It’s really great to see one of my books positively reviewed a whopping seven years after it was published. Read the review on Margriet’s Book Blog here. It popped up at the perfect time. I am sitting at my computer working really hard on my next book, and sometimes writing can be lonely. Feedback, especially good feedback means so much.
Now it will be much easier to return to my keyboard tomorrow morning
It’s a great feeling when somebody reads one of my books and totally connects with both the message and the story. This kind of feedback makes me want to spend the whole day on my next book!
“Darkness Between the Stars” a very powerful and emotional story.
This book should be read by every parent and teen. This is a story that shows how teenagers can have much stress and pressure to succeed which could lead to depression and thoughts of suicide when life becomes to overwhelming. Parents should not ignore signs and strange behavior and try to seek help before their child gets totally out of control. This book would be great for a must read book in high school. DIscussions should be held regarding how to get help for depression and also how suicide effects entire families for the rest of their lives. I myself have learned a lot from reading this and hope many others will read it too. This can possible save lives. I received the book through Goodreads First Reads giveaway.
Well, the champagne was uncorked and we celebrated the arrival of my new book: The Darkness Between the Stars.
My most amazing publisher, McKellar and Martin hand delivered it hot off the press and I want to thank both Tonya Martin and Meghan Spong for making this book something that I am really proud of. As I’ve said before, a good book is a collaboration between the author and the editor and if the chemistry is there, magic happens!
And magic has happened here.
As I turned the pages, the characters came alive all over again – some paragraphs made me smile, others made me cry – this is a sad, but hopeful story and one that needed to be told. I hope the readers will feel the same way.
I’ll be writing lots more about this, both here and on Goodreads, , but for the moment, I just want to acknowledge my publishers and revel in the joy of a my new novel. And have another sip of bubbly!!
Well, it’s almost time! I am so excited about my next book and in love with the cover! For a sneak peak of The Darkness Between the Stars, visit the McKellar and Martin website.
It’s already listed on Chapters/Indigo and on amazon, but the cover is an older version.
This was in my inbox this morning:
Hello i read the book “The perfect cut” back in highschool and i thought it was an incredible story. Back then i was deep in the blues because i was in a new school and i was all alone but after reading that book it inspired me to find happiness in my new school, thank you Julie for writing that book and I hope to read more of your novels in the future .
This kind of comment, for a writer, at least this writer, puts a huge smile on my face and I want to thank all of you for your emails and kind words. It’s it this kind of feedback that makes those hours alone at a keyboard so worthwhile. Thank you, thank you!!
The Darkness Between the Stars is at the printers! Yippee and I’ve started a brand new book, which I am equally as excited about. I hope you will like it too!
Dylan has amazing hair. He told me how to do it, but I forgot…
Forest of Trees Award Ceremony
This is Dylan and I at Harbourfront. He was one of the hundreds of amazing young adults I’ve been lucky enough to meet, talk to and interact with this week at the OLA Forest of Trees Ceremony as well as in schools in Southern Ontario.
I didn’t win the award, that honour went to Pam Bustin for her novel Mostly Happy and I can’t wait to read her book. I did spend a whole week reading, workshopping and being with my readers and I am so thankful for their incredible support and enthusiasm. For all of you who cried while reading the The Perfect Cut, and then told me how much the story meant to you, I thank you…You never know, I might be back again
I’m feeling good this morning. As I write, ten copies of a portion of a new novel I am working on are being printed. Tonight, I will present the manuscript to a group of grade nine and tens who will act as front line critics for me. A month from now, we will meet again to discuss the positives and negatives of the story. I will also take home with me ten marked up manuscripts. I will pay close attention to their ideas. These are a thoughtful, intelligent group of kids and I am eternally grateful for this opportunity.
I had hoped to be much farther along in the manuscript but due to the fall from the horse in PEI, everything in my life, including my writing was stalled for a couple of months. I considered putting the whole evaluation off, but then decided that if they like the first 30,000 words I will know I am on the right track. If they don’t, it’s the perfect time for a first rewrite before continuing on.
It will be interesting to see how they respond, because I’ve played with POV, length and style. Will they find this confusing? Engaging? Will they want to keep reading?
Thank you to Christianne’s Lyceum for providing this opportunity to local writers. It is an invaluable service. I’ve been involved with the Lyceum in the past when the grade 11, 12 group picked The Perfect Cut for their book club – a very rewarding evening – and I am very excited about what they’ll have to say about this as yet un-named work.
Also worth mentioning, The Lyceum provides writer’s workshops for all ages and year round.
Canadain Children's Book Centre - Best Books 09 Edition
Best Books For Teens 09, Review
Thank you for including my book in this list!
Positive peer reviews always make me feel really great about being a writer, so I was thrilled when Margriets Ruurs’ posted her thoughts on The Freedom of Jenny on her blog.
It isn’t always easy for writers to get their books reviewed in traditional media in Canada. I have been lucky in that most of my novels, for better or for worse have received attention from newspapers and magazines across Canada and I am thankful for that. Still, when a respected and talented writer like Ruurs recommends one of my books it is especially satisfying.
I have a big smile on my face today!
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The Perfect Cut was reviewed on The Bookshipper Blog:
I believe that in today’s society, books about social issues are indispensable. The
Perfect Cut is one such book. Julie Burtinshaw has taken a hard look at one of today’s
most (unfortunately) common and much hushed topics – cutting.
While many people choose to believe this is a limited problems – in my opinion, it goes
right up there with eating disorders – both issues are growing in leaps and bounds and
people are choosing to ignore the problems.
The Perfect Cut describes the perfect, painful pleasure our main character takes in
cutting himself (yes, I did say “him”) as a way to release his stress, pain and sadness.
This book is doubly unusual in that it made its main character a male. Again, most people
will assume that cutting is strictly a female problem – but I do not believe this
argument. What is so fascinating about Burtinshaw’s book is that as the reader, I get to
“be” in Bryan’s mind – before, during and after he cuts himself. The vivid description of
the cutting and of the feelings he experiences make this book extremely difficult to read
and yet, strangely compelling at the same time.
Cutting is a complex issue and the author does not claim to have it all figured out -
yet, this book is a gem – in telling us, simply and honestly, what Bryan is living with
day in and day out (some of it in his head and some of it – his reality) we get a sense
that this person is deeply hurt and although cutting is not the solution (neither is
drugging, eating disorders or drinking for that matter) Bryan, in his own way, is trying
to do the best that he can with all that is bottled up inside.
I believe the time for this book has come and I suggest it be read by all Young Adults
and their parents alike – you are not going to like what you read, but it is OUR reality