central Plains, the Mississippi River Valley and a remote island somewhere in the Caribbean. And, of course, taking a cruise is always inspirational!
Q. What is the message you most want to communicate through your writing?
A. My message is that much can be gained through multigenerational relationships and interactions. Coming from my deeply rooted sense of tradition, I value the wisdom of generations past as well as the fresh outlook of younger people. Listening to and getting to know a person from another generation gives one a different perspective on life, and that’s always enlightening.
Thank you, Juliette, and best of luck to you in all your writing endeavors!