Friday Four

As a child and teen I traveled with my family to
remote places in the world where I felt isolated and
alone. I wrote in a journal and letters to friends
back home…when something happened my first
thought was “how will I write it”?

“How will I write it?” These words, more than any, define and inspire me as a writer. I’d go so far as to say they define me as a person. So when writer friend Lisa Ahn asked me to contribute to her BE INSPIRED series, those words were my first thought.

I love Lisa’s blog, and I was honored when she asked me to write a guest post. I hope you enjoy reading about my sources of inspiration in Be Inspired by Julia Munroe Martin. While you’re there, check out Lisa’s inspirational writing and “tales of quirk and wonder.”

And it’s not too late… if you haven’t already read my Q&A with Erika Marks, my lovely friend and author of The Mermaid Collector, you can read it here. Make sure you leave a comment on that post (before tomorrow night!) to be entered into the giveaway—on Sunday one lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive a copy of Erika’s book!

Finally, I am very happy to announce that yesterday I finished revisions to the latest draft of my mystery WIP (Desired to Death)! And today I’m moving ahead with excitement to start the YA book I talked about in Julia and the Purple Crayon. Thank you all for your excellent comments and writing advice—I appreciate it so much. 

It’s a beautiful sunny (but cold) day in Maine, perfect for writing, and I’m inspired!

What’s going on with you this fine Friday?


Julia xox

p.s. Thank you to Jackie Cangro for inspiring the title of this post… every week I read her wonderful Friday Five, and when I was trying to come up with a title this morning for this collection of disparate links, I thought of her. I only had three things to share (now four with Jackie’s blog)… so hope you enjoyed my Friday Four! And make sure you check out my inspiration… Jackie’s blog! It’s awesome!


  1. Julie Luek says:

    Sounds like you have great projects in the works and are feeling inspired and motivated. I love when I can feel that excitement and satisfaction from my writing.

    • It is an exciting time, almost like infatuation, when I feel this way… I truly am in love with the new idea. It’s nice to know other writers can relate and understand — I love it too!

  2. Kathryn says:

    I love Lisa’s blog and her mad writing skills, I would love to be in her head for a day. The characters she conjours are just magical. I really loved hearing about your amazing talent for writing, how travel shaped you and the words you live by. It was a really great feature.

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed my post over at Lisa’s! Thank you! I agree, I love Lisa’s blog and would love to be in her head for a day, too. In fact, the writer in my wishes I could be in almost anyone’s head for a day… hmm, how would I write THAT? 🙂 Thanks for your comment and for your visit to my blog, Kathryn!

  3. Congratulations, Julia! I’m excited for you.

    I am busy marketing my holiday digital short story. Must jam a ton into less than two months, you know. Oy! But I am working on a fun cross-promotion with another author that looks like it is going to be great fun, so we shall see how that goes. Either way, it will definitely get me in the Christmas spirit. 🙂

    • Oooh, a holiday digital short story… I’m out of the loop and will have to go and check out your blog to read about it! The crazy jam-packed life of a writer, right? Cross-promotion sounds like fun! Hope it goes well and as for getting into the Christmas spirit? Maybe all the already-stocked grocery goods will help for me 😉

  4. Ooh! Desired to Death is an awesome title. I’m so excited for you to begin working on the YA title. I just love the moments of discovery when digging into a new story…learning about the characters and figuring out how they move through the world of the story. I was so nervous starting my new project as you know, but now I’m feeling much more confident as I start to focus on the characters.

    Congrats on your new series. I’m heading over there right now.

    Thank you for the shout out. I love Friday Four. 😉

    • Glad you like the title, Jackie! I am really happy to (finally) begin the YA. It feels like forever since I got the idea, but it’s only been a little over a month. I wrote the first 2000 words yesterday and it felt great. LIke you, I love the moments of discovery and figuring out how the charcters move through the new world. And you’re so welcome for the shoutout… I love the Friday Five, and although this is a one-time thing, it was still great fun!

  5. You are a a MACHINE, Ms. Martin. A writing machine. So proud of you/impressed! And I loved your guest post with Lisa. Loved, loved, loved it. I agree – the title of your new book is so, so good! Totally looking forward to the YA book as well.

    • HAHA, a machine? You’re too kind. But thank you so much, Melissa — couldn’t do it without the wonderful writer friends I have. So double thank you! And glad you like DESIRED TO DEATH 🙂

  6. Erika Marks says:

    Julia, I hope this finds you and MEH (and Abby, of course!) CELEBRATING with something decadently sweet tonight–oh, what a feeling! Congratulations, my friend!

  7. Awesome, Julia! Can’t wait to read your mystery novel! Congrats, lady!!

  8. Congratulations on your new project! Headed over to Lisa’s page to read your guest post…

  9. You finished, that’s wonderful! A YA next huh? You are a writing machine, woman. =)

  10. Lisa Ahn says:

    Thanks so much for the super-kind words here, and for the fab guest post! And congrats on finishing your WIP and diving into another. I agree – you are a writing machine. And very inspirational. 🙂

    • I think it’s safe to say you and I have a mutual admiration society going, Lisa 🙂 Thank you for agreeing I’m a machine… I’m not so sure, but I do feel like a woman on a mission. And a woman tied to her dining room table 🙂

  11. CMSmith says:

    I’m really far behind. I think I missed Erika’s book giveaway. Darn. And I was feeling lucky too. I’ll have to go by there later. I’m out of breath here running to catch up.

  12. Way to go, Julia! I love the title for your completed WIP, and I am looking forward to hearing about the new one once you’re ready! 🙂

  13. So pleased you’ve finished your novel revisions, Julia – whoopee! You definitely have reason to celebrate. Looking forward to hearing more about the YA – I bet you can’t wait to start it… as we say in the UK… I bet you’re chomping at the bit! 😉