My Fiction Writing Journey

During the first two years of writing fiction, and attempting to produce a full novel, the process was slow, for me. There were tears. There was a lot of sweat. And…maybe a little blood?

I declared the start of my fiction writing journey to be officially happening in the fall of 2017. There had been a gap between writing and producing my non-fiction work, I had continued to plunge myself into the local writing community, and just attended my favorite, local writing conference. With no particular goal, or project, in mind, I attended a plethora of presentations and discussions, all on topics that intrigued me. I met a local Detective, and was blown away by his presentation on principles of investigations. It stirred within me the passion for true crime books and shows that had been swelling within me for a long time.

I decided I wanted to know if I could write a novel.

I had no idea what that meant, really. But, I knew I wanted to try. It was a strong desired pulsing in my gut. I had to forge forth and let the journey unfold.

I did make a plan, of course. And that plan was derailed from time to time, of course. That is life. But if I’ve learned anything from the ventures and projects that I’ve thrown myself into, it’s how you respond to such derailments that really matters.

I remember the first year of researching and trying to write. At times, I could have sworn I was trying to extract blood from a rock. It took me a while to get it. To be able to let go, let my imagination run wild, and to write freely, words falling on the page. What a glorious moment that was when I realized I’d found my flow.

Now, looking back, and staring at my author page, I am grateful, delighted, hell, I’m ecstatic, that I have continued to set goals and to work hard, and to find my own writing process.

Today, four and a half years after declaring my fiction writing journey has started, I am thrilled to be able to share my author profile here. Eeeeek!!!

First line up: my core series. An 80s metal dark crime series, comprised of two full novels and a novella. The third in the series is planned for launch early 2022.

I have had two short horror stories published! Yes! Someone else loved my story enough to publish it in their works – TWO TIMES! I am also collaborating on a horror anthology that will be released in Oct (The Omens Call). I had no idea I would be working with others, and co-creating an anthology!

Share with me. What journey have you embarked on? Where are you at? What successes have you had? What are you struggling with?

And, please, believe me when I say: YES YOU CAN!

Flash Sale!

It’s been a while since I have written a post. I’m sorry. I got lost in finishing book 3 (Yes! Book 3!) in the Det. Mahoney, 80s metal murder series. I was attempting to juggle quite a few things. I stepped back, focused on less, in the name of quality.

Things are settling now. I am starting to find a flow in the different areas of my little book business.

Thank you for your patience. I am thrilled you are still hanging around. As a thank you, I am having a flash sale. Today is the last day, so grab your copy!

There’s lots going on! I’ve been working on two different novellas. One is a spin off of one of the characters from the Det. Mahoney series. The other, more on the horror side of things, is about Owen, his terrarium, and the life he lives according to a painful cycle.

I’m also deep into a killer collaboration with an amazing horror author, Daniel Willcocks, and we will be releasing a delicious horror anthology in time for Halloween.

Finally, I have a gruesome story about gluttony coming out in July as part of a fantastic anthology, Forbidden Fruit, by the talented Seventh Terrace.

Stay tuned here for details on all of this, along with some new features coming up (80s metal, murder, and horror, oh – and a head bang or two).

xoxoxo Demon Julie

Another Book is HERE!!!

I’ve been silent. Well, I haven’t exactly been silent, but I haven’t blogged.

I love writing my blog. I am so happy to be back doing it again.

As the new year opened up, I buckled down and focused. My second novel was basically done. Written. Beta read. Edited. Cover designed. Only the last push through the production side of things remained. It was nitty and gritty work…but it’s done!

I am hard on myself. I am sure a lot of you can relate. Thus, as I took my final peruse through my creation before unleashing it onto the world, I was delighted at how delicious I found it. Yes. Dark. Delicious. Infused with my stamp.

I present to you, Acid Track. A 70s acid rock laced serial killer vs detective dark tale. The sequel to my debut novel Final Track. I am proud of it, and thrilled to be rolling it out.

