#BlogTour #AuthorInterview from The Secret Notebook by Julia Wild @juliawildauthor @rararesources #TheSecretNotebook

When Izzie Dean’s beloved nan, Molly Blackshaw, passes away, Izzie returns to the Blackpool bungalow where she grew up, to say goodbye once and for all. When Izzie’s homecoming reunites her with her first love, Justin Swift, every emotion that Izzie has repressed since the day he broke her heart comes rushing to the surface. But then an unexpected discovery changes everything.

Between the pages of the battered secret diary Molly kept during WWII, Izzie discovers a story of love, heartbreak, and the incomparable hardship of life in a world at war. Reading her grandmother’s words soon puts her own story into perspective, and suddenly Izzie realises that the only thing holding her back from happiness, might be herself. Now she just has to convince Justin that they deserve a second chance at forever…

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Hello Donna to you and your readers and many thanks for having me on your book blog, I really appreciate it and your fab questions!

When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

I had written little stories for myself and for friends as a youngster, starring us and whoever we had crushes on at the time! I began to write with the aim of becoming a published author when I read a book and thought, ‘Oh, I could do this!’ It wasn’t that easy. Well, it wasn’t easy at all. It took a while – 8 years, a creative writing college course and many, many rejections!

What inspired you to write this book?

Charlotte Ledger at One More Chapter inspired me after I had submitted a manuscript which she loved, but it wasn’t commercial at the time. As a result, we discussed ideas for a war time story – which then became a dual timeline story as the story developed and progressed

If you could sell this book in one sentence, what would it be?

‘When saying goodbye to her beloved Nan, Izzie makes two discoveries… The first is realising that the heartache from her first love still exists; 

the second is the discovery of her Nan’s secret WW2 diary… 

A diary that inspires second chances… ‘

What are you up to next?

I have actually started two books, so it’s all about which one takes over at the moment!

Who is your biggest inspiration?

There are many who fit this bill, I couldn’t pick just one inspiration. My creative writing tutor at college, Malvene, is definitely one, and my family and close pals. And I am lucky enough to have a wonderful group of writing friends at the Romantic Novelists’ Association London Chapter, The Muses, and if any one of us needs a boost or an encouraging word – one of those lovely, supportive chums is always there to provide it.

Thank you so very much for having me here on your blog, Donna, I have enjoyed answering your questions. Much Love, Julia Wild x


Lancashire born, I moved to Bedfordshire in the late seventies, married and started a family. I’m a past Hon Sec of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, have been a member since 1993 when I joined their New Writers’ Scheme as a probationer. That came about after winning a week’s historical writing course on the strength of the first chapter of my third Poldark-era romance. The tutor on the last day loved the story and handed me details of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – she said I absolutely must join as they would be able to help me towards publication.

Some four years later my first published book, Dark Canvas, won the RNA’s New Writer’s Award in 1997, the sixth, Illusions, won the RNA’s Romance Prize in 2003.

After working in the local library service for 18 years, during library cut-backs I took the leap to become self-employed as a writer and worked on releasing my backlist as eBooks for Kindle.

Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing Charlotte Ledger when she pulled me from the writing wilderness and have now signed a three-book deal with One More Chapter.

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