Today, I welcome Dutch Young Adult author and Wattpad sensation, M.C. Julien!
What is the biggest thing you have learned since starting this journey as a writer and now published author?
First of all, I'm very glad you asked me to do this for your blog. It's nice to look back on what I've accomplished till now. Starting my journey as a writer was very difficult for me. I never actually thought of myself as a 'writer'. It came very sudden really, the urge to write and the fun that came with it. Then I was fifteen, now I am eighteen and I have learned SO many new things over the past years. You ask me for one, but I can give you a hundred valid things! The most important one for me is that writing is something you do for fun and it's something that you have to improve over the years you practice. I've made so many big leaps since the first book I've written. It's unbelievable! So don't take those nasty comments people might give you! You write because you want to and it makes you happy! Rome wasn't built in a day, you know? It takes time to accomplish your goal, which may include your own published book someday.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Definitely a cool blue. I'm a fun person to talk with, especially when you take me out to dinner. I can be serious when needed and have this weird crazy unicorn-like vibe surrounding me. Why did I say blue again? Most likely because I hate pink. It's just so bright, like yellow. I'm a crayon, I can't think. Help me get out of this box!
What is something you want to accomplish before you turn 30?
I want to date more, explore the world some more - probably make a long backpacking trip to travel the world, especially the USA, Iceland, Australia and India - but most of all I just want to improve my self-image and self-assurance. At the moment I struggle to see myself as a powerful woman, with a bright future in front of me. I'm scared like a mouse! I have no idea what to do. Before I turn 30, I want to feel confident and decisive, but most of all I want to have a loving family, one of my own. At the moment I'll just stick with fictional characters. I can fall in love with them whenever I want to, right? Oh! That's one other thing I want to do before I turn 30. I want to say 'I love you' to the one person in the world that means most to me in that moment. I haven't found 'the one' yet - no, seriously, I haven't dated anyone in 18 years, what's wrong with me?! - but that's not the most important thing in life. Happiness will find me.. probably.. hopefully.. what was the question again?
Let's travel back in time, what’s your favorite jam of all time?
Oeh, this one is hard! Damn it! I love all music styles, especially classical music because I play the piano and love doing it. If I had to choose one Jam I'd go with Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. The song is so beautiful and every time it comes on the radio I know all the lyrics. It's a strong song and it reminds me of that I don't have to do things on my own. I have people around me that love me and care for me and that's the most important thing for me. I can't see someone being happy without being loved. By friends, family and maybe your lover or husband. Jesus, I'm rambling again haha
What is your Spirit Animal/Guide?
I'm a serious whale. Not only because I love Herman Melville's Moby Dick, but also because a whale isn't perfect. It's quite fat - Yeah! I've said it now! - and I'm not thin at all myself. But I'll just keep swimming! (Yes, I did that thing. The thing where you know the sentence and have to think about Finding Nemo hihi)
Are you currently working on a new project, if so can you tell us a little about it?
Yes! I've just finished my second book in a new series. In Dutch, it is called: Een Canvas Vol Liefde, which, translated, means A canvas full of love. It's this cute romantic story between Lena and Jared. Lena studies at the UVAK, which translated to English means the University of Art, something in that direction. Lena studies Art, which is the ONE thing in her life she's good at. It makes her happy! Her parents don't understand that though. They own a lawyers company, the one most important thing in THEIR life. Her parents think she still studies law at the local University in The Hague where she lives, but that ship sailed a long time ago. In her second year, she meets the new exchange student Jared. He's a Spanish artist from Madrid. They have a connection almost immediately. The book is about finding yourself and making difficult decisions about your future. Family problems, LGBTQ issues, self-expression. All of it in one book! I'm very excited for its release in early November.
What or who is your biggest inspiration as an author?
Probably Cassandra Clare. I wanted to choose JK Rowling, but no. I think it's absolutely amazing how Cassandra created this whole new world! I've loved all of her books and they are so very inspiring! I loved the infernal devices, which until this very day, is still my favourite series! Her words move me and every time I've finished one of her books I need chocolate and Netflix and a cosy bed to process my book grief. (And ice cream, I forgot that... preferably Ben and Jerry's)
If you could tell your Wattpad followers and readers one thing, what would it be?
That no matter what anybody tells you, you are beautiful! Nobody is perfect, not their looks or their writing, even though it may seem like that. If something or someone makes you feel bad? Just fuck them! You are You and you should be proud of yourself, no matter the mistakes you've made.
About M.C. Julien