Julia James, who was born inLynmouth but lived in Barnstaple for most of her life always wanted to write abook and once she had worked out the plot and written the first page the restfollowed easily.
'I found Icouldn't stop, and wrote three books in six months,' she said.
Her first book 'Overboard', isabout a Barnstaple woman who suspects her husband is having an affair. While ona sailing holiday in Turkey she falls overboard. Deciding that he would bebetter off if she died, he leaves her to drown but she is rescued and makes herway back to England to get her revenge.
Julia, who now lives in Turkey,used her knowledge of sailing and the country to write the book. She and herhusband, Barry set off from England in a yacht in 1999. It was after six yearsof living aboard and visiting many countries they fell in love with the Lyciancoast, bought a house and settled there.
Julia said, 'I used to writeletters to friends back in the UK and they said I should write a book about myexperiences. Instead I wrote fiction. When I first started the novel I gave it tosome friends for appraisal and one person stayed up all night reading it andsaid she couldn't put it down.'
Julia is eventually planning toreturn to Devon to live.
'Overboard' by Julia James ispublished by Amazon.co.uk (go toKindle store) and costs just 86 penceto download. Other titles are 'Identity' and 'Getaway'.
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