The cherry on top of the acid rock laced thrilling ride is the PARTAY that I am throwing to celebrate! YOU are invited. It may be virtual, but it will be a sweaty, head-banging rock out night! I hope you can join me from wherever you may be in the world. CLICK On the invite to sign up and participate. From costume contests to song requests for the 80s metal legends Nöize Böyz, there are plenty of killer ways to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime-80s-metal-infused-70s-acid-rock-laced-book-launch-partay (or at least until the next book release)!

Acid Track goes live on March 12. Stay tuned for pre-order and party deets, or follow along on FB, Insta, or join Julie Hiner – Author | MailerLite.

Free Books for Dark Readers

All I can say is WOW! I’m popping in to share with you not one, but TWO, massive give-a-ways on some delicious, dark reads.

It’s been a rough year. It’s been a challenging time. It’s been a busy few weeks. Grab yourself some free reads, pour a strong cocktail, and curl up by the fire. Yes. Do it. Demon Julie says so.

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

Only two more days until the spooky celebration of Halloween!

Are you ready, my little demons?

Today, I share with you a story that I wrote last Halloween. It’s creepy.

What are your favourite spooky stories? I’m always looking for more. Please, share with me in the comments.

Click here for the story – The Web.

In case you missed out on the previous days of Halloween…

10 Days of Halloween – Metal Murder Movie Time!

10 Days of Halloween – Movie Time

10 Days of Halloween – Music Mania

10 Days of Halloween – Pumpkin Carving

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

10 Days of Halloween – Story Time

Welcome to the 10 Days of Halloween – Day 2. Join in the fun, little demons. Halloween is for everyone, not just the kids. Why can’t us adults (or demons) have fun too?

As I mentioned in Day 1, things may be different this year. But it won’t stop us from celebrating the spooky day of Halloween. There are plenty of activities you can do – creepy, scary, spooky and fun!! Today, I bring you Story Time! OH YES.

I am thrilled to feature an amazing author – Ian J. Middleton. I picked up book 1 in his four part Vantage Point series—and the rest is history. I had read them all in no time. I love the raw fear that trickled down my spine as I devoured every word.

Today, I read to you from ‘No Escape’ – the first in the four part series. Grab a stiff cocktail, dig into that Halloween candy in the closet (you can always buy more), curl up on the couch, and prepare to have Demon Julie reach a cold hand through your insides. OH YES.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Please, grab yourself a copy of this devilish delight today!

You are in for a treat! You can get the four box set (Kindle) NOW!

I NEED my four box set NOW!

Take a visit to Ian’s site here.

Did you miss out on Day 1 of the 10 Days of Halloween? Don’t cry. It’s still here. Stay tuned for more spooky fun!

Pushing Yourself into New Realms

Hello my little demons! How is your Halloween month?

Now that you’re here, with Demon Julie, it just got better! Why? Because I have a Halloween treat for you. Yes. A dark, delicious delight.

When I set up Killers And Demons, I was writing dark crime, thus ‘Killers’. My vision was to branch into horror, thus ‘Demons’. Well, I am thrilled to announce that it has happened sooner than expected. Sometimes in life, when something presents itself, you just need to dig your claws into it and go for it. When I saw a particular call for submissions for a horror anthology, something tingled in my gut. My whole body clenched with excitement. I didn’t know if I was ready, I didn’t know if I could do it, but I knew I had to try. And, my little demons, failure is not doing something and getting a less than desired outcome. Failure is not trying at all.

So – I thrust my entire being into writing the darkest piece of fiction that has ever come out of me (I think, but some might say my dark crime is just as evil). For days on end I thought of nothing else as my creation formed itself from somewhere within me. I would wake up in the night thinking about it. I would get up early and plunge myself into it. Day after day, I was filled with turmoil in creating the best horror story I could for the particular anthology. If I didn’t try, and I mean – if I didn’t try at 200% (or more), then I’d be a disappointed demon – in myself.

