One of the real joys of my job is meeting other writers. Several years ago I had the opportunity to speak at a book festival in St. Louis, and Julie Compton, was on the same panel to promote Tell No Lies, her first novel. I liked her immediately. Beautiful, intelligent, witty and warm. Really, all in one package. She was delightful.
Julie and I have stayed in touch ever since. With Rescuing Olivia, her brand new book on the shelves, I thought you would enjoy getting to know her, too. Julie graciously agreed to this interview. Stay tuned for what else she agreed to, as well.
1–Lawyer to novelist, why and how did you make it happen?
It’s a toss-up which came first, my love of writing or my love of arguing. I do know I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve always had stories bouncing around in my head. But I’ve always loved to argue, too (and still do). Especially when I feel like I’m championing the underdog. So even though I earned an undergraduate degree in English literature, law school seemed like a natural progression. Interestingly enough, what I loved most about both law school and the practice of law was the writing.
I didn’t stop practicing law with the goal of becoming a writer, though. After I had my second daughter, I decided to become a stay-at-home mom. After a few months, I realized I needed to be involved in something more cerebral than changing diapers and watching Barney. It dawned on me that if I was ever going to try to write seriously, that was the perfect time. I signed up for an evening creative writing workshop at the local YMCA (taught by a then struggling writer, John Dalton, who went on to publish the award-winning novel Heaven Lake – I highly recommend it!). I haven’t stopped writing since, even during the few years I went back to work.
But no answer to this question would be complete without mentioning my husband. I give him the most credit because he has willingly taken on the role of the sole provider for our family so that I could pursue a dream.