By profession I’m a psychologist and psychotherapist, therefore I guess it makes sense that I write psychological suspense novels. I particularly enjoy developing my characters: exploring what makes them tick, their personal challenges, their values and motivations. I also love coming up with the plot; devising how A leads to B and exploring the question ‘what if?’ as I work out how we then get to Z.
In 2017 I attended Faber Academy and won the Blue Pencil First Novel Award in 2018. My debut Her Little Secret was published in September 2021 by Orion Dash and my second psychological suspense novel The Accident in October 2022. The Accident was selected as The Crime Readers Association Recommended Read of the month in December 2022.
I’m a member of the Society of Authors and The Crime Writers’ Association.
I grew up with a book in my hand and have eclectic tastes in reading. Aside from suspense, I particularly like novels which introduce me to new ideas and other ways of life. Authors I’ve recently enjoyed include: Colum McCann, Trent Dalton, Khaled Hosseini, John Boyne, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Tim Winton, Tan Twan Eng, Jing-Jing Lee and Anna Bailey.
I enjoy public speaking and running workshops on a variety of writing and/or psychology related topics. Past talks/panels/interviews and events include:
Digital First Publishing for the Society of Authors/Writers of Essex;
Writing for Mental Wellbeing for WinterFest and Faber Academy students;
The Psychological Secrets of Writing, panel discussion with psychologist and novelist Philippa East;
The Psychology of Character for Essex Authors Day and the I am Writing Festival in Bristol;
The Path to Traditional Publication for Essex Book Festival;
Behind the Covers of Crime with Rosie Sandler, Michael Heath and David Evans for National Crime Reading Month, library tour and radio interview with Rob Jelly on BBC Essex.
Author interview with Global Girls Online Book Club, Author Interview – Julia Stone with GGOBC
I have also written articles for a number of publications and online sites, including:
Shepherd.com book reviews
Alongside writing, my other creative pursuit is art. I studied for a fine art degree as a mature student, making sculptures and 3D work. Now I focus on ceramics, making decorative/abstract works in my studio and volunteering once a week teaching pottery at a local centre for adults with disabilities. Examples of my work can be seen on the websites of Anglian Potters and the Society for Designer Craftsmen and – if you’re interested – I occasionally post images and information about exhibitions on Twitter @JulesTake3 and Instagram @Julia.Stone.Writer
You can find other writing related links at linktr.ee/JuliaStone