Once I released it, I let it go. I thought about it a lot. I allowed myself to think about it and to dream of being in the anthology. But I also moved my focus into my other work and the universe take the story where it was meant to go.

When I found out that my story was indeed to belong in this anthology, I don’t think I even believed it at first. I think I read the email over and over until I realized – yes – my story made it.

After reading the other stories in the book, I am honoured to be part of this amazing creation. And, I am here to tell you that you should TREAT YOURSELF to a copy now! It is a truly indulgent Halloween treat for you. After all, why should the kids have all the fun?

To get your pre-order in, and have your very own copy dropped your way on Oct 19, check out all the juicy details here: https://www.devilsrockpublishing.com/theotherside

To join in the celebration with me, Demon Julie, on Oct 19, RSVP to the to the invitation to a truly horrifying celebration that will be sure to chill your bones. You don’t want to miss out on a chance to ask Daniel Willcocks, a modern horror king, your questions about his creation. You might even get your spine prickled with a creepy reading by Demon Julie. Bring a cocktail, and raise your glass to pushing limits and doing things that simultaneously terrify and excite!

The next time your nerves tingle, your pores bleed sweat, and your stomach clenches in response to something you REALLY want to do, but you have a mound of self-doubt over, think of Demon Julie taking a deep breath and plunging into a new world of story telling. If I can do it, so can you. Take a deep breath and do it (and then come back here and share your story in the comments)!!!

Lots of love from Demon Julie xxxooo

Story Time – Series Three Wrap Up

Hello my little demons!

I can’t believe that three series of story time have been recorded and shared.

This last one was just as delightful as the first two. I fall in love with every dark story that I choose to read to you, thus, it always seems like I won’t find more stories that I love just as much, but I do.

This last series featured some dark delights. If you missed any of them, simply scroll down a little. Be warned, these stories will chill your bones and keep you up at night. So, before you indulge, poor a stiff drink and curl up in a blanket. Then let Demon Julie come into your bedroom and tell you a terrifying tale, or two.

Stay tuned for a more story time coming soon!

Since it is Halloween month, I am on the hunt for Halloween themed stories, or stories of ghosts, gouls and the like. If you have a story that you would like read, please comment below or contact me! All that is required is that I get permission from the author to read his/her work.

Until next time…

Killer Writing Tip #2: Effectively Digesting Feedback

When I decided to write my first novel, I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know if I could do it. It was a massive, incomprehensible project looming over me. I wanted to know, needed to know, if I could do it.

Before anything else, I find the most useful thing to do is to admit that I don’t know everything. I completely, 100 % admitted to myself and anyone who asked that I didn’t know how to write the novel that I so desperately wanted to write. I had no idea where to start. The first ‘chunk’ or set of scenes was the hardest.

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This was fiction. This was ‘make belief’ laced with a high level of realism since I wanted my potential readers (if there were any out there) to get pulled into the fictional homicide investigation I was creating and become invested in the outcome.

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Mental Damnation – An Amazing Dark Fantasy Series

Hello my little demons!

Today I am here to share with you a fantastic Dark Fantasy series that you MUST add to your book shelf.

I am NOT usually a series reader, nor a reader of dark fantasy. Yet, this series absolutely grabbed me and pulled me into it’s dark, tantalizing vortex. I blasted through these books with ease as I was drawn to the characters, their stories, and their struggles.

Why couldn’t I put this series down?

WORLD BUILDING – The author, Konn, has an incredible talent for building imaginative worlds and describing them vividly on the page. I felt like I was there, in these amazing places, navigating along with the characters.

CHARACTERS – I was drawn to the characters, their struggles, their stories, and their emotions. I cared deeply about the main character, Krista, and wanted so much for the lovely reptilian mutation to find her way.

ART – This series is more than a set of books. Each book is a masterpiece of fiction, poetry, and hand drawn art work woven together beautifully. Konn shares his unique talents that he has poured his passion into.

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